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I’m applying to UPenn ED next month, and I’m extremely worried about my chances because of my relatively very poor stats. During freshman year, I had no focus on academics whatsoever and got straight B’s, but then I got focused and maintained straight A’s while taking every high level class I could take. So, my cumulative GPA is only a 3.66 UW and 4.2 W, but without freshman year it’d be a 4.0 UW and 4.5 W. I’m confident that I can handle an Ivy League workload because I’m the top test taker in almost every single one of my classes without a lot of effort, but my stats make me look like I’m completely unprepared. I was counting on the SAT to represent my academic capabilities, but I never even got the chance to take it and missed my school’s make-up SAT being quarantined from being in contact with someone who had COVID, so I’m almost definitely going to have to apply without an SAT or ACT score. I know this would normally mean inevitable rejection for most normal applicants, but every other part of my application other than my stats is extremely good and very unique. I’ve started 2 businesses, a club, won several awards in DECA, and have an amazing internship at a tech startup that I got through working on other creative projects rather than just applying and being accepted, so the CEO is also writing me a stellar letter of recommendation that will carry a lot of weight since it’s a very legit company with a very legit team (two Harvard grads and a Stanford grad). I’ve made it clear in my application that I’m going into a business discipline but want to take a non-traditional approach by going to the CAS school and getting a major in Psychology with minors in consumer psychology and fine arts photography while taking classes at Wharton so that I can provide a different perspective to the largely quantitative business school culture at UPenn (which I also think will work in my favor because of UPenn’s focus on interdisciplinary learning and unique contributions to the community). My personal essay, supplemental essays, and letters of recommendation all make my aspirations and unique mission very clear, so I’m just worried about being instantly rejected because of my stats. The letters from my counselor and teachers should do me a bit more justice regarding my academic ability, but I’m still concerned with the impact of having a relatively low GPA and no SAT/ACT at all.