Please chance a bad freshman year for Duke and ND

<p>Thinking about Duke ED and Notre Dame EA. </p>

<p>Male from a rather well respected catholic prep school in the northeast. </p>

<p>ACT: 33- probably will retake </p>

<p>SAT II: 770 US
730 Math I</p>

<p>UW GPA is like a 3.7-3.8, weighted is just under 4.0 (like 3.98ish)</p>

<p>Grades:
Freshman year (3.539 W)</p>

<p>English A-
Geometry Honors B+
French II B-
religion A-
Biology A-
Music B+
Health A
History A-</p>

<p>Sophomore Year (4.02 W)</p>

<p>French III A-
Alg II Honors A-
English Honors A-
US Honors A-
Religion A
Chem A
Health A
art A</p>

<p>Junior Year (4.3 W)
US AP A (5)
English AP A- (5)
Physics honors A-
Calc Honors A
French IV A-
Music A
Religion A</p>

<p>Next year I will have 4 APs. </p>

<p>ECs
Track (Indoor and Outdoor)- about 16 hrs a week- every year (dec 1-June 10ish)
-I've won some awards like conference champ, all-star, state competitions and national competitions, and have placed high at state HS meets and Northeastern regionals (some D1/D3 schools want me, but not duke or nd)</p>

<p>XC- one year- captain of frosh team</p>

<p>Student council-3.5 years about 1.5 hrs a week and Im a committee chair</p>

<p>GAA Club Founder and captain- 2 years- Irish football and hurling 3 hours a week in the fall</p>

<p>School fan club founder and pres (Jr and sr years) Few hrs a week</p>

<p>200ish hrs of volunteering, mostly with special needs children
Work</p>

<p>Internship at colligate summer baseball league (I'd do set up, get money, etc) for 2 years (12 hrs a week in summer)</p>

<p>Lead writer for yearbook for the above baseball and edited it too- 3 years</p>

<p>Mowed lawns every summer for a few hrs a week- my own "company"</p>

<p>This summer I had an internship in a European government for a month where I shadowed a politician (2nd in charge of party) answered phones, took notes on meetings, etc and next summer I can go intern at the European Union in Belgium </p>

<p>Intended majors: Econ and political science/public policy</p>

<p>anybody, please? I'll chance back/share my input on your thread</p>

<p>Your grades are good, ECs too, ACT is solid (Duke's 25/75: 30-34; ND's 25/75: 31-34).</p>

<p>I think you've got a good shot, certainly worth applying. Make sure you spend a lot of time on your essays. </p>

<p>Good luck. ☘</p>

<p>Alright thank you. Should my ECs/ACT/Soph/Jr grades make up for my subpar performance from Freshman year?</p>

<p>Yes, though it wasn't bad, and colleges realize that it's a transition year. A few Bs freshman year aren't going to have a negative impact.</p>

<p>Alright thanks. I guess it wasn't that bad, but it was definitely below average for top universities. </p>

<p>Anyone else?</p>

<p>Your freshman year should not be a problem at all... like DolorousEdd said even the most prestigious colleges recognize that freshman year is a difficult period... your grades also show improvement over time which colleges love to see</p>

<p>Alright thank you. Anyone else?</p>

<p>You're in the running, colleges are more forgiving about your freshman year grades
also, your devotion to your EC's will look pretty good on your app.</p>

<p>Good luck man.</p>

<p>Thanks. Will only three years of a language hurt me? I've heard rumors that it does, but I honestly hate language and am much more interested in Econ (which is what I replaced it with).</p>

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Thanks. Will only three years of a language hurt me? I've heard rumors that it does, but I honestly hate language and am much more interested in Econ (which is what I replaced it with).

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Notre Dame only requires two years of high school foreign language, though encourages more. Don't know about Duke.</p>

<p>Wow, everything looks great to me. You'll probably get in to at least one of those schools. Your great academics and sports record is very "Notre Dame." Good luck!</p>

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<p>alright thanks, ill chance you back in a few hours when i wake up</p>

<p>You have a pretty decent chance; Your gpa isn't great, but it shows an upward chance. Maybe take another SAT II? Good luck!</p>

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<p>What colleges really like to see is that upward trend from freshman year to senior year, which is what you have. Your tests scores are neutral for both schools, they won't really hurt you but they won't stand out. Definitely apply to both though, ND loves athletic students with a serious commitment, even if you don't continue the sport there. PM me if you have any question, i'm an ND student.</p>

<p>alright thanks, anyone else?</p>

<p>youre ECs are pretty cool, that should help you</p>

<p>Your ACT score is really nice, that should help you out. Your freshman year wasn't that rough, and besides its almost not a bad thing considering the upward trend, just keep it up your senior year. make your essays vivid and engaging and you'll have a decent chance.</p>

<p>alright thanks anybody else?</p>

<p>I don't think your freshman year should be that big of an impact, from what I've heard, freshmen years are not looked upon too harshly by college admissions officers, plus they like that you have worked harder sophomore and junior years.</p>

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