How will pass/fail effect college admissions. 3.76 GPA (BC, BU, Northeastern, Upenn, Columbia)

How will colleges view pass/fail grading during a Covid-19 year. At my school in my freshman year are school gave us the choice to take pass/fail for are core classes at the beginning of the first semester like many others at my school I decided to take advantage of this. Now I am very worried I should have not done pass/fail since I did really well that semester. BTW my school does not allow APs until junior year and there is only one honors course for freshman.

*I keep getting taken down for a duplicate thread but I done have any other threads and threads I have had in the past have nothing to do with this topic.

Geometry - P
English Accelerated - P
Western Civ - P
Biology - P
Ceramics - A
Latin 1 - A
S2(extenuating circumstance for poor grades)
English Accelerated- C+ (worried about this)
Western Civ - B
Biology - A-
Ceramics - P
Latin - A

Algebra 2 Honors - B-
Chemistry Honors - B
World Studies- A
English - B
Latin 2 - A
Computer Science - A-
Algebra 2 Honors - A
Chemistry Honors - A
World Studies- A
English - A
Latin 2 - A
Investing and Personal Finance - A

I talked with my gc and this is my course load senior and junior

AP US History
AP Lang and Comp
Latin 3
AP Comp Sci Principles
AP Macro Economics
Honors Precalculus
Honors Physics

AP Lit and Comp
AP Calc BC
AP Biology
Latin 4
AP Microeconomics
AP Computer Science A
AP Law and Gov

Don’t be disingenuous; the post I deleted did not ask about the impact of P/F.

But as others have said in your other threads, you cannot change the past. You have to improve the future.

The P/F will be less problematic than the B’s and C:s for the Ivy League level colleges you have tagged.

There will be a college for you, but you really should wait a year to get your grades up before determining your list. But looking at those you have tagged, you need to be aware that UCLA, like all CA publics, will give you no FA as an OOS student. And that Barnard is a women’s college.


@DR.AVE You are only a sophomore and I see a student who is starting to develop an unhealthy fixation with the college admissions process. Rather than getting worked up about a semester of P/F, speculating about hypothetical grades for classes a year or more from now, and repeatedly rehashing the same questions in new threads, you should be focusing on doing the best you can on what is in front of you. You can’t do anything to change what has already happened, only do your best going forward. Please stop obsessing over schools that are reaches for the vast majority of applicants and try to find a school that would be excited to have you attend.


I agree with @skieurope. Your P grades during a pandemic are not what concern me. You have a lot of B’s and a C which does not bode well for Princeton, Cornell, Dartmouth College, and UCLA. I do not see any evidence that these four universities would be a good fit for you. Cornell and Brown also look like reaches to me, as does BC. I am not as sure about the other schools on your list, mostly because I do not know them well.

I am also concerned that AP classes will be quite a bit more difficult than regular and honors classes, and you have signed up for a lot of AP classes. My guess is that you might be better off taking fewer APs and doing well in them.

I think that job #1 is to do as well as you can during your current semester of classes. Job #2 is to do well next year. Then somewhere around about this time a year from now you can see how things are going.

I am confident that there will be some very good colleges and universities where you can be admitted and will do well. I doubt that they are the ones that you have tagged in this post.


Many colleges, among them several Ivy‘s, were grading entire semesters P/F, so they are all very aware why that was a perfectly reasonable option.

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I would suggest that you leave this website for a year and come back when you have your actual S2 Sophomore and S1 Junior grades (and maybe an actual test score). We can then help you put together a realistic list. In the meantime, do as well as you can. Also, try to get your parents to agree upon college funding. Remember, colleges use past performance as a predictor of future performance. You need actual results, not promises of the future.