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Chance my DD

grad2025momgrad2025mom 2 replies2 threads New Member
3.43 UW (9-12)
SAT 1535

Volunteer at a mental health initiative - last two years
Paid tutor job - two semesters
School swim team
Research project on going with a professor's guidance - since beginning of this year

Areas of interest:
Biology (neuroscience - molecular, cellular), Biomedical engineering with minor in computer science

Colleges: Mid-large campus.

What are her chances at CWRU/Upitt/Purdue/Wisconsin
What the colleges should be considered? Interested in west coast, east coast colleges as well.
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  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 10834 replies134 threads Senior Member
    What’s her school rank? Course rigor? Unless her school has massive grade deflation, the schools you listed are going to be a reach with the GPA.

    A high SAT is not going to compensate for a low GPA.
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  • grad2025momgrad2025mom 2 replies2 threads New Member
    Her school does not rank. 6 rigor courses.
    3.43 should have been from 9-11, currently a senior.
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  • medop7medop7 7 replies1 threads New Member
    Is there an upward trend? UPitt is probably doable but I think look into all of your in-state options! CWRU seems unlikely.
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  • riverandsasha3riverandsasha3 160 replies19 threads Junior Member
    edited August 18
    Quick question; is her SAT 1530 or 1540? Not that it would make a difference, I just want to make sure there wasn't a typo. I think her GPA may be low, but she can still apply to these schools as reaches. CWRU may be a high reach, but her essays and LORs can be the things to get her into one of those schools.
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  • sgopal2sgopal2 3980 replies52 threads Senior Member
    If you can afford out of state tuition, look at UCSD. They have a wonderful life sciences program, plus they have good computational sciences. There are loads of biotech companies in the area for internships. Also the OOS acceptance rate for UCSD is nearly 50%, so despite her GPA, she might get a serious look.
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  • GumbymomGumbymom Forum Champion UC 31013 replies479 threads Forum Champion
    UCSD like all UC‘ s use 10-11th grades for the UC a-g course requirements (including 1 year of a visual/performing arts course) for their GPA calculation.

    If her UC capped weighted GPA is below a 4.0, it will be a tough admit especially for Biological sciences which is a capped major. Neuroscience is also a very popular major.

    Yes the OOS admit rate is higher but this is due to a low matriculation rate for OOS students since you will be full pay at $65K/year to attend with no financial aid.


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  • grad2025momgrad2025mom 2 replies2 threads New Member
    Thanks all for your replies.

    @riverandsasha3. Her SAT score is 1530.
    @medop7 Yes. The GPA trend is upwards trend.
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