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Chances for my son??

myoneandonlymyoneandonly Registered User Posts: 762 Member
Son a junior at very good public high school in MA. Has a 4.7 weighted GPA (out of 6.0) -- have no idea how this translates on the 4.0 scale but he is a solid B student, having taken 3/4 of his classes at the Advanced level. Will take 3 APs next year (Bio, Stats, Latin); President of Latin Club; varsity golf and crew; few other clubs at school throughout high school and has done a bit of volunteering and will work at a law firm this summer.

School doesn't rank, but he's in top 30% (75/260).

SATs: 700M, 620CR, 520W -- will take again in June.

Also, not applying for financial aid -- does this even matter?

Anyone out there with honest opinion would be most appreciated! Thanks.
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Replies to: Chances for my son??

  • bln_1975bln_1975 Registered User Posts: 102 Junior Member
    It appears to be a reach for your son in term of GPA. His weighted GPA= 4.7/6 = 3.13/4 is in the bottom 14% of accepted students at Loyola (see the stats below). His SAT scores are fine (1320/1600 is in the top 25% at Loyola).

    IMO, he would have a chance if he has excellent ECs, great essays and significant volunteering activities. It doesn't hurt to apply.

    Stats for LOYOLA (source: The college Board)


    * 37% had h.s. GPA of 3.75 and higher
    * 22% had h.s. GPA between 3.5 and 3.74
    * 27% had h.s. GPA between 3.25 and 3.49
    * 9% had h.s. GPA between 3.0 and 3.24
    * 5% had h.s. GPA between 2.5 and 2.99

    Middle 50% of
    First-Year Students Percent Who
    Submitted Scores
    SAT Critical Reading: 560 - 650 96%
    SAT Math: 560 - 660 96%
  • bln_1975bln_1975 Registered User Posts: 102 Junior Member
    "Also, not applying for financial aid -- does this even matter?"

    No, it does not matter, I believe. There are two types of financial aids.

    (1) Merit scholarships: based on GPA, SAT, ECs, essays ... You do not have to apply. The college gives these scholarships to top students.

    (2) Need-based scholarships: based on parents' income (after the student is accepted). Most need-based scholarship money comes from the Federal Gov't. So it does not matter you apply for aid or not.

    In fact, ceteris paribus, low income students have some advantage over higher income students (actually parents) due to the diversity policy of the school.
  • sunshine1230sunshine1230 Registered User Posts: 90 Junior Member
    your son will have no problems getting in, and will most likely get a very generous scholarship
  • myoneandonlymyoneandonly Registered User Posts: 762 Member
    Really? Why do you think "with a very generous scholarship" ? You're quite encouraging!
  • freshstart19freshstart19 Registered User Posts: 92 Junior Member
    My D is a freshman. She only took 2 Honors classes in high school because in her school you were not allowed to take APs unless you were invited to by a teacher. Her SATs and ACTs we're slightly lower than the ones listed above. I really believe it was her showing interest when the Loyola admissions person came to her school and then remembered her when she went in for an interview. She did have a very good essay. It's really hard to judge about the "stats".
  • bln_1975bln_1975 Registered User Posts: 102 Junior Member
    Yes, good stats are necessary, but not a sufficient condition for acceptance to a good college !
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