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Student with a 2.92 GPA....chances?

Student1Student1 Registered User Posts: 285 Junior Member
edited January 2007 in What Are My Chances?
You don't see many chances threads from students with lower than a 3.0.

Well, here's my situation:

Indian Canadian living in New Jersey. Attending a prestious public high school (princeton high school)


SAT I: 1410 (800M 610R)

SAT II: 710 MathIIC and 600 Chemistry

- varsity basketball
- co-captain of school cricket team
- president of chess club
- orchestra section leader (cello)
- webdesign volunteer work for a small local museum
- medical center as doctor's lab assistant
- guitar and band (participates in annual battle of the bands)
- school computer administration volunteer
- i teach basic computer skills (word, powerpoint, etc) to adults at local library
- started student tutoring organizaiton at library as well


Freshmen year: School in Montreal...so that was a 4.0 GPA

Sophomore year: 3.2 GPA

American Studies Honors: A
AP Computer Science A: B
Algebra II honors: B
English Honors: B
Chemistry Honors: B
French III: B
Gym: A
Health: A

Junior year (here comes the bad part...2.2GPA or something...)

AP Computer Science AB: D
AP Chemistry: D
Physics Honors: C
Trig Honors: C
AP Language: C
Symphony Orchestra: B
Gym: A
Health: B (***)

Senior year (predicted grades around 3.65 GPA first semester)

AP Biology: B
English IV Honors: A
AP Calculus: B
Orchestra: A
International Business and Culture: A
Gym: A
Health: A

I have a reason for this downward trend because i took too many ECs as you can probably tell, but i learned from my ECs what major i want to do which can be a plus side (which is also my essay). The 2.92 doesn't include my senior year, but the crap that was my junior year kill me horribly. Following schools i'm applying to:

Penn State
Georgia Tech
U Illinois Urbana
Wisconsin Madison
UC San Diego

Case Western Reserve
University of Rochester
Carnegie Mellon
Boston U
Boston College
Lehigh University

I will be signing up to be studying engineering because my ECs showed me how interesting it was. my essays should be okay because i know with confidence what direction in college i want to head in.

Any input is truely appreciated. I'm worried sick.
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Replies to: Student with a 2.92 GPA....chances?

  • spark15spark15 Registered User Posts: 459 Member
    Do you have a rank? Low GPA can be bumped a little bit by scores and rank
  • Student1Student1 Registered User Posts: 285 Junior Member
    nah, school offers no rank.
  • sunshadowsunshadow Registered User Posts: 1,182 Senior Member
    UVM would take you, and that's a great school.
  • SoCal18SoCal18 Registered User Posts: 1,674 Senior Member
    You can't attend UCSD....

    As an out of state student you need a minimum of a 3.4 gpa
  • ManUtd20OleManUtd20Ole Registered User Posts: 1,246 Senior Member
    I see Case, PSU, and Rochester as possibilities.
  • aube88aube88 Registered User Posts: 357 Member
    you have great SATs. phs is very prestigious and looked upon well , so they know a 2.9 there is not the same as 2.9 at some of the other local public schools. your rigorous course work, ecs, ethnicity , and senior year grades will help. nyu, bc, lehigh, cmu are probably far reaches but of the other ones i know you seem like you have a good shot! good luck
  • coopertemplegrlcoopertemplegrl Registered User Posts: 386 Member
    i dont think ethnicicty will help much aube88. as far as i know, indians arent considered URMs.
  • bluebayoubluebayou Registered User Posts: 24,415 Senior Member
    sorry, but PE and health are non-factors when computing gpa's. Thus, your Jr year is really a 1.833 (11 grade points divided by 6 classes). Moreover, engineering programs will look hard at your math and phyics and chem grades. Finally, some schools cap international acceptances. Thus, odds are not very good.
  • bsb2007bsb2007 Registered User Posts: 277 Junior Member
    Virginia Tech!!!= great engineering program

    One of my friends got in ED with a 2.9, 1850 on SAT's. You should have a reasonable shot.
  • ohio_momohio_mom Registered User Posts: 4,045 Senior Member
    The problem is that your academic GPA for your junior year is below a 2.0 - and worse yet, you have problems in your math grades. IMO, even if your HS is prestigous, your list is pretty reachy.

    I am not sure how the first batch of schools on your list will turn out; the second batch is pretty problematic. What I would suggest would be adding a couple of smaller schools with engineering programs that might be willing to look past your junior year. The College of Wooster and Allegheny College come to mind. You are not a shoo-in at either, but you would certainly have a better shot than at CMU or BC.

    Best of luck to you in your search.
  • Student1Student1 Registered User Posts: 285 Junior Member
    i really appreciate the input. please don't hesitate to be harsh because i know the situation is pretty bleak.
  • ManUtd20OleManUtd20Ole Registered User Posts: 1,246 Senior Member
    Do add Virginia Tech.
  • aube88aube88 Registered User Posts: 357 Member
    you should apply to rutgers also. its rolling, a great school, youll almost definatley get in, and it costs way less. do it ASAP though because the recommended deadline was dec 1 (but i know people who have applied around now or later and still gotten in)
  • DatkidDatkid Registered User Posts: 594 Member
    "Virginia Tech!!!= great engineering program

    One of my friends got in ED with a 2.9, 1850 on SAT's. You should have a reasonable shot."

    ***... i know a kid who had a 3.80+ GPA in mostly AP and honors courses and a 2100+ SAT score who got deferred from VA Tech early decision... he had decent extra curriculars too... did your friend do school of engineering or not?
  • bsb2007bsb2007 Registered User Posts: 277 Junior Member
    ^^^yea...my good friend is doing naval engineering. she's really excited!
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