Freshman and Sophomore Years of High School

<p>Is it still possible to get accepted to Yale University (or any of the other Ivy League universities) with my first two years of high school? Here is a list of things during my freshman and sophomore years of high school:</p>

<p>Freshman Year</p>

<p>Academics</p>

<ul>
<li>Two Honors Courses (Honors Chemistry and Honors Geometry) </li>
<li>Two Electives (Multimedia Design and Concert Band) </li>
<li>Three Regular Classes (English I, Spanish I, and World Civilizations)</li>
<li>Maximum Number of Credits </li>
<li>Honors Community Service (50 Community Service Hours) </li>
<li>Final GPA - 2.95</li>
</ul>

<p>School Sports</p>

<ul>
<li>None</li>
</ul>

<p>Student Government</p>

<ul>
<li>Elected Ninth Grade Class Council Officer</li>
</ul>

<p>Extracurricular</p>

<ul>
<li>Volunteer at the Children’s Section of the Local Library </li>
<li>Judge in the Lower School Science Fair </li>
<li>Performed in the School Spring Drama Production </li>
<li>Member of Church Youth Group </li>
<li>Participated in the Day of Silence </li>
<li>Host at an School Information Session </li>
<li>Wrote and Acted for the School Drama Festival</li>
</ul>

<p>Sophomore Year (so far)</p>

<p>Academics</p>

<ul>
<li>Two Honors Courses (Honors Biology and Honors Algebra II) </li>
<li>One AP Course (AP World History) </li>
<li>Two Electives (Introduction to Computer Science and Concert Band)</li>
<li>Two Regular Classes (English II and Spanish II)</li>
<li>Maximum Number of Credits </li>
<li>Honors Community Service (50 Community Service Hours) </li>
<li>GPA - 3.2 (as of the end of last quarter)</li>
</ul>

<p>School Sports</p>

<ul>
<li>Junior Varsity Cross Country </li>
<li>Junior Varsity Swimming </li>
<li>Junior Varsity Tennis</li>
</ul>

<p>Student Government</p>

<ul>
<li>Elected Tenth Grade Class Council Officer </li>
<li>Elected Student Council Secretary (Highest Student Council Position Available to a Sophomore)</li>
</ul>

<p>Extracurricular</p>

<ul>
<li>Volunteering at the Children’s Section of the Local Library </li>
<li>Performed in the Fall and Spring Drama Productions </li>
<li>Member of the Technical Crews for the Fall and Spring Drama Productions </li>
<li>Member of Church Youth Group </li>
<li>Active Junior State of America Member </li>
<li>Model United Nations Delegate </li>
<li>Participated in the Day of Silence </li>
<li>Wrote and Acted for the School Drama Festival </li>
<li>Staff Writer for the School Newspaper </li>
<li>Member of the Community Service Board</li>
</ul>

<p>Hard to say without test scores but your GPA is too low and your course load is not rigorous enough. So I would say it's not possible, unless you are an underrepresented minority.</p>

<p>In addition to the list above, in my freshman year, I was a member of the Chess Team and the Ultimate Frisbee club. Also, in the summer between my freshman and sophomore years, I volunteered in a hospital's messenger department. This year, I am also a member of the Chess Club, a member of the Future Business Leaders of America chapter, a host at multiple school open houses, and I also helped in the School Toy Drive. Over the summer, I intend on attending the Navy Sports Camp for swimming and go to Nicaragua for a mission trip. Also, I received a 184 on the PSAT.</p>

<p>One thing you have to remember is that your first hurdle with a school the caliber of Y is to be academically qualified. Here, your gpa, the rigor of your coursework (in relation to what is offered at your HS) and test scores are the most important factors. While your upward gpa trend is great, there will be other applicants with strong grades throughout HS. For any school you apply to, your Jr year class schedule and grades will be very important. Check out the Resources sticky thread to see past Results threads and you will see the gpa range for applicants and acceptances.</p>

<p>For highly selective schools, you will have to bring your testing scores up significantly for the SAT, see the 25:75 range for Y:</p>

<p>College</a> Search - Yale University - SAT®, AP®, CLEP®</p>

<p>Remember, the Ivy league is a sports conference, the colleges within it vary in their selectivity, size, location, strengths, etc.</p>

<p>Thank you for the advice.</p>