How To Get Into College With A Low GPA

“I really want to go to college, but my GPA is low…”  Does this statement apply to you?

Don’t let a low GPA stop you from furthering your education by giving up on college.  Although the “low GPA” dilemma will perhaps require you to be a little more creative and tackle a few extra challenges than some of your high school classmates with higher GPAs, it is still possible to get into college with a low GPA.

Below is a list of things for you to consider as you navigate the college admission process:

1)  Community Colleges

If your GPA is low, attending a community college for the first couple years is a good way to continue your education after high school. Community colleges typically have more lenient admissions requirements.  This will give you another opportunity to raise your GPA and show the admissions committee at the 4-year college you want to attend that you deserve to be admitted.

Another benefit of community colleges is that they tend to be a lot less expensive than 4 year colleges and universities. It’s possible for you to save a lot of money if you consider attending a community college for two years and then transferring to a four-year college for your remaining two years. Not only will your tuition be significantly cheaper, but since you’ll most likely be staying at home, you’d also be saving tons of money every semester on room and board.

Caution: One thing to keep in mind…make sure that the college you plan to transfer to will accept the credits from the community college.

Many states participate in what’s called a “2+2 Program.” Essentially, this program is an agreement among certain community colleges and universities to ensure that any student who graduates with an associate’s degree will be admitted to a participating university.

Community colleges also have much smaller class sizes. Since there are fewer students who attend community college, class sizes are typically between 20 and 50 students. These smaller classes allow the professors to develop relationships with the students and get to know them better.

Also, since the first 2 years of college are typically spent taking general education courses, like English and science, there is no reason why these courses can’t be taken for a lot cheaper at our local community college. As long as you make sure your classes transfer to whatever school you want to attend later, you shouldn’t have any problems.

I know it might be difficult to watch all of your friends move on campus at a 4 year university, but sometimes it’s for the best. You have to make your decision based on what will work with your particular situation, personally and financially.

2) Special Programs

Some colleges will have special programs that cater to students who may not have maximized their full potential in high school.  Programs like these allow students to get into college with a low GPA.  One example of a program like this would be the“Chance” Program at Northern Illinois University (NIU). Another example would be the “Access to Success” Program at the University of Minnesota. 

You can check to see if any colleges or universities that you’re interested in attending have a similar program…after all, it won’t hurt to ask.  You just may be surprised by what you find out; this could be a way for you to get into college with a low GPA.

3)  High Standardized Test Scores

So it’s the last semester of your senior year and based on your current grades, there’s no chance of you raising your GPA above a 3.0.  Now what?  Score high on the ACT and/or SAT!

In addition to GPA and extracurricular activities, the admissions committee will also be looking at your standardized test scores. Now just might be a good time to dig into your savings account and invest in an ACT and/or SAT review course.  Scoring high on the ACT and/or SAT will give you another shot at impressing the admissions committee.  This is another method to help you get into college with a low GPA.

Here are a couple of our more popular posts to help you get prepared for the ACT and/or SAT:

4) High Quality Essay

A lot of students fail to understand the importance of submitting a high quality essay or personal statement with their college application. A well written essay could definitely help sway the admission committee’s decision.

Some students have low GPA’s because they just didn’t take their classes seriously early on in their high school career, while other students experience certain special circumstances that affect their ability to perform well in the classroom. The college admissions essay is an opportunity for students to share their unique stories and provide some context around why their GPA may be lower than other applicants.

Some of the important factors that admission committees evaluate when reviewing essays are as follows:

  • Does the essay showcase the applicant’s growth and maturity through past experiences? In other words, is there evidence of leadership skills, character development over time, cultural insight, and community awareness?
  • Does the applicant explain why he or she is interested in a particular field of study?
  • Is their passion for their chosen major demonstrated through their involvement in related extracurricular activities, volunteer experiences, or course selection in high school?
  • Is the essay well-written? Is it free of spelling and grammatical errors? Does it keep the reader engaged? Does it give the reviewer a compelling reason to admit the applicant into their respective college or university?

If you are looking for some sample essays, check out these posts:

If you’re a student who’s wondering how to get into college with a low GPA, I hope these tips help inspire you to continue pursuing a college education!

If you have more questions, there’s a wealth of additional information in the comments section below. It’s likely that another student is in the same or similar situation as you, so you can probably find some advice that’s applicable to your situation simply by reading through all the questions and answers already posted.

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  • hoping on June 6, 2011

    what do you think of a 3.0 gpa with an ACT score of 29? Is there any chance of getting into a UC?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      UCLA: 44% of admitted students score above 30; average GPA is 4.25 (assume most admitted students are enrolled in honors/AP courses_

      UC Berkeley: 59% of admitted students score above a 30; average GPA is 3.84

      UC Santa Barbara: 25% of admitted students score over a 30; average GPA is 3.92

      UC San Diego: 29% of admitted students score over a 30; average GPA is 3.94

      UC Davis: 26% of admitted students score over a 30; average GPA is 3.86

      Based on my reserach, I’d apply to Santa Barbara and Davis…BUT these will still be your long-shot schools since your GPA is quite lower than the average that these schools typically expect.

      Definitely choose at least 3 other schools that better match your academic background just in case you don’t get accepted.

      Good luck!

      • Vee on February 19, 2012

        Actually, as long as you meet the minimum requirements for UC (3.0 overall GPA or higher in the UC approved coursework) and earn the required ACt or SAT score, you will be admitted to a UC school….but most likely redirected to the newest UC which is UC Merced (it has the lowest average GPA of admitted freshmen). Possibly, you could be redirected to UC Riverside, too.

        • TheCollegeHelper

          TheCollegeHelper on February 20, 2012

          Thanks for your input!

          • Taylor on March 11, 2012

            Ok, I am attending Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI. My GPA is a 2.6. It will continue to go up just had the misfortune of one bad teacher here at the university who hosed me. I really have interest in transfering to UNH Durham in New Hampshire. Says online there is no requirement but I hear that they would like to see a 2.6 to 2.8. I got into their 2 yrs at Manchester and 2 yrs at Durham Whittemore Business School Program in High School but turned it down to not live at home. Two years have passed and I would like to swap. Can you help me? I am applying with the common application. I have over 100 LHS friends that go there and my father is a graduate. Also I play university tennis here at JWU and am involved in 3 clubs.

            Thanks a ton,
            T.C.

          • TheCollegeHelper

            TheCollegeHelper on March 14, 2012

            Hi Taylor,

            Thanks for visiting our site!

            This is what I found on their site:

            In reviewing your application, we will consider your entire academic history, as well as your personal experiences. The following criteria are considered most closely:

            Trend in achievement, with your most recent academic record given the most weight. Although there is no specific GPA requirement, most admitted students have a cumulative grade-point average of 2.8 or above.
            High school and college course selection as it relates to your intended major.

            You must be in good standing at, and eligible to return to, the last institution of higher education you attended. If you have been suspended at another institution you are not able to apply to UNH during the period of your suspension. If you have been expelled from an institution, you must wait two years before being considered for admission to UNH; this applies to UNHM, our Manchester NH campus, as well.

            It looks like they like to see a 2.8 or higher, but given that your father is an alum, you might have a decent shot. Hopefully you can get your GPA up to a 2.8 by the end of the school year.

            Good luck!

  • hopeless on July 17, 2011

    the guy above meant the university of california-including Ucla and uc-berkeley, irvine, davis, san diego, Santa Barbra etc.
    my dilemma: I have a horrid 2.81 but scored a 34 on the act-roughly 2300 on the sat.
    I’m going to apply to many schools including my state school-rutgers university, Penn state, Boston university, Ucla, uc irvine and Davis, but nothing lower than those caliber

    • TheCollegeHelper

      Rutgers: I couldn’t find any GPA information, but I did find that only 2% of admitted students score over 2100 on the SAT…so you definitely have an advantage there.

      Boston University: 27% of admitted students score above a 30 on the ACT; average GPA is 3.49

      Penn State: 9% of admitted student score above a 2100 on the ACT; average GPA is 3.53

      UC Davis: 26% of admitted students score over a 30; average GPA is 3.86

      UCLA: 44% of admitted students score above 30; average GPA is 4.25

      My overall assessment: the California schools will likely be pretty difficult given your GPA, but I do think you have a decent shot at Rutgers, Penn State, and Boston University.

      BUT…you’ll really have to explain your life altering circumstances in your essay/personal statement and interview. Also, get strong letters of recommendations.

      However…you absolutely must apply to a safety school just in case you don’t get accepted into one of these high caliber schools. It’s important to have a back up plan.

      Good luck! Let me know how it turns out…

  • hopeless on July 17, 2011

    how are my chances? My extra currics are a little more than solid, worthy enough to get me into a better school than my gpa shows. also, I’ve also had a lot of life changing things occur to me- my grandfather died during the second half of my soph year-from which I dropped to an all a student with honors courses to all b’s and one c, the following year, my parents had twins, so I could not seek the help of my father on subjects I could not understand- like physics. I took mostly honors and ap as well, so I’m not sure where I’m standing. Is be happy with rutgers, quite honestly, it’s my parents that think I stand any sort of chance at a top 10/25.

  • Grant Wagner on July 23, 2011

    Hi, I have a 2.3 GPA and a 27 on the ACT. I attend a very tough academic school in Colorado (Regis Jesuit, which is easily the best academic school in my area) I screwed around my first two years had a strong junior year (3.3 GPA) have an easy senior schedule where at a minimum should have a 3.0 or a 3.5. I want to major in Finance or economics. What schools can i get into? Can i get into Grand Canyon University? Nevada Las Vegas? What schools offer admissions based on ACT scores or if I do a year or semester at a community college where could i transfer?
    Thanks

    • TheCollegeHelper

      Hi Grant – Thanks for your comment.

      Yes, I think you have a really good shot at getting in Grand Canyon Uniververisty. You have a strong ACT score and their minimum GPA is 2.25.

      I also think you have a decent shot at University of Nevada – Las Vegas. Only 32% of admitted students have an ACT of 24 or above…so you have a strong ACT score. The average GPA is 3.23, so your GPA is a little on the low side, but your ACT score might help get you admitted. Be sure to highlight in your essay that your GPA has improved over time.

      I think your GPA and ACT score is strong enough for you to attend a 4-year university without having to go to a community college. Let me know if you have other questions.

      Good Luck!

  • Catherine on July 29, 2011

    I just finished my sophomore year in high school, and it has been anything but easy. All my life I’ve been a 4.0 student up until freshman year. I ended 9th grade with a 3.86 GPA which I thought was not nearly good enough. Going into my sophomore year, a lot had changed in my life. My parents split up, I got mixed up with people that poorly influenced my life, and I didn’t care about school nearly as much as I used to. Homework was no longer a priority. At one point, I thought I was clinically depressed. Throughout my sophomore year, my grades took a huge plunge downward. I went from okay grades (straight A’s and one D first quarter) to the worst possible grades that I have ever seen on a report card (an F, D, B, A-, B, and C- 2nd semester). I wanted to cry. I don’t know what got into me, but I completely messed things up for myself. I failed a class! I never thought this would happen to me in a million years. My parents are all about grades. They expect A’s and nothing less. They haven’t seen this report card yet, but when they do, I don’t know how I’ll handle it.

    The point is, for these next two years of my high school career, I am DETERMINED to get perfect 4.0′s up until graduation. My current cumulative GPA is a 3.242 and my class rank is 93 of 578. For me, this is unimaginable. If I were to somehow get 4.0′s for my junior and senior year, how high would my GPA be then? I am also planning on retaking the class that I failed, being chemistry. I should also add that I took 2 AP classes my sophomore year as well as honors courses. So I’m guessing that will help me out a bit. My extracurricular activities are above average as well.

    My dream college was Columbia, but I reevaluated after the disaster that was my sophomore year. I would be ecstatic if I could make it into NYU. Going to college in New York is something I’ve dreamed of for years. I was on collegeboard.org and researched NYU a bit. If I fix my gpa, score high on my SAT and ACT, take subject tests for the SAT, become involved in more extracurricular activities, and have a well written essay, do you think that I will be able to get into NYU? I am going to try my hardest from here on out to turn things around. Success comes from recognizing failure and making an effort to do better, right?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      Hi Catherine,

      Thanks for you sharing your story with me! I’m so impressed by your wisdom – you’re absolutely right: yes, success comes from recognizing failure and making an effort to do better. The good news is that while your sophomore year may have been filled with ups and downs, you have plenty of time to recover! With your drive and will to succeed, I’m sure you’ll have no problem getting accepted into a school in New York.

      So many variables go into GPA (i.e. honors or AP classes), so I can’t give you an exact calculation of what you GPA would be if you got all 4.0′s junior and senior year…but I can tell you that you should expect it to see a major increase.

      Here are the statistics for NYU:

      Average GPA of admitted students – 3.6 (You can definitely attain this!)
      ACT Scores – 48% of admitted students score above a 30; 98% of admitted students score above a 24
      SAT Scores – Writing (600-700); Math (600-700); Reading (600-700) (Most admitted students score in these ranges)

      Let me know if you want me to check into any other schools for you. Good luck and keep me posted!

  • Tyler on August 1, 2011

    I’ve had a terrible high school career simply because I put to much time into sports which basically took over my life. I’m actually not dumb or anything its just I took challenging classes that required time outside of class that I didn’t have….. I wanted to know if I actually have a chance getting accepted into University of Florida to become a athletic trainer. I have 2.7(horrible) gpa on a 4.0 scale, but I got a 28 on the act. I only took the PSAT & I did well on it(4got score, but i know it was above average)

    • TheCollegeHelper

      Hi Tyler – Thanks for your comment.

      The average ACT score for admitted students at the University of Florida is between 26 and 30, so I think you’re right on track with their requirements in this category. However, 91% of admitted students usually have a 3.75 GPA or higher, so I’m a little concerned about your GPA.

      I would still apply to this school, but it should definitely be one of your “long-shot” schools. Read this post to learn more about what a “long-shot” is and how to strategically apply to schools to get the best outcome: http://www.thecollegehelper.com/how-many-colleges-should-i-apply-to

      Let me know if you have other questions. Good Luck!

  • Ben on August 25, 2011

    Hi,

    I like to think I’m a pretty smart kid.

    I scored a 29 on the ACT without studying, plan to get at least a 31 (I’m studying). Going into my senior year.

    For the “core” classes (science, math, english, history, language), I’ve taken the highest level (Honors/AP is weighed the same at my school) since Freshman year.

    Freshman year I had very good grades, Mostly A’s and A-’s and B+’s. I’d say about a ~3.6-3.8 GPA. Class rank top 5%.

    Something happened Sophomore year, it was very bad, I got lazy (there’s no real excuse) and I was just not getting good grades and was not asking for help when I needed it. For the core classes, I got B+’s, B’s, C+’s and C’s. GPA of probably like a 2.8-3.0. Class Rank still top 10%.

    This year course load was too much. 6 Classes that are Honors/AP. Did not get a single A both semesters. Only B’s, C+’s and one C and a few B+’s. Very bad.

    So I have a downward trend, and after 3 years probably a 3.0 unweighted GPA.

    I have leadership positions (Vice President of two clubs, founded one of them) and some nice extra curriculars (National honor society) and some impressive feats (International science fair freshman year, did science research at a university while having no connections- all my own initiative after emailing many professors).

    Overall I’m a smart kid (not to brag) who just let his GPA slip over the past two years. I plan to bring it up senior year because it’s a good balance (4 APs and 3 easy classes) and hopefully bring it to like a 3.3 unweighted. I know that’s still bad but with my other extra curriculars and good ACT score and hopefully rising grades Senior year, will I still be able to apply to “great” colleges?

  • Ben on August 25, 2011

    Not to mention my class rank junior year (Which is weighted GPA) is still top 10% despite the declining grades!!

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on September 18, 2011

      Hi Ben –

      Thanks for your comment. It looks like you’re back on track, so good for you!

      What’s your idea of a “great” college? If you give me some names of colleges then I can research them for you.

      Good luck!

      • Ben on September 20, 2011

        I think by “great” as in well known, top 50 colleges, I’d hope for top 25 but I know with my GPA it’s not possible.

        BTW My projected ACT score (on practice test) is a 32 so hopefully that’ll make things a bit better. And it’s early but I still have straight A’s this semester :)

        • Ben on September 20, 2011

          And I decided by this post that I’m applying to 5 colleges:

          UW Madison (in state), U-Minn Twin Cities, UIUC, Macalester, and NYU. What do you think?

          • TheCollegeHelper

            The College Helper on September 30, 2011

            Hi Ben,

            Sorry it took me so long to get back to you.

            These are all fairly competitive schools. Seems like the average GPA for the schools listed above is around a 3.6, but your ACT score should help you…assuming you can stay around 30.

            I’d encourage you to select at least one or two more safety schools. These are schools that you are almost positive that you can be accepted to. Read this: http://www.thecollegehelper.com/how-many-colleges-should-i-apply-to

            Otherwise, I think you’re on the right track. Good luck and keep me posted!

          • Ben on October 6, 2011

            Hi there again,

            I figured out that my weighted GPA for freshman through junior year is a 3.9 (WEIGHTED) which is alright I think. My Senior Year first semester grades so far (Though we havn’t done much) add up to a 4.4 weighted GPA which, if I keep a 4.27, I will have a 4.1 average weighted GPA for all 4 years… Is that good enough for the colleges I mentioned? (Consider a 4.0-4.1 weighted GPA)… also add Tulane to my list please.

            Thank yoU!

          • TheCollegeHelper

            The College Helper on October 14, 2011

            Hi Ben,

            Most colleges are only going to consider your unweighted GPA. I think you mentioned previously that your unweighted GPA was around a 3.0 to 3.3. If that’s the case, this is the GPA that you want to keep in mind while searching for colleges.

            As for Tulane, they value grades first, followed by test scores, recommendation letters, and essays. They recommend that applicants be in the top third of their class and have a 3.5 GPA. However, 21% of Tulane’s current freshman class had between a 3.25 and 3.49 cumulative GPA in high school.

            If you continue to work hard this year, I think you have a good shot at getting into the schools on your list. Have you taken the ACT yet?

            I also think you should have at least 1 safety school on your list…just as a precaution. Have you read this post yet?:http://www.thecollegehelper.com/how-many-colleges-should-i-apply-to

  • Cory on September 3, 2011

    HI, I am a senior this year in high school and I need some advice about college. My #1 school that I want to go to is Maryland U. But judging by my grades, I don’t think they would accept me. Last year my overall GPA was a 2.0. So I was told I shud go to community college for the first two years. But if I do that I won’t be able to play football again until my Junior year. I was wondering if there was a way I could go to community college for maybe a year and then transfer?? Thanks!

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on September 18, 2011

      Hi Cory,

      Thanks for your comment! Yes, I agree with the advice that others have given you…you should attend a community college first, then try to transfer to Maryland.

      It’s typically easier to transfer to a 4-year university after you’ve completed 2 years at a community college. If you have a 2-year strong academic track record from a junior college, it will enable you to provide a more convincing argument to the admissions committee at Maryland when you submit your application.

      With that being said, some students do transfer after 1 year at a community college.

      The best advice that I can give you is to call the admissions office at Maryland and talk to them about your concerns.

      Here’s the number : 301-314-8385

      Good Luck!

  • carry on September 9, 2011

    i have a 2.56 GPA and got a 28 on my ACT , what are my chances of getting into a 4 year university. Also what are my best matches ?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on September 18, 2011

      Hi Carry,

      Thanks for your comment! Yes, it is possible for you to get into a 4 year university.

      I need some more information from you in order to give you a list of potentials.

      1. What state do you want to attend college in?
      2. What do you want to major in? (it’s okay if you don’t know)
      3. Are you interested in a private or public university?

      If you give me the answers to those questions (especially #1), I’ll send you a list of schools that you can research.

      Good luck!

  • Vicky on September 15, 2011

    my GPA has been a low, but constant 3.14 unweighted from freshman to junior year, and I’m in my senior year right now. My GPA is slowly going up to a 3.41, but with only 1 AP. My first SAT score was a total of 1790, but I’ll be retaking that in October. I’ll also be taking the ACT soon and a SAT Chinese subject test, which I’m sure to score an 800 on since I plan to major in Chinese. I haven’t done much extra curricular activities & I’ve never had a job before. I’ve volunteered before, but not that much, maybe 50 hours total?

    What are my chances of getting into UCD, UCSC, UCSB, UCSD, University of Chicago or Boston University?

  • Larry on September 19, 2011

    i guess you could say i wasted most of my high school education by not doing homework and other things bringing my GPA to like 1.7, i really regret wasting all of that time and plan to really try hard senior year and i scored an 18 on the ACT the first time and plan on taking it again. Do i have any chance at getting into a 4 year school like Iowa or ISU?

    • susie on October 6, 2011

      Probably not, unless you are a minority student.

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on October 10, 2011

      Hi Larry – I think your best bet is to try to attend a community college for 2 years then try to transfer to Iowa or ISU.

      The average GPA at ISU is 3.4 for admitted students and most kids score between a 18-24 on the ACT. Iowa is even a little bit more selective.

      Good luck!

  • Alex on September 28, 2011

    I have a 3.3 weighted gpa due to my uncle (he lives with us) being diagnosed with cancer and my grandma being unable to take care of herself. Both of my parents passed away when I was 3, and I have lived with my grandparents since then. However, my grandpa passed away 5 years ago which left me to take care of my grandma and my uncle. The downside to this is I have a heart condition and have undergone 3 major open heart surgeries which makes it very difficult to do much for my family and remain healthy. On multiple occasions, I have had to take days off from school due to being ill. Despite my unlucky challenges, I have been highly involved in clubs, band, and varsity dance. I have taken all honors and AP classes (aside from 2 due to it not fitting in my schedule). I live in Southern California and would like to know my chances of getting accepted into UCI, UCSD, and UCLA.

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on September 30, 2011

      Hi Alex,

      Thanks for your comment! I think it will depend largely on your SAT scores. What grade are you in? Have you taken the PSAT yet? If so, what were those scores? Your GPA is a little on the low side, compared to most other applicants…BUT I think the admissions committee will be blown away (like I am) at your ability to overcome such challenging circumstances and still do really well in school!

      I’d focus on preparing for the SAT and adding a couple more schools on your list that aren’t as competitive. Let me know if you have any more questions or if you need help researching other schools.

      Keep me posted on your progress. Good Luck!

  • Amber on October 1, 2011

    I graduated from high school with a high GPA around 3.8 with high honors. After graduation I attended a community college where I wasn’t motivated at all. I ended up getting suspended due to academics and have a 2.0 gpa there. In the mean time I was going to attend tech school but did not end up attending however received failing grades for the semester. I took 2 and a half years off of school and found my passion. I attended another Tech college where I have a GPA of 3.7 and am on the Phi Theta Kappa honors society. I volunteer through the school and in my community. I have applied to the University of Minnesota and was wondering what you thought the chances of getting in would be. I applied to the biology BS program. I have taken a biology course at my current college and received an A. I am scheduled to graduate from my current program Medical Assistant AAS in may of 2012.

    Any thoughts you have would be great!

    Thanks!

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on October 10, 2011

      Hi Amber,

      Given your GPA of 3.7, I think you have a good chance at being accepted into the University of Minnesota. Average GPA for admitted students is 3.41.

      Keep me posted and Good luck!

  • Thomas on October 14, 2011

    Hi. I had a 3.8 in high school and a 21 on my ACT which isn’t great. But after getting into college I made terrible grades and didn’t apply myself the first year and a half. Now I’m trying to recover a good GPA and want to get into Oklahoma State. I have a college gpa now of a 1.7. Which is awful. What do you think my chances are?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on October 14, 2011

      Hi Thomas,

      Thanks for your comment! The average GPA for admitted students at Oklahoma State is 3.52. I suggest that you stay at your current college and focus on recovering your GPA as you mentioned.

      Let me know if you have other questions!

  • Josh on October 16, 2011

    I did horrendous in high school, barely did work and was just not motivated at all in my rural school. I graduated with I think a 2.7gpa and I have no idea what my act scores were. Once graduating I worked a full time job in a factory and decided I really needed to further my education and had no idea where to start. So I applied to Greenville technical college and I start classes next semester. My question is, as I’m really hoping to transfer to a 4 year college, will my 2 years at tech help the admissions overlook high school? And I would really like to transfer out of state(SC) is that a bad idea?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on October 17, 2011

      Hi Josh,

      Yes, your 2 years at Greenville Technical College (assuming you do really well) will show the admissions committee at your future 4 year college that you are fully committed to your education and can handle the challenge of a 4 year university.

      I think you have a really good story. If I were you, I’d include the details of your academic journey in your personal statement or essay that you will likely have to include with your application.

      As far as transferring out of state, check out my post that I wrote about attending college close to home:

      http://www.thecollegehelper.com/should-i-stay-close-to-home-for-college

      Good luck! Let me know if you have other questions…

  • Ben on October 16, 2011

    Hi. I’m currently a senior in high school with a GPA of 2.9. I was wondering how high could I boost my GPA before graduating.
    I really want to be admitted to UCF in the near future, hopefully.

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on October 17, 2011

      Hi Ben –

      GPA and standardized test scores are an important part of the admissions process at UCF. The average GPA of admitted students is 3.72. 10% of admitted students had GPA’s between a 3.0 and 3.25.

      Have you taken the ACT or SAT yet? You should try to aim for a 24 or higher on the ACT or around a 650 on each section of the SAT to give yourself a good shot at being admitted.

      However, UCF should be a “long-shot” school. Read this post: http://www.thecollegehelper.com/how-many-colleges-should-i-apply-to

      Given that you’re already in your senior year, it will be difficult to raise your GPA a lot higher than it already is (even if you get straight A’s), so I’d focus on scoring high on the ACT or SAT and selecting more colleges to apply to based on the strategy outlined in the post I mentioned above.

      Good luck!

      • Ben on October 17, 2011

        Thank you. I will inform you in any acceptance I get!

  • Peyton on October 16, 2011

    What does Salem State requirements? I have been an IEP student, had a lot of struggling in school…I have had and IEP for all my life in school, this year I opt out to show everyone I can do it…although my grades are the greatest, 2.0 gpa, but this year, I think I am doing pretty good…I don’t want to go to a comm school, my parents are going to Italy for a year with my sisters and i need to be in a school…or do you think i should go with them and live abroad for a year and study there… I’m so confused on what to do with my life…I have been a great athlete my entire life, although I’m no a hugh kid,. I’m tough…I play fb, hockey, and lacrosse…

    We thought of the service, but my brother went to the Airforce and isn’t to happy with that decision…

    Any help would be great…Thanks

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on October 17, 2011

      Hi Peyton,

      The average GPA at Salem State is 2.94. However, 18% of admitted students had a high school GPA between 2.0 and 2.49, so I think you have a shot at getting accepted.

      I also learned that Salem State carefully reviews the standardized test scores of students who have below a 3.0. Have you taken the ACT or SAT yet?

      Just out of curiosity, why don’t you want to consider a community college? Read this post about community colleges and let me know what you think: http://www.thecollegehelper.com/the-benefits-of-community-colleges

      As far as moving overseas with your parents, that’s a decision that only you can make. Just make your decision based on what will be best for you in the long-term.

      I hope this helps! Let me know if you have other questions.

      Also, have you signed up for our newsletter yet? If not, be sure to do so in the top right hand corner!

      Good Luck!

  • william on October 16, 2011

    I have a 2.00 and im a sophomore at a jesuit high school and im not sure if i will be able to get into college and to be honest im pretty scared is there anything special i can do to get into college.

  • william on October 16, 2011

    I have a 2.00 and im a sophomore at a jesuit high school and im not sure if i will be able to get into college and to be honest im pretty scared is there anything special i can do to get into college.

    i want to attend FSU, UF UCF, AU or ASU

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on October 17, 2011

      Hi William,

      Thanks for your comment! I assume your acronyms mean the following universities:

      Florida State University – average GPA 3.71
      University of Florida – average GPA 3.75
      University of Central Florida – average GPA 3.72
      University of Arizona – average GPA 3.36
      Arizona State University – average GPA 3.39

      If I’m right, these are all fairly competitive schools. The Florida schools are a little more competitive than the Arizona schools.

      The best thing that you can do right now is work REALLY HARD in your classes to raise your GPA . If you can get your GPA up to a 3.0 (minimum), then you’ll have a shot at possibly getting into one of the Arizona schools, HOWEVER these schools should still be listed as your “long shot” schools.

      Read this post to learn what a long-shot school is: http://www.thecollegehelper.com/how-many-colleges-should-i-apply-to

      If you aren’t able to raise your GPA significantly over the next couple years, maybe you should consider a community college first, then try to transfer to one of the 4-year universities that you really want to attend.

      Check out this post about the benefits of community colleges for more information: http://www.thecollegehelper.com/the-benefits-of-community-colleges

      Good luck! Let me know if you have other questions.

  • Rachel on October 18, 2011

    Hi, I’m a senior in high school and I want to apply to Rutgers New Brunswick. I live in state, but I only have a 2.0 gpa (on a 4.0 scale) due to family circumstances. I got a 1950 on my SATs, but I retook it this month and hope to have scored higher. I also attend a magnet high school with a rigorous curriculum. Do you think I have any chance of getting in?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on October 19, 2011

      Hi Rachel,

      Thanks for your comment! I did a lot of research and couldn’t find much information about the average GPA of admitted students at Rutgers, however I did find some information on SAT scores.

      25% of students scored above the following on the SAT:

      Reading 630
      Math 670
      Writing 640

      This equates to a total score of 1940, so I think you’re right on track with your SAT scores – you’re currently competing with the top 25% of admitted freshman.

      I also found out that the most important admissions factors at Rutgers are as follows:
      1. Class Rank
      2. Rigor of Secondary School Record
      3. Standardized Test Scores
      4. Academic GPA

      Even though academic GPA is listed as #4 on the list, I’m still a bit concerned about your 2.0 GPA. You should definitely address your family circumstances in your application essay.

      I’d also recommend contacting the Rutger’s admissions office to discuss your specific situation. It’s obvious that you’re a really smart girl based on your SAT score, so I’d hate for Rutger’s to be turned off by your GPA without you getting the opportunity to explain yourself. Here’s the number: 973.353.5205

      Also consider scheduling an appointment with your high school guidance counselor, he or she might have more advice.

