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How can I make up for doing poorly freshman year?

liddodchrisliddodchris Registered User Posts: 38 Junior Member
edited June 2012 in Princeton University
I got a 2.6 GPA and a 3.1 GPA and no extracurriculars. This summer I had an epiphany that if I want to do good in life I need to put effort! Next year I will have 2 honors classes & an AP class, Junior year I will have 5 AP classes & a normal one. I'm very passionate with helping others so I'm going to join all the clubs at my school that are related to helping out. If I do excellent academically will I have a chance? What if I'm well rounded? Thanks for your answers :)
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Replies to: How can I make up for doing poorly freshman year?

  • T26E4T26E4 Registered User Posts: 24,274 Senior Member
    If you get a 4.0 from here on out, you'll have a culm GPA of 3.67 by the end of your first semester Senior year. It's quite a feat but if you attain that, you'll have a good selection of solid colleges to target. However even with that, top tier selective colleges are not viable.

    You should expend more energy on your classes than your ECs. If it's the difference btn having 0 ECs + a 3.67 GPA or a ton of ECs + a 3.0 GPA, you should ALWAYS do the former. 85% of colleges (and all the colleges you'll likely target) will GIVE NO ADVANTAGE to you based on your ECs. It's a myth
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