Ok, so for personal reasons, I want to apply to college this year as a junior. However, I do not know all the pros and cons of this. I am taking 2 AP classes (CS Principles and Environmental), and HOPEFULLY one DE class this year. I am also planning on reporting my semester grades with my transcript. My GPA Weighted is a 3.1 and I am aiming for a 27 or better on the ACT. I should also mention I have two Cs freshman year (71 and 74), one D (68), and the rest of my grades are As and Bs with no honors or APs taken until this year which is my junior year. Besides the two Cs and one D, I have in total 7 As and 8 Bs combined from freshman and sophomore year.
I am hoping to apply to schools like Baylor, Penn State, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Holy Cross, Fordham, UMiami, King’s College London, and UCL. If I earn and report a good semester GPA, like around a 3.7 and a 27 ACT, do I have a shot of getting into these schools despite slightly bad freshman and sophomore grades that gave me that 3.1 W GPA? I have good extracurriculars and am hoping to major in classics and modern languages.
If I do get accepted, do I have to attend college this fall in 2021, or do I have the option to wait until fall 2022? Also, if these schools reject me, would it lower my chances of admission if I decide to apply again next year as a senior with the rest of my peers? And if I deny all my acceptances and decide to wait until the end of senior year to attend college, would it affect my chances to apply to these schools again despite being accepted the first time?