      I hope this was helpful! Let me know if you have other questions and good luck!

  • Joseph on October 18, 2011

    Hi, I am currently a junior right now and I have a few questions to ask. First, I have a 2.3 GPA overall my freshman and sophmore year. I was wondering if I could still go to a four year college if I do alot better my junior and senior year, because I heard colleges really look at your junior year the most. Sencondly, I am currently taking three classes over from my freshman and sophmore year. These classes are biology 1st semester, chemistry 1st and 2nd semester, and spanish 2 2nd semester. I only had an F in spanish 2 my second semester, but im reatking biology and chemistry because I got D’s in those classes and my counselor is making me retake them. Now my most important question however is would I be accepted to any of these colleges if I do good my junior and senior year and if I pass the SAT with a high score?
    1. Arizona State University
    2. San Diego State University
    3. Cal State Fullerton
    4. Hawaii University
    5. UNLV

    I appreciate you taking the time to read this and would really appreciate it for you to answer me back. Thank You and have a great day.

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on October 19, 2011

      Hi Joseph,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Yes, you can attend a 4-year college if you work on raising your GPA during your junior and senior year.

      Here’s my analysis on the colleges you asked about:

      Arizona State – average GPA 3.39 (minimum 3.0); average ACT score 20-26; average SAT score 500-550 on each section

      San Diego State – average GPA 3.62 (minimum 2.0 for residents or 2.5 for non-california residents); average ACT score 19-25; average SAT score 500-550 on each section

      Cal State Fullerton – average GPA 3.27 (minimum 2.0); average ACT score 18-23; average SAT score 400-450 on each section

      Hawaii University – average GPA 3.43 (minimum 2.8); average ACT score 21-25; average SAT score 500-550

      UNLV – average GPA 3.22 (minimum 3.0); average ACT score 19-24; average SAT score 480-530

      Based on my review, I think you have the best chance at getting accepted to Cal State Fullerton and San Diego State.

      However, if you really work hard to raise your GPA and score high on the SAT test, then you could have a chance at getting accepted to some of the other schools on your list.

      I hope this was helpful. Keep me posted on your progress. Good Luck!

  • richard dang on October 19, 2011

    hi, im currently a junior. my gpa from sophomore year and freshmen year is like 2.4. I have gotten an F in both semester of biology, 1 semester of algebra 1, and 1 semester of integrated science. I am probably going to get a 2.8-9 first semester of junior year. is there any way i can still go to state or university still? i really don’t want to go to community college. :( please help me, i haven’t been thinking of my future and now i am willing to change. I will improve my grades next semester and senior years!

    currently taking :
    English 3 – B
    Viet Speaker 3 – A
    Drama – B
    ROTC 1 – A
    Algebra 2 – C
    AP US History – D
    Biology – B

    Next semester if i try, i really think i can get
    English 3 – A
    Viet Speaker 3 – A
    Drama – A
    ROTC – A
    Algebra 2 – B
    AP US History – C
    Biology – A

    Please help me! If i could ever go to state or university instead of community college, I will volunteer to help this program or repay you guys somehow!!

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on October 20, 2011

      Hi Richard,

      Thanks for your comment!

      What state do you want to attend college in? What are you thinking about majoring in? Once you provide me with this information, then I’ll provide you with a list of potential colleges that you could apply to.

      In the mean time, study hard and keep working hard to raise your GPA!

      • richard dang on October 24, 2011

        California! I’m not sure about what to major in yet but I want to be a psychologist/children-psychologist and FBI/police.
        I think I would want to major in psychology or law enforcement/criminal justice.

        • TheCollegeHelper

          The College Helper on October 25, 2011

          Hi Richard,

          I’d apply to some of the California State Schools. Go to this website: http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?q=california&s=all&l=5&ct=1&ic=1&pg=1

          It has a list of all the state schools in California. Once you click on each school, go to the “admissions” tab and that will give you valuable information about average SAT scores and % of students admitted.

          There’s also a section titled “programs/majors.” You can click there and find out if that particular school offers the majors that you’re interested in.

          Let me know if this is helpful or if you need help navigating the website.

  • Melissa on October 21, 2011

    Hi! I have a 2.43 GPA and I live in Texas, I’m in 6 clubs and my school is very academically competetive, i have a 1240 on my SAT but im retaking it. I am doing really good with all A’s and a couple B’s for my junior year and I am doing even better now in my Senior year. I’m looking into the University of Houston, University of Houston Downtown, University of Texas San Antonio, St. Thomas University, and LSU. Although I want to stay the closet to Houston as possible though. What do you think my chances are of getting in? please let me know what colleges other than the ones i listed i should think of!

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on October 24, 2011

      Hi Melissa,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Below is a summary of the schools you asked about. I listed them in order (from easiest to hardest) to get accepted to. I think you have a good shot at all of them, except maybe LSU – but LSU can be your “long-shot” school.

      University of Houston-Downtown:
      100% of applicants are admitted, so you can for sure go here :)

      St. Thomas:
      SAT Reading – 390-480
      SAT Math – 383-480
      SAT Writing – 380-470
      Average GPA – 2.96

      University of Texas-San Antonio
      SAT Reading – 450-560
      SAT Math – 470-580
      SAT Writing – 430-540

      University of Houston:
      SAT Reading – 470-580
      SAT Math – 510-620

      LSU
      SAT Math – 540-650
      SAT Reading – 510-630
      Minimum GPA – 3.0

      Read this article: http://www.thecollegehelper.com/how-many-colleges-should-i-apply-to

      LSU = Long Shot
      St. Thomas, University of Houston, and University of Texas San Antonio = Target Schools
      University of Houston Downtown = Safety

      Nice Job on selecting colleges that fit your academic profile! Good luck and keep me posted!

  • Joshua on October 21, 2011

    Well, in high school i guess ive done average. My freshman and sophmore year add up to 2.8 gpa sadly. right now ive got a 1.8 due to no time to study for tests! heres my grades so far

    Human Phys- F
    Spanish 2-F
    Algebra 2- D+
    AP US history- C
    AP English- C+
    Music- A
    im a junior right now by the way and i really want to go into UCSC! Badly! Do I still have a chance if i really bring it up or am i doomed? I want to be a marine biologist and i heard UCSC specializes in that subject. And its close to home. Please help me! I am very worried!

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on October 24, 2011

      Hi Joshua,

      Thanks for your comment!

      I’m just curious…why don’t you have time to study?

      Unfortunately, UCSC is a very competitive school. The average GPA of admitted students is 3.61. I’d recommend you attend a junior college first, then try to transfer to UCSC after one or two years. The UCSC does accept sophomore transfer students, so if you do REALLY well at a junior college, then you could possibly get accepted as a sophomore.

      Good luck!

      • Joshua on October 24, 2011

        Thank you for the help. The reason Ive had no time to study was because im in sports (water polo and swimming) and my practices end at 6:30 p.m. And I come back home at 7:00 due to biking to school. But i guess that is not an excuse.

        • TheCollegeHelper

          The College Helper on October 25, 2011

          Hi Joshua,

          Yes, 7:00pm is still pretty early. I know that doing homework is probably the last thing that you want to do after practice, but you have to put in the effort if you want to do well in school.

          While it may not be possible for you to get accepted to UCSC, it’s never to late to make a change in your life. From now on, make a commitment to yourself that you will try your best in school and get your homework done when you come home from practice. This way, you’ll be in a groove once you start at the local community college.

          Good luck to you!

  • Jennifer on October 24, 2011

    Im a senior in high school applying for colleges. I realized my gpa is pretty low, 3.1(weighted), and i want to go to U of I champaign.
    do you think there’s a possibility?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on October 25, 2011

      Hi Jennifer,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Did you take the ACT yet? If so, what score did you get? Your ACT score, class rank, and rigor of your class schedule could possibly help you get accepted, even though your GPA is a little low.

      Let me know and I’ll give you my thoughts.

      • Jennifer on October 25, 2011

        i got a 24 on the act. I talked to my college counselor today, and she left me really discouraged. I really like the school though…

        • TheCollegeHelper

          The College Helper on October 26, 2011

          Hey Jennifer -

          Don’t be discouraged! What do you like most about U of I? I can recommend some other schools for you. I’d love to help you get into a school that you’ll be happy with.

          Have you ever considered these colleges?
          - Illinois State University
          - Eastern Illinois University
          - Western Illinois University
          - Northern Illinois University
          - University of Illinois at Chicago
          - Western Michigan University

          Or, if you’re interested in some private schools, how about:
          - DePaul University (Chicago)
          - Lewis University (Romeoville, IL)
          - Benedictine University (Lisle, IL)

          I think you’ve got a good shot at getting into any of these schools. Let me know what you think! :)

          • Jennifer on October 26, 2011

            Thanks. Those are all the other school I am applying to. I liked U of I because I’ve heard so many great things about the school, the campus is nice, and I can see myself there. . but I wont get discouraged.

            oh and also, do you think Bradley University is a good match? Its a way smaller school..and I don’t know much about it…

          • TheCollegeHelper

            The College Helper on October 26, 2011

            Hey Jennifer,

            Yes, I think Bradley University is a great school and a good match for you. I’m very familiar with Bradley – I applied there when I was in high school. It’s a really nice campus, but a lot smaller than the larger state universities or even DePaul. You should try to visit the campus if you can.

            Ultimately, it just depends on what you’re looking for. If you’re looking for a large state university (like U of I), then Bradley might not be a good fit for you, but if you’re looking for a private school with a nice campus and smaller class sizes, then Bradley or DePaul might work best for you.

            Keep me posted on your progress and let me know if you have other questions!

    • Jennifer on October 26, 2011

      Okay! thanks so much BTW :)
      i have one more question…sorry

      Do you think transferring in a year is a good idea, just in general? One of my teachers said its not because people already est. their friends and social life their first year, and that if i transfer in a year, i’ll be left out…

      • TheCollegeHelper

        The College Helper on October 27, 2011

        Hey Jennifer,

        No need to apologize…ask as many questions as you want :)

        It depends on why you’re transferring. If you decide to attend Illinois State (just as an example) and you find out once you get there that you really hate the school, then it’s probably best to transfer to a different school.

        However, I do agree with your teacher…to a certain degree. A lot of friendships and bonds are formed during freshman year, so it could be a little more challenging to make friends and feel like you’re part of the college community if you’re a transfer student – but it’s not impossible. Joining organizations and getting involved on campus would help with this process.

        Here’s something that could be helpful…once you narrow your list down to the schools that you’re really considering attending, go on a couple overnight campus visits. These will help you get a true sense for what it’s like to be a student at that particular college or university.

        Check out this post: http://www.thecollegehelper.com/what-to-expect-during-overnight-campus-visits

  • John on October 24, 2011

    Hi, im in the top quarter of my class (22%) with a 3.3 weighted gpa. I have 9 AP’s through senior year along with a 29 act. I was wondering my chances at u of i (uiuc)

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on October 25, 2011

      Hi John,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Yes, I think you have a good chance at getting into U of I. The average ACT score for admitted students is between a 26 and 31. Given that you’re on the high end of that spectrum (with a 29), you have a good class rank, and a rigorous course schedule, I think you’re a strong candidate.

      While I couldn’t find any information on the average GPA of admitted students, I’d guess that your GPA was a little bit below the school’s average given how competitive U of I is, but I think your ACT score and other factors that I mentioned will compensate for the lower GPA.

      However, keep in mind that U of I receives A LOT of applications each year, so make sure that you apply to other universities as well. I think it’s safe to put U of I in your “target” school category.

      Read this post (if you haven’t already): http://www.thecollegehelper.com/how-many-colleges-should-i-apply-to

      Good luck! Keep me posted.

      • John on October 26, 2011

        umm sorry to bother…buy i was wondering my prospects at the ohio state university?
        -much appreciated

        • TheCollegeHelper

          The College Helper on October 26, 2011

          Hi John,

          No need to apologize! Ask away…that’s what I’m here for!

          Yes, I do think you have a good chance at getting accepted into Ohio State. Average ACT score for admitted students is between a 26 and 30 (so again you’re on the high end of the spectrum). However, similar to U of I, this is a competitive school; they get tons of applications…so make sure you’re applying to some “safety” schools that are less competitive just to be on the safe side.

          Also, I came across this information about the admissions process at U of I. I thought it might be helpful for you. At U of I, you have to apply to a specific college (or program) and each college’s admission criteria is a little different, so this will explain what those different requirements are.

          Open this link in a new tab or window: http://admissions.illinois.edu/apply/requirements_freshman.html

          Let me know if you have other questions or concerns. I’m here to help!

    • Christina on October 25, 2011

      Hi my name is Christina, I’m 17 almost 18 and I’m a Senior in High school. I currently have a GPA of 2.4 hoping to raise it by the end of senior year but I VERY MUCH want to go away to college, I screwed around a lot in high school which i regret now. I just took the ACT this past weekend and I don’t know the scores yet but with decent scores and my GPA plus me being a minority (Hispanic) does anyone know if I will be able to get into the following schools: SUNY Albany, SUNY Cortland, SUNY Brockport, SUNY Plattsburgh, SUNY Oswego.

      • TheCollegeHelper

        The College Helper on October 26, 2011

        Hi Christina,

        Thanks for your comment!

        Below is my analysis on the schools you asked about, in order from easiest to hardest to get accepted to:

        SUNY Plattsburgh
        Average GPA 3.19 (minimum 2.5)
        Average ACT 19-24

        SUNY Cortland
        Average GPA 3.42 (minimum 2.3)
        Average ACT 20-24

        SUNY Brockport
        Average GPA 3.5 (recommended 3.1)
        Average ACT 21-25

        SUNY Oswego
        Average GPA 3.5
        Average ACT 21-25

        SUNY Albany
        Average GPA 3.4
        Average ACT 22-27

        I think you have a decent shot at Plattsburgh, Cortland, and Brockport if you score a 23 or higher on the ACT. Since your GPA is on the low end, earning a solid score on the ACT will really help your admissions application. I also think that you should still apply to Albany and Oswego (if you would prefer to go to one of these schools over the other 3). These could be your “long-shot” schools.

        Some other advice:
        - Continue to focus in your classes. If you can show an upward trend in your GPA, the admissions committee will be more willing to admit you. Really try hard to get it up to a 2.5 minimum.
        - Write a good essay. Make sure to proofread and get input from others you trust.
        - I noticed that a lot of these schools “recommend”, but don’t “require” an interview…you should DEFINITELY schedule an interview. This will give you another opportunity to impress the admissions committee.
        - Also, apply to some “safety” schools…just in case you don’t get admitted to one of the schools you mentioned. You could consider CUNY College of Staten Island and SUNY Empire State College.

        Good luck and study hard! Keep me posted on your progress.

  • Steph on October 25, 2011

    Hi, please help me figure out my chances for the University of Florida, my top choice.
    I have a 3.3 unweighted and a 3.8 weighted.
    My rank is 80/660 which I believe puts me in the top 12%.
    I know my GPA is really below average for that school but I’m wondering if everything else I have going for me will help…
    SAT Critical Reading: 700
    SAT Math: 580
    SAT Writing: 680
    SAT II Subject Test English Literature: 620
    I have a college advisor who said my essay was one of the best she has ever read because writing is my strong point.
    I am super involved in school and have been an officer for my class and also held leading positions in other clubs, and have been in charge of a few community service projects. I have about 200 community service hours.
    Although it’s politically incorrect to say this, I am a minority (Brazilian) and my parents did not attend college.

    Please share your opinion with me!
    Every chance website tells me something different and I just want to know what kind of a chance I have from an actual person.

    Thank you so much : )

    p.s. I was also wondering if writing is my strong point and I plan on majoring in communications, if I should write something about my passion for writing in my “other information” section of my application. This is in hopes that they will want someone with a strong point in english areas. Thank you again.

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on October 27, 2011

      Hi Steph,

      Thanks for your comment!

      This is a tough one, but I think you’ve got a decent shot at being admitted. The most important things that the University of Florida looks for in their applicants are as follows:

      1. Rigor of secondary school record – I’m assuming you took some honors or AP courses given your weighted GPA, so that’s good.

      2. Standardized test scores – Most admitted students score the following: Reading (570-670) and Math (600-690). Your reading score is great (700), but your math score is on the low end (580). As far as your total SAT score (1900), you’re right on track…most admitted students score between 1830 and 2090.

      3. State Residency – Do you live in Florida? If you do, that would be helpful.

      Your application essay and extracurricular activities will also be considered, so that’s great that you are so involved and can write well.

      And…yes, you should write something about your passion for writing in your “other information” section – this could only strengthen your application.Just don’t go over the word count limit.

      BUT…you should still apply to other colleges that you feel more confident about being admitted to, just to be on the safe side!

      I hope this was helpful! Good luck and let me know if you have other questions.

  • Ivan on October 26, 2011

    Ok, I REALLY want to go to NYU. I’m a junior in HS. My GPA is 2.8. I go to a Catholic private school, which is VERY difficult here. And I’m just wondering if there is any chance of me getting into NYU?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on October 26, 2011

      Hi Ivan,

      Thanks for your comment!

      NYU is a really competitive university. The average GPA of admitted students is a 3.6 and the average SAT scores are also pretty high. I think you should try to select other schools that better match your academic profile. Take a look at SUNY Plattsburgh, SUNY Cortland, or SUNY Brockport. I’m also happy to research other colleges for you!

      Good luck!

      • Ivan on October 27, 2011

        Well what if I bring that all up. Cause I’m putting all my time in studying. I’m all stressed out right now. And do you know any other good colleges in NYC? What if I go to a community college for like 2 years in NYC and then transfer to NYU. Do you think thats possible? Do you also know any good community colleges to?

        • TheCollegeHelper

          The College Helper on October 28, 2011

          Hi Ivan,

          I think going to a community college for 2 years is a good option for you. Why don’t you try to attend CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College for two years. It’s a great location – not very far from NYU. Then you could try to transfer to NYU or another school in the NYC area.

          How does that sound?

          • Ivan on October 31, 2011

            Saw the college. It looks pretty cool. I might actually go to that school. I think I might do that. Go to go a community college for 2 years, then transfer.

            Thank You!

          • TheCollegeHelper

            The College Helper on October 31, 2011

            Awesome! Good luck!

  • Omar on October 26, 2011

    Hi, I have a 3.1 GPA and got a 1600 on my SAT scores. I’m a person away from being on the top half of my class and I’ve been stressing about getting into the colleges I want to go because of my class rank. I’m in a few extracurricular activities, and have done a few volunteer activities. What are my chances of getting into University of North Texas, Texas State-San Marcos, or Texas Tech?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on October 27, 2011

      Hi Omar,

      Thanks for your comment! What did you get on each section of the SAT? This will help me more accurately answer your question.

      • Omar on October 27, 2011

        Writing: 550

        Math: 510

        Reading: 540

        • TheCollegeHelper

          The College Helper on October 27, 2011

          Hi Omar,

          Yes, I think you have a good chance at getting admitted to all of the schools you mentioned. Your SAT scores fall within the ranges of what most admitted students have. See the averages below.

          Texas State-San Marcos
          SAT Reading: 470-570
          SAT Math: 490-590
          SAT Writing: 450-550

          University of North Texas
          SAT Reading: 480-600
          SAT Math: 500-610

          Texas Tech
          SAT Reading: 490-580
          SAT Math: 510-610
          SAT Writing: 470-570

          Be sure to write a good essay! Good luck and keep me posted on your progress!

  • Lamar on October 26, 2011

    I didn’t take high-school serious because I never really knew what I wanted to do afterwards. By not taking high-school serious my overall GPA was low when I graduated, is it too late for me? If not what can I do?

    ps I just graduated June 2011

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on October 27, 2011

      Hi Lamar,

      Thanks for your comment! No, it’s never too late to prepare for your future…you have a long life ahead of you!

      First, you have to evaluate your interests, so you can figure out what career would be a good fit for you. Once we figure out your career goals, then we’ll focus on getting you the type of education you need to be successful in that career.

      The post below with help you research different careers. Once you figure out what you might be interested in, we can determine if it’s best for you to start off at a junior college and then proceed to a 4-year university or if you can enroll in some sort of trade program.

      Read this post: http://www.thecollegehelper.com/how-students-can-quickly-research-careers

  • hopeless failure on October 27, 2011

    Hi! I am currently a junior in highschool with a gpa of 2.4 and my mom doesnt think i am going to get in anywhere.I am from Illinios and want to go to University of Kentucky or University of Missouri or a place like that. (a four year college out of state that has that smal town vibe). I got a 17 on the act practice test also. I want to be a teaacher and really want to go away for my first year. Is there any chance of this happening? Please be honest i have know clue what to do with my life now:/

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on October 28, 2011

      Hi!
      Thanks for your comment.

      I think it’ll be tough for you to get into the University of Kentucky or University of Missouri given your current GPA, ACT practice score, and the fact that you are not a resident of Kentucky or Missouri.

      But, I do think you have a shot at Southern Illinois University is Carbondale, IL or Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL. If you live in the Chicagoland area, these schools will still be a decent drive from home and they both have small town vibes.

      Academically, you REALLY have to do well this year and next year – it’s not too late to get your GPA up. You should try to raise your GPA to at least a 2.5 and score between a 18-19 on the ACT. If you do this, I think you’ll have a shot at the schools I mentioned.

      If those schools don’t work out, then you can always go to a community college for 2 years, then transfer to the University of Kentucky or University of Missouri (assuming you’ll work really hard and earn good grades at the community college).

      Don’t be discouraged, you still have some options! Let me know if you have other questions.

  • Diamond on October 28, 2011

    Hi ,
    Im currently a senior in a Technical High School in Florida and my first two years of high school my grades were terrible (I just couldnt get it), my junior year I made a come back but it wasnt good enough. My GPA is appx 2.1 which is barely enough to graduate. I know that I wont be able to raise my GPA enough to get noticed by any Universities. Can you tell me what steps I can take (excluding Community College) to get accepted into an University?
    Thank You
    -Diamond C.

  • LeRoy on October 29, 2011

    Hi College Helper,

    I am currently a senior in high school in Illinois. I have a 3.92 GPA and I am in the top 15% of my senior class. I am very active in my community by during volunteering work at the local hospitals. I scored low on my ACT with a 23. What are my chances of getting into a school like Ohio State University or Purdue. I also applied to Illiois State University, University of Iowa and Depaul. Please advise. Thanks

    oops I misspelled Illiinois State University, I forgot to mention I took as my highest math course Pre-Calculus and Statistic both AP, Chemistry and Physics both AP and two years of honor English, in my senior year I am taking English AP and Psychology AP.

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on October 30, 2011

      Hi LeRoy,

      Thanks for your comment!

      I’m from Illinois as well, so I’m familiar with all of those schools. I’m fairly certain you’ll get into DePaul, Illinois State, and the University of Iowa. I’m also pretty confident about Purdue. Ohio State might be a little bit of a stretch for you, but I think you’ve got a decent shot at being admitted there as well.

      Good luck and congrats on your success in high school so far! Let me know where you end up attending!

      • LeRoy on October 30, 2011

        Thank you so much for your reply. I have an older friend who wasn’t successful in high school, she decided to go to University of Phoenix and she received her AA in less than two years. She is now attending Depaul. Would you recommend I look at that option as well. The only bad thing she mention is the student loans. My parents do not like those online schools, they feel that they are rip offs. My friends tease me about it as well. What is your take on these schools, could they be an option?

        • TheCollegeHelper

          The College Helper on October 31, 2011

          Hey LeRoy,

          In my opinion, if you have to take out students loans, then you should go to a 4-year university…unless the University of Phoenix is significantly cheaper than the schools that you’re applying to. I think living in the dorms and the campus experience in general is something that should be experienced by all college students (if possible).

          If you’re worried about cost, then opt for a state university – like Illinois State. It’s practically the same cost (tuition wise) as the University of Phoenix (I just looked it up) and you get the on-campus experience.

          Let me know if you have other questions! :)

          • LeRoy on November 4, 2011

            Hi College Helper, I got accepted at University of Iowa. I am still waiting on decisions from OSU, Purdue, and ISU. Purdue and OSU emailed that their decision will be in December. ISU sometime there after. Do you think it would be wise to attend Purdue Calumet for the first two years, mainly for the cheap tuition and then transfer to Purdue West Lafayette? These schools are expensive, Iowa did offer some institution grants, just enough to cover room and board. To be fair to them, they will offer more after completing the FA paper work and FAFSA.
            I look at various scholarship search engines, wrote many essays. So far no award yet. There’s no scholarships listed for us Cajuns. C’est dommage!

          • TheCollegeHelper

            The College Helper on November 5, 2011

            Hey LeRoy,

            It depends. How much cheaper are we talking? You’re still going to be considered an out-of-state student. What’s your top choice school…Purdue? If it’s Purdue and you think that it would be easier to transfer from Purdue Calumet to Purdue West Lafayette, then maybe attending Purdue Calumet for two years is a good option.

            Here’s what I would do…wait unit the rest of your acceptance letters come in, then fill out your FA and FAFSA paperwork as close to January 1st as possible (this will ensure that you get the most financial aid), and then compare all of the financial aid award letters to see which school is the least expensive. Is this helpful?

            As for the scholarships…keep plugging away, you have to apply to a TON of them in order to get one or two…so just keep trying. Have you read my most recent post about scholarships?

            Open this in a new tab: http://www.thecollegehelper.com/winning-scholarships-its-a-numbers-game

            Enjoy the rest of your weekend! Talk soon :)

  • Kevin on October 30, 2011

    Hello’
    my name is Kevin Udarbe I attend Sweet Water Union High School my weighted GPA is a 2.61,honestly I am disgusted with myself with this. Ever since 8th grade I hit depression and began to feel myself slipping here then as my second report card of first semester Senior year came it hit me the hardest a B- in Chemistry ,an F in English 12 Honors, D- in Ap Computer Science, D- in Intermediate Algebra, c in health, an F in economics. My economics teacher handed it to me and said Don’t you want to go to college? then I began to break down .So I went to her and said Mrs. Vaca am I your worst student she replied no, then i began sobbing ” I really had to let it go” she told me to do all i can before the final progress repolrt her statement began a change in me is there any hope to get into a 4 year college

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on November 1, 2011

      Hi Kevin,

      Thanks for your comment!

      I have some additional questions. What’s your unweighted GPA? Have you taken the ACT or SAT yet?

      Given that your grades are so low in those core classes (i.e. english, math, history, and science)…I think it’ll be tough for your to get into a 4-year college…especially since you’re a senior.

      Your best bet will probably be to attend a community college for 2 years, then transfer to a 4-year college or university. This will allow you some time to get your grades back on track.

      Don’t feel sorry for yourself. We all go through ups and downs, just keep your head up, take it one day at a time, and continue to study hard.

      Good luck! Let me know if you have other questions.

  • Michael on October 30, 2011

    Hello College Helper. I recently applied to the University of Mississippi. The minimum requirement for GPA is a 2.0 and Act score of 18. My GPA is for, personal reasons, a 1.6. My parents feel there is no hope, and that making something like a 28 or higher on the ACT will do nothing for my cause. Do you think the University would allow me admission if I improved my GPA to 1.8 or as close as possible to a 2.0 while also making a higher ACT score.

    Thanks in advance, Michael

    Oh and i forgot to mention I currently have a 24 on the ACT.

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on November 1, 2011

      Hi Michael,

      Unfortunately those bigger universities, like the University of Mississippi can afford not to bend the rules since so many students apply. I think it all depend on what your “personal reasons” are for having a 1.6 GPA.

      For example, if you had an illness or someone in your family had an illness, or your parents got a divorce, etc….then you could build a case as to why they should admit you. But, if you were just not focused during your first couple years of high school, the admissions committee will likely not be lenient with you.

      If you got a 24 on your ACT, then it’s clear to me that you’re a pretty smart guy…so I think it all depends on how well you can build a case to the admissions office. Given how low your GPA is, I assume you’ll have the same problem with all colleges that you apply to. Your best bet is to call the admissions office and talk with a admissions officer directly. This way, you can explain your situation (if it is an acceptable one) and find out what you can do to possibly get admitted.

      Here’s the number: (662) 915-7211

      Good luck and let me know if you have other questions!

  • John on October 30, 2011

    Hi, I am currently a senior in high school with a GPA averaged at 2.0. I am still awaiting the scores to my ACT but I am expecting around a 24. I am an athlete with schools that are looking into me for soccer (University of West Florida is one that really catches my eye) and I am wondering (assuming I get at least a 24 on the ACT) what you think my chances of getting into UWF or another school in Florida are.

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on November 1, 2011

      Hi John,

      Thanks for your comment!

      The minimum GPA to get into the University of West Florida is a 2.0, so make sure your GPA does not fall below this. The average GPA of admitted students is a 3.33. Also, the average ACT score of admitted students is a 21 to 26.

      So, if you get a 24 on the ACT (which is on the higher end) and you keep your GPA at the 2.0 mark or above, then I think you have a shot at getting admitted. It also helps if the school is recruiting you for soccer. They’ll sometimes be a little more lenient with athletes.

      But, keep in mind that your GPA is still really low, compared to the average. Having the minimum GPA does not guarantee that you’ll be admitted.

      You might also want to try Florida Atlantic University. Their academic requirements are similar to the University of West Florida.

      Make sure you have a back-up plan in case these universities don’t work out. You could always go to a junior college for 2 years, then transfer.

      Good luck! Let me know if you have other questions.

  • Christian on October 31, 2011

    Hi,
    My issue is that I am very unsure of my chances into the University of Florida. My gpa and SAT scores maybe my killers. They seem very average. GPA: 3.1 weighted and overall SAT: 1490. I am in the IB program and a large involvement with my school. Ironically my school has a bad reputation but also the IB program; the school is sometimes considered ‘ghetto’ but I think anyone can understand the reason for that. I am into sports such as cross-country & track. I am also the senior class vice president and involved in other clubs. I just don’t know if that is enough for UF. The on time admission is due soon and I don’t know if I would be accepted if I tried.

