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Getting into Barnard

bcollegebcollege 1 replies1 threads New Member
edited November 2013 in Barnard College
So Barnard is one of my top schools but I am concerned about my GPA. I just completed my junior year and it was not my best. freshman and sophomore year I had a 3.93 however junior year i had about a 3.5. These poor grades are due to a death in the family and just basically a long story of family hardships that followed. It has just been a really hard year. I hope to get good grades my first two quarters of senior year to show Barnard that my junior year is not a trend but just a lapse due to extenuating circumstances.

Do you think Barnard would be accepting of this? I am just really worried about it.

I also have a 2100 SAT and really good ECs.
edited November 2013
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  • churchmusicmomchurchmusicmom 3980 replies79 threads Senior Member
    I would not be too worried about those grades, particularly in view of the circumstances. And, may I say very sincerely that I am so sorry you had to go through this.

    you sound like a very focused and wise young woman, though, and I am sure you learned many life lessons by having to go through this. in many ways your experiences and the wisdom gained through this can be more valuable to you in life than if you had just sailed through and gotten perfect grades. I imagine you have a much deeper appreciation of family, of stability, perhaps a world view that is markedly different than it was before this sad time. Think about these things....take the time to assess where you are in your life as a result of this past year and use that in your application.

    Barnard's admissions committee has, by most accounts, been really good at looking beyond the surface numbers in an application. It's now up to you to do as you said you would....have a strong beginning to your senior year. And spend time this summer putting your thoughts down on paper about this past year. And find those who know about these circumstances and who know you very well to write recommendation letters for you.

    Try not to worry about this. I think you have a shot, though of course, nothing is sure. I personally think someone with your perception and outlook would be an asset.

    Best to you!!!
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  • MLeighMLeigh 95 replies6 threads Junior Member
    I had around a 3.7-3.75 in my freshman and sophomore years, around a 3.35 my junior year, and a 3.68 first semester of my senior year. My cumulative GPA ended up being, if I recall correctly, a 3.62. I was taking all top-level classes freshman, sophomore, and junior year, except for Math, which I took at one level below the highest possible. I got consistent A's and A-'s in my humanities classes, a mix of A's and B's in Math, and B's and mostly B-'s in my science classes. Senior year I took top level History, French, and English, Accelerated Physics instead of the higher-leveled AP Physics, and AP Statistics instead of calculus. I was accepted regular decision to Barnard this year and will be attending in the fall.

    Your GPA is really totally subjective. It depends on how leveling works at your school, and whether or not you weight and how that works (we do not), and where you're getting your worse grades. I got all A's in English, my strongest subject, and mostly A's in History, my second-strongest. My A-'s in History were first semester of APUSH, and the two semesters of Art History, which is considered the hardest humanities class in the school. I only received B's in Math and Science, which I have no interest in studying.

    Furthermore, your GPA is only one piece of your application. It's very important, yes, but you also have standardized test scores, recommendations, essays, and ECs. If you are strong in those areas (which I was), you are going to have a good chance at getting into a lot of difficult schools. Especially given that you have an excuse for your junior year GPA, I would really not worry about it. Try to do well, other than that it's pretty much out of your hands.
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  • churchmusicmomchurchmusicmom 3980 replies79 threads Senior Member
    To add to the excellent points that MLeigh made, one critical factor is the level of courses you have taken. Barnard will want you to have taken the most challenging courses available to you. IE: a 3.5 GPA while taking all upper level courses is a very different thing than a 3.5 GPA while taking basic-level courses.
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  • habima2000habima2000 1 replies0 threads New Member
    Ok i am kind of confused where I stand in this whole admissions process

    I applied to Barnard this year as a High School Senior - got waitlisted and am still waiting on a response.
    When I heard i was waitlisted - I decided to put the deposit on my safety school and defer admission for one year to study abroad. (Actually this college grants one year of credit for this study and I would start the following year as a sophmore) These credits are for religious studies and are not generally accepted by most mainstream colleges (like barnard)

    I am not willing to give up on Barnard just yet -and would like to apply again this fall (possibly early decision??). But what I am unsure about is my status - would I be considered an incoming freshman - considering that I would have no college credits after my year abroad or a transfer because I am studying abroad through this college? I know that barnard does not generally consider freshman transfers so I am a tad confused.

    if this makes sense to anyone - or if they have a suggestion please let me know!!
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  • churchmusicmomchurchmusicmom 3980 replies79 threads Senior Member
    I think that I would contact the admissions office and ask this question.

