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Do I have any chance? (I'm from France, lower GPA, worried...)

Nina2332Nina2332 Registered User Posts: 453 Member
I lived in France from age 7-16, so my 9th and 10th year grades don't have Honors or APs since those don't exist in France. Therefore my GPA isn't high when it is cumulative (2.9) but if you look at my Junior year of HS it is 4.1. And my senior grades are looking the same so far.

I took 2 AP exams last year: Psychology and French, and got 5 on both.
I am taking AP European History this year and ALL Honors classes. (And i'll be taking the AP European History AP Test)

My counselor statement explains my lower GPA and grade situation for 9th and 10th grade.

SAT:
Critical Reading: 660
Writing: 720
Math: 520

Subject test:
Literature: 640
French Language: 800

I'm the photographer and web designer of my school newspaper, I babysit and do french tutoring, I do community work for the Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity, but have only done so since about a month. I play the piano and do portrait photography. I've been in clubs such as FBLA and the French Club and have also been a lead actress in drama class.

My essay has info about my living in France (diversity), the culture and traveling experiences I had (I traveled throughout Europe a lot).

I want to major in French or Psychology.

Any opinion?
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Replies to: Do I have any chance? (I'm from France, lower GPA, worried...)

  • notakidnotakid Registered User Posts: 688 Member
    Assuming they read the counselor's letter and don't just go by numbers, I think you should have a good chance, but I have no inside information. Good luck!
  • jellybeans12jellybeans12 Registered User Posts: 139 Junior Member
    I am in the same situation as you concerning GPA. It won't effect your overall chance of getting in if you explain to them what happened. They'll look at your Junior/Senior Year and the grades you got along with the course you took. I think you have a good chance.
  • Nina2332Nina2332 Registered User Posts: 453 Member
    Thank you very much! I really hope they will see how much I improved, a 4.1 GPA for my junior year is really good, and my senior grades have been pretty much the same so...and hopefully my counselor statement helps as well...i'm just wondering if I should maybe type something up in the "additional info" area of the common app? or if that would be too repetitive.
  • jellybeans12jellybeans12 Registered User Posts: 139 Junior Member
    Have you done the education interruption letter? There is a section in the common app for that.
  • Nina2332Nina2332 Registered User Posts: 453 Member
    Education interruption? I haven't seen that in the commonapp, not sure it applies to my situation either, my education was never interrupted, I just went through tough times grade-wise?
  • notrichenoughnotrichenough Registered User Posts: 7,980 Senior Member
    Your test score is in the middle, and if they focus on your jr and sr year grades, I think your chances are pretty good.

    Have you considered taking the SAT again? Boosting your score (math especially) could really up your chances.
  • Nina2332Nina2332 Registered User Posts: 453 Member
    Well the thing is I took the SAT 4 or 5 times already, and I took math tutoring lessons, and all sorts of classes to try and improve that math score, but it just didn't get any higher, and I don't think it will if I take it again.

    Hopefully they won't focus too much on my freshman and sophomore years which were in France yes...
  • jellybeans12jellybeans12 Registered User Posts: 139 Junior Member
    Education Interruption is when you move schools/transfer
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