    What are my chances??? & what do you recommend to emphasize in the personal essay????

    I also want to add that I made an F on AP calculus my junior year and I seriously regret that so much, especially since math was always my best subject. Will that also impact me badly?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on November 1, 2011

      Hi Christian,

      Thanks for your comment!

      The University of Florida is a really competitive school. Tons of students apply each year. The average school stats of admitted students are as follows:
      SAT Math: 600-690
      SAT Reading: 570-670

      Given your academic record, I think you’ll have a tough time getting into the University of Florida. And, the deadline to submit the application is today.

      Are you interested in any other 4-year colleges? If not, a community college could be an option for you. Also, keep in mind that schools will look at your unweighted GPA when comparing you to other students (not your weighted GPA).

      Let me know if you have other questions, or if you want me to do some more research for you! Good luck!

  • Alina on October 31, 2011

    I wanted to email you my college essay. My GPA isn’t as high as I wanted it to be, but I have several extracurricular activites and many leadership positions. I’ve taken 6 APs and 2 honors courses (until they stopped offering the honors courses at my school). My SAT was an 1800, I haven’t taken the ACTs yet and I’m trying to aim high and take my chances when applying to universities. I’m hoping to hit it hard with the personal statement, but I need advice from different people on how it stands. How would I be able to send you my college essay?
    Thank You!

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on October 31, 2011

      Hi Alina –

      Thanks for your comment!

      You can send it to this email: TheCollegeHelper [at] gmail.com.

      Also, don’t forget to tell your friends about the site!

  • ellen on November 1, 2011

    Hi college helper, I took classes at a community college and my grades were well above a 3.0 until the last year I was there. Then I had some hardships and had to work full time to pay for classes and help out at home. I am wanting to apply to some universities on the west coast but I don’t know what my chances will be to get in since I currently have a 2.54 GPA. Could I email my personal statement to you? Thank you.

    I would also like to mention that I did not take the SAT because I decided to go to a community college after high school. My high school GPA was a 3.7.

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on November 1, 2011

      Hi Ellen,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Yes, you can send me your personal statement. Here’s my email: thecollegehelper [at] gmail.com

      Also, what colleges were you thinking about applying to on the west coast? I could do some research for you and maybe provide a few recommendations.

      • ellen on November 1, 2011

        I was looking at UW Seattle, UW tacoma, UW Bothell, UCLA, University of San Diego, Seattle U, University of Puget Sound, Seattle Pacific University.

        • TheCollegeHelper

          The College Helper on November 2, 2011

          Hi Ellen,

          Here’s what I was able to find regarding the schools on your list as it relates to transfer students:

          Seattle Pacific University:
          Requirements – college transcripts, personal statement, and minimum GPA of 2.5

          University of Puget Sound:
          Requirements – college transcripts, personal statement, minimum GPA of 2.0, and interview

          Seattle University:
          Requirements – college transcripts, personal statement, minimum GPA of 2.8, stmt of good standing from prior university

          University of San Diego:
          Requirements – high school transcript, college transcripts, personal statement, and minimum GPA of 3.0.

          UCLA:
          Requirements – college transcripts, personal statement, stmt of good standing from prior institution, minimum GPA of 2.8 (non-resident) or 2.4 (resident)

          UW Bothell:
          Requirements – college transcripts, personal statement, minimum GPA of 2.0

          UW Tacoma:
          Requirements – college transcripts, personal statement, minimum GPA of 2.0

          UW Seattle:
          Requirements – high school transcripts, college transcripts, personal statement, lowest grade earned in any course that may be transferred is a 2.7

          Given all of these statistics, I think you have the best shot at getting admitted to:

          UW Tacoma
          UW Bothell
          University of Puget Sound
          Seattle Pacific University

          It seems like personal statements are an important admissions factor for transfer students. Send it over and I’ll take a look at it :)

      • Lora on November 5, 2011

        I hope I am not intruding, but I am transferring as well from a CC and am applying to UW Seattle and UPS. I hope to see you at either of those :) My top choice right now is UPS for spring 2012

        • TheCollegeHelper

          The College Helper on November 7, 2011

          That would be awesome if you guys could connect! It usually takes a little longer for transfer students to make friends.

          Don’t forget to tell your friends about this website! I’d love for others to be able to meet people who may be attending the same school as them!

          Thanks for your support!

  • MIzura on November 2, 2011

    Hi I’m a senior in a foreign country.
    I’m planning to apply to US colleges and I am a US citizen.
    But I have really bad GPA around 2.o and 1800 SAT score.

    In this country, we go to college with a certain exam score and don’t care about GPA.
    I’m doing IB diploma course and my school is pretty competitive. It’s very hard to get A .

    Do I have chance to get into any US colleges with this GPA?
    I’m thinking some music performance major as well because of my GPA.
    Thank you in advance!

    I’d like to add my school doesn’t have a class ranking or GPA.
    But I’m average C student and I guessed my GPA would be about 2.0.
    Thank you.

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on November 2, 2011

      Hi Mizura,

      Thanks for your comment!

      What country are you from? What U.S. schools are you looking to attend?

      This additional information will help me research additional information for you. U.S. colleges all have different test requirements and costs for international students.

  • Kori on November 2, 2011

    Is it hard to get into a Community College? Im looking at Baltimore City Community College, Howard CC, anne arundel CC, and CCBC. Then I want to transfer to either VCU, SAIC or MICA. My grades arent the best I think my avg is probably a 75.

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on November 2, 2011

      Hi Kori,

      Thanks for your comment!

      No, it’s not hard to get into a community college – they typically have open admissions policies (which means they admit all students who have a high school diploma or GED).

      All of the community colleges that you asked about have open admissions policies (I looked them up).

      Good luck and let me know if you have other questions!

  • Preet Patel on November 2, 2011

    Hi,

    I read about your website and was very helpful, I am only a Junior but my GPA has been 2.9, but i think i can get up to a 3.1-3.2 by the end of this year

    I just got a 33 on my ACT and On the SAT I got 2150, I leave In Ohio considering Ohio State, Wittenberg, UC, other suggestions

    Also my extracurricular are pretty solid, Mason High school Honor Society 3 years , Tutoring Young Science kids 2 Years, Vice President of Mock Trial 3 years, 3 year Tennis player( 1 Varsity Letter), National History Day 2 years, 350+ Volunteer hours, “Shadowed” – 4 types of doctors, 1 Year Spanish Honor Society.

    Schedule Wise I have been in Honors Math, Honors History (including 1 AP soph. year), accelerated sciences, Junior Year taking 4 AP, 3 Honors, 1 Art class- requirement.

    If you could help me, with other choices for my major, i want to go into Biochem for Premed

    Thanks

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on November 2, 2011

      Hi Preet,

      Thanks for your comment!

      While your GPA might be slightly lower than some other applicants, I think your high standardized test scores and rigor of your class schedule make up for it. I think you’ll be able to get into Ohio State, Wittenberg, and the University of Cincinnati, but you should still work to raise your GPA above a 3.0.

      I also think you’re on the right track in terms of your major. Biochemistry is an excellent choice for an undergraduate degree if you want to go on to medical school.

      Let me know if you have other questions! Good luck!

  • Mizura on November 3, 2011

    Hi again,
    I’m in New Zealand.
    Music conservatories such as Peabody or Jacobs school and UW, Washington State( Pullman), Indiana Bloominton, UIUC,Michigan State and UW madison for not specific major . These are in my wish list.
    But any other suggestion will be appreciated.
    Though my GPA look ugly, I’m not a lazy student and I have tried to do my best.
    I really don’t want to enroll CC .

    Please give me good advice. Thank you

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on November 3, 2011

      Hi Mizura,

      What did you get on each section of the SAT (i.e. reading, math, and writing)?

      • MIzura on November 3, 2011

        I got Reading 590, Math 600, and writing 610. I ‘ll take Decemeber one and January one again.
        In my transcrip, all subjects are IB: 3 HL and 3S with 2B and 4C. In this case, will colleges recaculate GPA?

        Thank you.

        • TheCollegeHelper

          The College Helper on November 10, 2011

          Hi Mizura,

          Sorry for the delay. I’m just not extremely familiar with the application process for international students, so I don’t want to provide you with incorrect information.

          I’d suggest contacting each school directly. I know that they all have different requirements for international students.

          Good luck! I wish I could have been of more help to you.

  • David on November 4, 2011

    Hello!
    I’m a senior in high school, and I applied to UMass Amherst last week and I really want to see what your opinion is regarding my admission. These are my credentials:
    G.P.A. 3.39
    SAT: 1960 (580 CR, 700 M, 680 W)
    ACT: 29
    I’m an out-of-state student and the average GPA of an admitted undergraduate there is 3.57 which kind of bums me out. Do I have a chance? Where should I look if I’m not accepted?
    Thanks for your help!

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on November 6, 2011

      Hi David,

      Thanks for your comment!

      After doing some research, I think you have a really good shot at being admitted. You have strong ACT and SAT scores (compared to other recently admitted students) and your GPA isn’t too far off from the average.

      Are you only interested in schools in Massachusetts? I need a little bit more information to be able to provide you with some good recommendations.

      I hope this was helpful!

      • David on November 11, 2011

        Hello again!

        I’m really only interested in UMass Amherst, but maybe you could recommend some schools like it? I really don’t like UConn (my home state) and I’d like to stay on the East coast. I want to do pre-medicine studies there, but I applied to the school undecided because I know that’s a difficult program to get into. If I get in and work hard, will I be able to switch into that program?

        Thanks again!

  • Lora on November 5, 2011

    Hi College Helper!

    I am currently in my third year of community college in California, and just recently applied to University of Puget Sound with an unweighted GPA of 2.7, with a lot of extracurriculars and also am of Filipino descent. Do you think that it may be more difficult to gain admission for a spring semester because that is what I am trying to do.

    I am also applying to UW, USF, SFSU, UOP, SAC State, UCSC if I get deferred for Fall 2012. Which one’s should I gun for. If I am deferred from UPS, then I have time to raise my GPA in the following two quarters after the fall quarter. Any suggestions?

    Thanks,
    Lora

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on November 7, 2011

      Hi Lora,

      Thanks for your comment!

      No, I don’t think it will be more difficult to gain admission to the University of Puget Sound for the Spring semester. In addition to your transcrips, essay, and GPA, admissions is also dependent upon how much space the university has available.

      Here’s what I found regarding the other schools:

      University of Washington:
      High School Transcript, College Transcript(s), Essay or Personal Statement, (Couldn’t find anything on minimum GPA requirements, but I did find that admission requirements are higher for non-residents)

      University of San Francisco:
      College Transcript(s), Essay or Personal Statement, Statement of good standing from Prior Institutions(s), minimum GPA 2.5, letter of recommendation, (To be competitive, overall GPA of 3.0 or better, with minimum 2.0 GPA in the sciences.)

      San Francisco State University:
      College Transcript(s), Statement of good standing from Prior Institutions(s), minimum 2.0 GPA (2.4 for non-residents)

      UOP: University of Pheonix??

      SAC State: College Transcript(s), minimum 2.0 GPA

      UCSC: College Transcript(s), Essay or Personal Statement, Statement of good standing from Prior Institutions(s), minimum 2.4, interview (not required, but I recommend)

      I think you have a good shot at all of them, but I would specifically gun for these:
      SAC State
      SFSU
      University of Washington

      Let me know if you have any other questions! Good luck.

  • Scot on November 5, 2011

    Hi CollegeHelper,

    I am a Washington state high school graduate one year removed. I am just now applying to colleges for the first time however I have a low GPA (2.4) because of a debilitating medical condition that plagued me throughout my first two years of high school. I completed a few AP classes (received a B) and went to State and International competitions for the DECA business chapter at my school. I scored a 1760 on the SAT. What are my chances of getting into Western Washington University or Washington State University?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on November 7, 2011

      Hi Scot,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Here’s what I found out about the colleges you asked about:

      Western Washington:
      Avg. SAT Reading: 500-620
      Avg. SAT Math: 510-610
      Avg. SAT Writing: 490-50
      Required: Essay or personal statement
      Avg. GPA: 3.5

      Washington State University (Pullman):
      Avg. SAT Reading: 480-580
      Avg. SAT Math: 500-610
      Avg. SAT Writing: 470-570
      Recommended: Essay or personal statement
      Avg. GPA: 3.44 (minimum 2.0)

      My assessment: I think you have a good shot at both of these colleges. I’m guessing that your SAT score in all three areas fall near the top end of the averages for both schools, so that’s good. Also, since both of these schools (especially Western Washington) put a heavy emphasis on essays, this is a great opportunity for your to talk about your medical condition and how it didn’t allow you to perform as well as you would have liked during the first couple years of high school. It’s evident that you’re a smart kid, given your SAT score and your enrollment in AP classes, so the admissions committee should be sympathetic to your situation.

      I’d be happy to review your essay and provide feedback. :) If you’re interested, you can send it to: thecollegehelper [at] gmail.com

      Good luck and please share this site with other students!

  • Patricia C on November 6, 2011

    Hello, I just began my junior year in high school. I have about a 3.1 GPA, and I am aiming for a 4.1 this year(I am in one honors class). I have also taken two honors classes in the past two years. I also wanted to take a few AP classes online on my own time on a virtual school that is offered by my school. I’m not sure if they will be added to my GPA or not. If I get all As this year then my average GPA for next year should be a 3.46. I am in a few clubs. What do you think my chances are so far at Boston University? Also do you think that the extra classes on my own time will help for college? Or will they not make a difference?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on November 7, 2011

      Hi Patricia,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Keep working hard in your classes, the average GPA of admitted students at BU is 3.52, so getting as close to this GPA as possible would really help you. I also think your admission will largely depend on your standardized test scores. Here are the averages:

      SAT Reading: 570-660
      SAT Math: 600-690
      SAT Writing: 590-680
      ACT Composite: 26-30

      When you take the SAT or ACT, you should try to aim near the top of these averages.

      I hope this was helpful! Let me know if you have any questions. Good luck!

  • Claudia on November 6, 2011

    Hi College Helper!
    NYU is like the only school that, I feel would, truly liberate me. I’ve been growing up an a less than advantageous town: Elizabeth, NJ. And I’m a hispanic girl (hoping these factors play a role in their decision process!) I applied ED I because I heard it significantly boosts chances of admission, plus I’m very boarderline -_-

    SAT’s I: CR: 640 M: 580 W: 620 (Superscored, tried to bring up Math but got the SAME score twice.)
    SAT’s II: 610 Literaure 660 U.S. History
    AP’s: 4 Eng. Lang., 4 U.S. History, 5 Spanish Lang. (AP Scholar)
    AP’s this year? – Lit., Cal., Bio., Art History (Sent a transcript w all A’s in)
    GPA: 3.8003 Weighted, ranked top 5% of class.

    EC’s:
    -Treasurer of City wide Key Club (National Org.)
    -Editor In Cheif of School Paper (for 2 years, as long as its been running)
    -Vice President of Green Team (Associated w Groundworks Elizabeth, a city wide org.)
    -”Honor” in the National Forensics League
    -Class Representative for my School’s Student Gov
    -National Honors Society
    -JV/Varsity Volleyball for Sophomoe and Junior year
    -Volunteer at the Animal Shelter
    -Model at Abercrombie & Fitch

    Essay?
    -Did “topic of my choice.” I was super creative and wrote about Stuart Little and reinventing a family unit.

    -Short Answers: Strong, I mentioned my hispanic-ness.

    ALSO I was accepted to NYU Precollege, but couldnt go cus I couldnt pay for it (I included that!)

    I applied for CAS in Journalism and wish to double major in poly sci. I’m scared because its the only school I want to go to :/ Help?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on November 7, 2011

      Hi Claudia,

      Thanks for your comment!

      You’re right, you are borderline…but I do think you have some good things working for you…your class rank is strong, you’ve also taken some really tough AP classes, your GPA is above average, you were accepted in the pre-college program, AND it seems like you wrote some really good essays.

      BUT… I also think that you should apply to some back up schools just in case things don’t work out. I always reccomend that students apply to 4-7 schools. Have you read this post yet: http://www.thecollegehelper.com/how-many-colleges-should-i-apply-to

      I wish you the best of luck; I really hope things work out for you! Let me know if there’s anything else I can do to help!

  • Raven on November 6, 2011

    Hi, i have a GPA of a 2.5 average of my whole highschool career… could i get into radford, CNU, Longwood or any of those schools? or any colleges in Virginia??

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on November 7, 2011

      Hi Raven,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Have you take the ACT or SAT yet? If so, what score did you get? This will help me provide more accurate advice.

  • Erika on November 8, 2011

    I have a G.P.A of 1.7,due to family (such as coping with my mother’s death in my freshman year) as a junior, and my counselor has told me to try and get it to a 2.5, since that’s what most colleges want for a student. Is it still possible to raise it up that high in the next 3 semesters that I have left. I have a totally of 6 classes a semester, and I really want to go MCAD ( Minneapolis college of Art and Design)

    Oh and I’m not a resident of Minnesota, I’m from Las Vegas, Nevada, does that effect my chances of going at all?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on November 8, 2011

      Hi Erika,

      Thanks for your comment!

      First, I’m really sorry for your loss. It can be difficult to raise your cumulative GPA in the last few semesters of high school. If you get straight A’s (which would be putting a lot of pressure on yourself), you could raise your GPA to around a 2.25. I’d shoot for getting nothing less than a 3.0 GPA for your remaining semesters, this could get you to around a 2.0 cumulative GPA overall.

      At MCAD, the average GPA of admitted students is a 3.25 and the recommended minimum GPA is a 2.75. The average ACT score for admitted students is a 21-27.

      The following factors are really important to the admissions decision at MCAD:
      Application Essay
      Rigor of secondary school record
      Standardized Test Scores
      Talent/Ability
      Academic GPA

      If you aim near the top of their average ACT range and write about your mother’s passing in your application essay, then I think you could give yourself a shot at getting admitted…but it will be tough. As your counselor mentioned, most colleges want students to at least have a 2.5. However, if it doesn’t work out, you could always go to a community college for a year or two, then transfer to MCAD.

      I hope this was helpful! Good luck!

      • Erika on November 8, 2011

        In those two years, I also had to get a total of 4 surgeries, would that be something to add as well, also including that I have a medical illness, that for some strange reason no doctor has been able to diagnosis properly.

        Just a note about the GPA, is it better if I pay to retake some of my failing class during the summer, I’m not sure if I can afford this, but it’s something that I’d like to take into consideration ,if it might be able to raise my GPA even a little. I really do want to get into this art school.

        • TheCollegeHelper

          The College Helper on November 9, 2011

          Hi Erika,

          Yes, I’d recommend that you add your surgeries to your essay. Just be careful how you word things. You want your story to be one of triumph and victory over all the hardships you’ve encountered, rather than coming across as a complainer.

          For example, you’ll want to say something like…”My mother passed away when I was…blah blah blah…Since that time, I’ve also undergone a total of 4 surgeries due to…blah blah blah…Although these series of events caused…blah blah blah…I’ve still been able to accomplish…blah blah blah…and despite these unfortunate circumstances, my dream of attending MCAD has remained constant…

          You’ll want to address the “negatives” (to explain why your GPA might be lower than the other applicants) but focus more on positives (like what you think you can contribute to the school and how attending the school will help you accomplish your goals, etc.)…Does this make sense?

          Feel free to email me your college admissions essay, I’ll give you some pointers FREE of charge. In addition to providing useful content on this website, I’d also like to start a service that assists students with writing their college essays. My email address is: thecollegehelper [at] gmail.com

          As for re-taking the classes…I don’t think it’s worth the effort or the money at this point. Just focus on the advice I’ve already provided.

          Looking forward to continuing to work with you!

  • Dayana on November 8, 2011

    I have a GPA of Either 1.9 or 1.5 because i’ve had excessive absenses for several surgeries and i’m a senior is there any chance i can get it up to a 2.7 atleast? Or Whats the bes thing for me to do?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on November 9, 2011

      Hi Dayana,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Given that you’re already in your senior year, it won’t be possible to raise your GPA up to a 2.7. Instead, I think you should apply to a community college and then transfer to a 4-year university after 2 years. This will give you some time to raise your GPA and fully recover from your surgeries.

      I hope this was helpful! Let me know if you have other questions! Good luck.

  • Aubrey on November 8, 2011

    Hello I wanted to know my chances of getting into university of North Texas. I have a 3.0 and I take ap classes, and I play sports and have a ton of clubs and service hours. But the problem is Im a terrible test taker and got a 19 on my act.
    Need help!!

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on November 9, 2011

      Hi Aubrey,

      Thanks for your comment!

      It looks like you are right on the border of their admissions requirements. I have a few questions for you:

      1. Is your 3.0 GPA weighted or unweighted?
      2. Are you from Texas?
      3. If so, did you Texas Recommended or Distinguished Achievement high school program?
      4. What’s your class rank?

      Once I get these answers, I’ll be able to give you better advice. :)

  • Trevor on November 8, 2011

    I am a senior with a 2.8 gpa. LSU requires a 3.0 gpa.
    They also require a ACT score of a 22 which I have.
    So is there any chance I could get accepted?
    If so what else can I do to increase my chances?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on November 9, 2011

      Hi Trevor,

      Thanks for your comment! You’re right on the border, but I definitely think you have a shot. 11% of LSU’s current freshman class had high school GPA’s between 2.5 and 2.99…here’s what you can do to increase your chances:

      1. Write a really good essay
      2. Highlight your extracurricular activities in your essay or elsewhere on your application
      3. Get great letters of recommendation

      Here’s some other factors that could help: class rank, credit in AP or honors courses, showing an upward trend in grades.

      Feel free to email me your essay, I’ll give you some pointers FREE of charge. In addition to providing useful content on this website, I’d also like to start a service that assists students with writing their college admissions essays. My email address is: thecollegehelper [at] gmail.com

      Looking forward to working with you. Good luck!

  • Nick on November 9, 2011

    Hi,

    I have a gpa of a 3.0 and got a 27 on my ACT
    I play football, Baseball, and Basketball and have gotten varsity letters in all.
    I have over 300 hours of service and i am a peer advisor and ambassador for my school.
    Is there a chance i can get into Ohio State?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on November 9, 2011

      Hi Nick,

      Thanks for your comment!

      What’s your class rank? Have you taken any honors or AP courses? If so, is your GPA weighted or unweighted?

      I’ll be able to give you better advice once you answer these questions. :)

      • Nick on November 9, 2011

        I take 2 honors classes, and my gpa is not weighted

        • TheCollegeHelper

          The College Helper on November 10, 2011

          Hi Nick,

          Yes, there is a chance that you can get into Ohio State – but you should apply to other colleges.

          You’re right on the border. You have a solid ACT score (average ACT score at OSU is between a 26 and 30). However, your GPA is a little on the low end, but you are enrolled in a couple honors classes so this will likely help.

          So again, I think you have a pretty good shot, but you should definitely apply to other colleges. You have a good GPA and great ACT score, Ohio State just tends to be pretty competitive.

          I hope this is helpful. Good luck!

  • Alex G on November 9, 2011

    Hello,

    I’m currently a senior in High School live in Texas. I currently have a GPA 3.6,class rank 357 out 875. My ACT score was a 17 not the best, I plan on retaking in Dec. I really like to attend LSU, but with more score on my ACT I am really worried. I have yet to receive my scores on the SAT, I am just a worried that my score will not be any better. Do I still have a chance?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on November 10, 2011

      Hi Alex,

      Thanks for your comment!

      LSU requires applicants to have a minimum ACT composite score of 22 (with at least an 18 in english and 19 in math). The minimum score for the SAT is 1030 (450 in reading and 460 in math).

      If you don’t achieve these scores, then I think it will be difficult for you to get admitted.

      On a positive note, the university does take other factors into consideration when reviewing applications: choice of degree program, rank in class, credit in advanced placement or honors courses, rigor of the high school curriculum, grade trends, extracurricular activities, and letters of recommendation.

      So, if they’re impressed with the “other factors” mentioned above, you could still have a shot.

      If I were you, I’d still apply. This can be one of your “long-shot” schools.

      Just focus on getting some really great letters of recommendation AND apply to some other colleges that better fit your academic profile. You should be applying to at least 4-7 colleges.

      Let me know if you have other questions. Good luck!

  • Bryan on November 9, 2011

    Hey, I am currently a senior with a 2.51 gpa. I received an 1800 on my SAT and my gpa took a hit in my junior year when my mom died. Is it possible for me to get into Radford University?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on November 9, 2011

      Hi Bryan,

      Thanks for your comment!

      I’m sorry to hear about your mom. With the assumption that you got around a 600 or so on each section of the SAT, yes I think you can get into Radford University. Here are the average SAT scores for admitted students:

      SAT Reading: 460-550
      SAT Math: 460-560
      SAT Writing: 450-530

      Although the average GPA of admitted students is a 3.22, if you write a really strong essay and include the fact that your mom passed away, I think your SAT scores and essay will get you in.

      Good luck! Let me know if you have other questions.

  • Taylor on November 9, 2011

    Hi, I am currently a freshman student at the University of Toledo. I am looking to transfer into The Ohio State University next fall, but they are going to have to look at my high school grades because I will not have completed 30 semester hours by the application deadline. In high school I had a 3.2-3.4 GPA, and I scored a 19 on the ACT. As of now in college (my first semester) I have all A’s and B’s. Are my chances of getting accepted into The Ohio State University as a transfer student high?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on November 10, 2011

      Hi Taylor,

      Thanks for your comment!

      As you already know, since you don’t have 30 semester hours, OSU will consider your academic performance in high school, college, and your performance on the ACT.

      The average ACT score of admitted students is between a 26 and 30. While I couldn’t find much information on the average GPA of admitted students, I’d have to believe that it’s around a 3.6 or so.

      Given your academic profile, I’d suggest applying to OSU after you have completed the 30 semester hours. I think you’ll have a much better shot at getting accepted at that point if OSU is the college that you really want to attend.

      Otherwise, you could apply to OSU and other colleges that interest you, but that are more in alignment with your current academic background (i.e. aren’t as competitive).

      Let me know if you have any other questions! Good luck!

  • Tee on November 10, 2011

    Hi my name is tee. I screwed up in high school real bad and have been trying to make it up at a com college 10 mins away from michigans campus. However, financial issues struck my family limiting me to only 18 credits so far with 2 a’s, 1 b’s and 2 c’s. I plan on taking 18 credits in spring to boost it up but I am applying to michigans kinesiology program. Do I have a shot here. I have a drive for athletics and human science. I don’t know how to make michigan accept me.

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on November 10, 2011

      Hi Tee,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Here’s a few things to consider about the University or Michigan’s transfer application process:

      1. Preference is given to transfer’s at the Junior level, so you should probably complete 2 full years at a community college to give yourself the best shot.
      2. Your cumulative GPA should be a 3.0 or better. Based on your grades, it looks like you’re right on the border with your GPA.
      3. Your high school GPA and ACT/SAT score WILL be considered in their admissions decision. So, unfortunately, the admissions committee will see your high school records.

      The University of Michigan is very very competitive and I think it will be difficult for you to get admitted based on the facts presented. My suggestion would be for you to complete 2 full years at a community college, then try to apply to other colleges that more closely align with your academic profile.

      Good luck! Let me know if you have other questions.

  • ally on November 12, 2011

    Hi, I already have one college degree, a B.A in Psychology. My GPA was 2.52 when I graduated. I am eager to go back to the same college I graduated from to pursue a second degree, this time in Risk Management. I spoke to the director of admissions, and he told me I can come back as a “transfer student”. The average GPA to enter is 3.0. I made him aware of my GPA and he told me to go ahead and apply, I’ll be taken into consideration, however there is no guarantee of admission. They wont consider my high school transcript which I wish they would since my h.s GPA was 3.42.

    While I was pursuing my Psychology degree, I did exceptionally well in all my Psych classes. However, it was the language, biology and math that totally destroyed my GPA.
    The language course was a 4 credit course I failed, and even though my counselor knew, she never told me I could be exempt from taking language because English is my second language. She never mentioned it to me, and I am still furious that I took Spanish and failed a 4 credit course.

    I retook all of the failed classes to pass, however the failing grades stuck on my transcript. Because I took more courses than required, I was even able to minor in Religion for which the GPA was 3.5 I believe.

    I believe I did really well overall, except when life circumstances and difficult classes collide, that’s when I started drowning.

    I am still going to apply and see what happens.

    What are my chances of getting in with a 2.52 GPA ?

    Im 27 years old now, I’ve been married since my senior year in college, I have two children and I feel that I am more mature, more serious and more determined to do really well if I get accepted back.

    Please give some words of encouragement :)

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on November 13, 2011

      Hi Ally,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Before we get into the specifics of the application process, I’m curious to know what made you decide to pursue a 2nd degree. Given the current state of the economy and job market, I always encourage students to CAREFULLY consider whether or not it makes sense to attend graduate school right after undergrad or pursue a 2nd degree. Before we talk about admissions, answer the following questions:

      1. Can I afford it? (i.e. Do I have the cash to pay for it?) If not, is the debt really worth it?
      2. Will this 2nd degree really help me? If so, how much?
      3. Is now the right time?
      4. Will your current employer pay for it?

      Read this post I wrote: http://www.thecollegehelper.com/5-crucial-questions-you-must-ask-yourself-before-applying-to-graduate-school

      I know the title says “graduate” school, but I think you can apply the same concepts to getting a 2nd degree.

      Let me know your thoughts. If after carefully considering all of the factors outline in that post, you still decide that you want to pursue a 2nd degree…then I’ll be happy to help you out with the process.

      Looking forward to working with you. Talk soon. :)

  • Mo on November 12, 2011

    Hi I am a senior and I have a 2.69 GPA and a 27 ACT. I play on the the varsity football team and have been on the varsity track team for two years. I am involved in clubs such as DECA, BPA, Amensty international, diversity club and Young Democrats. I have taken AP European History, AP language and composition. AP Comparative Politics, AP Microeconomics and AP U.S. History. I’ve taken 2 AP tests and gotten a 4 and 3. I plan to take more and we don’t have class rank. I was wondering what my chances are of getting into the University of Minnesota. I’m also African-American I was wondering how that factors in. I’m planning on applying later with a higher GPA. what do you think of that idea?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on November 13, 2011

      Hi Mo,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Is your GPA weighted or unweighted?

