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Chances Please - Low GPA, Decent Test Scores

hydraliskshydralisks Registered User Posts: 544 Member
How am I looking for USC (undergrad)?

* Major: Bioengineering/Biomedical engineering
* CA/Male/Asian
* School: One of the most competitive schools in Cali (1H, 1Y, 1P, 2S this year, 6-7 to each UC, 1UPenn, 1JHU, 1Cornell)
* Rank: 68/646 until 1st semes Junior year (10.5%).. awaiting 2nd semes. rank (will go up into or very very close to 10%)

* GPA: Not sure on the formula so here are my grades:

H = Honors

- 9th (yea I really screwed up 9th grade... moved here from MN & the classes were wayy more advanced here in CA - I'll try to talk about that in my essay)
H Global Studies/Health A- / A-
Eng A / A
Bio A / B+
Span 1 A / B
Marching Band/Symphonic Band A / A
H Geometry B+ / B
PE A / A

- Summer @ local CC
H Alg. II A

- 10th
Span 2 B+ / A-
Phys A / A
Marching Band/Wind Symphony A / A
H Eng B+ / B+
Chem A / A
H PreCalc A / A
AP World Hist. C+ / B-

- Summer @ local CC
H US Hist. A

- 11th
AP Phys A / B
Marching Band/Wind Symphony A / A
AP Calc A / A
AP Eng Lang. & Comp. B- / B-
CS A+ / A
Span 3 A- / A

- 12th
AP Stat.
AP Bio
AP Eng Lit.
AP Gov. & MacroEcon
Marching Band/Wind Ensemble II

* SAT: Superscore 2140; 2100 (640CR, 720W, 740M), 2100 (600CR, 720W, 780M), retaking for 2250+
* SAT II: MathIIc 800, Phys 750 (retaking), Bio (pending, say maybe 750 for chance purposes)
* APs: Calc BC (5), Calc AB Subscore (5), Eng Lang. (3), Phys Mech (3), Phys E&M (3), World History (3)

* ECs:
- Piano: 7yrs, Marching Band - 4yrs (Instrument for 6yrs)
- Bio-related Research Internship: current summer, Siemens/Intel - (pending), Local Science Fair - (pending)
- Math Club: 4yrs, Riddle Club - 10th & 11th (Pres. & Founder)
- Website Design both commercially & for non-profit organizations (ie. school band, ptsa, teachers, chinese school, etc.) - countless hours
- Chinese school student council committee chair: 10th grade
- Volunteer: local museum, thrift store - many hours during summer

* Useless Rantings:
Pretty much increasing GPA trend from 10th - I'll be busting my ass of 1st semes. of 12th
Had an ugly cold on my 2nd SAT retake which explains for same score.. should do much better next time

I know that USC is a great school but how does its bioengineering department compare to those at other schools (ie. UCLA, UCD, UCSD, Cornell)

Thanks in advance!
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Replies to: Chances Please - Low GPA, Decent Test Scores

  • hinmanCEOhinmanCEO Registered User Posts: 276 Junior Member
    cornell will be tough becuz of your gpa... them C's hurt.
  • itla_unoitla_uno Registered User Posts: 336 Member
    your gpa definitely isn't as bad as you seem to think...looks like its about a 3.7 unweighted? that's not bad. usc is definitely within reach for you
  • cc411cc411 Registered User Posts: 1,724 Senior Member
    I see only 1 C... ?

    Don't worry- everything else looks very good. I think you will be ok. Write a great essay about your experience and interest in bio/bioengineering. I'd say 85% chance.
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