I go to a super competitive public school in the Bay Area. My school doesn’t rank, but I took the most number of AP courses in my year and have a very rigorous course load, so I’m guessing Top 10%, if not then at least Top 15% (600 kids per grade).
I got 2 B’s and 2B+'s in sophomore and junior year, and As in everything else. However, the classes I got Bs in were math and chemistry, and I want to study STEM. I have 36 ACT, 800 Math 2, 780 Bio, and 5 in Calc AB. Would these test scores help make up for my low GPA? I’m not dead-set on applying SEAS though, it would just be easier for me to write essays because most of my activities are centered around STEM.
Was aiming for T20 schools but now not so sure… I have really good extracurriculars (founded non-profit in 9th grade, research intern, all that good stuff) but idk. I did have a medical issue throughout high school that got a little worse during junior year; is there anywhere that I can explain my grades on the Common App? I don’t want to make it seem like an excuse though; does anyone have any advice on how to explain grades?
Applying to college is so stressful