      • Mo on November 13, 2011

        Unweighted

        • TheCollegeHelper

          The College Helper on November 14, 2011

          Hi Mo,

          Yes, I think you have a shot at getting into the University of Minnesota. How much “later” were you thinking about applying? The priority deadline is December 15th. After this date, admission is more competitive…so If you really want to give yourself the best shot, you need to apply before December 15th.

          While your GPA seems to be a little on the low side, I think your ACT score and AP classes will make up for this. You minority status will also help some. The university considers the racial and geographic diversity of the student body as a secondary admissions factor. (GPA, coursework, and ACT score are the primary admissions factors.)

          It will also depend on which college you apply to. The school of management and college of science and engineering is way more competitive than the other colleges. Most students who get admitted to those colleges score between a 28 and 36 on the ACT, so your chances might not be as good if you choose one of those.

          I hope this information was useful. Let me know if you have other questions!

  • Pilar on November 12, 2011

    Hi my name is Pilar. I live in Virginia. I have a 3.02 unweighted gpa and a weighted gpa at the start of my senior year of 3.24. However, I am taking three APs this year, all of which I have As or Bs in. I am 12.5% Cherokee Indian and half Spanish. The first time I took the ACT I received a 29. I plan on taking it again in December. The first time I took the SAT I received a 1220/1600. I really want to get into Clemson or USC-Columbia. Any chance?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on November 13, 2011

      Hi Pilar,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Both Clemson and USC-Columbia are really competitive. Your ACT score is right on target, but your GPA is a little low compared to previously admitted students. I do still think you have a good chance though. Your standardized test scores, AP courses, and minority status will definitely help. I think a lot of it will depend on how strong the other applicants are and your choice of major.

      Here are the stats for both schools:

      Clemson
      Avg. ACT Score: 25-30
      Avg. GPA: 3.89 (3% of admitted students earned a GPA between 3.0 and 3.24)

      USC
      Avg. ACT Score: 24-29
      Avg. GPA: 3.89 (7% of admitted students earned a GPA between 3.0 and 3.24)

      Even though I think you have a chance at being admitted, these schools should still be your “long-shot” schools; You’ll need to apply to at least one target and one safety. Have you read this post yet: http://www.thecollegehelper.com/how-many-colleges-should-i-apply-to ? This post will explain what the difference is between long-shots, targets, and safeties.

      Good luck! Let me know if you have other questions!

  • Ashton on November 13, 2011

    Hi, im really stressed out if i can get into any universities. i have a good gpa of 3.75 but my sat score is really really low like 1400/2400 -_- . i was wondering if any universities will weigh my application. what are my chances in getting into a university? i applied to FIU, UCONN, Bolder, University of Chicago….please help thanksss!!

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on November 14, 2011

      Hi Ashton,

      Thanks for your comment!

      What score did you get on each section of the SAT? This additional information will help me.

  • zukhra on November 13, 2011

    Hi!!
    I have a 78 average(i know it is really low), i am an immigrant , i have been here almost 4 years, and we receive food stamps(our families income is very low, and my dad doesn’t work), i have been in volleyball team for 4 years, and can you please help what good cuny college i can apply to? i am senior and is there a chance i can raise my average, i just took my sat’s i will tell you how much i got when i get the result. Which is going to be here on november 22 and is there a chance pf me getting into good college?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on November 14, 2011

      Hi Zukhra,

      Thanks for your comment!

      When you say that you have a 78 average, do you mean that you have a C+ average overall? What’s your GPA? Is it between a 2.2 and 2.4? If you do have a C+ average and you do well on the SAT’s…then yes, I think you do have a shot at getting into a good college.

      Keep me posted on your test scores. Good luck!

  • Jack on November 13, 2011

    Hi, I received a 17 on the ACT and have a 1.95 gpa. I really messed up in hs but is there any chance I can still get into Illinois state or eastern Illinois.. I had a really good personal statement and good extra curriculars. Also is walking on to the football team help my chances?
    Thanks for the help!
    Jack

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on November 14, 2011

      Hi Jack,

      Thanks for your comment!

      I think your best bet is to attend a community college for 2 years, then try to transfer to a 4 year university. Eastern require students to have at least a 2.25 GPA and between an 18-22 on the ACT. Illinois State is even more competitive.

      I hope this was helpful! Let me know if you have other questions.

  • Jack on November 14, 2011

    Is there still a chance to get it together your senior an get into one of those two colleges?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on November 15, 2011

      Hi Jack,

      It’s generally pretty difficult for student to raise a low GPA half way through senior year, but you can start with a clean slate at a community college and then transfer.

      Good luck to you!

  • Justin on November 14, 2011

    Hi, I have a 77 average, which I think is about a 2.2, and a composite score of 1320, with 680 on the math, and 640 on the reading. I took AP Biology last year, and I unfortunately failed the second semester, but I passed the exam with a 3. This year I’ve turned things around and am now taking AP Chemistry and AP Physics and am currently doing well with a 100 in chem, and a 93 in physics, not to mention improved grades in all of my other classes, I’m a senior. Do you think that there is any chance that I may be able to get into a good or at least an ok engineering school? If not, what do you think my plan of action should be? Thanks.

    Peace

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on November 15, 2011

      Hi Justin,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Engineering schools are generally really competitive. What schools are you specifically interested in? After you let me know what schools you’re interested in, I’ll research them for you.

  • Torri on November 14, 2011

    Hi,
    I have completed 12 credits at STLCC and 21 credits at Maryville University. I have a 1.8 at STLCC and a 2.8 gpa at MU. I’m currently on fin aid restriction at STLCC so I am paying for 7 credit urs this semester at STLCC. I’m ready to get into an actual Nursing program. I’m 21 and have two small children, have been working full time, and trying to get my BSN. I’ve been looming at Chamberlain College of Nursing and Lutheran School of Nursing. Both colleges want gpa of 2.5 of higher and I’m not sure if they are going to not look at me at all bc of my low gpa at STLCC. I went there straight out of high school when my daughter was still young and got pregnant again so I just want to know any aadvice you have as well as my chances on getting in one of those schools.

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on November 21, 2011

      Hi Torri,

      Thanks for your comment!

      I’m sorry it took me so long to get back to you…I mistakenly overlooked your comment.

      Based on my research, I think you can get into Chamberlain College of Nursing and Lutheran School of Nursing…it seems like they admit mostly all students.

      Good luck to you! Let me know if you have other questions!

  • Jayrana on November 15, 2011

    Hi,

    I am a senior. I have a GPA of about a 3.7. My Act score was a 20. My SAT for reading was a 420 and Math 440. I was wondering what were my chances are of getting into a good college like the University of Washington and University of Portland, Washington State University. I really want to go to school in the state of Washington or Portland that offers medical or health related courses/majors and also education. Any recommendations of colleges I could apply to?

    Thank you.

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on November 15, 2011

      Hi Jayrana,

      Thanks for your comment!

      I think you have a really good shot at getting into Washington State University (Pullman). Your academic profile is right on target with what they are looking for in students.

      I think University of Washington and University of Portland will be slightly more difficult, but you still have a chance if you write two really good personal statements.

      I hope this is helpful! Let me know if you have other questions…good luck!

  • j on November 15, 2011

    what are my chances of getting into university of iowa next semester? i go to depaul right now but my gpa is going to come out to about a 2.3. but i went to community college previously and got a 3.0.

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on November 15, 2011

      Hi J,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Why do you want to transfer? Aren’t you in your junior year?

    • j on November 15, 2011

      only went to community college for a year. behind on a few credits so i’m not a sophomore yet.

      • TheCollegeHelper

        The College Helper on November 15, 2011

        Why do you want to transfer? Just curious. I want to make sure you’ve completely thought this through before trying to transfer.

  • Danah Dahlawi on November 15, 2011

    hello i am a senior student from saudi arabia ,all my subjects are in english , i have a 2.7 gpa and 1279 sat score ( but i will retake the sat) . i’ve done many many extracurricular activities.
    i was wondering my chance of acceptance at the university of southern califorina ?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on November 15, 2011

      Hi Danah,

      Thanks for your comment!

      USC is really competitive, so I think you’ll have a tough time getting admitted. The average GPA of admitted students is a 3.69 and the average SAT scores are as follows:

      SAT Reading: 620-720
      SAT Math: 650-750
      SAT Writing: 640-740

      Let me know if you want me to research any other schools in California. I hope this information was helpful! Good luck.

  • Laura on November 15, 2011

    Hi I am currently a high school senior & I want to really get into lehman college (cuny) I have a 2.7 (80 average) & my SAT score grades weren’t so great. This december I am retaking them. My previous scores were 430 for math & 420 for reading. So I was wondering If you think I have a shot in getting in? I also want to get into john jay college for criminal justice, & same thing if I can get in?
    Thanks :)

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on November 15, 2011

      Hi Laura,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Lehman College requires students to have a 3.0 and the average SAT scores are:

      SAT Critical Reading: 440-520
      SAT Math: 460-530

      John Jay College only requires a minimum 2.0 GPA, with the average GPA of admitted students being 2.55. The average SAT scores are as follows:

      SAT Critical Reading: 420-500
      SAT Math: 430-520

      Overall, I think you have a good shot at John Jay, but it will probably be more difficult to get into Lehman if your SAT scores remained the same. If you raised your SAT scores some, then I think you could have a shot at both of them. You can used the averages that I provided you as a guide.

      I hope this was helpful! Let me know if you have other questions.

      • Laura on November 16, 2011

        Aww thanks alot, haha :) <3
        So you think If I get a 500 on the reading section & 520 on math section for lehman college, that I can get in? My gpa gives a less advantage? Or like what? I dont understand the college admission process haha. & is taking my SAT on dec 3rd a bit late? I registered already.
        Thank you! The guide was helpful :)

        • TheCollegeHelper

          The College Helper on November 16, 2011

          Hi Laura,

          I’m glad that you thought the guide was helpful! Please encourage your friends to visit the site :)

          Yes, I think if you get a 500 on reading and 520 on math that you’ll have a better shot at Lehman. And, yes, your GPA gives you a slight disadvantage because it’s lower than what the school typically requires from applicants, but if you raise your SAT scores to 500 & 520, then the admissions committee would have more of a reason to overlook your GPA.

          Does this make sense? Let me know if you have other questions!

          • Laura on November 16, 2011

            Sure thing :) & thanks alot!

  • sam on November 16, 2011

    Hi yes I am a fr at a community college but I do not have a good gpa but was wondering if there is any kind of tests or if I could retake my sats to get into a university? I don’t want to be at a junior colleges for 2 or 3 years

    • TheCollegeHelper

      The College Helper on November 16, 2011

      Hi Sam,

      Thanks for your comment!

      I think your best bet is to focus on raising your GPA at your current community college. If you raise your GPA, then you’ll be able to get into a good 4 year university after completing 2 full years at the community college.

      Why do you think your current GPA is low?

  • Dawn on November 16, 2011

    Hi, I am a senior from Vietnam. I scored 800 on Math section, 640 on CR. My GPA at school is 8.6/10 but I do not think it is compatible with US 4.0 scale; btw, the passing mark of Vietnam is 5.0 if it helps.
    I want to ask if there is any college or university giving out merit based scholarships that can cover most of the cost of the attendance for me.
    Thank you very much. Hope that you can keep up the nice work helping others people :)

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on November 21, 2011

      Hi Dawn,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Each college or university has specific requirements for international students, so unfortunately I can’t be of much assistance with this.

      Once you identify the schools that you’re interested in, you’ll have to contact the school directly.

      I hope this is helpful! Good luck.

  • Christina on November 16, 2011

    Hi I am a senior in highschool. I have a 3.46 GPA and got a 27 on my ACTS. Do you think I could get into Rutgers University in New Brunswick? University and major in Psychology or Biology?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on November 19, 2011

      Hi Christina,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Given your academic profile…yes, I do think you have a good shot at getting admitted to Rutgers University in New Brunswick. Let me know if you have any other questions!

      Good luck :)

  • Michael Nguyen on November 17, 2011

    Hi, I want to go into pharmacy. I got a 2.3- 2.4 GPA. I got a 21 on my ACT. I wanted to go to Texas Tech, but i am willing for any other suggestion(beside community college). Could you tell me the steps on becoming a pharmacist?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on November 21, 2011

      Hi Michael,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Yes, I think you have a good shot at getting admitted to Texas Tech given your academic background.

      At Texas Tech, students interested in Pharmacy (or Pre-Professional Health Careers) are advised to choose a major within any of the colleges at the university. The chosen major should suit the student’s individual interests and abilities and offer alternative career options in the event initial career plans change.

      In other words, Texas Tech does not have an undergrad program specifically for pre-pharmacy, but an advisor in the pre-professional health careers office will work with you to make sure that you have all of the necessary courses to get into pharmacy school.

      Check out this website to learn more about pharmacy: http://www.aacp.org/resources/student/pharmacyforyou/Pages/default.aspx

  • Jagger on November 19, 2011

    Hi, I’m a senior at American International School of Kuwait. I currently have a 2.9 GPA, but my junior year GPA was a 2.7. I want to apply to school in Canada to take a Kinesiology/Physical Education course. Some problems I’m facing: Tons of Kinesiology programs require grade 12 Biology, I have taken biology in grade 11, but I’m not currently taking it this year. My GPA/ overall percentage is very average. Any help with where I can apply? =/

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on November 21, 2011

      Hi Jagger,

      Thanks for your comment!

      If most Kinesiology programs require you to have 12th grade Biology, then you should probably try to take it. Can you take 12th grade Biology over the summer at your high school or at a local junior college?

      Also, if most Kinesiology programs require students to have a higher GPA than the one you currently have, then you should consider attending a community college for 2 years to prove to the colleges you’re interested in that you can handle all the math and science courses that Kinesiology students are required to take.

      I hope this information is helpful. If you would like me to research specific school in Canada…just let me know. Good luck!

  • Ming on November 20, 2011

    Please make your suggest on a college closer to Atlanta, ga area (do not have to be in Georgia), where a ADHD student can survive, with lower GPA and lower SAT or ACT score… Major in either Veterinary, landscape architecture, diet specialist, or just simply a degree not in the Engineer/ science field.

    thanks!

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on November 21, 2011

      Hi Ming,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Here’s 3 colleges for you to consider (they cater to students with learning disabilities):

      Emory University (Atlanta , Georgia)
      Georgia State University (Atlanta , Georgia)
      Andrew College (Cuthbert, GA)

      I hope this is helpful! Good luck.

  • JAJA on November 21, 2011

    Hi
    I am a senior and i really really really want to get into University Of Georgia my gpa is about a 2.3 2.4 I havent taken the SAT’s yet but i do plan on scoring highly also i havent really portrayed leadership skills, besides being and older sibling. Is it a possibility I coulde get accepted?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on November 23, 2011

      Hi JAJA,

      Thanks for your comment!

      The University of Georgia is really competitive. The average GPA of admitted students is 3.82 and the SAT scores are as follows:

      SAT Critical Reading 560 660
      SAT Math 570 670
      SAT Writing 570 660

      Given your current academic profile, I think it’ll be tough for you to get admitted. I suggest trying to research other colleges or universities in Georgia that more closely align with your academic profile.

      I hope this was helpful. Let me know if you want me to research other schools for you.

  • Vincent on November 22, 2011

    Hi I’m a high school senior, and I’m applying to UC Irvine, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, and UC Riverside. I have a 3.16 Weighted GPA, 1240 SAT score, and 18 ACT score, I have no more chances to retake the SAT, but i’m retaking the ACT once again in december. I also have many extracurriculars such as being in CCC Club for 4 years, and being Senator and Vice President, Vice President for Environmental Club, Been in my dance team (freestyle club) for 3 years, and being Co-Captain and now Captain and President. Been in ASB Student Government for 3 years, being ASB Historian, Junior Class Vice President, and now Dance Director. Also, i get community service hours for teaching in my dance club afterschool because its also an afterschool program. I was wondering with all of this would i get into one of my colleges i stated above? I REALLY want to get into UCI or UCD… the other two would also be great… I’m panicking at this very moment because i just recieved my sat scores and they’re horrible…. please help ! i need guidance ! thanks ! :)

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on November 23, 2011

      Hi Vincent,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Here are the stats for the schools you’re interested in:

      UC-Irvine:
      Avg. ACT Score 23-28
      Avg. GPA 3.88

      UC-Davis:
      Avg. ACT Score 23-29
      Avg. GPA 3.86

      UC-Santa Cruz:
      Avg. ACT Score 22-28
      Avg. GPA 3.61

      UC-Riverside
      Avg. ACT Score 19-25
      Avg. GPA 3.49

      As I’m sure you already know, UC schools are very competitive. Given your academic profile, I think you have the best shot at getting admitted to UC-Riverside (but you are still below their averages).

      I’d suggest making UC-Riverside your “long-shot” school and applying to other colleges that more closely align with your GPA and standardized test score(s).

      Good luck! Let me know if you have other questions.

  • Lee on November 23, 2011

    I have a 3.42 GPA (unweighted) and I plan on applying to
    University of Washington
    Western Washington University
    University of Hawaii at Mañoa
    Washington State University
    University Of Michigan at Ann Arbor
    New York University
    UC Davis
    UC Berkeley

    My SAT score is 570R 690M 580W (1260) or (1840) and my ACT score is 28

    My extracirriculars that I can write strongly about include national hours society (9-11), Future Business Leaders of America, FBLA, (10-12) and music (9-12)

    The thing that worries me the most is that I received 4Cs throughout 38 semesters and I know that the colleges that I’m applying too don’t look highly on Cs.

    Rigorous Courses ( semesters)
    Honors English 10 B/C+
    AP World History A-/A-
    AP Calculus AB C+/B
    AP Physics B C/B+
    AP US History B/B
    Spanish 103 B+/A-

    Senior Classes
    College Prep English
    AP Statistics
    AP Environmental Science
    AP Economics ( micro and macro)
    AP Governement and Politics
    Health (first semester) Business Graphics (second semester)

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on November 28, 2011

      Hi Lee,

      Thanks for your comment!

      I researched all the schools on your list and here are my thoughts…

      I think you have a good shot at getting admitted to the following schools:

      University of Washington
      Western Washington University
      University of Hawaii at Mañoa
      Washington State University
      UC Davis

      I’m on the fence about the following schools (these would be a stretch for you, but it’s still possible that you’ll get admitted…you’re right on the border):

      University Of Michigan at Ann Arbor
      New York University
      UC Berkeley

      Let me know which school you choose, I’m confident you’ll have options! Good luck :)

  • Luis on November 23, 2011

    I have a 3.2 GPA and I got 1380 on the SAT’s. I really wanna go to a University of California (doesn’t matter which) but I don’t think I have a chance. I moved to the United States when I was 11 and I pretty much had to learn english and you can clearly see that I struggle with it based on my grades and my SAT score. I also had no advice from my parents because they both lived in the Philippines and graduated there and being that the education system function differently, they did not know how to advise me. I didn’t know where I was headed til it was too late. Will my background help me get in? If not, what are some good universities in California that will accept me?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on November 28, 2011

      Hi Luis,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Is your GPA weighted or unweighted? What scores did you receive on each section of the SAT? This will help me provide better advice.

      Thanks!

      • Luis on November 29, 2011

        Unweighted 2.9, Weighted 3.2. I got: critical reading 410, mathematics 540, and writing 430. I really want to go to a University of California (San Diego, Irvine, Riverside). But I also applied for San Diego State University and California State University – San Marcos. Do I have a good chance of getting accepted into any of those schools based on all the information I gave? Can you please also list any good Universities in Southern California that I might have a good chance with?

  • kelcynichole on November 23, 2011

    hey, so my gpa is super low….like 2.4-2.5? however i have severe adhd and crohns disease and i am not able to take adhd medication because of the crohns. when i do take the medications i am a different student, but it just doesnt work. i also miss a lot of school b/c of it. oh and from my educational testing i also have visual spacial disorder or something like that. are colleges sympathetic in accepting people who have struggles, or do i have to follow the same standards as everywhere else? i want to go to a college with gpa requirements of 3.5

  • Teddy on November 24, 2011

    Hi there
    I want to go to Northeastern,Merrimack,UmassAmherst,BU,and BC.I am a senior at BLA a exam school.My gpa is. 2.4. I did not take the Sat yet.I have been involved in many extracurricular activites. I play basketball in my sophomore, junior , and senior year. I was involved long term platform, which was to bring a library to our community and creating a ideal community. Any way I can make it to any of those colleges.

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on November 28, 2011

      Hi Teddy,

      Thanks for your comment!

      You have some very competitive schools on your list. The least competitive school on your list is Merrimack College, yet they still require a minimum 2.8 GPA and pretty high SAT scores.

      My advice would be to attend a community college for 2 years, then try to transfer to one of the schools on your list.

      Good luck! I hope this was helpful. Let me know if you have other questions.

  • Grace on November 24, 2011

    Hi, my weighted gpa of 10th and 11th grades are 3.1 and my weighted gpa from 9th to 11th is 3.4.
    I scored 1530 on SAT and planning to get 1800 on SAT. I’m applying to CSU Long Beach, CSU Fullerton, UC Irvine UC Riverside, and UC Merced.

    Will there be a chance for me to get into one of those schools?

    Also, if I go to a csu college, will it be difficult to transfer to a UC school after attending a csu college for 2 years?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on November 28, 2011

      Hi Grace,

      Thanks for your comment!

      What’s your cumulative non-weighted GPA? This will allow me to provide more accurate advice.

  • Mia on November 25, 2011

    Hi! I have a 3.27 GPA weighted and my ACT is 25. I am retaking it and hope to get a 32 or above, im applying to UCI, UCSD, UC Davis, UCSB UC berkley and UCLA as well as CSU long beach and fullerton. If i get a 32 or above on my ACT coupled with my GPA what are my chances of getting into the UC’s that i applied too!? I also have alot of extra curriculars like i was president of a club and i have 200 + volunteer hours, i am also in the outside school activities. Do you think i have a chance off getting into any of the UCs i applied too? especially UC Davis!? Thank you!!

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on November 28, 2011

      Hi Mia,

      Thanks for your comment!

      As I’m sure you already know, the UC’s are very competitive and most students who re-take the ACT typically don’t improve their scores by more than a point or two.

      With that being said, I’m confident that you can get into CSU long beach and fullerton. I feel somewhat hopeful about UC Davis and UCSD. Your ACT scores are on target, but your GPA is a lot lower than the average of recently admitted students.

      If you have the money to pay the application fees for all of these schools, then I’d say go for it! If you aren’t admitted to one of the UC’s then you can always go to a CSU and transfer to a UC after a couple years. The percent of applicants admitted is higher for transfer students than first year freshman (65% vs. 45% for UC Davis)

      I hope this was helpful! Let me know if you have other questions.

      • Mia on November 29, 2011

        It was very helpful! thank you :] what about USC?

        • TheCollegeHelper

          TheCollegeHelper on December 1, 2011

          Hi Mia – USC will be tough; your average ACT score and GPA are a lot lower than that of recently admitted students.

  • jessica goldman on November 28, 2011

    I am a junior in highschool and am doing good since the year started. The last two years i did not give it my best and have a gpa of a 2.64. I would like to get into Rutgers, so what other things can i do besides raise up my grades to get in? I have 22 hours of community service, have a variety of different sports played throughout highschool so far and took my first SAT with a 3300. What else should i do?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on December 1, 2011

      Hi Jessica,

      Thanks for your comment!

      In addition GPA, community service, and extracurricular activities, you can focus on writing a really great essay. The admissions committee at Rutgers really take the essay into consideration when making admissions decisions.

      The question on this year’s application is: how would you contribute to the Rutger’s environment? – consider variables such as talents, travels, leadership abilities, volunteer services, and cultural experiences.

      I hope this was helpful! Let me know if you have other questions.

  • Wayne on November 28, 2011

    Hi, I’m Wayne, a junior in high school. I currently have a 3.25 (10-12) GPA unweighted, am treasurer for a club, Junior State of America, vice president for another club, Amnesty International, I also went to china for two weeks to volunteer as an English teacher, and occasionally grade essays for Chinese high school students, I’m also in my school’s Key Club. I’m taking 2 AP classes, as of now I have straight B’s, including my AP, ( I’m taking AP US History and AP Environmental Science), my SAT is about 1750 and my ACT is a 25. How can I increase my chances of getting into: UCR, UCSC, UCSB, UCM, and UCD? Alongside those, I’m also applying to Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State San Louis Opisbo. Could you give me my chances and any advice on how to get in? (I’m a California resident, Taiwanese) Thanks!

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on December 1, 2011

      Hi Wayne,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Here’s my assessment of each school:

      UC-Riverside:
      Avg. GPA 3.49 (29% had h.s. GPA between 3.25 and 3.49)
      ACT Composite: 19-25

      UCSC:
      Avg. GPA: 3.61 (24% had h.s. GPA between 3.25 and 3.49)
      ACT Composite: 22-28

      UCSB:
      Avg. GPA: 3.92 (4% had h.s. GPA between 3.25 and 3.49)
      ACT Composite: 23-29

      UCM:
      Avg. GPA: 3.45 (29% had h.s. GPA between 3.25 and 3.49)
      ACT Composite: 18-24

      UCD:
      Avg. GPA: 3.86 (9% had h.s. GPA between 3.25 and 3.49)
      ACT Composite:23 -29

      Cal Poly:
      Avg. GPA: 3.41 (22% had h.s. GPA between 3.25 and 3.49)
      ACT Composite: 20-26

      Cal State San Louis Opisbo
      Avg. GPA: 3.84 (10% had h.s. GPA between 3.25 and 3.49)
      ACT Composite: 24-29

      I think you have the best shot at getting admitted to the following schools:

      UCR
      UCM
      Cal Poly
      UCSC

      The other schools will be stretch schools give your academic background.

      I hope this was helpful! Let me know if you have other questions.

  • Albert on November 28, 2011

    Hi! My scores are…
    GPA is 2.84 weighted.
    Class Rank is 358 out of 511.
    I took the SAT twice and my best was a 1040. Score: CR 370, M 350, W 310.
    ACT: 15. Score: English 10, Math 19, Reading 13, Science 16, Writing 04, English/Writing 09.

    My Extra Curricular are…
    Key Club. I am a officer (Tech Editor.)
    Vice President of Asian Club (Jr year. only)
    I work at McDonald’s.
    I am a musician Piano,Guitar and Ukulele.

    The schools I am applying to.

    CUNY: Hunters, Baruch, City College, Lehman, Staten Island, and Queens.
    SUNY: Buffalo State College, Stony Brook, University at Buffalo, Northeastern University, Geneseo, State University
    Others: Colgate University, Binghamton University State Univ. of New York, St. Johns. Boston College, Boston University.

    Those are my choices as of now. I want to knock some out with your advice but I want to go to a college in New York.

    I also have a personal statement and was wondering if you could read over it?

    • HSkid14 on November 29, 2011

      Im a senior and I have a 2.4 GPA, I actually am intelligent just didn’t apply myself in school. I got a 23 act and a 1490 Sat (470R 590M 430W) I am takin ap stats at the moment and 4th yr English also I took chemistry last year and 3 years of Spanish. I want to major in Computer/Software Engineering.

      I applied/applying to:
      Washington State
      Portland State
      CSU Fullerton
      Arizona State

      What do you think my chances are of getting into these schools? I know I could go to a 2yr and them transfer cause I can get the grades. But I would really would rather just go I a 4yr. Let me know your thoughts?

      • TheCollegeHelper

        TheCollegeHelper on December 1, 2011

        Hi!

        Thanks for your comment!

        Given your GPA, getting admitted to these colleges will be tough. I think you have a slight shot at:

        Washington State
        CSU Fullerton

        The other 2 schools require a minimum 3.0 GPA to get admitted.

        If you’re not admitted, you could always go to a community college and then transfer (as you suggested).

        Good luck! Let me know if you have other questions.

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on December 1, 2011

      Hi Albert,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Given your GPA and test scores, it will be tough to get admitted to most of the schools on your list.

      Here are the one’s that I would shoot for:

      CUNY City College
      Lehman
      Buffalo State College
      St John’s University-New York

  • Jean on November 29, 2011

    My granddaughter has a 3.0 unweighted gpa and a 26 act score.
    She just moved to Wa. from Ohio to complete her final year of high school, and due to family problems during her junior year her gpa went down quite a bit. She just recently applied to Washington State University, Boise State University, University of Utah, Utah State University, University of Wyoming, and University of Nevada at Reno. I know that some of these schools are not very competitive but for every school besides WSU she is hoping to receive the WUE scholarship (western undergraduate exchange) Which basically reduces tuition marginally. We would be more hopeful for acceptance but because she is applying for the WUE scholarship the acceptance rate is slightly more selective. After all that, we are wondering about her chances of being accepted to each school? Can you help us out? Thank you!
    -Jean

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on December 6, 2011

      Hi Jean,

      Thanks for your comment!

      I’m not extremely familiar with the WUE scholarship program. Let me do a little research and I’ll get back to you.

      Thanks in advance for your patience.

  • Sean on November 29, 2011

    What are my chances of getting into CSU Long Beach, CSU Fullerton and CSU San Diego? My weighted GPA is 3.25 and my SAT score is a 1450 ( crit reading-440, math-540, writing-470) but i am taking the SAT one last time hoping for improvement.

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on December 6, 2011

      Hi Sean,

      Thanks for your comment! I apologize for my delayed response.

      Here’s my analysis of the schools you asked about:

      CSU Fullerton & Long Beach:
      Yes, I think you have a good shot at being admitted. Your GPA and SAT scores are right on target.

      Did you mean San Diego State when you said CSU San Diego?

