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American HS student -> UK uni chances

GodspeedVGGodspeedVG 2 replies1 threads New Member
Hi reader,

I'm currently an American student studying @ a prestigious + competitive high school. Unfortunately, I took some wrong turns through my HS career and ended up with an abysmal GPA, though my performance on the SATs are satisfactory. I was led to believe UK universities don't look @ GPA, which would make applying for those my best chance of getting into a competitive institution.

I'm currently looking at:
- University of Edinburgh
- University of Glasgow
- King's College London

I'll be applying for the Business Management course in the aforementioned universities.

My stats:

GPA: ~2.0 (will definitely graduate though)

SAT-R: 1420 (720 English, 700 Math)

SAT II World History: 700

SAT II Biology: 740

SAT II US History: 700+ predicted

SAT II Math I: 700+ predicted

SAT II Literature: 700+ predicted

I additionally have pretty formidable extracurriculars relevant to Business Management.

What are my chances?
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  • CollegeMamb0CollegeMamb0 178 replies1 threads Junior Member
    Go to each university's page for the business management course and look at entry requirements.

    For example, Edinburgh is asking for A Levels: AAA - ABB.

    An A at A Level = 5 on AP and 800 on SAT Subject Test.

    I understand that SAT Subject Tests are not considered as good as APs, and APs are not as good as A Levels.

    https://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/undergraduate/degrees/index.php?action=programme&code=N100

    Glasgow is lower at ABB - BBB but Kings wants A*AA.

    You are very likely to be offered a place but it is likely conditional on your next set of SAT Subject Tests, as you only currently have 2 and they want 3. They WILL look your GPA and SAT score too, they won't totally discard it. Will they be more lenient because of your American dollars? Maybe.....
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  • GodspeedVGGodspeedVG 2 replies1 threads New Member
    I heard Edinburgh doesn't look @ high school transcript.. are you certain they look @ GPA? If they see my 2.0, I might as well use the UCAS spot on another university.
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  • collegemom3717collegemom3717 8289 replies87 threads Senior Member
    For example, Edinburgh is asking for A Levels: AAA - ABB.

    An A at A Level = 5 on AP and 800 on SAT Subject Test.

    Actually, Edinburgh will accept the OPs stats:

    SAT score of 1290+ (650+ in Evidence based reading and Writing and 620+ in Math) plus two AP scores at 4+ or two SAT subject tests at 650+

    Ofc, that just makes the OP 'competitive' - it doesn't guarantee a place.

    Where Edi's standard offer is AAB for Business Management, King's is A*AA, which translates to 720, 700, 700 in three SAT Subject tests and 1380 in the SAT-R, with a minimum of 620 in Maths and 650 in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing in one sitting.

    As @CollegeMamb0 pointed, out for either of these, any offer would definitely be conditional.

    Glasgow is AAB, which they align with SAT: 1280 AND 2 SAT subject tests (in relevant subjects): 600+

    OP, I don't know what your 'wrong turns' were, and I love a good come-back story, but just in case it is relevant: if your academic issues had to do with self-discipline or motivation, be sure that maturity has worked it's magic and you have sorted that out. The UK system is unforgiving: most or all of your grades will be based on a single end of year cumulative exam in each class you have taken.


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  • Conformist1688Conformist1688 1292 replies31 threads Senior Member
    While the GPA per se is not considered, don't forget you need a teacher recommendation, which may well draw on your past study practices. So select carefully!
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  • GodspeedVGGodspeedVG 2 replies1 threads New Member
    While the GPA per se is not considered, don't forget you need a teacher recommendation, which may well draw on your past study practices. So select carefully!

    I got the teacher recommendation covered, I'm just concerned that they'll look @ my GPA and immediately trash my application.
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  • Conformist1688Conformist1688 1292 replies31 threads Senior Member
    You don't need to put the GPA in the application if applying through UCAS. Just standardised test scores.
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