    I am confused, though. You said you "deferred admission" but yet are doing a study abroad program for which you will receive credit. So I assume this study abroad program is not through your safety school specifically?

    I personally would think that this added experience would enhance your application, but I am not sure exactly how you would need to proceed to maximize your admissions chances to Barnard....either as an incoming freshman (after your study abroad year) or as a transfer, in which case you would probably have to wait at least one more year before applying. Or you could still get in off of the waitlist, I suppose. At any rate, I would call them and ask. Just be very clear about exactly what it is you are asking and what it is that you are planning to do next year.

    Best to you!
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  • romanigypsyeyesromanigypsyeyes 34234 replies771 threads Senior Member
    I am truly sorry. A similar situation happened to me this past year and I understand how you feel. Just on top of everything thinking about how to tell colleges. Best of luck to you =]. I am applying to Barnard and have to explain what happened as well. I'm not looking forward to it =[.
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  • luckyclasso13luckyclasso13 2 replies0 threads New Member
    4 kids from this year's class got into Barnard (from my public HS) I'd say they had about 3.6, 3.7 GPA's (one was higher). Looks like they factor a lot more than just GPA, (at least I hope so)
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  • jenniferdancesjenniferdances 54 replies26 threads Junior Member
    I'm very interested in Barnard, but I'm not quite sure I'm good enough to get in. After reading this forum, I'm only more unsure. I've gotten GPAs around 3.2 and 3.3 for freshman and sophomore year, but this year I'm doing really well, where I actually think I might be able to get above a 3.7. I have MANY MANY ECs (more than the average student) which I think could also be a huge factor. However, I got a D in Spanish 2 freshman year. I'm taking online classes during the summer to make it up, but am I an automatic out because of my flaws, like the not so high GPAs, and the low grade in Spanish?
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  • jenniferdancesjenniferdances 54 replies26 threads Junior Member
    Also, if you know anything about their dance program or have experience it first hand, I would love to hear your thoughts. :)
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  • mythmommythmom 8292 replies13 threads Senior Member
    jenniferdances: This has been discussed in other threads -- even threads going now. Look at "Alumna interviewer answers questions". (It's named something like that -- not the exact name.)

    The dance program is extensive.
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  • calmomcalmom 20945 replies168 threads Senior Member
    Jennifer, I can tell you for sure that a D in freshman year is not an "automatic" rejection, because my d. had a good friend who was admitted ED and had at least one D on her transcript; it really depends on circumstances. I think ad coms in general like to see a rising trend in grades and are more willing to overlook a bad freshman grade than weaknesses in junior or senior year.

    As to the dance program, whether it meets your needs may depend on your interests and level of previous training. My daughter was not a dance major but came from a background of extensive training, and attended a performing arts high school. She felt the dance offerings were good, but not up to the standard she had experienced in high school --so she didn't really continue with dance. She had a strong background in multiple genres, and after taking ballet and modern would have loved to take jazz -- but Barnard didn't offer the level of jazz she would have wanted.

    So I think honestly you will find that there is a good availability of dance courses, but it may or may not meet your needs, depending on your previous level of training and your current expectations. I think Barnard has particularly strong offerings for a LAC, but it's not the same as a BFA program.
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  • Salony123Salony123 1 replies0 threads New Member
    Hi everyone, my GPA is 3.99. My act score is 25. I am an international student and this is my second year in US. I have a strong resume and extracurricular activities. What is my chance to get into Barnard?
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