  • Jeffrey Echagile on November 30, 2011

    I currently have a 2.6 gpa going into my senior year. I am a very hard worker. Ive sent recomandations to the University of Tennessee at Knoxville from teachers and my youth pastors who agrees with me. The reason why my gpa is this low is because of my freshman year, when I failed geometry. I’m great at everything else averaging low A’s and high B’s. Sometimes high C’s. Ive taken the ACT atleast 5 times and there are approvements. I went from a 15 to a 17 then from a 17 to a 19. But UTK superscores ACTs and with the superscore I have a 20. UTK has been my dream school since my 8th grade year and I want it to be my school that I want to attend. I wrote a very amazing letter to them explaining my background, purpose in life, and the diversity and leadership I can bring to them when they accept me, but I feel that, that isnt enough for them. What else can I do? As of right now Im trying to schedule a conference with their Alumnis so that they can put in a good word for me. Thank You!

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on December 6, 2011

      Hi Jeffery,

      Thanks for your comment! I apologize for my delayed response.

      Here the stats for UTK:

      Average GPA of admitted students – 3.76 (however, 6% of admitted students had GPA’s between 2.5 and 2.99)

      Average ACT score – 24-29

      Here are some other things that you could consider:
      - If campus interviews are offered, schedule one
      - Write a really good college entrance essay

      I hope this was helpful! Good luck to you.

      Always remember, if it doesn’t work out then you can always transfer after doing a year or two at a community college.

  • NATE on December 1, 2011

    What are my chances of being admitted into The Ohio State University-Main Campus?
    My GPA is a 2.4 there was a family issue I had in high school which casued my low gpa which I did explain in the application I have a 30 ACT, a strong essay, a bunch of EC’s, I am from Ohio, our school does not do class rank, I dont know if that would help me or hurt me. Thanks for any responses….

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on December 6, 2011

      Hi Nate,

      Thanks for your comment! I apologize for my tardy response.

      You have a very strong ACT score. The average ACT score for admitted students at Ohio State is 26-30, so you’re clearly at the top end of the average.

      As long as you explained your family issue in your application essay, I feel fairly confident about your ability to get admitted.

      It might not be a bad idea to contact the admissions office directly and talk with an admission representative to explain your situation. This way, when your application comes up in the pile, they’ll remember you.

      I hope this was helpful. Good luck!

  • George on December 2, 2011

    Hello
    I want to get into john jay of criminal justice.
    My GPA is a 2.75
    My SAT scores are really low.
    Math 400
    English 360
    Do I have a good chance in getting in?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on December 6, 2011

      Hi George,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Your GPA is above the average of recently admitted students (2.55), so this could possibly compensate for your lower SAT scores.

      Here are the average SAT scores for admitted students:
      SAT Critical Reading: 420-500
      SAT Math: 430-520

      First I’d try to take the SAT again to see if you can get a score that’s close to the lower end of the averages.

      If not, I’d still apply. I feel pretty good about your chances of getting admitted.

      I hope this was helpful! Good luck.

      • George on December 6, 2011

        I also put on choice number 5 out of the 6 cuny colleges. will that affect my chances of getting in? Or that doesnt matter?

        • TheCollegeHelper

          TheCollegeHelper on December 6, 2011

          Sorry George, I’m not sure what you’re asking. Please clarify.

          • George on December 6, 2011

            I meant that when you apply for schools there is a list, 6 choices all together. I put john Jay as my 5th choice. Does it matter where I put my college choice? Or not? It wont affect my chances right?
            Thanks for responding

          • TheCollegeHelper

            TheCollegeHelper on December 8, 2011

            Hey George,

            No, I don’t think the position of the school will affect your chances. They will base their decision mostly on your academic profile. Let me know if you have other questions.

            Can you do me a favor, and “LIKE US” on Facebook?

  • Raj on December 4, 2011

    Hi College Helper !

    I’m currently a rising junior, and I was wondering which of these colleges/universities would be a good fit for me and would accept me given my academic credentials come Senior Year.

    Freshman Yr – 6 Honors Classes, 2 Regular (Art, Product Team) (English Honors , Math Honors , Spanish Honors , World Studies Honors , and Biology Honors )

    Sophomore Yr- 7 Honors Classes, 1 Regular (Gym/Art) (English Honors , Math Honors , Spanish Honors , American Studies Honors , Chemistry Honors, and Physics Honors)

    Junior Yr – 7 IB’s, 1 Regular (Product Team) (IB Math, IB English, IB Spanish, IB Spanish Culture, IB History, IB Economics, and IB Biology)

    Weighted Current GPA – 2.5
    Unweighted – 3.0

    SAT – 1850 (Will Retake, Aiming for atleast a 1900)
    ACT- 28 (Will Retake, Aiming for atleast a 30)

    DECA Club – 3 Yrs
    Model UN Club- 2 Yrs
    Quizbowl – 2 Yrs
    HOSA- 2 Yrs
    Math Club – 1 Yr
    JV Basketball – 2 Yrs

    Schools Applying to (Univ. Of Georgia, Univ. of Alabama, (Univ. of Kansas, Univ. of Texas- Austin, West Virginia U, Arizona State U, Cal State- Chico, Indiana U, Ohio Univ, Oklahoma State U, Univ of Arizona, Univ. of Missouri, Univ. of Oregon, Michigan State Univ. University of Michigan, Purdue Univ.)

    - I attend one of the top college preparatory high schools in the US (# 2 on Newsweek), and I have legacy at Univ. of Michigan.

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on December 6, 2011

      Hi Raj,

      Thanks for your comment!

      It’s going to take me quite a while to research all 16 of these schools.

      To be fair to other students who need their questions answered, can you name 3-4 colleges that you’re really interested in and I will focus on those?

      Thank you!

      • Raj on December 9, 2011

        I’m mostly Interested in Mich. State, Purdue, and Indiana Univ.

        • Raj on January 1, 2012

          So do you think I have as shot at any of these universities, or is CC the only option left for me ?

          • TheCollegeHelper

            TheCollegeHelper on January 2, 2012

            Hi Raj,

            Michigan State:
            Avg. ACT 23-28
            36% had h.s. GPA of 3.75 and higher
            31% had h.s. GPA between 3.5 and 3.74
            20% had h.s. GPA between 3.25 and 3.49
            8% had h.s. GPA between 3.0 and 3.24

            Purdue:
            Avg. ACT 23-29
            40% had h.s. GPA of 3.75 and higher
            25% had h.s. GPA between 3.5 and 3.74
            15% had h.s. GPA between 3.25 and 3.49
            14% had h.s. GPA between 3.0 and 3.24

            Indiana University
            Avg. ACT 24-29
            43% had h.s. GPA of 3.75 and higher
            23% had h.s. GPA between 3.5 and 3.74
            19% had h.s. GPA between 3.25 and 3.49
            11% had h.s. GPA between 3.0 and 3.24

            Your ACT score is really good, but these Big Ten schools are pretty competitive. To give yourself the best shot, try raising your GPA to at least a 3.25.

            However, even with your 3.0 and honors courses, I think you still have a decent shot. I definitely think you can get admitted to a 4-year school.

            In addition to these 3 schools, try applying to some less competitive schools. Check out these websites to get a better idea of each school’s academic requirements:

            http://www.petersons.com/
            http://collegesearch.collegeboard.com/search/index.jsp

            I hope this is helpful!

  • Bes on December 4, 2011

    Hello, I am a senior with a 3.2 weighted GPA and a 1490 SAT. I have a decent amount of community hours, not alot though. I have 4 years of work experience at the same restaurant and I think I did pretty well with my essays. I deeply want to attend college, but I realize with my academic grades and test scores I need to select where I apply carefully. I applied to Oklahoma State University, Midwestern State University, Texas Tech, Texas State, and Saint Edwards. My top choice is Saint Edwards in Austin, Texas. I guess the reason why I am typing this is because I need some reassurance that I will find my way to one of these schools. All that is flowing through my head is negative thoughts. Please let me know if these schools are a right choice with my G.P.A and test scores…

  • Megan on December 6, 2011

    So I’m a Senior who wants to be an Architect but my grades have really sucked through out my freshman – junior years …except this year I’m making A’s &B’s.
    I was nominated for NYLC ( National young Leaders Conference) after 8th grade and attended it.
    I have been involved in the followings activities :
    Basketball – freshman year
    Track- Freshman year
    HOSA- sophomore and junior year
    Key club- junior and senior year
    Im a great artist award winning best in class. took it all my years and joined Ap junior year.
    Yearbook- Sophomore,junior and Senior year
    I am now an Editor of the yearbook and am very sure I will have a killer recommendation letter from it.
    but my gpa is 2.3 weighted and 2.6 unweighted
    I taken reletivley easy classes and a few hard one inbetween ap World History -sophomore yr DC English junior and senior Dc Gov-senior yr
    My SAT scores are 560- reading 470-Math
    440-writing(1470)
    I want apply to the following colleges for their Architecture programs.
    Texas A&M, University of Arlington and University of Houston which is my first choice.
    I know Texas A&m is my biggest leap but I know its a good school and I really dont want to go to a community college despite the fact economically its the best choice.
    I was thinking I would sort of lie in my essay and say I was going through things freshman to junior year that kept me from doing well…
    thank you soo much for taking the time to read this
    megan

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on December 8, 2011

      Hi Megan,

      Thanks for your comment!

      First, here’s an analysis of the schools you asked me about:

      Texas A&M
      SAT Critical Reading 530-650
      SAT Math 570-680
      SAT Writing 510-620

      University of Texas-Arlington
      SAT Critical Reading 460-580
      SAT Math 490-610

      University of Houston
      SAT Critical Reading 470-580
      SAT Math 510-620

      *I couldn’t find any information about the average GPA of admitted students at these universities.

      Based on my analysis, it looks like you have the best shot at being admitted to the University of Houston. Your reading score is really good, but your math and writing scores are a little lower than the averages expected from these schools.

      Second, you should never lie on your college admissions applications. Not only is this unethical, but the admissions officers can usually tell when applicants aren’t being honest.

      Here are some other things that you can do: get recommendation letters from your favorite teachers, write a really good college entrance essay, and lastly, take the SAT again to see if you can improve your math score.

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      • Megan Knox on January 22, 2012

        This is definatly random to reply to but I would just like to say thank you so much not just for helping me but helping everyone on this site it’s truly amazing what your doing! I also wanted to tell you my gpa went up a little bit.
        Weighted – 2.51
        Unweighted – 2.76

        • TheCollegeHelper

          TheCollegeHelper on January 23, 2012

          Hi Megan!

          You are so welcome! It’s comments like yours that keep me up late at night trying to answer every student’s question!

          I’m so excited and glad that you found the site useful and keep up the good work in your classes! Take care :)

  • Cole on December 7, 2011

    Hi, well I’m a upcoming senior next year and my current GPA is like a 2.95 and I’m taking the ACT in Feb. but I think my GPA is pretty bad. I’m going to apply to Auburn University and Troy University and maybe Alabama. And this year has been rough on my family with cancer in my family. And other issues too.

    Also things I have done
    8th Grade- Football team, Basketball Team, Soccer Team, FCA

    9th Grade Soccer Team, Student Council, FCA

    10th Grade Soccer Team

    11th Grade soccer team FCCLA

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on December 8, 2011

      Hi Cole,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Here’s some useful information on the schools that you asked about:

      Auburn:
      Avg. ACT Composite 24-30
      Avg. high school GPA: 3.78 (5% had h.s. GPA between 2.5 and 2.99)

      Troy:
      Avg. ACT Composite 18-23
      *Couldn’t find Avg. GPA information

      University of Alabama:
      Avg. ACT Composite 22-29
      Avg. high school GPA: 3.5 (16% had h.s. GPA between 2.5 and 2.99)

      I think you have the best shot at Troy, followed by Alabama, then Auburn based on your GPA alone, however you could really increase your chances if you score well on the ACT.

      It’s also important that you discuss your family difficulties in your college entrance essays. This could help your chances at getting admitted.

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  • Victoria on December 7, 2011

    My gpa is 2.4 and i have done hardly any extracurricular activities aside from the school play this year and having a job during the summer. My SAT score was 520 reading 430 math and 510 writing. Do you think if i joined more clubs this year i will have a better chance at getting into colleges and by not having any extracurriculers is it hurting my chances??

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on December 8, 2011

      Hi Victoria,

      Thanks for your comment!

      The top 3 admissions factors that colleges usually consider are:

      1) Standardized Test Scores
      2) Academic GPA
      3) Rigor of secondary school record

      So, rather than joining clubs, I’d encourage you to focus on raising your GPA and possibly retaking the SAT if you didn’t attain the scores you wanted the first time. Make sense?

      If you’re curious about your chances of getting admitted to certain universities, let me me know and I’ll research them for you! Good luck to you.

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  • Jonathan Garcia on December 7, 2011

    I have a 3.63 GPA. I take all honors classes. Ive made all As this year so my GPA should increase. I made a low score of 1000 on my SAT, but i only took it once. I know i have the capability of any other student. Being that i am hispanic, do i have a decent chance of being accepted in the University of South Carolina? Thamks for your time

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on December 8, 2011

      Hi Johnathan,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Here’s the averages for students that were recently admitted to the University of South Carolina-Columbia.

      Average high school GPA: 3.89
      SAT Critical Reading: 530-640
      SAT Math: 560-650

      Your GPA is pretty close to the target, but I’m not sure about your SAT scores since I don’t have them broken out by subject area.

      If you are able to get in or close to these ranges, then I think you have a good chance of being admitted.

      Good luck! Please let me know if you have other questions.

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  • jacky on December 8, 2011

    hey college helper
    i really wanna get into USF (san francisco) but i have a 3.1 gpa but they take freshman year grades so then i’d have a 3.48 and i got a 22 on the ACT what are my chances??

    and i applied to san francisco state and w/ their gpa calculator i got a 2.4. do you think i’ll get in?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on December 11, 2011

      Hi Jacky,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Here’s my analysis of the schools you asked about:

      USF:
      Avg. high school GPA of admitted students = 3.52 (However, 14% had h.s. GPA between 3.0 and 3.24)
      ACT Composite = 22-27

      San Francisco State:
      Average high school GPA = 3.12
      Avg. ACT Score = 19-24

      I’ve got a few questions for you though before I give you my thoughts on how good your chances are at being admitted to these schools:

      1) What do you mean by “they take freshman year grades”? Does your 3.1 GPA not include your freshman year? If not, what years does it include? I assumed your cumulative GPA was 3.1.

      2) How did you get a 2.4 on San Francisco State’s GPA calculator if your GPA is 3.1?

  • Frank on December 10, 2011

    Hi College Helper.
    my weighted gpa is 3.78, but i’ve taken 6 AP classes up to now (i’m a senior). my sat score is 2200, 2240 superscored. to me, that gpa is really low compared to a lot of my friends who have around 4.2 or even higher. i felt that by taking a load of ap and honors classes brought my gpa way down, but i do have excellent extracurriculars and several leadership positions (one main one, internship, which i write most of my essays about).
    And i do think that my letters of rec will be good, at least the administrator one, since the vice principal of the school offered to write it for me.in short, my gpa is really low for the schools i’m applying to, including USC, basically most of the UC’s, Carnegie Mellon, University of Michigan, NYU, Cornell, and Boston U. I’m applying to pepperdine and Cal Poly SLO as back ups, do you think these schools will accept me even though my gpa is lackluster?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on December 12, 2011

      Hi Frank,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Here’s my analysis of the schools you’re interested in:

      USC –
      avg. high school gap = 3.69
      SAT Critical Reading = 620-720
      SAT Math = 650-750
      SAT Writing = 640-740

      Carnegie Mellon -
      avg. high school GPA = 3.64
      SAT Critical Reading = 620-720
      SAT Math = 680-780
      SAT Writing = 630-730

      University of Michigan -
      avg. high school GPA = 3.76
      SAT Critical Reading= 590-690
      SAT Math = 640-750
      SAT Writing = 610-710

      NYU –
      avg. high school GPA = 3.6
      SAT Critical Reading 610-710
      SAT Math 630-740
      SAT Writing 620-720

      Cornell –
      SAT Critical Reading 630-730
      SAT Math 670-770

      Boston U -
      avg. high school GPA = 3.52
      SAT Critical Reading 570-660
      SAT Math 600-690
      SAT Writing 590-680

      Pepperdine -
      avg. high school GPA = 3.65
      SAT Critical Reading 550-670
      SAT Math 560-680
      SAT Writing 550-660

      California Polytechnic State University –
      avg. high school GPA: 3.84
      SAT Critical Reading 540-630
      SAT Math 570-670

      I think you a good shot at getting into all of these schools. The stats you see above are the averages for recently admitted students.

      Your back-ups, Cal Poly and Pepperdine, are also pretty competitive. Their SAT score averages are a little lower than some of the other schools, but GPA is requirements match and exceed some of the other schools.

      You should select a couple true “safety” schools. Safety schools should be schools that you are 99% confident that you’ll get admitted. Make sense? Pleaselet me know if you have other questions.

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      • Frank on December 17, 2011

        Thank you for the reply! However I believe that those college GPA averages are unweighted while my Weighted GPA is 3.78.. does this severely lower my chances at these colleges? Thanks again CollegeHelper!

        • TheCollegeHelper

          TheCollegeHelper on December 17, 2011

          Hi Frank,

          Ah, I see…I guess I should have asked whether your GPA was weighted or unweighted. What is your unweighted GPA?

  • Mia on December 10, 2011

    Hi,
    I’m currently a senior and my schools are Seattle u, Emerson, Chapman, Syracuse, Columbia college Chicago (NOT Columbia university), Ithaca, and possibly u of oregon or somewhere else. Unfortunately my GPA is a 2.75, however on the SAT I got a 760R, 620M and a 730W (2110) and I have very good extracurrics for my major (communications) including 10 awards at local and national film festivals, an internship at a major international film festival where I cofounded and run a youth committee, being copy editor of my school paper (and getting awards for my articles there) and being a 2-time sate DECA competitor and winning a school-wide ad campaign contest. My letters of recommendation are very strong as are my essays and I am Hispanic. In reference to my gpa, I have taken AP classes and scored a 4/5 on both exams but it was affected most by a very late ADD diagnosis (a few weeks ago) as well as my fathers struggles with cancer. I did a program my junior year where I took a few of my classes at a community college and did very well there (3.9ish and an invitation to their honor society) so I’m hoping that shows i can handle college-level work. What are my chances of getting into those schools (I have good grades this year but I know they mostly look at freshman-junior year) and what else should I do to get in?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on December 12, 2011

      Hi Mia,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Here’s my analysis of the schools you asked about:

      Seattle U
      Avg. GPA 3.59
      SAT Critical Reading 530 640
      SAT Math 520 630
      SAT Writing 520 630

      Emerson
      Avg. GPA 3.59
      SAT Critical Reading 590 680
      SAT Math 560 650
      SAT Writing 580 680

      Chapman
      Avg. GPA 3.66
      SAT Critical Reading 540 640
      SAT Math 550 660
      SAT Writing 560 650

      Syracuse
      Avg. GPA 3.6
      SAT Critical Reading 520 620
      SAT Math 540 650
      SAT Writing 520 630

      Columbia College Chicago
      Avg. GPA 3.09
      *Open Admissions Policy

      Ithaca
      SAT Critical Reading 530 640
      SAT Math 530 630
      SAT Writing 530 630

      University of Oregon
      Avg. GPA 3.52
      SAT Critical Reading 490 610
      SAT Math 500 620

      You have really strong SAT scores, so I think if you address your ADD diagnosis and your fathers struggles with cancer in your essay, then the admissions committee may overlook your lower GPA.

      I’m confident that you’ll get admitted to Columbia College Chicago and the University of Oregon. I also feel pretty confident about the other universities as well. They all admit students with GPA’s between 2.5 and 2.99, just in lower percentages and your SAT scores will compensate somewhat for your lower GPA.

      Good luck! Let me know how it works out :)

  • Karli on December 10, 2011

    Hi m name is karli. Its my junior year and i have a 2.373 cumulative gpa.
    Dance team- freshman, soph, junior yr
    Yearbook- junior year
    honors choir-junior year
    Nhhs-(accepted for soph year)

    My grades for this first semester of junior year was:
    Chem: C
    Gym: B(.5 credit)
    Chorus: A(.5credit)
    Modern us history: A
    Spanish 3: B+

    What ae my chances of getting into University of Pittsburg, Ohio state at columbus, and university of rochester?
    I know my gpa is low and thats because i did terrible freshman year. Help??

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on December 12, 2011

      Hi Karli,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Did you take the ACT or SAT yet? If so, what score did you get?

      This will help me give you better advice.

  • Hamza Pataudi on December 11, 2011

    Im currently doing the IB diploma programme and am in my last year.I live in Pakistan. I have a predicted grade of 33 with a 6, 5 ,5 on my HLs. I am a us citizen. Ive applied to 4 uc schools upto now Berkeley, la, Santa Barbara and Irvine. However my first attempt on my sat was low with a 570 math , 440 writing and 480 reading and i just retook expecting close to an 1800. I am also a student athlete and have a load of strong ecs on my list. What do you think my chances are?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on December 13, 2011

      Hi Hamza,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Here’s the statistics for the schools you’re interested in:

      UC Berkeley
      SAT Critical Reading 590-710
      SAT Math 640-750
      SAT Writing 610-720

      UCLA
      SAT Critical Reading 560-680
      SAT Math 590-720
      SAT Writing 580-700

      UC Santa Barbara
      SAT Critical Reading 530-650
      SAT Math 550-670
      SAT Writing 540-660

      UC Irvine
      SAT Critical Reading 510-620
      SAT Math 560-670
      SAT Writing 520-640

      Your current SAT scores are below the averages listed above. To give yourself the best shot at getting accepted to these schools, you should try to earn SAT scores in these ranges.

      As far as your IB Diploma Programme is concerned, each college typically has an individual in the office of admissions that handles students who have completed the IB Diploma. You should contact each school directly to find out more information.

      I hope this was helpful! Let me know if you have other questions.

  • dakota on December 11, 2011

    hi i was wondering if a 3.37 gpa and a 20 on my act will get me in to oklahoma state?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on December 12, 2011

      Hi Dakota,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Yes, I think your academic stats all get you into Oklahoma State.

      -81% of students get admitted
      -avg. GPA of admitted students is 3.52, but 19% of students typically have GPA’s between 3.25 and 3.49
      -avg. ACT score is 21-28 (but, 25% of students score lower than this and you’re right on the edge)

      Be sure to write a college application essay and get good letters of recommendation.

      Good luck!

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  • Blake on December 12, 2011

    Hi my names Blake and I have a 1.8 gpa and a 26 on my ACT. What are my chances of getting into U.T. in Ohio or Eastern Michigan?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on December 13, 2011

      Hi Blake,

      Thanks for your comment

      UT has specific admissions standards based on which college you apply to. See page 4 of this pdf document: http://www.utoledo.edu/admission/apply/pdfs/12_13_admission_app.pdf

      Eastern Michigan requires a minimum 2.0 GPA, but they may overlook this given your ACT score.

      Is there a good reason for your low GPA, for example, family or personal illness. If so, you could include this information in your college entrance essay.

      I hope this was helpful! Good luck.

  • baron on December 12, 2011

    i heard plenty of students and faculty say that having a gpa of 3.0 or above with an associate’s degree will allow you to be accepted into any in-state college that your community college is in. is that relatively true? they also added that it is mandatory for them to accept you. i have doubts as to this policy. please give me feedback. thanks.

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on December 13, 2011

      Hi Baron,

      Thanks for your comment!

      I haven’t heard this before. I do know that each college or university has their own transfer admissions policy and that some of the more competitive colleges and universities tend to accept a higher percentage of transfer students then they do first-year freshman. However, I do know that they do not accept all transfer students.

      I don’t think it’s “mandatory” for any college or university to accept a student, but I do think that a 3.0 or higher at a community college typically proves to admissions officers that you can handle college-level course work, so it is more likely that you’ll get admitted with this academic profile. Also college and universities tend to give preference to in-state applicants.

      Was this helpful? Let me know if you have other questions.

  • Austin Kim on December 13, 2011

    I have a question. I live in Oregon all my life and I have a 2.844 cumulative GPA, a 1740 SAT Score, and a 26 on my ACT.

    What will my chances be in getting accepted to UO, OSU, and UW.

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on December 15, 2011

      Hi Austin,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Here is my analysis of the schools you asked about:

      University of Oregon:
      Average GPA 3.52, but 6% had between a 2.5 and 2.99
      Average ACT score 21-27
      SAT Critical Reading 490 610
      SAT Math 500 620

      Oregon State University:
      Average GPA 3.51, but 8% had between 2.5 and 2.99
      Average ACT score 20-26
      SAT Critical Reading 470-590
      SAT Math 490-620
      SAT Writing 440-560

      University of Washington:
      SAT Critical Reading 530-650
      SAT Math 570-680
      ACT Composite 24-30

      I think you have the best shot at getting admitted to the University of Oregon.

      Oregon State considers GPA and academic school record as more important in their admissions process than standardized test scores.

      UW is more competitive in general than UO and OSU, so I think it will be a stretch for you.

      I’d apply to UO and OSU, but also make back-up plans just in case one of these schools doesn’t work out.

      Good luck! Let me know if you have other questions.

  • Minka on December 14, 2011

    I have a 2.56 GPA and i got an 18 on my ACT what are my chances of getting into UNLV?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on December 15, 2011

      Hi Minka,

      Thanks for your comment!

      The average GPA at UNLV is 3.23, but 24% of admitted students get admitted with GPA’s between 2.5 and 2.99.

      The average ACT score is between 18-24, so it seems like you’re safe with an 18.

      Given your academic profile, I think you have a decent shot at getting admitted to UNLV.

      However, since you’re on the low end of the averages, you should definitely have a back up plan…just in case this year’s applicants have stronger academic records than in the past.

      I hope this was helpful! Let me know if you have other questions.

  • Jonathan on December 14, 2011

    Hello, I have a 3.63 GPA, but this should increase due to my grades. I was wondering if the fact of me being Mexican-American would help me out in my acceptance into the University of South Carolina? Thanks for your time

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on December 21, 2011

      Hi Jonathan,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Here are the average test scores for students who were admitted to the University of South Carolina.

      Avg. GPA is 3.89 (however, 16% had h.s. GPA between 3.5 and 3.74)
      SAT Critical Reading 530-640
      SAT Math 560-650
      ACT Composite 24-29

      Since your GPA is a bit lower than recently admitted students, you should aim for ACT or SAT scores that are near the top end of the averages above.

      I hope this was helpful! Let me know if you have other questions.

  • Marcie on December 14, 2011

    Hi! First, I’d like to say thanks for your services; you seem to simultaneously boost the confidences of so many panicky seniors while informing them with factual statistics. It’s great what you’re doing :)

    Well, I have a stunningly low GPA, 3.2, but I’ve taken about 16 AP classes and numerous extracurricular activities. My SAT score is 2300, and my ACT is 34, which is pretty high, but I didn’t get National Merit (due to unforeseen circumstances involving sleep deprivation and hunger), which was a huge blow for me. The average GPA at my high school is about…4.0. Not actually, but nevertheless: people are wizards.

    My sophomore and junior year grades were very low because I stacked my schedule with 6-8 AP classes and not enough time to breathe. Also, emotional problems (related to a boy) impacted my success, but I don’t think I can indicate why in my college essays…that would be awkward.

    I’ve received 4′s and 5′s on 7 AP tests, but I should have received more, but, you know, I didn’t really absorb anything in those classes, as indicated in my resulting grades.

    As a senior, I’ve picked up my slack, channeled my motivation, and decreased my workload. This year, I plan on taking AP Euro, Multivariable Calculus, AP Macroeconomics, college level Spanish, AP Literature and Composition, and other random fun classes. For AP tests this year, I plan on taking tests for the aforementioned classes, as well as AP Art History, because it’s fun.

    I’ve had a passion for the medical field since my youth, and I’ve taken enough outside interest (with camps and programs and such) to showcase my passion. I’m also heavily involved in music, drawing, and painting. Just…trust me. I do too many things to list.

    There are several schools I’m looking at. My dream school is Columbia, but I seriously doubt I’ll get into that. My top school is the PLME program at Brown University, which is literally EXACTLY what I want to learn in college. If I get in, I will probably die of happiness.

    The next is NYU, which is expensive, but that’s OK. I’m also interested in UC Berkeley and LA, Johns Hopkins, Boston University, and University of Chicago.

    I haven’t heard back from the University of Minnesota, my state’s school…which is bad…and is horrible, because everyone gets into it. But with my GPA, who knows…

    What advice can you give me? Is there anything I can even do at this point? What other schools can I apply to that you’d think I’d absolutely get in to? I’ve been told I write well, but what should I specifically emphasize? My explanation for my sub-par grades is…sub-par, so I don’t know what to do.

    My parents don’t think I’ll get anywhere. And I think it may be true.

    Thanks so much for your help! I eagerly await for a reply :)

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on December 26, 2011

      Hi Marcie,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Just wanted you to know that I haven’t forgotten about you. Your questions require me to do a little more research than normal, so it’s taking me a little longer.

      I will get back to you this week. :)

      • Marcie on January 2, 2012

        unweighted, my high school does not weigh the GPA.

        Thanks….

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on December 31, 2011

      Hi Marcie,

      Is your 3.2 GPA weighted or unweighted? Have you heard back from any of the schools you’ve applied to yet?

      Just wanted to check in with you!

      • Marcie on January 3, 2012

        My GPA is not weighted, unfortunately. I’m sure it’d be considerably higher if it was :(

        I’ve applied to UChicago; NYU; Johns Hopkins; Brown (long shot); Boston University; University of California Berkeley, LA, and San Diego; and plan on applying to University of Wisconsin Madison as a safety.

        My essays were pretty good, and I submitted an art supplement, but who knows what will happen now…

  • Blake Watson on December 14, 2011

    hi my name is blake watson
    i have an A.A degree i am an african ameircan minority by gpa is about an 2.8 or 2.9 close to an 3.0 and I’m also going to apply during the summer i hear thats the best shot i have a few credentials also to bring to the table what are my chances of getting in to UF?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on December 22, 2011

      Hi Blake,

      Thanks for your comment!

      A few questions for you…
      1) Did you take the ACT or SAT yet? If so, what was your score?
      2) I’m assuming UF means University of Florida?
      3) Are you a Florida resident?

      Even as a transfer student, the University of Florida will still review your high school transcripts, college transcripts and standardized test scores.

