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GED - Could I ever be accepted to a competitive university?

AstrummAstrumm Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
edited November 2012 in What Are My Chances?
Now, here's my problem. I've only got a GED. But before you just tell me "No, there's no way, you're screwed", listen to what I have to say.

I didn't get a GED because I'm stupid. I had a rough time in HS due to some sleeping problems (which has been resolved now, thankfully). Because of my sleeping disorder, I came to school in the middle of the day, which left me short 13 credits for a HS diploma. Instead of spending another two years at HS, I decided to get my GED. My GED is with honors (from CT), if that mater at all.

And another consequence of my absence is awful grades. In fact, I got a 100% on my chemistry mid term, yet somehow managed to fail the first semester. I knew the material, but couldn't keep up with the HW because it often required me to be IN THE CLASS.

I'm currently enrolled in a CC (Yeah, I know) where I'm studying physics. I'll transfer to a state university and do as well as I can there.

And I saw that they look for fluency in foreign languages, I'm pretty close to fluent in Russian (У меня есть российская девушка), and I'm gonna start German soon. Languages and world travel are sort of one of my "hobbies".

If I do really well for two years at a state university, what are my chances of being accepted to a school like NYU? Considering high enough SAT scores of course, which I'll be taking soon.
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Replies to: GED - Could I ever be accepted to a competitive university?

  • AeroMikeAeroMike Registered User Posts: 281 Junior Member
    I don't know enough about it to answer your question, but I sympathize with the sleeping disorder. It's a big obstacle to functioning normally. Similar to you, I did poorly in some classes because of classwork and homework but aced tests and quizzes. Hopefully it works out for you, since you seem quite bright.
  • AstrummAstrumm Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    Thanks. I know man, I know. It really messed up all of school for me, I struggled even in middle school. But in HS, it must have been made worse by all of my hormones and what not.

    What made things worse is when everyone just thinks you're a slacker.

    Thankfully, I seem to have gotten in under-control, sort of. As long as the class starts past 10 (which mine do right now), I'm ok.
  • CatriaCatria Registered User Posts: 11,349 Senior Member
    Competitive schools sometimes have classes before 10. It's something you have to consider when choosing classes.
  • oohtobeagooneroohtobeagooner - Posts: 611 Member
    do you live in New York? If yes then I'm pretty confident you can do it- just believe in yourself! :D Good luck and remember to schedule your time well because of your sleeping problem.
  • AstrummAstrumm Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    No, I live right next door to NY (CT). Yeah, I'll do my best with scheduling.

    I was thinking of applying to a University of Zurich, but that might be a bit of a stretch right now.

    Worst case is that I have to get a BA from a state university first.
  • ArtsyGirl13ArtsyGirl13 Registered User Posts: 2,986 Senior Member
    I would be wrong, but as a transfer they will be looking at your college grades and colleges ECs, not things like SAT scores. How are you CC grades?
  • AstrummAstrumm Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    So far, I'm doing really well, I got a 105 on my physics midterm. I just hope they don't look at HS grades, because they're really really bad. It would be an instant turn-off.
  • ArtsyGirl13ArtsyGirl13 Registered User Posts: 2,986 Senior Member
    Not sure when you plan to transfer, but according to the website in certain situations the high school GPA is extremely important.

    Transfer Applicants
  • AstrummAstrumm Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    Yes, but that is for first semester applications, when I apply, I'll have 4 semesters of solid grades to show.
  • OperationIvyOperationIvy Registered User Posts: 114 Junior Member
    If you're transferring from a CC after two years to a university then you won't need to take the SAT. As long as you maintain a high GPA and participate in some extracurricular activities, you should be fine. If you're transferring directly from a CC, I'm almost positive that they only look at your college performance. Even if they did look at your high school performance, as long as they saw an upward trend since then, they wouldn't take it into much consideration.

    The GED is one of the few options home schooled students have to graduate from high school, and several get into top tier schools. The valedictorian for Princeton one year was a home schooled student, and I, personally, have known several home schooled students who have graduated from ivies such as Harvard, UPenn, and Princeton.
  • AstrummAstrumm Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    Ah, thanks, that's good news. I'm only doing one year at a CC, then going to a state uni (not an ivy league school). I'll put in two strong years there, then apply to universities that I'm really interested in.
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