I am currently a HS Junior at a competitive public HS in CT. UConn is by far my #1 choice, I'm afraid I might not have the grades (around a 3.2 gpa, taking the SAT in May, decent ECs). What are my best chances for admission into UConn? Apply Early Action? One of my friends said the best bet is to apply right away for the Regular admission (Feb 1st deadline)?
For the essay, should I mention that it is my first choice?
Also, how much of a factor does 1st semester Senior year have an impact on getting in? Is it significant, or is it just mostly centered around Junior year??