Average grades, looking for advice

<p>I am a junior from PA, looking for some advice on schools I'm interested in.</p>

<p>My GPA after this season should be 3.34 or 3.30 depending on how I finish the year. I got a 3.35 freshman year and 3.0 sophomore year, I didn't take school very seriously, and I will either get a 3.7 or 3.85 this year depending on how I finish. I took the SAT for the first time in May so I don't have the results yet, but if I had to guess I'd say maybe a 1750.</p>

<p>A few schools I'm interested in are Penn State, NC State, Clemson, Maryland, Georgia, Auburn, and Virginia. </p>

<p>I'm just looking for schools that could be a match or reach for me. Any help is appreciated.</p>

<p>Bump. Forgot to post, my HS doesn't rank.</p>

<p>Your GPA certainly is your downfall if you're shooting for schools. Is that GPA weighted? Your SAT score definitely needs improvement, 2100+ is preferable, 2000+ definitely necessary. However, I think you should be able to get into Auburn with those stats. I don't know too much about the other schools, definitely will need to bring it up (everything, especially SAT, but GPA dangerously so as well) for PennState, Maryland, Virginia Tech? Or UVa? Either one, both will need to be brought up. Actually you're out of the shot for University of Virginia, so I'll just address Virginia Tech if that's what you meant by Virginia.</p>

<p>Thanks for your input. Like I said the SAT score was just a guess, I haven't got them back yet. I'm not sure of the difference between weighted and non-weighted GPA, but our school does QPA if that makes a difference. An a=4, b=3, etc. and an honors class a=4.5, b=3.5 and so on.</p>

<p>About where do you think my GPA should be to have a better chance at some of the schools I mentioned?</p>

<p>hi, it looks like you're in sort of a similar situation to me - from pa, average grades.
i can't chance you or anything cause i wouldn't know any better but could you possibly help me?
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<p>To be honest, I have no idea on chances, I'd help you if I knew but I really don't. But yeah we have similar resumes, it looks like your overall schedule is tougher than mine.</p>

<p>Sorry =/</p>

<p>You'd definitely have better odds at state schools in the south and midwest. Schools like Kansas, Oklahoma, Miami of Ohio, Auburn, and LSU would be more likely than Maryland and Penn State.</p>

<p>Try to get sat's up to 1850. No, you don't need to get 2100+, that's just crazy. You aren't looking at ivies. Some people just don't know what they're talking about, so DO NOT, I repeat: DO NOT go crazy and spend 23 hours a day sat prepping. Aim for an 1850, which will place you above the average for the schools you're looking at. </p>

<p>GPA is fine for the schools you're looking at. You're good.</p>

<p>What is "Virginia"? VCU, VT, or UVA?</p>

<p>According to your statements, I believe your given GPA is already weighted.</p>

<p>You're not totally awry for Penn State. You're at the bottom end GPA for those accepted, so make sure your SAT is at the upper end for accepted. Upper end is ~1400/2100. My opinion for NC State, Clemson are the exact same, you're skimming the edge for 25th percentile with your GPA, so you'll want to be in the 75th percentile with your SAT. NC State, Penn State, Clemson have relatively similar acceptance stats.</p>

<p>By "Maryland" I will assume you mean the Terps. GPA, you'll definitely want to raise it for Maryland if you want a more secure chance. SAT stats for those accepted are a bit higher, mid 50% is ~2050. However, you are in less than 25th percentile for GPA for those accepted, so you'll want to be in 75th percentile for their SAT, which will be around 2200, which is stretch. </p>

<p>Again, by "Georgia" I will assume you mean Univ. of Georgia. University of Georgia will be similar to Maryland, if anything their average accepted GPA is a tad bit higher.</p>

<p>Auburn, you should be fine hopefully. Whatever "Virginia" means, your running for either Virginia Tech or UVa are slim. UVa is pretty much a long shot, I don't think it will be possible at this point for you. Virginia Tech is still attainable, get outstanding SAT and try to bring up that GPA. I would say UVa is the most competitive on your list, VT/Georgia is 2nd most competitive, and Maryland is 3rd most. Although VT & Georgia I say is about 2nd, VT has a higher average GPA, and VT is pretty strict on GPA they don't weigh EC's as much.</p>