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Lowest GPA accepted so far??

truth1truth1 Registered User Posts: 46 Junior Member
My friend is a little discouraged about applying cause he has a 3.2. Does anyone know about people getting in with a GPA like this. his stats
3.2/4
4.1/6
1470/1600
2060/2400
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Replies to: Lowest GPA accepted so far??

  • atlhawksatlhawks Registered User Posts: 94 Junior Member
    What is his 10th+11th GPA(unweighted)? Does he have an upward grade trend?
  • wtr008wtr008 Registered User Posts: 61 Junior Member
    is that his UM gpa? they calculate it by using 10th and 11th grade core classes gpa unweighted
  • j89j89 Registered User Posts: 1,103 Senior Member
    athletes can get into michigan with 3.2 or even lower...
  • jnpnjnpn Registered User Posts: 787 Member
    The school matters also. Kids at my HS in the low 3 range could get in pretty easily for the most part.
  • AlexandreAlexandre Registered User Posts: 24,693 Senior Member
    If you attend an elite high school that is known for rigorous and uncompromising academics, a 3.2 GPA will get you into several top universities, including Michigan. However, most students with sub 3.6 GPAs are turned down.
  • vc08vc08 Registered User Posts: 3,340 Senior Member
    There was one guy on here with a 2340 SAT who was deferred bc of his 3.4 GPA at a top 100 high school. So I think they're really strict about that this year.
  • jrparjrpar Registered User Posts: 2,135 Senior Member
    I think Alexandre is right. I know a kid with a 3.4 and good but not great scores who got in recently, coming from a rigorous prep school. The GPA is going to be evaluated w/in the context of your school. There are lots of "top 100" high schools with rampant grade inflation.
  • sleepyzsleepyz Registered User Posts: 297 Junior Member
    how about if your high school is in the top20? roughly what kinda GPA would you need unweighted?
  • Jonathan1Jonathan1 Registered User Posts: 5,744 Senior Member
    Michigan gives my school a .4 GPA boost and I heard someone got in with a 3.2. My school is pretty hard, though.
  • vc08vc08 Registered User Posts: 3,340 Senior Member
    GPA is only one factor. There isn't a set min or max for ranked schools, they will look at how you did compared to everyone else in your school.
  • AlexandreAlexandre Registered User Posts: 24,693 Senior Member
    Sleepyz, there isn't a rule of thumb for college admissions. Many variables come into play, including adcom instincts, applicant essays and ECs etc... However, a student that attends a school of St Paul's, Deerfield's or Hotchkiss' calibre will be given some slack for a lower GPA because their grading is more stingy that grading at most other schools. It is not uncommon for a 3.0 student at a school like Deerfield, Hotchkiss or St Paul to get a bunch of 5s in AP Calculus BC, Physics C, English and a bunch of other tough APs and score over a 2300 on the SAT.

    But by and large, students with sub 3.6 GPAs aren't admitted.
  • jnpnjnpn Registered User Posts: 787 Member
    how about if your high school is in the top20? roughly what kinda GPA would you need unweighted?

    Depends what top 20 we are talking about. Public or private or boarding school? Private and boarding school, especially those with grade deflation, will get 3.2 students through the door usually. Bare in mind that these 3.2 people tend to have high SATs and good AP scores, among other things, to go with it. At the end of the day, UM has no set GPA cutoff for any high school -- there are a large number of factors that are weighted and GPA is just one of them.
  • sleepyzsleepyz Registered User Posts: 297 Junior Member
    My school is ranked 20th in PUBLIC high schools I think (Bronx High School of Science is my school if that helps) and Alexandre, isn't GPA what UM has been looking more at lately so I'm just curious if there is a look at the high school institution the person attends in that sense?
  • y7bbb6y7bbb6 Registered User Posts: 454 Member
    colleges have regional counselors that know most of the schools in your area.

    they don't look at it in terms of your school's ranking, they look at it in terms of what kind of GPAs they usually see from kids at your school, and how well those kids perform at their college. i made a thread a while back about what absolute BS high school rankings are. they mean zilch.
  • jrparjrpar Registered User Posts: 2,135 Senior Member
    sleepyz, the best way for you to get an answer to your question is to talk to your guidance counselor and ask to see the stats of recent applicants to Michigan from your high school. I agree with y7bbb6.
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