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Should I Apply??? Last chance!

MissPickwickianMissPickwickian Registered User Posts: 440 Member
edited November 2009 in Grinnell College
A few weeks ago I decided that I wanted my "reach" school to be Smith, but now I wonder if I should apply to Grinnell too. My academic achievements are lacking because of my disability, but I have good writing skills and an interesting life story.

Standout Factors:
29 ACT composite
35 ACT English
Applicant gives speeches at autism awareness conferences
Applicant is a published poet
Applicant overcame obstacles
Applicant is from Tennessee, an underrepresented state at Grinnell

Application Killers:
Applicant is white
3.3 GPA (upward trend, but still)
no APs
Lots of the credits on applicant's transcripts are for "comprehensive program" (special ed)

What Applicant is Looking For in a College:
Accessible, friendly professors
Financial aid
Undergraduate research opportunities
A liberal-leaning student body
Disability and counseling services
Decent dorms
An unforgettable experience

I have my Common App account and it's my last chance to make a decision. Should I apply to Grinnell?
Post edited by MissPickwickian on

Replies to: Should I Apply??? Last chance!

  • bethievtbethievt Registered User Posts: 6,759 Senior Member
    Yes. What have you got to lose? Smith is wonderful, but why not try for Grinnell also?

    "Applicant" is a person. Grinnell recognizes that. Doesn't mean you'll be accepted, but you might as well try. You will be evaluated as more than a number. At Smith also, I think. Good luck!
  • sunmachinesunmachine Registered User Posts: 824 Member
    Go for it! I'm pretty sure Grinnell has no application fee if you apply online. So you have nothing to lose, and all the world (plus Iowa!) to gain!
  • M's MomM's Mom Registered User Posts: 4,562 Senior Member
    What have you got to lose? You're definitely in the ballpark and an interesting life story can help make up for lower grades (with an upward trend!)
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