european student with GED applying to Ivy schools


<p>I am an international student from Europe. I have moved to US a year ago. I got my GED and applied to a local community college. I have completed 24 credit hours with a 3.0 GPA while working full time. I am really dissatisfied with my GPA. As much as I wanted it to be perfect, I was struggling with some immigrant issues such as: ESL, making ends meet and working two jobs, adapting to a new country.</p>

<p>However, things have turned out well and I am able to focus completely on my education now. My big plan is to enroll/transfer to an Ivy School. I have read a lot about how selective these schools are, but I am sure that putting my mind into achieving this goal will eventually work out.</p>

<p>Given my situation with a GED, how should I go about getting applied to Ivy schools? This is the point where I am confused and am asking you guys for help. Should I take the SAT tests and start from all over, or can I somehow transfer? I have a weak GPA and that's my problem. Would getting perfect scores on my SAT work? I know that extracurriculars and community service are very crucial, how can I go about that? I am eager to do just about anything, even if that means repeating all those 24 credits to even it out to 4.0 and enrolling in any kind of extracurricular activities. What do you think I should do? Any input would be greatly appreciated.</p>

<p>Transferring to an Ivy League school is not a realistic goal. Even if you had a 4.0, that wouldn't by itself help you much; the number of transfer students accepted into any Ivy League each year is much lower than the number of students who got a 4.0 in community college.</p>

<p>So what you need to do is do more research into what options you have. Don't set yourself up for failure by aiming for a goal almost nobody reaches.</p>

<p>I agree with amarkov: you have absolutely no chance for transferral into one of those schools. This isn't to say that your two years of hard work won't be rewarded by transferring into a good 4 year college. You should make an appointment with your transferal counselor for some good advice.</p>

<p>i think that this can be fixed, but that will mean a lot more credits with lots of A's. if you can get your cumulative gpa to a 3.6+ and if you can pay your way and have a good story, you'll be in the running, but that doesn't mean you'll have great chances</p>

<p>Ivies require SAT or ACT test scores for transfers (most of them), so definitely prepare well and take those, even if you have a good amount of credits collected. Admission is not guaranteed if you get a perfect score; acceptances are based on the whole of the application, all of grades, activities, standardized test scores, (and quite importantly) essays.</p>

<p>Did you perform community service or participate in extracurricular activities back in Europe?</p>

<p>I think you could try to apply, but beforehand, you need to compose a master plan to improve your GPA and brainstorm on how to market yourself as a valuable candidate. Why would the Ivies specifically want you? How can you contribute to their universities? Your circumstances might be truly unique and your perspective of the world, perseverance in life, and special experiences might be a hook. </p>

<p>Also, for how long have you been learning English, have you learned it in a year?</p>

<p>If you do apply, apply to safeties, and don't be disappointed if you're not admitted to Ivies. All your hard work can still be compensated -- you can receive a stellar education and be greatly accomplished attending someplace else. There's a plethora of non-Ivy yet fantastic universities in the States. Best of luck!</p>