      While I couldn’t find any specific stats for transfer students, I did find that transfer policies vary significantly by department.

      Here are the stats for first-year freshman. You can use this as a guide…

      SAT Critical Reading 570-670
      SAT Math 600-690
      ACT Composite 26-30

      Also, 91% of first year students had a HS GPA of 3.75 or higher…

      So to increase your chances of getting admitted as a transfer student, you should do your best to raise your GPA and score well on the ACT/SAT.

      I think it would also help some if you are a resident of Florida.

      UF is very selective (I’m assuming this applies to transfer students as well), so I would also apply to some other colleges that weren’t as selective just as a back-up plan.

      I hope this information was helpful! Let me know if you have other questions.

  • Ashley on December 15, 2011

    I am a jr. in high school and my G.P.A. is very low because of my 9th and 10th grade year. I am currently passing all of my classes with All As and Bs but My G.P.A. is only a 1.4 and it is going to be very hard to recover from that. I am very interested in attending to Quincy University, and I was wondering did they have special programs that I can attend for having such a low G.P.A. ? I have not yet took the A.C.T. but i plan to score at least a 21 or better. I also have history of honors classes from my 9th and 10th grade year !

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on December 22, 2011

      Hi Ashley,

      Thanks for your comment!

      I checked the Quincy University website and it doesn’t appear that they have any special programs like Northern Illinois University. However, you might want to call their admissions office just to be sure.

      Based on my research, it seems that Quincy requires applicants to have at least a 2.0 GPA, so I think it will be tough for you to get admitted. The average ACT score for admitted students is between a 19 and 24.

      I’d recommend attending a community college for 2 years and then trying to transfer to Quincy.

      Good luck! I hope this information was helpful. Let me know if you have other questions.

  • Michael on December 15, 2011

    Hi, I am an international students who is studying in a community college. My GPA is about 3.0 after spring semester 2012 if I do my best. I was unable to enjoy the environment of college at first two years because of the language. I totally screwed my GPA which is only has 2.0. However, I am trying my best to pull it up at present despite it only can be 3.05(too many Cs affected),My first major choice is business administration(Marketing). The second choice is Finance. My dream school is University of southern California. what do you think i can improve my chance to get in? If not, is there any top50 schools I can apply for?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on December 22, 2011

      Hi Michael,

      Thanks for your comment!

      As I’m sure you know, USC is very competitive. On average, they admit about 25% of transfer students. When making an admissions decision, they consider your high school transcripts, community college transcripts, and GPA. I think getting admitted to USC will be tough for you.

      Admissions standards at top 50 schools are really competitive in general. Why don’t you do some research on petersons.com. This site will give you an idea of admissions criteria at various colleges.

      I hope this was helpful!

  • Darien on December 16, 2011

    Hi, my name is Darien and my dream school is American University in Washington, D.C.
    I have a 3.4 weighted GPA and am ranked in the top 2/3 of my class. (I know, it’s really bad, but I go to a super competitive school where people with a 3.8 are in the middle of the class.) I might be able to eke out a 3.5 by the year’s end, if I do superb from herein.

    One of my biggest problems, in conjunction with my low GPA and rank, is my lack of advanced classes I took. Due to the competitive nature of my school, my GPA precluded me from taking any advanced classes until this year, my junior one. I’m taking AP English Language and Latin III Honors. While my school considers all normal classes “advanced” and weighs them with a 1.1, will this hurt my chances significantly?

    I haven’t taken the SAT yet, but I got my PSAT scores back, and I scored a 67 on the reading section and a 58 on the math. I think if I study a bit more, I can score at least a 720 on the reading when I take the SAT in June, and a 670 on the math if I get tutored. Should I take an SAT subject test to boost my desirability, and if so, which one is easiest to prepare for?

    I have competed on my school’s state finalist mock trial team, which I am secretary of (hope to run for captain this year); secretary of my school’s debate club, class secretary, student government liaison, and am second in command for a statewide high school initiative of a major presidential candidate. Furthermore, I am an African-American male from an economically disadvantaged neighborhood, if that helps any.

    How are my chances at, in order:
    American University (applying early decision)
    DePaul University
    Hamline University
    Howard University
    Temple University

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on December 22, 2011

      HI Darien,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Here are the stats for the schools you’re interested in:

      American University:
      33% had h.s. GPA between 3.5 and 3.74
      SAT Critical Reading 590 710
      SAT Math 580 680

      ** I think you have a good chance at getting admitted, based on your PSAT scores and GPA (as long as your unweighted GPA isn’t significantly lower than your weighted GPA).

      DePaul University:
      Avg. GPA 3.46
      SAT Critical Reading 520 640
      SAT Math 520 620

      ** I’m very familiar with DePaul, so I’m confident you’ll get admitted here.

      I’m also confident about Hamline, Howard, and Temple. You did a really good job of selecting schools that match up well with your academic profile!

      Good luck to you! Let me know if you have other questions.

  • Carlos on December 17, 2011

    Should play it safe and settle, or keep my hopes up?
    I am a junior at a small charter highschool, I have a 3.61 GPA without extravagant classes since my highschool does not offer any. I recently completed a premed program in which i became interested in medicine, and as a result i also became a little anxious. I want to give my self the best chance at being accepted into medschool, and it seems to me that my best shot lies within the UC system, for undergrad. I am planning on taking 4 ap classes at a bigger school during my senior year, which should boost my chances a little. I am also waiting on my SATscores which I expect to be higher than 1600. I am volunteering at Kaiser Permanente and shadowing local M.Ds. which should boost my chances as well. I have picked up my standards, and im doing my best with what I have. Im wondering whether I have any chance at all at getting into any University of California campus straight out of high school. I don’t want to settle for less:/
    Thanks

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on December 23, 2011

      Hi Carlos,

      Thanks for your comment!

      In an effort to try and respond to all students, I’ll provide you with the stats from 3 UC schools. These seem to be the 3 that I get asked about most often:

      UCLA
      avg GPA 4.25 (4% of admitted students had GPA between 3.5 and 3.74)
      SAT Critical Reading 560 680
      SAT Math 590 720
      SAT Writing 580 700

      UC-Davis
      avg GPA 3.86 (20% of admitted students had GPA between 3.5 and 3.74)
      SAT Critical Reading 510 640
      SAT Math 560 680
      SAT Writing 520 640

      USC
      avg GPA 3.69 (31% had h.s. GPA between 3.5 and 3.74)
      SAT Critical Reading 620 720
      SAT Math 650 750
      SAT Writing 640 740

      Based on your GPA alone, I’d say that you have a decent shot at USC and UC Davis. When you get your SAT scores back, compare them to the SAT averages above and that should give you a good indicator of where you stand.

      I hope this was helpful! Let me know if you have other questions.

  • Andrew on December 18, 2011

    Hey I am a sophomore in college at cOllege of ouatchitas an I want to transfer to Arkansas state university my GPA is between 2.7 to a 3 and I score a 16 on my act I know it is low but I don’t do good on test. Is there any chance I can get in there I want to do there physical therapy assistant prOgran

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on December 23, 2011

      Hi Andrew,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Arkansas State only requires college transcripts for transfer students, so they won’t be looking at your ACT score.

      Here is some information from Arkansas State’s website regarding their PTA program:

      “Can I transfer from another college or university? Yes, many of our students come from other college or universities. The first step is to gain admission to ASU. You can contact ASU Admissions at (870) 972-3024 or admissions@astate.edu. The next step is to download the prerequisite form, obtain a copy of your transcript, and contact an advisor. Typically, most prerequisite courses are offered at any community college or university. We find tha PT 2003 Introduction to Physical Therapy and HP 2013 Medical Terminology are the most likely to not be offered elsewhere. Both of these courses are offered on-line in the spring, summer and fall terms.”

      I hope this was helpful. It looks like the first step is to contact the admissions office.

  • Kylie on December 19, 2011

    Hello! So I have a 3.26 weighted GPA with a 2.5 unweighted, and a 25 on the ACT. What do you think the chances of me getting into Purdue are? I write a good essay for the application, and I have a lot of extracurriculars such as running track and cross country, debating varsity, president of a club at school that often does volunteer work around the city. Is a 2.5 GPA okay? It’s about a C+ on their scale…I’m scared that is not enough to get me in.

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on December 23, 2011

      Hi Kylie,

      Thanks for your comment!

      You’re right on the borderline with Purdue.

      The average GPA of admitted students is 3.6, which is a little below your current GPA. However, 15% of admitted students had h.s. GPA’s between 3.25 and 3.49.

      Your ACT score is right on target. The average ACT score of admitted students is between 23 and 29.

      I think you have a decent shot, but you should also apply to other colleges just as a precaution.

      I hope this was helpful! Let me know if you have other questions.

  • Debbie Mason on December 20, 2011

    My daughter was just accepted at Grand Valley State in Michigan. She will have completed almost 3 years at a community college prior to this. However her acceptance letter states she must maintain a 2.5 GPA. She is right below now after finals this semester 2.492 but still has next semester to raise it. She is worried now and I was wondering if you knew what would happen if she was still right below a 2.5 – would they still accept her or what should she do if that happens.

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on December 23, 2011

      Hi Debbie,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Since a 2.492 technically rounds up to 2.5, I think they’ll still admit her.

      However, to be on the safe side, I’d contact the Grand Valley State admissions office and ask them the same question. Here’s the number: (616) 331-2025.

      I hope this was helpful! Let me know if you have other questions.

  • Anna on December 21, 2011

    HI. i have a Gpa of 3.05 and i scored 1640 in the sats. But i have loads of extra curricular activites, national dance merits and debate awards.
    I sing pretty well too and play piano/ guitar/ cello and a traditional instrument.
    also, i represented my country in global conventions. I’m in ap english and write pretty good essays.
    I’m currently taking three AP classes in my senior year
    what are my chances of getting into nyu?
    and also should i submit an art supplement?

    thanks!
    x

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on December 26, 2011

      Hi Anna,

      Thanks for your comment!

      NYU is really competitive. The average GPA of admitted students is a 3.6 and the average SAT scores are as follows:

      SAT Critical Reading 610-710
      SAT Math 630-740
      SAT Writing 620-720

      Based on your academic profile, I think it will be difficult for you to get admitted to NYU at this time. You could try to attend a community college for 2 years, and then transfer to NYU.

      Good luck! I hope this information was helpful!

  • Anastasia K on December 21, 2011

    Hi College Helper!

    I am currently a junior at a pretty competitive Georgia public school. My class rank is somewhere in the 100s out of 567 students. I have a few clubs and sports for my ECs and I do community service.

    My unweighted GPA by the end of senior year should be somewhere around 3.2. I will get my first SAT score result back tomorrow morning but I have consistently scored above a 2100 on all of the practice exams. I have taken 5 honors classes and will take 7 APs total by the end of high school. I have a C (79) in one of my semesters of AP US History. If I got an A that next semester, would those grades average? Or would colleges look at them separately?

    I am going to stay in state for college and I am wondering what my chances are at UGA, Ga Tech, Ga State, and Emory. And what can I do to make up for my low GPA? Do I still have time to change my high school resume so I could have a better chance at colleges like Emory or Vandy?
    And also, does the fact that I am a resident of Georgia affect my chances at in state schools? And finally, if I don’t get into the school I want, how could I improve my chances of being accepted to a nice school as a transfer?

    Thank you for taking the time to read my response!

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on December 26, 2011

      Hi Anastasia,

      Thanks for your comment!

      The following schools are in order from most to least competitive:

      Emory
      SAT Critical Reading 640-730
      SAT Math 660-750
      SAT Writing 650-740
      Avg. GPA 3.84

      GA Tech
      SAT Critical Reading 580-680
      SAT Math 650-750
      SAT Writing 580-670
      Avg. GPA 3.87

      University of GA
      SAT Critical Reading 560-660
      SAT Math 570-670
      SAT Writing 570-660
      Avg. GPA 3.82

      GA State
      SAT Critical Reading 490-590
      SAT Math 500-600
      Avg. GPA 3.36

      With your current GPA, I think you have a great shot at GA State. And yes, I think the fact that you’re a resident of GA will help some.

      Emory, GA State, and University of GA will be tough. Most students who are admitted to these school have GPA’s of 3.75 or higher.

      I hope this information was helpful! Good luck to you!

  • Ramya on December 22, 2011

    Hi,
    I am an international student and i got an 800 in SAT physics and 720 in math level 2, Should i retake math? I’m looking at UC, santa cruz, Santa barbara, and davis and UT arlington and Drexel. Any other colleges i should look at?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on December 26, 2011

      Hi Ramya,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Are these SAT scores referring to SAT subject tests?

      I need more information to help you out. What’s your cumulative GPA? What were your SAT scores in Reading, Math, and Writing?

  • George on December 22, 2011

    Hi
    I applied to Lehman college. I have a 2.7 GPA. My critical reading score is an 460 and my math score is 400. Those are the highest grades that I received. Do you think I have a chance good in getting in? Or are my scores are on the low side?
    Thanks

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on December 26, 2011

      Hi George,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Based on my research, the average SAT scores for admitted students to Lehman College are as follows:

      SAT Critical Reading 440-520
      SAT Math 460-530

      I also found that Lehman requires a minimum 3.0 GPA. It would be helpful if you raised your GPA to a 3.0.

      The above SAT scores are averages; 25% of admitted students do score below those averages and still get admitted – so your SAT scores might not be as much of an issue as your GPA.

      Good luck! Let me know if you have any other questions.

      • George on December 28, 2011

        What is a 3.0? Is that an 83?

        • TheCollegeHelper

          TheCollegeHelper on December 29, 2011

          It’s a 75. Take the score, multiply by 4, then divide by 100.

          75(4) = 300/100 = 3.0

          • George on December 29, 2011

            Oh wow then I have a 3.2 since my GPA is an 80. So now do I have a good chance in getting in?

  • Caitlin on December 27, 2011

    Hi i recently received a failing grade in my Liberal Arts Math course and i was wondering if this will harm my chances of getting into a four year school? i am finishing up my last 2 semesters at the Community college and i have NEVER received a grade like this in any course. I am really stressed that no school will take me because of this grade what should i do?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on December 31, 2011

      Hi Caitlin,

      Thanks for your comment!

      First, I think you should re-take the course.

      Next, I’d talk to an academic advisor at the community college to determine how your new grade in liberal arts math will factor into your overall GPA.

      As long as you’ve done well in your other courses and you show the admissions committee at a 4-year college that you’ve put in effort by re-taking this math course, i’m sure you’ll get accepted.

      Let me know if you have other questions. Good luck!

  • Stephanie on December 28, 2011

    Hello, I am currently a sophomore in high school and I’m looking into a few colleges already. I already know I want to be in the business field preferably accounting or finance, and maybe music business too. I am in absolute love with everything about NYU, especially the location and atmosphere. I went to go visit the other day and this is the college I want to attend. I love that it’s right smack in the center of Manhatthan and I would be getting a not so typical college experience. I have not yet taken the SATs or ACT. However, I did take the PSATs and got a 1380. Super awful because I found myself becoming lazier further on into the test…so that definitely wont happen again on the actual. I’m aiming for at least a 1950-2000. I currently have a 4.1 weighted GPA (I’m not quite sure how to unweight it?) Last year, I took Honors World History, Honors French 2, Honors English, Algebra 1, Natural Science..with A’s in every class and a B in English. This year, I am taking Honors Geometry, Algebra 2 (doubled up on math class and dropped lunch), Biology, Honors English 2, Honors French 3, Pre-AP US History. For junior and senior year, im considering every honors course there is available (6 max per year). For EC’s…I am a member of Key Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Interact, Volunteer at the local hospital, play Varsity volleyball…been a member of a local volleyball club team for 5 seasons, been playing piano for 10 years and currently teaching myself, guitar (self-taught 2 years), Honor Roll..the entire 9th grade and first half semester this year. I want to first apply to Steinhardt NYU for music business, then transfer to Stern because Stern is highly competitive and I really don’t think my stats are good enough to get accepted. Can you please tell me what else I need to do to get into the school? I am willing to sacrifice anything to receive an acceptance letter from NYU despite the super high tuition!

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on December 29, 2011

      Hi Stephanie,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Here are the stats for recently admitted NYU students:
      Avg. GPA 3.6
      SAT Critical Reading 610-710
      SAT Math 630-740
      SAT Writing 620-720
      ACT Composite 28-31

      To give yourself the best shot at admission, aim for SAT scores in the ranges listed above.

      I hope this was helpful! Good luck.

  • Daisuke Nakamura on December 28, 2011

    Hi, I have a 2.7 GPA with a 1640 sat score. I am a senior year and I have already submitting my applications for; San Fransisco State University, Seattle University, Suffolk University, University of Washington (Seattle and Bothell Campus), Northeastern, UC Merced and UC RIverside,. In my personal essay I clearly showed my cultural diversity and my unique life experiences of living outside of my home country all my life. Are these a good school choice? And do schools also look at gradual improvements on grades throughout your high school career?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on December 31, 2011

      Hi Daisuke,

      Thanks for your comment!

      In an effort to help as many students as possible, I only provided the stats for your top 3 schools (see below).

      San Francisco State University
      Avg. GPA – 3.12 (34% had h.s. GPA between 2.5 and 2.99)
      SAT Critical Reading 440-560
      SAT Math 450-570

      Seattle University
      Avg. GPA – 3.59 (3% had h.s. GPA between 2.5 and 2.99)
      SAT Critical Reading 530-640
      SAT Math 520-630
      SAT Writing 520-630

      Suffolk University
      Avg. GPA – 2.94 (37% had h.s. GPA between 2.5 and 2.99)
      SAT Critical Reading 450-560
      SAT Math 460-570
      SAT Writing 450-560

      Based on these stats, I think you have a good shot at San Francisco State and Suffolk.

      To learn how to research the other schools, read this post:
      http://www.thecollegehelper.com/3-ways-to-quickly-research-colleges

      • Daisuke Nakamura on January 19, 2012

        Hi, thank you for your assistance. I am also planning to apply to penn state university, university park. With my current gpa and sat score stated above, what are the chances of me getting in?
        I am also a member of the varisty tennis team 2 years running, along with community service hours.
        Thank you, Daisuke Nakamura

  • priyam on December 29, 2011

    Hi,i am an international student.my sat score is 1840 (CR-610,math-600,writing-630) and my gce edexcel alevel grades are BBC.What are my chances of getting into UT arlington and colarado state university.I dont how to calculate the gpa of my alevel grades in a 4.0 scale since in my school it was calculated in a 5.0 scale.Could u please let me knw how to calculate the gpa?:)

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on December 31, 2011

      Hi Priyam,

      Thanks for your comment!

      See below for the stats for students recently admitted to UT arlington and colorado state.

      UT Arlington
      SAT Critical Reading 460-580
      SAT Math 490-610

      Colorado State University
      SAT Critical Reading 510-620
      SAT Math 510-630

      Based on these stats, I think you have a good shot at getting admitted to both schools.

      In regards to your GPA, your best bet is to contact someone from the admissions office at these universities to determine how each school would calculate your GPA. Each college typically has an admissions officer specifically dedicated to helping international students.

      I hope this was helpful. Good luck!

  • Stevet on December 29, 2011

    I have a question regarding GPA. My sons school works on a grading scale as follows:

    93- 100 = A
    86 – 92 = B
    79 – 85 = C
    71 – 78 = D
    Below 70 = F

    There are other schools where they are 10 point increments such as
    90 – 100 = A
    80 – 89 = B
    70 – 79 = C
    60- 69 = D
    Below 60 = F

    Do colleges recalculate and take the tougher scale into account?

    Thanks,
    Steve

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on December 31, 2011

      Hi Steve,

      Thanks for your comment!

      In addition to listing grades and cumulative GPA, your son’s high school transcript should also include his school’s grading scale. Colleges will take this tougher grading scale into account when evaluating his application.

      If you happen to request a copy of his transcript and you notice that the grading scale is not indicated, be sure to talk to his high school guidance counselor.

      I hope this was helpful! Let me know if you have other questions.

  • Vishram on December 31, 2011

    Hi,
    I am a computer Science student from India. My average is 54% and I want to get into a graduate program in USA. I am quite confused by the GPA system as it is not followed in my college. What are my chances and what kind of universities/colleges should I target?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on December 31, 2011

      Hi Vishram,

      Thanks for your comment.

      Is there a letter grade associated with your 54% average (i.e. A, B, C, etc.)

      In the US, a 54% is equivalent to a failing score; I’m sure that’s not the case in India.

      Let me know if you have any further information.

  • Wishme on December 31, 2011

    Hi
    I am a student in India doing computer engineering. I have 52% score. Will this stop me from getting into a MS degree course in USA?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on December 31, 2011

      Hi Wishme,

      Thanks for your comment.

      Is there a letter grade associated with your 52% average (i.e. A, B, C, etc.)
      In the US, a 52% is equivalent to a failing score; I’m sure that’s not the case in India.

      Let me know if you have any further information.

  • bidhan thapa on January 2, 2012

    hey , i got sat score of 1570 and gpa 4. math 630 and cr 480. . i am international student .. can i get full scholarship … plz list the institution………..

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 8, 2012

      Hi Bidhan,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Each school has different admissions requirements. Do you have a specific college that you’re interested in?

  • Kyle on January 2, 2012

    hi, i’m a senior in high school in Nevada with a unweighted GPA of 2.9 and a weighted GPA of 3.5. I got a 1560 on my SAT CR 470, M 610, W 480. i really want to go to University of Oregon or Washington State but I don’t know if my GPA is high enough. Do you think I have a chance?

    Thank you

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 8, 2012

      Hi Kyle,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Here the statistics for the colleges you asked about:

      University of Oregon:
      Avg. H.S. GPA = 3.52
      SAT Critical Reading = 490-610
      SAT Math = 500-620

      Washington State:
      Avg. H.S. GPA = 3.44
      SAT Critical Reading = 480-580
      SAT Math = 500-610

      Based on these statistics, yes, I think you have a decent shot at both of these schools. However, since your unweighted GPA is a little on the low in, I’d recommend having a couple back-up schools just in case.

      I hope this was helpful! Good luck!

      • Kyle on February 10, 2012

        I got into Washington State

        • TheCollegeHelper

          TheCollegeHelper on February 11, 2012

          Excellent! Congratulations!

          Now that you’re in, take a look at our 1st Year of College section to get tips on what to bring to campus, campus safety, roommate issues, money management, study tips, and more!

          I’m so happy for you!

  • Scared on January 4, 2012

    Hi, I’m a student with a great SAT, (2350), but my GPA is TERRIBLE, I’m talking straight D’s with a couple of F’s…..but my SAT’s are as follows:
    CR – 750
    Writing: 800
    Math: 800

    What are my best options? I’d really like to go to UCONN, CCNY, WPI, Duke, UCLA but I’m open to any good school because I realize with my grades, these are gonna be difficult…I’m also planning on having taken 10 AP tests by the time I graduate. I’m in a difficult position, and I’d just like to know where I stand.

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 8, 2012

      Hi Sacred,

      Thanks for your comment!

      While your SAT scores are impressive, I think colleges will be hesitant to admit you due to your grades.

      Do you have a good reason for getting poor grades throughout high school – illness, family issues, etc.?

      If not, I’d recommend attending a junior college for a year or two and then I’d try to transfer to one of the schools on your list.

      Also, solicit the advice of your high school guidance counselor to see what he/she says.

      I hope this was helpful. Good luck to you.

      • Scared on January 16, 2012

        Well, I do have a reason, but I’m not sure if colleges will find it as acceptable, I had a friend who was extremely depressed, suicidal even, so I basically spent all of my time helping them instead of doing my work…do you think this is going to fly with colleges?

  • mariella nikolova on January 4, 2012

    Hey I am currently in my last year of high school and I am applying to UK universities, I was wondering should I write an explanation paragraph for my low grades in my personal statement ?
    (my GPA is 4.70, not tragic, but low)

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 8, 2012

      Hi Mariella,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Is the 4.7 weighted or is your high school on a 5.0 scale?

      As far as the personal statement goes, it depends…do you have a good explanation for your low GPA – i.e. personal illness, family issues, etc.

      If you do have a good explanation, then yes, I’d recommend including it in your personal statement.

      I hope this was helpful!

  • Alexandra on January 4, 2012

    Hi, I’m a senior highschool student from texas and the college I REALLY want to get into is LSU. My gpa is 3.59 or 3.6 and recieved a composite score of a 26. My english subscore was a 14 which was the only subscore that didn’t reach the requirements for LSU. My mathematics was a 25, reading 31 and science a 34. I have already applied and anxiously waiting to hear from them. Do you think I still have a chance?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 8, 2012

      Hi Alexandra,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Yes, I still think you’ve got a shot. Per the website, the school does take other factors into consideration. (see below). However, I do think you should have a couple back-up schools on your list just in case.

      “We can take other factors into account to predict your potential for success at LSU. Some of these factors may include: choice of degree program, rank in class, credit in advanced placement or honors courses, rigor of the high school curriculum, grade trends, extracurricular activities, and letters of recommendation.”

      Good luck! Keep me posted!

  • Valavan on January 5, 2012

    I have a gpa of 2.9 and a SAT score of around 1500
    I am an international student
    What are my chances in these universities

    UT Arlington
    Iowa state University
    Florida institute of technology
    Southern polytechnic state university
    University of Minnesota in Crookston
    University of wisconsin at Platteville
    San Jose state university

    And please tell me the good ones for a bachelors degree in software engineering

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 8, 2012

      Hi Valavan,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Here are the stats that I could find for the schools you’re interested in:

      UT Arlington
      SAT Critical Reading 460-580
      SAT Math 490-610

      Iowa State University
      Average high school GPA: 3.54
      SAT Critical Reading 490-640
      SAT Math 540-690

      Florida Institute of Technology
      Average high school GPA: 3.6
      SAT Critical Reading 500-610
      SAT Math 540-650

      Southern Polytechnic State University
      Average high school GPA: 3.24
      SAT Critical Reading 500-595
      SAT Math 530-630

      University of Minnesota (Crookston)
      Average high school GPA: 3.1
      SAT Critical Reading 420-540
      SAT Math 410-520
      SAT Writing 430-540

      University of Wisconsin at Platteville
      ACT Composite 20-25

      San Jose State University
      Average high school GPA: 3.28
      SAT Critical Reading 440-540
      SAT Math 460-580

      I think you have the best shot at UT Arlington, SPSU, Univeristy of Minnesota, and University of Platteville.

      You’ll have to spend some time researching each individual school’s website to determine if they have a software engineering program.

      I hope this was helpful. Good luck!

  • Jennifer on January 8, 2012

    Hey,

    I need help. I honestly don’t know what to do. I have a 1.90 GPA and im trying to get into a decent college to raise it but how do i do that?

  • Sarah Mamo on January 10, 2012

    Hi!

    I’m a junior in high school. My cumulative GPA is a 2.8, but I got a 3.6 first quarter of this year and I’ll get above a 3.6 this quarter, making my semester GPA around a 3.7/3.6. I plan on getting a 3.8/3.9 next semester.

    On my PSAT I got a 1540 and I got a 30 on my PLAN.

    Based upon these scores, do I have a chance of getting into OSU?

    At the end of this year, I will be a
    - 4-year varsity swimmer
    - 2-year swimming state qualifier
    - 2-year varsity water polo player
    - I’ll have 8 straight swimming championships (three of which I was there for)
    - I was recognized by OSU for being a MLK JR Scholar (top two african-american students in the school)
    - My dad went to OSU and taught there
    - I plan on interning at one of OSU’s branches over the summer
    - I’m on the literary magazine, BARE, at my school
    - I’m on the yearbook (I’ll be an editor next year)
    - I’m in German Club
    - I’m a Link Crew Leader (I help freshmen adjust to high school)
    - I work as a lifegaurd over the summer
    - I’m in-state
    - Minority group

    Is there anything I can do to guarantee my admission onto OSU’s main campus?? Please let me know!

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 10, 2012

      Hi Sarah,

      Thanks for your comment! Which OSU are you interested in?

      Ohio State
      Oklahoma State
      Oregon State

  • Sarah Mamo on January 10, 2012

    Also, I went through a minor family crisis my freshman year and my mom almost passed away my soph. year so those factors may help me out a bit.
    By the end of this year, these are the “hard” classes I will have taken:
    Honors Freshman Lit & Comp
    Honors Chemistry
    AP World Literature
    IB Psychology
    Honors German

    And will colleges see my senior year schedule and take that into consideration if I apply with early decision to OSU? This is my senior year schedule:

    1. AP Literature and Language
    2. AP German
    3. AP Biology
    4. Pre-Calculus
    5. Lunch
    6. Yearbook (it’s a class at our school)
    7. IB Psychology OR AP Environmental
    8. AP Environmental OR Study Hall

    Let me know what you think of my senior year schedule? Thanks!!!

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 12, 2012

      Hey Sarah – Just wanted to make sure you got my last message. Which OSU are you referring to – Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Oregon State?

  • Asim on January 10, 2012

    Hi I am sitting on a slight dilemma.

    My sat scores are a 1590 overall. But my accumulative GPA is 2.8, because I simply did not try in my AP/Honors classes and that has now come to haunt me. I wrote 2 recommendations for Temple University which is my number 1 choice and I had West Chester University as a backup with a few others school. But those are my top 2. Do you think I have a shot at either of the schools?

    Thanks!

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 12, 2012

      Hi Asim,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Here are the stats for both schools:

      Temple University:
      Average high school GPA: 3.39 (13% had h.s. GPA between 2.5 and 2.99)
      SAT Critical Reading 500-600
      SAT Math 510-610
      SAT Writing 500-600

      West Chester University
      Average high school GPA: 3.48 (11% had h.s. GPA between 2.5 and 2.99)
      SAT Critical Reading 490-580
      SAT Math 500-590
      SAT Writing 480-570

      My assessment: You’re on the borderline, but I think you still have a decent shot at both schools – It’ll just depend on the applicant pool.

      On a different note, West Chester seems to be just as competitive, if not more competitive than Temple, which doesn’t seem to make it a really good “back-up” school. I’d recommend re-evaluating the other back-ups on your list just to make sure that you feel pretty comfortable you’ll be admitted, just in case Temple and West Chester don’t work out.

