Bad grades = no chance?

<p>Do I still have a shot at the top 25 schools, or should I just kiss it goodbye and go to an instate school?</p>

<p>I’ve taken a “decent’ course load… 3 honors freshman year, 2 honors and 1 AP (bad year, my GPA dropped to a 3.4) sophomore year, and 2 AP’s 1 honors (this year --> Junior year) </p>

<p>Currently my GPA is a 3.6 cumulative. Yes, that is pretty bad. However my school doesn’t weight anything… I haven’t taken my SAT’s yet, but I did take AP US History last year and scored a 2 in the exam and got a B- in the class (lowest grade ever).</p>

<p>So should I even apply? I think it’d be smarter to just save that 50$ application fee if there is absolutely no chance of me getting in. </p>

<p>What do you think?</p>

<p>I kinda know how you feel, but I think there are some more important things for you to focus on right now. College apps are one year away, and yes, it is important to think about them early, but it is more important for you to focus on your junior year. Try to get all A's this year, so you can show improvement in your GPA. Right now, I think it's more important for you to focus on your grades and not the top 25 colleges</p>

<p>Just a thought.</p>

<p>Thanks for your reply cannednish. </p>

<p>So far, this year... my grades are sort of the same. I have all A's in all my classes except for spanish (which is an A-) and chemistry (a grade so low I'm not even going to mention it on this board). </p>

<p>But I will go with your advice. I know in the past years, I've been so high-strung with what college I was going to rather than focusing at hand the stuff that will ultimately get me into those colleges! But, it's a Saturday and my impetus for homework and studying isn't very strong. Curiosity brung me to writing this... as it always does.</p>

<p>A 3.6 is still good. It may not be good enough for Harvard or MIT, but many schools around the nation would be happy to accept a prospective student with a 3.6 GPA. I would love to have a 3.6.</p>

<p>Yeah a 3.6 is not bad. You can still look at schools like Northeastern, Boston U, Occidental, Manhattenville, ect. The top 25 may still take you if you show improvement this year and if your EC's are good enough. Never abandon all hope because ambition is the only thing that can get you there.</p>

<p>Well, sometimes drastic changes can be beneficial. my friend had d's and c's in soph year, and straight A's and even some A+'s in Junior year. with a 1570 SAT and 7** SATII's he got accepted to berkely, ucla, etc. maybe its just pure luck, but showing a definite increase in your grades will enable you to contend for some higher schools</p>

<p>Thicks, I've never heard of those colleges before. Well, Boston U and Northeastern... but about that... what exactly constitutes as a "good" college? It seems like the more well-known ones fit the description... but what about otheres like Manhattenville and Occidental (since I've never heard of them)? </p>

<p>Thank you for the reply (and to k0w and toodler).</p>

<p>I can't tell you what constitutes a good college, but I can tell you that name recognition does not.</p>

<p>I don't know abuot the chance, but if they didn't give you chance, well, I guess you have to bring a military tank and A LOT of bombs so you can destroy the whole college building.</p>

<p>Warning: Do not try this at home, or anywhere else.</p>

<p>name recognition?</p>

<p>whoops, sorry.. nevermind guitar.</p>

<p>My response was to this:</p>

<p>"what exactly constitutes as a "good" college? It seems like the more well-known ones fit the description"</p>