Is a 92 average (~3.7 gpa) low for ivies?

<p>Right now, as a junior, I have a 92/100 average.. I know it could be better, but it's because my freshman year gpa is really low (87?) My sophomore year I had a 96 average, and this year I have a 93 so far, but I think I can raise it to a 95 by the end of the year. </p>

<p>Anyway, I wanna know if I'll be at a huge disadvantage with a 92 average overall when i apply to ivies next year...</p>

<p>Ask your guidance counselor about this one. There are a lot of factors at play including the type of high school you are attending, the specific courses you have taken, which courses were the ones that you had which grades in, etc., etc.</p>

<p>Where does that 92 average put you in the pecking order (rank) at your school. In this era of rampant grade inflation a 92 at many schools could put you at the 80th percentile. At a few other schools, a 92 might be a significant accomplishment. Colleges will also want to know what courses you earned that 92 in. Does your GPA reflect only those grades you received in your academic core subjects (or "solids")? Did you take the most rigorous courses available (APs, Honors, Dual Enrollment)? If your guidance counselor has little experience with Ivy League admissions you can get a good read here on CC, but you'll have to provide a bit more context.</p>

<p>Right now I'm ranking 22/~250. My freshman year I was in 2 honors; sophomore I was in none, and this year I'm in 2 honors and 1 AP. Next year I'll be in 3 AP's. Our school offers a total of 5 AP's and 8 honors. (the one AP I haven't taken though may not be available to take next year anyway, so it may look as though I've taken every AP our school offers.</p>

<p>The AP's I'm taking/will take:
Biology
Calc
Gov't
English Lit.</p>

<p>And my freshman year is really bad; I have an A+ in regular Bio, C+ in Global Honors, B+ in Spanish 2 and Algebra, and a B in English honors. (that's why I didn't take honors soph year)</p>

<p>Sophomore year I had all A's/A+'s.</p>

<p>The Ivies typically report that 90%+ of their admitted class are in the top 10%. You're in the top 10% (which is good) but barely.</p>

<p>My guess is that your grades are a bit low, but not so low that you shouldn't apply.</p>

<p>I guess I was kind of expecting that; hopefully I'll raise my grades and my rank by next year.</p>

<p>Any other opinions/responses??</p>

<p>Freshman year counts the least, so focus on taking rigorous classes senior year and pulling up your GPA. SATs also matter more with a lower GPA, and ECs are always important for Ivies.</p>

<p>Chances are your rank isn't going to increase by much (generally the top 20 just about maintain their positions in junior year) , so the goal this year should be to try your best so that you can STAY in the top 10%. You dont need a 4.0 to get into an Ivy. You just need to have challenged yourself. Good luck!</p>

<p>If your school subscribes to naviance use it to predict your chances. Naviance will show you how previous applicants from your school fared. Access may be available to you (as a junior/senior) and/or your parents. Ask your college counselor.</p>

<p>Oh wow, I just realized you guys responded.. Thanks for the input... And my school doesn't send many schools to ivies very often.. I think the last one was more than 5 years ago, so that gives you a hint at how rare it is for someone to go to an ivy...</p>

<p>Btw, any other opinions?</p>

<p>I think it depends on the grading system of the high school too. At our school, a 92 would be the same as say, a 97 because any A=4.0. The pluses and minuses show up on the transcript, however. </p>

<p>If I were you, I would apply. Best of luck!</p>

<p>As others said, it depends on the rigor of your classes and your school. Good luck however!</p>

<p>Thanks for the advice guys! I truly appreciate it. :)</p>

<p>How are your SATs or ACTs? They will put your grades in perspective.</p>

<p>I haven't taken the SAT or ACT, but I took a practice test the other day (with the proper time intervals)... It was without any prep, so it's my starting point... (I'll start prepping in march for the April one)</p>

<p>My english was a 28
Math was a 28
Reading was 20.. Ouch, I know.
Science was 27. </p>

<p>I'm pretty confident I can raise 3 of them up to a 32+, but the reading section seriously kills me. -.-</p>

<p>Did you see this thread?
<a href="http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/admissions-hindsight-lessons-learned/1256190-those-who-think-low-scores-being-orm-will-kill-your-ivy-league-chances-2.html%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/admissions-hindsight-lessons-learned/1256190-those-who-think-low-scores-being-orm-will-kill-your-ivy-league-chances-2.html&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>Ahhh that gives me some hope, but not enough to make me completely relaxed.. :p</p>

<p>Btw, my UW gpa jumped up to 92.6.. Lol, not much, but at least it's getting better...?</p>