      Good luck!

      • Asim on January 12, 2012

        Thanks so much! Is there any other way at this time to improve my chances? And how do I know if I am wait-listed since I am borderline?

        • TheCollegeHelper

          TheCollegeHelper on January 16, 2012

          Hi Asim,

          1. Just be sure to write really good essays or personal statements (whichever is required).

          2. They’ll let you know if you’re wait listed and give you the option to remain on the wait list or be taken off.

          Good luck! Let me know if you have other questions.

  • Jake on January 11, 2012

    Hey I got a 2.25 gpa from freshman through junior year and a 21 Act score. What are my chances of getting into georgia state university? My extra curricular activity is varsity tennis and I have been playing it from freshman through junior year which is why my gpa is so low. My senior 1st semester gpa is a 3.5 so hopefully this helps me. :)

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 12, 2012

      Hi Jake,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Here are the stats Georgia State:
      Average high school GPA: 3.36 (11% had h.s. GPA between 2.5 and 2.99)
      ACT Composite 21-25

      My assessment: Your GPA is on the low end, it appears that Georgia State’s minimum GPA is 2.5. However, your ACT score is on target. I’d recommend working to get your GPA up to at least a 2.5. I’d also recommend adding a few back-up schools to your list; one of them being a junior college. Remember, you can always transfer to Georgia State after a year or two.

      I hope this was helpful. Good luck!

  • shirwa on January 11, 2012

    Hello, am really having a hard time because, my early years of highschool I did not take it seriously. My gpa is currently 2.5 uw and 2.8 weighted going into my 2nd semster of junior year. Do you think if I somehow can get a 4.0 this last semester and score a 30+ on the act I can make it to the university of minnesota twin cities?? I really want to go there and its my dream school!!! Btw this year am taking 6 ap\IB courses.

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 12, 2012

      Hi Shirwa,

      Thanks for your comment!

      I couldn’t find any information regarding the average GPA of students admitted to the University of Minnesota twin cities, but I did find that the average ACT composite score is between 25-30.

      Keep in mind that these numbers represent the middle 50% of admitted students, so 25% of students score above 30 and 25% score below 25.

      So, to give yourself the best shot I’d aim for a score of 30+, as you said.

      It also depends on what you want to major in. Check out these links; they should help you:

      http://admissions.tc.umn.edu/academics/profile.html
      http://admissions.tc.umn.edu/admissioninfo/fresh_requirements.html

      Good luck!

  • antec on January 12, 2012

    I have a 2.75 gpa (4.0 scale), and I have a 1590 on the sat’s. My extracurricular activities include two clubs, being a teacher’s assistant in a special education summer classroom, and being a camp counselor. I am also diagnosed with ADHD and have a current 504 plan at my high school. I already know that I want to major in Elementary education at one of my two top schools (west chester university, and bloomsburg). What do you think my chances are for either of these school? Thanks!

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 16, 2012

      Hi Antec,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Here are the stats of the schools you’re interested in:

      Bloomsburg:
      Average high school GPA: 3.19 (14% had h.s. GPA between 2.5 and 2.99)
      SAT Critical Reading 450-540
      SAT Math 460-560

      West Chester University:
      Average high school GPA: 3.48 (11% had h.s. GPA between 2.5 and 2.99)
      SAT Critical Reading 490-580
      SAT Math 500-590
      SAT Writing 480-570

      Based on my assessment, I think you have the best shot at Bloomsburg, but I think you should still apply to West Chester as a reach school since your SAT scores are on target, but your GPA is a little on the lower end.

      Good luck!

  • Ellie on January 14, 2012

    I’m a senior in a Georgia public school with an unweighted GPA of 3.57 and weighted at 3.71. I also have a superscored SAT of 1950 (CR-640, M-660, W-650) and a composite ACT score 29. My top schools are Emory University, Boston University, and University of Michigan. Do I have a good chance of getting into those schools? Thanks!

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 16, 2012

      Hi Ellie,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Here are the stats on the schools you’re interested in:

      Emory
      Average high school GPA: 3.84 (22% had h.s. GPA between 3.5 and 3.74)
      SAT Critical Reading 640-730
      SAT Math 660-750
      SAT Writing 650-740

      Boston University
      Average high school GPA: 3.52 (36% had h.s. GPA between 3.5 and 3.74)
      SAT Critical Reading 570-660
      SAT Math 600-690
      SAT Writing 590-680

      University of Michigan
      Average high school GPA: 3.76 (27% had h.s. GPA between 3.5 and 3.74)
      SAT Critical Reading 590-690
      SAT Math 640-750
      SAT Writing 610-710

      *FYI – I think the University of Michigan only considers the best score out of 2400 for any one test day, but you should double check this with their admissions office.

      Yes, I think you have a decent shot at all of these schools. I’m most confident about Boston University, next would be University of Michigan, and last would be Emory.

      I hope this was helpful! Good luck to you!

  • transferkid on January 15, 2012

    Hi I went to a really good hs but my grades were horrible..I graduated with a 69 avg and attend a community college only a semester has passed but I have a 3.7 GPA and I applied to syracuse u I was wondering what my chances are of getting in? I really don’t want to stay for 2 years

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 16, 2012

      Hi,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Did they request your high school transcripts? Based on my research, it doesn’t appear that they look at high school transcripts, only college transcripts, essay or personal statement, and statement of good standing from prior institution. If that’s the case, then I think you have a good shot at getting in…assuming you wrote a good personal statement.

      Good luck! Keep me posted.

  • Worried on January 16, 2012

    I’m in the second trimester of my junior year and currently have a 2.67 ish…
    I’m currently looking into colleges like the University of MN Twin Cities, Penn State, Mankato State University,Perdue, University of MN Duluth, University of St.Thomas, North Dakota State University,and South Dakota State University. What are my chances of getting into these colleges?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 16, 2012

      Hi,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Can you narrow your list down to your top 3 choices? Also, I’ll need your standardized test scores to make a better assessment.

      • Worried on January 28, 2012

        University of MN Twin Cities, Mankato State University, and University of MN Duluth.
        I took my ACT for the first time and received a 15, but I’m planning on retaking it.

        • TheCollegeHelper

          TheCollegeHelper on January 28, 2012

          Hi There!

          University of Minnesota-Twin Cities:
          ACT Composite 25-30
          43% in top 10th of graduating class
          83% in top quarter of graduating class
          99% in top half of graduating class
          I couldn’t find any information on average GPA, but the minimum is 2.0.

          Minnesota State University Mankato:
          ACT Composite 20-24
          ACT English 18-24
          ACT Math 19-25
          7% in top 10th of graduating class
          27% in top quarter of graduating class
          70% in top half of graduating class

          University of MN Duluth:
          Average high school GPA: 3.41
          ACT Composite 22-26

          I think you have the best shot at MSU Mankato, but you should strive to get your ACT score up to a 18.

          Good luck!

  • Eleena on January 16, 2012

    Hi, I am a Junior in high school. And I was wondering, my mother wants me to lower my classes so it’s easier for my GPA to go up. (My math lower than Geometry) Since I have a D- at the moment, and she doesn’t want me to get anymore problems. But furthermore, I am attending a city college after. As well as a private college for Physical therapy/sports medicine. Is this a good idea?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 17, 2012

      Hi Eleena,

      Thanks for your comment!

      What city college are you planning to attend?

      • Eleena on January 18, 2012

        Oops. I’m sorry, I meant. Community college. I will be attending Saddleback.

        • TheCollegeHelper

          TheCollegeHelper on January 24, 2012

          Hi Elena,

          Your GPA (or D- in Geometry) won’t affect your acceptance into Saddleback, since they admit all high school graduates.

          However, some 4 year colleges require transfer students to submit their high school transcripts and they take these into consideration when making admissions decisions.

          So, if you are enrolled in an advanced Geometry class, i recommend that you lower it to raise your GPA, just in case the private college you plan on transferring to requests a copy of your high school transcripts when you get ready to transfer.

          However, be sure to run this by your high school guidance counselor before making the switch.

          I hope this helps! Good luck!

  • Desiree on January 17, 2012

    Hi me and a friend of mine are really determined to go to college together and we are depending DEARLY on it. please help! My GPA unweighted is a 3.1 and the others GPA is a 2.8 unweighted. We are looking to apply to universities in Georgia as well as all the border states of Georgia. They have to have both majors/areas for physical therapy and Veterinary medicine and must also have baseball as a sport at the school. I hope this is not too much because we DESPERATELY NEED THIS! Thank you!!!

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 18, 2012

      Hi Desiree,

      Thanks for your comment!

      What about Georgia Southern University? It meets all of your requirements.

  • Muibaat on January 17, 2012

    I want to get accepted to UCLA i’m a junior in high school my gpa is a 3.0 and i want to know if UCLA a reallyyyyy competitive school compare to schools like NYU and fordham university. I also I want to know the requirement and what track i need to be at for me to be safe. If I do an early admission and my gpa is still a 3.0 would I get a higher chance in getting into the school

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 18, 2012

      Hi Muibaat,

      Thanks for your comment!

      UCLA is a really competitive school. Only 23% of applicants get admitted. 93% of admitted students have a 3.75 GPA or higher. The average GPA is a 4.25.

      Only 1% of students who have GPA between 3.0 and 3.24 get admitted. Unfortunately I think it’ll be tough for you to get admitted. Do you have any other schools in mind?

  • Roman Alcocer on January 17, 2012

    Hi, I’m a senior in a California public high school. I applied to Cal Poly SLO, and would like to know my chances of getting in.
    Hispanic heritage
    GPA weighted (by school): 3.81
    GPA weighted (by UC/CSU system): 3.02
    SAT: 2040
    Reading: 640 Math: 780 Writing: 620
    EC’s (Even though they matter so little here): Lots of community service, clubs, asb president, etc.
    3 years of Student Government.
    All classes (except StudGov and PE) were Honors, AP, or IB.
    AP/IB classes:
    AP/IB US History (Junior/Senior)
    IB English (Junior/Senior)
    AP/IB Calculus AB (Senior)
    IB Art (Senior)
    That’s 6 IB/AP classes total. Like I said, the rest were honors.
    Despite extremely low GPA, no D’s or F’s.

    Major: Communications.

    Thank you ! I know it’s a lot to go through, but I really appreciate it! Any rough percentage or your opinions would help me greatly.

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 18, 2012

      Hi Roman,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Below are the stats for Cal Poly SLO:
      Average high school GPA: 3.84
      SAT Critical Reading 540-630
      SAT Math 570-670

      Based on the information provided, I think you have a pretty good shot. Your SAT scores exceed the averages and your GPA is relatively solid. But apply to a couple back-up schools just to be on the safe side.

      I hope this was helpful! Good luck to you!

      • Roman on January 24, 2012

        Sorry there were two gpa’s which could have been misleading but I felt the need to reiterate:
        My CSU GPA is 3.02. I was just wondering if this is considered a relatively solid gpa like you said. Thank you for your reply!

  • Kailyn on January 17, 2012

    I have a 2.75 GPA and am a senior
    I have just completed my first semester and am expecting my gpa to atleast go up to 2.8/9. I got a 23 on my ACT, twice.I did soccer for one year and have 40+ hours of volunteer work. I go to a private school so the grading scale is a little harder and I have taken some honors classes. I also work 20 hours a week at my job. Community college is not what I am looking for because I have a large trust so I can afford to go anywhere I’m just disappointed I didn’t try hard enough.

    Anyway.
    I was just wondering my chances of getting into my top schools

    Depaul (I’m probably a long shot)
    Marquette
    Loyola U Chicago (long shot here as well)
    North Park U Chicago
    U of Wisconsin

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 18, 2012

      Hi Kailyn,

      Thanks for your comment!

      DePaul – “Target”
      Average high school GPA: 3.46 (14% had h.s. GPA between 2.5 and 2.99)
      ACT Composite 22-27

      Marquette – “Long-Shot”
      Recommended: minimum 3.4 GPA
      ACT Composite 24-29

      Loyola – “Long-Shot”
      Average high school GPA: 3.7 (3% had h.s. GPA between 2.5 and 2.99)
      ACT Composite 25-29

      North Park University – “Target” (borderline “Safety”)
      Recommended: minimum 3.0 GPA (15% had h.s. GPA between 2.0 and 2.49)
      ACT Composite 19-25

      University of Wisconsin (Madison) – “Long-Shot”
      Average high school GPA: 3.69 (3% had h.s. GPA between 2.5 and 2.99)
      ACT Composite 26-30

      Does this help?

  • Raine on January 18, 2012

    Hi My GPA is really low like a 1.7 and ive already completed high school what are my selections with college since i do not have a 2.0 which ineligible me to qualify for any pellgrants & student loans ?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 18, 2012

      Hi Raine,

      Thanks for your comment!

      I’d recommend a community college to start. Then you can transfer to a 4 year university if you get good grades. Sound like a plan?

      Good luck to you!

  • Joe on January 18, 2012

    2.58 GPA
    2100 SAT

    Gonzaga University.

    Chances?

    Thanks

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 19, 2012

      Hi Joe,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Here are the stats for Gonzaga:
      Average high school GPA: 3.72 (2% had h.s. GPA between 2.5 and 2.99)
      SAT Critical Reading 530-640
      SAT Math 550-650

      Given your GPA, it will be tough for you to get admitted here. You can still apply, just put this school in your long-shot category. I hope this helps!

  • Thomas on January 18, 2012

    I attend a small college on a larger state university campus, they work with my school and hold transfer meets at the end of EVERY semester..They tell us you need 30 transferable hours and a cumulative GPA of 2.0 ..I will have 52 credits at the end of the semester and above a 2.0 (with this college alone)..but my first college I went to I made VERY VERY stupid mistakes smh, and my gpa there is a 0.70 (I used state grants for tuition)..I still look back and beat myself up about it..I really want to be able to transfer to this school over the summer, there really isn’t any classes I can take at my current college anymore since the home campus is about a hour commute. I would rather transfer to the university and finish there..Is there anything I can honestly do or try to do to get in..The only reason I moved out here is to transfer to this school.

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 19, 2012

      Hi Thomas,

      Thanks for your comment!

      The best advice I can give you is to talk to an admissions counselor at the larger state university that you’re trying to transfer to. They will be able to give you the best advice in terms of next steps.

      Maybe they’ll only take into account your grades at the small college you attend currently or maybe they’ll recommend that you re-take some of the courses that you took at the first college…I’m just not sure. Either way, someone in the admissions office should be able to help you.

      I’m sorry I couldn’t be of more help. Good luck to you!

  • Addis on January 19, 2012

    Hi, I have a weighted 2.9 gpa and my highest ACT score so far is a 24. I’m really interested in U of I Chicago, but I don’t think they will accept me.. What do you think?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 19, 2012

      Hi Addis,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Yes, I think they’ll accept you…as long as your unweighted GPA isn’t below a 2.5. Here are the stats:

      ACT Composite 21-26
      10% had h.s. GPA of 3.75 and higher
      12% had h.s. GPA between 3.5 and 3.74
      16% had h.s. GPA between 3.25 and 3.49
      21% had h.s. GPA between 3.0 and 3.24
      36% had h.s. GPA between 2.5 and 2.99
      5% had h.s. GPA between 2.0 and 2.49

      Good luck!

  • Ambitious on January 19, 2012

    Hello,

    I am a very intelligent girl ( although my gpa screams otherwise. )
    I had a rough time my freshman and sophomore year. but i have been working hard my junior year so far my lowest grade being a B+ the rest of my grades are 90 and above. my weighted gpa is a 3.1 I reallyyy want to get into Ohio State , and if i cannot get in there, my next choice is University of Cinncinati ,I plan on taking my ACT and SAT this spring. Is there ANY way I can get into either one of these schools?? I’m in the last semester of my junior year ! PLEASEE HELPP !!! I’ll do whatever is necessary to get in !!

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 21, 2012

      Hi!

      Thanks for your comment!

      Here are the stats for Ohio State and University of Cincinnati:

      Ohio State –
      ACT Composite 26-30
      I couldn’t find much information about average GPA, however they look at class rank (89% in top quarter of graduating class and the other 11% are in the top half)

      University of Cincinnati –
      Average high school GPA: 3.44
      (17% had h.s. GPA between 3.0 and 3.24
      14% had h.s. GPA between 2.5 and 2.99)
      ACT Composite 22-27

      OSU will be tough given your GPA, unless you rank in the top quarter of your class. i think you should shoot for University of Cincinnati. Since your GPA is below the average, you should try to score between a 24 and 27 on the ACT.

      Good luck!

  • Thomas M. on January 19, 2012

    i am currently a junior in high school i have a weighted gpa of 2.3 i plan to bring that to at least a 2.6, is there any chance of me getting into a college in chicago if i score in the mid to late 20′s on my act test?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 21, 2012

      Hi Thomas,

      Thanks for your comment!

      You can try these schools:
      Roosevelt University
      University of Illinois – Chicago
      North Park University
      Saint Xavier

      Good luck!

  • Krc02 on January 19, 2012

    I have a 2.5 gpa what do I need to score on the SAT and the ACT to better my chances of getting accepted to western carolina university for this coming summer?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 21, 2012

      Hi!

      Thanks for your comment!

      Here are the averages for Western Carolina University. Since your GPA is on the low end, you should aim in the 500′s for each section oft he SAT or above a 20 on the ACT.

      SAT Critical Reading 460-550
      SAT Math 480-560
      SAT Writing 440-540
      ACT Composite 18-23

      Good luck!

  • Alex on January 19, 2012

    I have a (weighted) gpa of 2.86, but I really want to get into Stonybrook or Binghamton. I’m taking some lower level classes but would they look at that differently or are they just going to see the overall gpa and the SAT’s? The last time I checked the average GPA for Stony was 3.5. My freshman and Sophmore year I lacked concentration. But this year I really don’t want to screw around. I at least want a 3.2 or 3.3 by Senior year.

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 21, 2012

      Hi Alex,

      Thanks for your comment!

      What do you mean by “lower level” classes? Are these classes below the college-prep level?

      The average GPA for Stoney Brook is 3.6. If you can raise your GPA above a 3.0 and score within these averages (below), then you have a shot:
      SAT Critical Reading 530-630
      SAT Math 580-680
      SAT Writing 520-630

      Binghamton is a little more competitive, so admission there will be tough.

      I hope this helps! Good luck.

  • Monique on January 19, 2012

    Hello:)
    So I’m freaking out about college, I recently sent in my final application and I’m stressing about not getting in.

    So my top schools are: UCSD (looooooong reach), UCSB (reach for sure), LMU, Santa Clara U, SDSU

    My problem is, I kind of screwed up my GPA freshman and sophomore year. after that I did better, and senior year, I’m doing a lot better with 2 APs, a leadership position in Yearbook, plenty of extracurriculars, and I’m in one of the top speech and debate groups in the country. (Leland High School).

    So, for the UC’s, I know that they take sophomore/Junior year GPAs and also look at freshman/senior classes without mathematically counting them in. WIth that, I have about a 3.2 GPA, 29 ACT score, and in my opinion, a damn good personal statement. So there’s that

    As for the private schools, since they include freshman year and first semester senior year, I probably barely have a 3.0 because of my freshman year (although they can see that my grades have progressively improved and I’m also taking more challenging classes). 29 ACT score, again. A pretty good essay. a letter of rec for LMU and 2 letters of rec for SCU, which, considering my relationships with the teachers, should be good.

    I have done a lot of volunteering, but my first high school never required community service hours so they are not on my transcript, which I only just realized after I sent out the majority of my applications.

    I’m a well-rounded person who has done theater, sports, school clubs, volunteering, and this year, I am participating in the school fashion show, and like i said, a leadership position in yearbook (Marketiing Manager) that has to do with my major (either Marketing Communications or Business). So yeah..that’s my story. What do you think?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 21, 2012

      Hi Monique,

      Thanks for your comment!

      I agree that UCSD and UCSB are both long-reach schools.

      I think you have the best shot at SDSU.

      I think you have an okay shot at LMU and Santa Clara, but I would still consider them reach schools. Your admission will likely depend on the applicant pool.

      For LMU, the average GPA is 3.74 (7% had h.s. GPA between 3.0 and 3.24)
      and the average ACT Composite is 25-29.

      For Santa Clara, the average GPA is 3.6 (9% had h.s. GPA between 3.0 and 3.24) and the average ACT Composite is 26-30.

      LMU seems to be a tad more competitive than Santa Clara, but they’re about the same.

      San Diego State:
      ACT Composite 19-25
      Average high school GPA: 3.62

      Even though average GPA is similar to other schools, your ACT score helps make up for the gap.

      I’d recommend applying to a couple true safety schools, just to be sure.

      I hope this was helpful! Good luck!

  • lost on January 19, 2012

    Hi, i have a weighted GPA of 3.5 and a SAT score of around a 2000. Im a junior and at the end of my senior year i will have taken 4 AP classes and the rest are honors. I was wonder what my chances are of being accepted into University of California:Davis which is my dream school, or my second choice, University of San Francisco.

    Thanks!

    Major:Biology/Biochem

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 21, 2012

      Hi,

      Thanks for your comment!

      UC Davis:
      Average high school GPA: 3.86 (20% had h.s. GPA between 3.5 and 3.74)
      SAT Critical Reading 510-640
      SAT Math 560-680
      SAT Writing 520-640

      University of San Francisco:
      Average high school GPA: 3.52
      SAT Critical Reading 500-610
      SAT Math 500-610
      SAT Writing 510-610

      I’m assuming your 3.5 GPA is weighted? If so, UC Davis is definitely a reach school, but USF is a good back-up.

      Hope this helps. Good luck!

  • Olivia on January 20, 2012

    I currently have all A’s except for one A minus…is it possible to get a 4.0 by taking AP classes…or am I just stuck with what I have…

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 21, 2012

      Hi Olivia,

      Thanks for your comment!

      It’s possible to get above a 4.0 weighted GPA, but your unweighted GPA would still be a 3.94 (or something like that).

      I wouldn’t worry about it though. A 3.94 vs. 4.0 won’t make much of a difference in the college admissions process.

      Good luck!

  • Athena on January 20, 2012

    I’m a Junior at a performing arts high school running into the third quarter and I’m falling behind. My first two years I was in all honors and my GPA’s were 2.79 and 3.0. Now I’m taking all honors with 2 AP classes (ap bio and ap english lit) and I’m not sure of my GPA but it’s about a 2.0 -3. I haven’t taken my SAT’s but my PSAT’s predict I’ll score around a 1600. I want to major in Music Education at a community college first to save money, but am considering Hart Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, and Western Connecticut State University. What should I do to make sure this drop doesn’t hold me back?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 21, 2012

      Hi Athena,

      Thanks for your comment!

      The first thing you should do is make sure that these particular schools that you want to transfer to, accept transfer students. I’d hate for you to attend a community college for 2 years, only to discover that you can’t transfer to one of the schools on your list.

      For example, at Berklee, you have to enroll in one of their partner schools in order to be able to transfer.

      Once you get all that figured out, then you have to determine what that school that you’re transferring to looks at when evaluating transfer students. Some schools will only consider your coursework and grades from the community college.

      The best way to find all of this out is by contacting each college’s admissions office. I hope this was helpful.

  • Allison on January 20, 2012

    Hi, I’m a senior and i am definitely going to a community college and then transferring to a university and i had my heart set out on going to the University Of Hawaii in Manoa but was wondering if i needed to go to community college in Hawaii to transfer to Manoa?

    Can You help me?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 21, 2012

      Hi Allison,

      Thanks for your comment!

      No, you do not need to go to community college in Hawaii in order to transfer to Manoa, but that would make the transfer process less of a pain.

      According their website:

      In general, a transfer student is someone who has enrolled for college credit after leaving high school and has earned 24 UH Manoa equivalent semester credits from regionally accredited U.S. institutions. If you have earned less than 24 UH Manoa equivalent semester credits, you must submit your high school transcripts, SAT/ACT scores and college transcripts.

      Transfer students who meet all admission criteria and have earned an Associate in Arts (AA) degree from a UH Community College will be admitted to UH Manoa as having fulfilled the UH Manoa general education core (foundation/diversification) requirements. Admission criteria to specific programs may vary. The student should consult with an advisor/counselor for information.

      **Students from outside the UH system will find the Admission and Records Credit Transfer database helpful in determining if a course transfers and whether it has a UH Manoa equivalent course. (see link below)

      http://manoa.hawaii.edu/mac/selfanalysis.html

      If you decide to attend a community college in your home town, be sure to work closely with your academic advisor so that you can meet all of the requirements to get into Manoa after obtaining your associate’s.

      I hope this was helpful!

  • raymundo on January 21, 2012

    Hi I am currently a junior in the beginning of my second semester
    I attend the number private school in my state, with an extremely rigorous curriculum (based off the harvard scale).
    Unfortunately this required work ethic, while i tried to rely on my base intelligent to glide me through.
    Im estimated to have about a 2.8/3.0 gpa by the end of my first semester of senior year, but an estimated 3.6/3.75 Weighted GPA.
    Havent taken sat but projected to be around 2100, and it is quite an accurate estimate.
    Mainly Bs and Cs throughout high school though.
    Looking into Loyola Marymount, University of San Francisco, University of San Diego, University of miami, Boston University. theres more but these are my high picks. please chance me and be brutally honest, also community college is not an option, I couldnt live with myself

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 24, 2012

      Hi Raymundo,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Here are the stats for the schools you asked about:

      University of San Francisco:
      Average high school GPA: 3.52
      SAT Critical Reading 500-610
      SAT Math 500-610
      SAT Writing 510-610

      LMU:
      Average GPA is 3.74 (7% had h.s. GPA between 3.0 and 3.24)
      SAT Critical Reading 550-640
      SAT Math 560-660
      SAT Writing 560-660

      University of Miami:
      Average high school GPA: 4.2(78% had h.s. GPA of 3.75 and higher)
      SAT Critical Reading 590-680
      SAT Math 620-700
      SAT Writing 580-680

      Boston University:
      Average high school GPA: 3.52
      SAT Critical Reading 570-660
      SAT Math 600-690
      SAT Writing 590-680

      University of San Diego:
      Average high school GPA: 3.81
      SAT Critical Reading 550-640
      SAT Math 570-660
      SAT Writing 550-650

      Based on these stats, I think you have the best shot at University of San Francisco and Boston University. I hope this was helpful!

      Good luck!

  • Justin on January 21, 2012

    Hi! Im currently a student enrolled in a community college and this is my last semester, my gpa is a 2.77 and I’m looking to transfer into Rutgers New Brunswick I went to the transfer fair at my school and talked to a rep from Rutgers and she told me for my major they accept a 2.8. I’ve have two classes left for my degree and I’m nervous that if I apply now they will see my gpa and reject me even though I still have two classes left. Also I’ve retaken a couple classes that I did poorly before in but raised it by two full grades the second time around. Would they look at that as a negative?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 24, 2012

      Hi Justin,

      Thanks for your comment!

      My initial thoughts are that they would round your 2.77 up to a 2.8, but I’m not certain. I suggest you contact the office of admissions, explain your situation, tell them you have 2 classes left, and ask if they would round your GPA up to a 2.8 if you submit your transcript now.

      In regards to your second question, no, I don’t think re-taking 2 classes would look negative. In fact, I think it shows that you care about your grades enough to re-take classes.

  • Lucas on January 22, 2012

    HI I m a senior in the beginging of my second semester in high school. I currently have an unweighted gpa of 2.57 and a weighted of 2.68. I have an sat score of 2240 and an act score of 32. What are the chances I can get into Georgia State University?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 24, 2012

      Hi Lucas,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Below are the stats for Georgia State University:

      Average high school GPA: 3.36 (11% had h.s. GPA between 2.5 and 2.99)
      SAT Critical Reading 490-590
      SAT Math 500-600
      ACT Composite 21-25

      Given your standardized test score, I think you have a good shot at Georgia State University. However, I would still apply to some back-up schools just in case the applicant pool is overly competitive.

  • ariel moore on January 22, 2012

    hi my name is ariel moore and im a junior in highschool my gpa is like a 2.7 unweighted and like a 2.9 weighted and my parents are forcing me into a community college but i want to go to a 4 year college what can i do because my parents are going to support me financially

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 24, 2012

      Hi Ariel,

      Thanks for your comment!

      It looks like you have 3 choices:

      1. Attend a 4 year university and fund it using student loans (which I don’t recommend!)

      2. Look for scholarships to fund a 4 year university (which could be difficult, given your GPA)

      3. Attend a community college for 2 years, let your parents finance it, save some money, then transfer to a 4 year university (my favorite option)

      Here’s a post that I think will help you:

      http://www.thecollegehelper.com/4-benefits-of-community-college

      I really hope this is helpful! Good luck!

  • Deanna on January 22, 2012

    Hi, Im a junior in high school. My GPA is about a 3.2. I havent taken the SAT or ACT yet. Usually a A’s & B’s student but did get a C- in chemistry :/ I am a AVID student and involved in Student Government, Sports and other clubs. My top schools are CSU Fullerton and Long Beach.
    (I also want to major in Athletic Training)

    What are my chances?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 24, 2012

      Hi Deanna,

      Thanks for your comment1

      Here are the stats for the 2 schools you asked about:

      CSU Fullerton -
      Average high school GPA: 3.27
      SAT Critical Reading 440-540
      SAT Math 450-570
      ACT Composite 18-23

      CSU Long Beach -
      Average high school GPA: 3.44
      SAT Critical Reading 440-560
      SAT Math 460-590
      ACT Composite 18-24

      Long Beach is a tad more competitive than Fullerton, but I think you have a good shot at both schools, as long as your standardized test scores fall within the ranges listed above.

      Good Luck!

  • Nnamdi Okwuosa on January 22, 2012

    Hello my name is Nnamdi Okwuosa thank you for listening. Well to begin I want to go to any 4 year college that would except me, but my GPA is at a 1.67. My SAT and ACT scroes couldnt even help me. I know i should go to a community college, but I feel like I could do better. I know that if I were to go to a 4-year college things would change for the better. Through my time in high school I played such as Football and Track and Field. I am good at both, and I know if I were to have a better GPA I would have gotten a scholarship. The truth is I dont want to be left behind and I know I made it that way. If I was given a chance though I’d change things for the better. Thank you for listening.

