2.8 Sophomore Year, am I screwed?

<p>So during my Sophomore year I went through some serious personal and health problems and I slipped up and ended up with a 2.8. Got a 3.0 first semester and a 2.6 second semester.</p>

<p>Freshman year I managed to keep a 3.0 but now it's drastically lowered because of my grades for sophomore year. </p>

<p>I've at least managed to not get any D's or F's, but I still want to know am I pretty much screwed for my dream schools? </p>

<p>If I get a 4.0 junior year will I still have a chance?</p>

<p>Schools I want to go to:</p>

<p>UC Santa Barbara
UC Santa Cruz
UC Riverside
UC Irvine
University of Oregon
University of Colorado, Boulder
University of Arizona
University of Washington
CSU Fullerton
SDSU
CSU Northridge
CSU Cal Poly SLO</p>

<p>Yes, just try to get straight As junior and senior year, get amazing act/sat scores, have outstanding extracurricular activities, when applying write an explanation to the schools u are planning to apply as to as why u got such bad grades, and mayb u have a chance, u can get in the UCs if ur in state, u of arizone and u of washington idk but u loose nothin with trying, the others are not too prestigous so u have a chance</p>

<p>Yes those are very probable colleges for admissions, especially the CSUs</p>

<p>Aiming for straight A is ideal. But keep mot of your classes A is good enough.
2.8 sophomore is not a big deal.
SAT, SAT 2, your admission essays and recommendations count the most. This also include your extracurricular activities</p>

<p>You are listing a lot of college. I would choose 5 at the max. Writing your admission essays and begging for recommendations will drive you crazy even for 2 colleges.</p>

<p>^I disagree on the 5 limit. A lot of those applications you listed are going to be very similar. But still, your list is a bit long.</p>

<p>You need a strong rebound Junior Year. People say that you should just get straight As like it's nothing and like you haven't been trying before. Straight As may not be realistic. But still, you need a strong Junior year. with that, and solid SAT/ACT scores, you should be just fine :-)</p>

<p>You can already get into the bulk of the colleges on that list sans SDSU, Cal Poly, Washington, and the UCs. (Strong test scores and extracurriculars especially will help offset a low GPA for the schools that are match/slight reach) But if you don't show a significant upward grade trend, don't expect any miracles.</p>

<p>I think UC Irvine, UOregon & UWashington should be removed from the OP's list</p>

<p>^^^^^ why??</p>

<p>private schools tend to be more open to upward trending grades where public schools are more about the numbers.</p>

<p>Have you thought about other schools of similar or same caliber like LMU, USD, or USC?
With good SAT/ACT scores you'll probably easily get into most of those schools.</p>

<p>My grades are only around 3.3-3.4 UW, so I'm kind of worried. I just know I have to shoot for All A's or maybe 1 or 2 B's at most with good SAT's and EC's. Just keep a good head on your shoulders and make the right choices and you'll be fine.</p>

<p>As an arizona native, I can at least speak for University of Arizona. I know that they allow up to two deficiencies (but not recommended)... Just keep your grades, aiming for a 3.5 gpa and you'll have almost a guaranteed admission. The application for UofA is simply a personal statement and a list of you senior course plus the obvious requested demographics (Sat/Act, transcript, etc.... etc.). </p>

<p>Good luck in your studies!</p>

<p>UC Irvine's average accepted HS applicant has a 3.77 GPA.</p>

<p>^weighted or non-weighted?</p>

<p>You should apply to SDSU. I know people who are actively stupid who got into SDSU, and not for sports.</p>

<p>^^ I would assume using their UC GPA calculation, which in fact, would be weighted.</p>

<p>Bad news, just got my report card and my cumulative gpa is actually 2.77 :(!! </p>

<p>This is extremely discouraging...</p>

<p>I think you should be okay. Just make sure to take lots of honors and AP classes and get an unweighted 4.0 for the next two years. Do really well on you AP, SAT, and SAT subject tests. Also, have spectacular EC's, recommendations, and essays.</p>