Did I kill myself?

<p>My 9th grade year was a joke. I got C's and D's on standard(no honors or upper lvl) classes. My GPA was a 2.8, is there a chance I can still get into Duke, Wharton, Harvard, Columbia or Dartmouth? Lets just say I straightened up during 10th and 11th grade with a 3.8+.
Hooks: URM(black) 1st gen to college 30k fam income single parent home
Did I dig a hole too deep or is there still a chance? My HS isn't competitive at all and top 10% of class isn't out of the question.</p>

<p>Um...with the improvement and URM, I'd say you have a low, but existing, chance. Just ace the essays. What are your ECs?</p>

<p>Look into schools that ignore freshman year is my advice.</p>

<p>Probably not much chance, even for a URM. Schools still look at grades though they don't all calculate freshman year.</p>