    Sicerely
    Nnamdi Okwuosa

  • FG on January 23, 2012

    Hi, I am a sophmore in a private christian high school. I have a gpa of 2.67 as of semster one. I am going to try to get that up to a 3.8-4.0 at the end of semster two. I want to go to Oregon University, USC, UCLA, or another UC school.

    What are my chances?
    What can I do to better my chances?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 24, 2012

      Hi FG,

      Thanks for your comment!

      It’s exciting to see that you’re already thinking about college as a sophomore in high school! Way to go!

      However, I think it may be a little unrealistic to think you’ll be able to raise your GPA by so much in one short semester.

      The universities you mentioned are pretty competitive – especially the UC schools. You’ll need to really work on improving your GPA, and then also score high on the ACT/SAT.

      Here are the stats for the schools you asked about:

      Oregon University -
      Average high school GPA: 3.52 (3% had h.s. GPA between 2.5 and 2.99)
      SAT Critical Reading 490-610
      SAT Math 500-620
      ACT Composite 21-27

      USC -
      Average high school GPA: 3.69
      SAT Critical Reading 620-720
      SAT Math 650-750
      SAT Writing 640-740
      ACT Composite 29-33

      UCLA -
      Average high school GPA: 4.25
      SAT Critical Reading 560-680
      SAT Math 590-720
      SAT Writing 580-700
      ACT Composite 24-31

      My advice: continue to work hard in your classes and touch base with me next year. At that time, we’ll review your GPA and standardized test scores and I’ll help you research colleges. Sound like a plan?

      Good luck!

      • FG on January 25, 2012

        Thanks man, I will check in with you next year.

        • TheCollegeHelper

          TheCollegeHelper on January 25, 2012

          No problem! In the mean time, be sure to visit the site on a regular basis…We post new college help tips and advice every day!

  • Paing Lin Tun on January 23, 2012

    Hello. Is there any chance of getting into Georgia Tech with a gpa of 3.0 in 11th grade. My ninth grade and 10th grades had a average gpa pf 3.6, 3.8. I’m currently taking 2 AP classes (AP physics, psych) and I’m also planning to take 3 SAT II subject tests. I’m planning a gpa of 3.7 for my second semester, which i’m pretty confident in getting.

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 24, 2012

      Hi Paing,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Here are the stats for Georgia Tech:

      Average high school GPA: 3.87
      SAT Critical Reading 580-680
      SAT Math 650-750
      SAT Writing 580-670
      ACT Composite 27-31

      Georgia Tech is pretty competitive, 93% of admitted students had h.s. GPA of 3.75 and higher. Based on your current cumulative GPA (3.0), I think getting admitted to Georgia Tech will be tough.

      You should still apply, but it should be one of your long-shot schools.

      I hope this helps. Good luck!

  • Shae Reichert on January 23, 2012

    I have already been accepted to Western Washington University with a 3.25 GPA, but my grades are struggling right now, at what point would my acceptance be revoked?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 24, 2012

      Hi Shae,

      Thanks for your comment!

      I’m not sure at what point your acceptance would be revoked, but if I were you, I wouldn’t let it fall below a 3.0 just to be on the safe side.

      Good luck!

  • Leanne Kelleher on January 24, 2012

    Dear College Helper,
    I am a junior in high school. I’ve been class president since 6th grade, I’m vice president of environmental club, and I’m in red cross club and am planning on joining latin club. I’ve been playing soccer on a competitive level since middle school. I’ve also been involved in poetry recitations and one community service group outside of school. About half of my classes are honors or AP. However, my gpa is probably between a 3.4 and a 3.8 (i don’t know if certain classes are weighted in or not.) I’m also planning on doing more community service and getting a job/doing an internship. I’m very interested in creative writing, journalism, poetry, and the environment (specifically astrology and geology.) I took my psat and performed poorly and I’m scared I’m not going to improve (I’m terrible at taking tests…. especially these standardized tests that make me nervous.) Do you have any advice for me regarding college? I’d like one that is known to be competitive (it’s bad I know.) Also I’d love to play on the club soccer team. My parents want it to be a SUNY school. Would I qualify for Binghamton? What about University of Vermont? Any schools you know of that have a strong creative writing/english program?

    I would MUCH appreciate an answer!! I’m sure you will be very helpful! (:

    Thank you!!!!!

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 26, 2012

      Hi Leanne,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      Here’s what I found out about the schools you’re interested in:

      SUNY Binghamton -
      Avg. high school GPA 3.6
      58% had h.s. GPA of 3.75 and higher
      18% had h.s. GPA between 3.5 and 3.74
      14% had h.s. GPA between 3.25 and 3.49
      *Remaining 10% had a 3.24 or below

      SAT Critical Reading 580-670
      SAT Math 620-710
      ACT Composite 27-30

      Percent applicants admitted: 40%

      University Of Vermont -
      * Couldn’t find average high school GPA of admitted students

      SAT Critical Reading 540-640
      SAT Math 545-640
      SAT Writing 540-640
      ACT Composite 24-29

      Percent applicants admitted: 75%

      My thoughts: I think you have a good shot at the University of Vermont, it’s definitely less competitive than SUNY Binghamton. I think your admission to SUNY Binghamton will largely depend on the competitiveness of the applicant pool and your SAT scores. I would still apply to both, but just apply to a couple back up schools in case.

      As far as schools with good creative writing/English programs, nothing comes to mind off hand, but College Board has a cool college matchmaker tool that could help you out (see link below).

      I hope this helps! Good luck!

      http://collegesearch.collegeboard.com/search/index.jsp

  • RED93 on January 24, 2012

    Hi i did the IB (International Baccalaureate) but i had some health problems that lead to me failing my last exams and not getting the Ib but i do have a honers High school diploma but on every single college i look at they as for some points for example The amercain uni of dubai asks for 24 points but i got 21 which is not a pass it is not possible for me to re do them so i really dont know what to do what are my chances of getting into college? what should/can do?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 26, 2012

      Hi there!

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      I couldn’t find much information for you, so my best advice would be to contact the American University of Dubai’s admissions office and explain your situation. They should be able to better assist you.

      Here’s a link to their admissions page:

      http://www.aud.edu/Admissions/ugrad.asp

      Good luck! Sorry I couldn’t be of more assistance.

  • Alex on January 24, 2012

    HI, my freshman year I had no desire to excel in anything school related, I had no intention of using anything that I learned from school later in life. So from my lack of motivation in school freshman year, I ended up with a 2.3 GPA. My sophomore year everything changed, I developed a passion for medicine and discovered that could be something that I would love to study. Anyway, once I discovered my passion, my grades started to skyrocket and I started ending up with 4.0′s or 3.8′s in my trimesters. Now I am a junior who is terrified about how my freshman year GPA will affect me applying to a university. My dream is to get admitted to the University of Michigan, but I know my GPA could have a big impact on the admissions decision. I have a 31 ACT I’ll end up with around a 3.3-3.4 GPA and I have a few extra curriculars , like playing football for 2 years, one of which on varsity, coaching football for 3 years, reffing sports for four years, and volunteering at the U of M hospital. What I am trying to find out is do I still have a shot at getting accepted to the U of M? Is it high or is it low? Also if I explained my self in my essay about my past would that affect anything?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 26, 2012

      Hi Alex,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      Here’s what I could dig up on U of M:
      Average high school GPA: 3.76
      • 63% had h.s. GPA of 3.75 and higher
      • 27% had h.s. GPA between 3.5 and 3.74
      • 6% had h.s. GPA between 3.25 and 3.49
      ACT Composite 27-31

      I think you have a good shot at getting admitted.Your GPA is a little on the low end for U of M standards, but your ACT score is solid and you’ve demonstrated an upward trend in your grades.

      I found this on U of M’s website:

      “Strive for high grades—there’s no question, they make a difference. Yet, equally important is what your grades say about how you have grown as a student over the years. Evidence of an upward trend is important in our consideration—it speaks to your tenacity and determination to constantly improve. It also says something about your ability to grow intellectually and your adaptability. Always challenge yourself—study subjects that push you outside of your comfort zone.”

      And, yes, I would explain how your passion developed for medicine and your grades skyrocketed, etc in your personal statement or essay. This should help you.

      Good luck, keep me posted and I hope you come back to visit us!

  • Emily on January 25, 2012

    Hi college helper,

    I am a student at a junior college. I had a wonderful GPA in high school, unfortunately I am in my third year in college and wanting apply to a state college. The problem is I have slacked off in junior college and now have a 2.2 gpa, but all my transferable credits I passed with a B or higher! Am I out of luck or how can I get into a state college?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 26, 2012

      Hi Emily,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      What state college are looking to transfer to?

  • anyaa on January 25, 2012

    Hi, I’m wondering if it is possible to get into Med school if you go to community college first, then transfer to a 4 year school. is that a reasonable thing to do?
    Also I want to major in Bio medical Engineering but I got a C in AP Bio, even though that’s is weighted as a B, it wont look very good, so if I get a B or an A second semester and a 4 or 5 on the AP Test will that first semester C be a deal breaker for a Biology oriented major.

    thanks!!

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 26, 2012

      Hi Anyaa,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      Yes, you can still get into med school if you go to a community college first.

      Take a look at what this med student had to say about his experience.

      “I went to a CC and then transferred to UCLA. I did all of my premed coursework at the CC and then busted my ass at UCLA. Going to a CC doesn’t necessarily kill your dreams of being a doctor. Getting bad grades will. Now, going to a CC probably will mean you won’t get to go to Harvard or Yale (although a 38 MCAT could go a long ways towards that), but as I explained above, that doesn’t matter. You CAN still get into a perfectly fine medical school even if you went to a CC first.

      So, take things in little steps:

      Get good grades. (A’s mostly, occasional B’s, and yes, a C won’t murder your chances – just make sure it’s a VERY rare occurrence.)

      Transfer to a good university that has the resources you need – undergrad research opportunities, good faculty to write you nice letters of recommendations, and a nearby hospital/clinic that you can shadow at.

      Again, excel in classes, then kick butt on the MCAT and you’re set! Of course, I make it sound so easy, but just remember – small steps. You’ll get there eventually if you really put your all into it. Medicine is not for the faint of heart, or for the fickle. You have to KNOW that you love medicine, and to know that, you need some experience first. Try volunteering at your local hospital to make sure you enjoy the lifestyle.”

      I hope this was helpful! Good luck!

      • anyaa on January 26, 2012

        hi! thanks so much for your help it made me feel better, but just a quick question, would it possible for me to get into a 4 year university and major in biomedical engineering even though i got a C in AP Biology first semester if i do well from now on and on the AP test. Im not looking to go to Stanford or Yale but just a state university. I would prefer this to a CC ,though i am also considering a CC.

        Thanks again, this is very helpful, its so hard to find someone to talk to about these things!!

        • TheCollegeHelper

          TheCollegeHelper on January 26, 2012

          Hi Anyaa,

          Yes, I do think it’s possible for you to get into a 4 year university and major in biomedical engineering even though you got a C in AP Biology first semester. Just try not to get any more C’s – especially not in your science and math classes. Does this help?

          Feel free to reach out to me if you have other questions! I know figuring out all this stuff isn’t easy!

  • Chole on January 25, 2012

    Hi. My GPA is a 2.69. Even though that is pretty low is it still possible for me to get accepted to UCF? And i really dont want to attend ssc or valencia(community college) i feel like a failure :/

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 26, 2012

      Hi Chole,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      I think UCF will be a stretch for you, given your GPA. Historically, they’ve only accepted 1% of students who had GPA’s between 2.5 and 2.99.

      But don’t worry! No need to feel like a failure. Check out what this current college student had to say about her community college experience in these posts:

      http://www.thecollegehelper.com/4-benefits-of-community-college

      After attending a community college for 2 years, she transferred to Florida Atlantic University and she loves it! Read here to see what she has to say:

      http://www.thecollegehelper.com/3-reasons-why-i-chose-florida-atlantic-university

      I hope these posts encourage you to take a second look at community colleges! Good luck and come back and visit us soon!

  • Breanna on January 25, 2012

    So I am senior in high school and every year I have changed what I want to major in. I have decided that even though what I want to major in will be hard and I am not naturally gifted I will have to work harder than others. On that note in high school I have not had the best gpa but the school I want to get into is University of Advanced Technology. Everyone has said that they do not think I will get in because it is hard. I am wondering if it is to late to take my SAT’s and what community college courses should I take to raise my gpa before I enter the University.

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 26, 2012

      Hi Breanna,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      No, it’s definitely not too late to take the SAT. If you register by February 10th, you can take the SAT on March 10th. Visit sat.collegeboard.org to register :)

      As for your second question…when you apply to a community college, they should set you up with an academic advisor. He or she will walk you through all the general education courses you’ll need to take.

      I hope this was helpful! Good luck and I hope you come back to visit us real soon – the site is updated daily!

  • matt on January 26, 2012

    Hi

    I am a freshman at a community school right now and am looking to transfer to the University of Maryland College Park after this freshman year. If I keep a 3.7 this year with 22 credits transferring to the school do you think I will get in? My high school grade was an 80 with an act of a 20.

    Do you think I can get accepted?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 26, 2012

      Hi Matt,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      Yes, I think you have a decent shot at getting admitted.

      However, keep in mind that In addition to your college transcripts, the University of Maryland College Park requires students with fewer than 28 credit hours to also submit their high school transcript and SAT/ACT scores.

      Since your h.s. GPA and standardized test scores are a little on the low end, you might consider waiting until you complete 28 credit hours at the community college to increase your chances at getting admitted.

      Before you make a decision, I’d recommend contacting a Pre-Transfer Advisor to discuss the best time to transfer based on your transfer credits, major interest, and intended graduation timeline.

      Here’s the website: http://www.transferadvising.umd.edu/

      I hope this helps! Good luck!

  • Harshi Desai on January 26, 2012

    Hi College helper,
    So during freshman year in high school it was difficult for me to adjust to my high school since I switched schools. Even though I was enrolled in honors my first semester gpa was a 3.5. However I tried my best to bring my gpa up and ended up with a 3.8-4.0 unweighted gpa in sophomore and junior year. I was in honors in ninth and tenth grade and took 4 AP courses in junior year all of which I got As in. Also my SAT score is a 2250 and I’ve consistently gotten 4s and 5s on my AP exams. I’m also involved in extra curricular activities. I was wondering if my 3.5 gpa freshman year will affect me getting into a college like UCLA or UC Berkeley?
    Thanks
    PS I’m currently senior

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 26, 2012

      Hi Harshi,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      What’s your cumulative GPA (weighted and unweighted) right now?

  • Lindsey on January 26, 2012

    Hello,
    Im a junior in highschool and in the 9th and 10th grade i didn’t do as well as i probably should have….but now i am in my 3rd year of highschool i have picked up the slac and am A’s and B’s, ive joined clubs and is active in sports and is also very active in my community…i havent taken my SAT or ACT yet…but im hoping for when i apply to colleges next year that they will be able to overlook my past and see that I have made serious changes in my life and am completely focused on my future. Do you think colleges will take that into account?
    Thankyou.

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 28, 2012

      Hi Lindsey,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      Yes, evidence of an upward trend in grades is usually taken into account by most colleges. Continue to kick butt in school!

      Let me know if you have other questions..

      Good luck!

  • Bridgette on January 26, 2012

    Hi College Helper,
    I am in the middle of my junior year and am going into semester 2 with a average pga of a 2.87. I have not taken my SATS or ACT or Subject test at all yet, but I hoping to do well on them. I do a lot of community service and try to keep myself active in sports and community activities to put on my application. I am working on my gold award for girl scouts. What do you think my chances are of getting into a state college? Or University maybe in San Diego or Oregon?

    Thanks!!

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 28, 2012

      Hi Bridgette,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      Any particular colleges or universities in Oregon or San Diego that you have in mind? Let me know and I’ll research them for you.

      Talk soon!

  • Alex on January 26, 2012

    hi, I am a junior in highschool and im stressing out because i havent had the best GPA the last two years. my sophmore year i ended up with a 3.3. this year i just finished my first semester with a 2.9, finals really knocked me off. I go to a catholic school witch has a difficult carriculum. I really want to get into SDSU and study criminal justice. I also want to know if i have a chance and if so what can i do this next semester to really give myself a chance. I am tarting my SAT classses pretty soon. I am also a 3-year letter in baseball next year will be 4, and a 2-year letter in football. I am in the invisible childrens club. and have done many hours with catholic charities

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 28, 2012

      Hi Alex,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      SDSU is a pretty competitive school. Below are the stats:

      Average high school GPA: 3.62

      38% had h.s. GPA of 3.75 and higher
      32% had h.s. GPA between 3.5 and 3.74
      18% had h.s. GPA between 3.25 and 3.49
      9% had h.s. GPA between 3.0 and 3.24
      3% had h.s. GPA between 2.5 and 2.99

      SAT Critical Reading 480-580
      SAT Math 500-610

      My assessment: If you can achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher and score within the SAT ranges listed above, I think you’ll have a good shot at getting admitted. However, you MUST apply to some safety schools, just in case things don’t work out as planned.

      Good luck! Come back and visit us soon!

  • anonymous on January 26, 2012

    Hi. I’m a sophomore with 3 semesters at marquette finished, and i had to leave because of financial stuff. i want to transfer to the university of illinois, but i’m worried i won’t get in. i had personal stuff get in the way of my studies, and therefore only have a 2.2 gpa. im switching majors from pre med to spanish, where i have always had a’s. i had a 3.0 and 30 act. do i have a shot at getting into uiuc if i explain my situation? thanks!

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 28, 2012

      HI there!

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      Based on my research, it seems like they require at least a 2.7 to transfer to the Liberal Arts and Science program. They will recalculate your GPA based on your transferable credit hours, so you might already have a 2.7 – but I’m not sure what classes you took at Marquette and which ones U of I would consider transferable.

      My best advice would be to contact the office of admissions. They can give you more guidance as to what you should do next, which credits will transfer, etc.

      Good luck!

  • Shirwa Mohamed on January 27, 2012

    Hello There, But i have a huge problem!! I was wondering what the chance of me getting into the University of Minnesota would be? The highest possible i can get my gpa to this year is a 2.7 or 2.8, If i get my act to a 30+ and get a lot of extracurricular, will i stand a chance there? I was aiming for the collage of Human Development, Can you please give me advice on how to get into that school, because its like one of my dream schools and i want to get in badly!

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 28, 2012

      Hi Shirwa,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      Here are the stats for the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities:
      ACT Composite 25-30
      43% in top 10th of graduating class
      83% in top quarter of graduating class
      99% in top half of graduating class

      I couldn’t find any information on average GPA, but the minimum is 2.0.

      My assessment: if you score well on the ACT (between the range listed above), then I think you have a good shot. You might also want to check out their “Access to Success” program:

      http://www.cehd.umn.edu/trio/ats/default.html

      Good luck!

  • emily on January 27, 2012

    i have a 2.7 at a community college and i wanted to go to michigan state for fall semester. my act was a 14 in high school. is there anything i can do to higher my chances of getting in? i know some Universities let you take some classes before excepting you. How would i go about doing this?

  • Mary on January 28, 2012

    Hi! I’m a second-year college student (a junior by credits) looking to transfer. I’d really like to get into the University of Michigan, but I’m worried that I’m not qualified enough. In college, I have a cumulative 3.66 GPA as of the fall 2011 semester, which is low due to science courses that will essentially be irrelevant once I start my desired major (music). In high school, I had a cumulative 3.97 GPA. My ACT composite score was 29 (35 English, 30 Math, 25 Reading, 26 Science, and 8 Writing… those were the only scores I was required to send on the application). I graduated in my class’ Top 10 and received quite a few academic awards in high school. As a transfer student, I’m really not sure how much what I did in high school matters, but I was actively involved in my school’s orchestra, drama department, and French Club, and I had (and still have) a part-time job at a local restaurant. Maybe I’m just being paranoid, but I’m extremely worried that I’m not going to make the cut because I’m not the best of the best. I’m applying to the College of Literature, Sciences, and the Arts right now in the hopes of further applying to the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. If you could offer me any advice, that would be fantastic.

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 28, 2012

      Hi Mary,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      Even though the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at U of M is really competitive, I think you have a really good shot.

      Your current GPA, ACT score, and high school GPA are all really strong. I’m sure you’ll be fine.

      Good luck! Keep me posted!

      • Mary on March 27, 2012

        Hello again! You said to keep you posted, so here’s me, keeping you posted: I got my acceptance earlier today. :) Thank you for replying in the first place… It helped me feel at least a little more confident.

        • TheCollegeHelper

          TheCollegeHelper on March 27, 2012

          Mary, that’s awesome! Congrats!

  • Anand on January 28, 2012

    Hello , I am currently pursuing my final semester Bachelors of Business Administration in India . My problem is that I have a CGPA of 2.8(out of 4) and I want to get into a good Management University in the United Kingdom for a Masters degree specializing in Marketing . I have part time work experience under my belt (Working at my brothers firm ) and also I have done many extra curricular activities such as business exhibitions , NGO internships , Organizing events , etc. I secured 81% in my 10th Grade (which is considered a benchmark in India ) . I really want to pursue my higher education at a good university in United Kingdom for a marketing course as I really like the subject and I secured a 4.0 in both semesters for the same subject. Your advise would be greatly appreciated . Thanks !

  • mireya on January 28, 2012

    Hi i am a junior right now and its still the beginning of second semester & my gpa is not that good it’s a 2.9 right now but I’m
    planning to have it a 3.0 at least by the end of this year. I got one D in english freshman year but im gonna make it up senior year. I want to go to University of San Bernardino, Cal Poly, or UCR. Wha are my chances and do u think I should go to college for 2 years then transfer? My sat was a 1360 not tht good /:

    • Undracheevr88 on January 28, 2012

      I’m currently entering my last semester at a community college. I have a 3.88 GPA (Business Major) with 4 A+. I went to a really good high school (the best in my state) but had a GPA in the low 70s and SAT score of about 1800. I’m a member of 4 clubs including honors and have work experience in banking/investments (at one of the biggest banks) including 3 licenses. I’m also African American. What are my chances of transferring to NYU CAS for Econ?

      • TheCollegeHelper

        TheCollegeHelper on January 31, 2012

        Hi There!

        Thanks for visiting our site!

        Transfer admission to NYU’s CAS is tough. Their admit rate for transfer applicants (per their website) is typically between 10-15%. Below is an excerpt from their website:

        “The most competitive applicants to the College of Arts and Science have taken liberal arts and science courses at their current institution and have earned consistent A to A- grades in their college classes and though not a minimum or cut-off, they have a 3.7 grade point average. Competitive applicants who recently graduated from high school have also generally performed well in high school with the same A to A- average overall in traditional liberal arts and sciences courses: English, math, science, history and foreign language.”

        Based on my research, I think you have a good shot. My only concern would be your high school standardized test scores and GPA. It seems like NYU closely evaluates this information, even for transfer students. Here the stats for recently admitted undergraduate students:

        SAT Critical Reading 630-720
        SAT Math 630-740
        SAT Writing 640-730
        Average high school GPA: 3.6

        However, given your current academic credentials and relevant work experience, I think you’re a strong transfer candidate. NYU will also require you to submit an instructor evaluation form. Be sure to give this form to a professor that you trust and who you believe can speak best about your academic ability and achievements.

        I hope this was helpful! Good luck!

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 31, 2012

      Hi Mireya,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      Here are the stats for the schools you’re interested in:

      California State University, San Bernardino
      Average high school GPA: 3.24
      SAT Critical Reading 400-500
      SAT Math 410-510

      California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
      Average high school GPA: 3.84
      SAT Critical Reading 540-640
      SAT Math 580-680

      UC – Riverside
      Average high school GPA: 3.49
      SAT Critical Reading 450-560
      SAT Math 480-610
      SAT Writing 460-570

      I think you have a decent shot at CSU-San Bernardino (assuming your SAT scores fall within the ranges listed above). However, if you are really interested in the other two colleges (Cal Poly or UCR), then I’d recommend going to a community college for 2 years, then trying to transfer.

      I hope this was helpful! Good luck!

  • Ajeeka on January 29, 2012

    I study in the British school system, that is the O and A level system. Im applying to Georgetown and Northwestern in Qatar. Now they have said they want the academic transcripts of the secondary school CURRENTLY attending. I am currently in my A levels. I gave my school reports and A level results to my counsellor. She now insists i give her my O level school reports too which are the tenth and eleventh reports. Problem is they are HORRIBLE. Theyr filled with Ds, Es, and Us. I didnt take my classes seriously. I ended up with two As, three Bs and Cs.
    Anyway, i changed subjects in Alevels, and i now hav a 3.52 GPA.
    I dont want to give her my olevel school reports! I told her they were horrible, she said my transcripts are weak already, and that i should atleast submit complete information. BTW, My counsellor wasnt in favour of my applying. She has only considered me because my brother got into an Ivy League and she was his counsellor too. She refuses other students she doesnt think can get in places. I dont want to show her my 10th and 11th school reports! Im afraid she would humiliate and refuse me!

    BTW, I asked Northwestern and they said they consider improvement of grades too.

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 31, 2012

      Hi Ajeeka,

      Thanks for visiting out site!

      Most colleges do consider upward trends in grades, so I think it’s okay to give your counselor your O level grades.

      I’m more concerned about the type of colleges you’re applying to. Both Northwestern and Georgetown seem to been long-shot schools for you. Are you planning to apply to any back up schools just in case these two schools don’t work out?

      I hope this helps! Good luck!

  • confusedmind on January 29, 2012

    Hi college helper,
    I had all As freshman year and sophomore year as well but i did take one honors class sophomore year which was honors biology. This year (junior year) I’m taking honors chem, honors french 4, honors alg. 2 trig. and ONE ap course which is AP english lang. I had all As and two Bs last marking period but this marking period i have All As, 1 B, and 1 C in Ap english. and i dont know if i should drop out or just stick with it and take the C. I have 2 more marking periods to go (1 more semester). Would three Cs for AP english hurt my chances to get into temple university(for their nursing program), drexel, widener, west chester, la salle, villanova etc. ? I want to major in nursing and i want to go to temple university but i heart their nursing program is really competitive :/

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 31, 2012

      Hi!

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      I’ll need your cumulative GPA (weighted and unweighted) and your standardized test scores (ACT or SAT) to better answer your question.

      • confusedmind on April 12, 2012

        My gpa is 97% or 3.8 on the 4.0 scale. and my SAT score is a 1500 :( I know its terrible but im re-taking it in june. Also, I decided to stick with AP English and got a B this marking period and one more is left. So my question now is that would i be able to get into temple’s nursing program? with the given gpa and sat score? I’m also volunteering this summer a lot. Like at my library, Bryn Mawr Hospital, and UPenn’s hospital. I have a lot of after school clubs like at least 6. and I’ll also be in NHS (national honors society) my senior year so i will have that on my application. I just got inducted into NHS this year as a junior. Do you think i’ll be able to get into temple’s nursing program? and maybe even Jefferson? I’m a PA resident.

  • Nikki on January 29, 2012

    Hi,
    I have a 3.2 GPA right now and I go to a Catholic all girls College Prep High School, if i have a 3.4 by my junior year do you think i have and chances of getting into Gonzaga, and do you think they will take into account that i go to a private school?
    Thanks!!!

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 31, 2012

      Hi Nikki,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      Here are the stats for Gonzaga:

      Average high school GPA: 3.72

      54% had h.s. GPA of 3.75 and higher
      26% had h.s. GPA between 3.5 and 3.74
      15% had h.s. GPA between 3.25 and 3.49
      4% had h.s. GPA between 3.0 and 3.24
      1% had h.s. GPA between 2.5 and 2.99

      SAT Critical Reading 550-700
      SAT Math 560-690
      ACT Composite 24-28

      My assessment: If you raise your GPA to a 3.4 and score on the higher end of the ranges listed above on whichever standardized test (ACT/SAT) you take, then I think you have a shot at getting admitted to Gonzaga.

      Yes, colleges do take into account the difficulty of a high school’s curriculum.

  • Ryan on January 29, 2012

    Hi college helper, i want to get into NYU for their film scoring program but my gpa 2.3 and my ACT score is a 23 im doing better now if i go to community college and do very well and retake my ACT will i have a chance at getting in also i heard after you get 24 credits in community college NYU dosent look at your highschool grades just your college grades is this true? thanks.

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 31, 2012

      Hi Ryan,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      Here is some valuable information that I found on NYU’s website:

      “Transfer admission to the undergraduate schools at NYU is highly selective. The Admissions Committee considers a variety of factors in reviewing your application including the relative strength of your college program, your performance in those courses, your high school record, standardized test scores, your personal statements and application essay, letters of recommendations submitted on your behalf, and your activities both in school and in your community. If you are applying for admission to a program that requires a creative review, the results of that review will also be important. Finally, we consider your special talents, alumni affiliation, socioeconomic background, geographic location, and race or ethnicity.”

      “Most successful transfer applicants follow a general liberal arts curriculum at their school. Typically, the successful candidate will have completed at least a year of college credit (minimum thirty semester hours) and maintained at least a “B+” average overall, although the most competitive candidates usually exceed these minimum standards. If you have been in college less than a year, your high school record will be an important consideration for admission.”

      Based on this information, here are my comments:
      1. They will consider your high school transcripts, regardless of how many community college semester hours you completed. However, your high school record will be more heavily considered in you have been in college for less than a year.

      2. NYU is very competitive and your current academic profile fall pretty far outside of their requirements for first year freshman, so getting admitted here will be difficult, even if you attend a community college for a couple years.

      3. Have you considered Columbia College in Chicago? They have a good film and video program:

      http://www.colum.edu/

      I think you might like Columbia. I hope this information was helpful! Good luck!

  • Marc on January 30, 2012

    Hi I’m a senior at my current high school is a 2.5 and my act score is a 20. I’m hoping to get it to a 2.6 by the end of my senior year. Now catholic central is a college prep school so the work is alot harder. I know I have the grades to get into Western Michigan University and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, but my parents want to go to a community college first. I do not have a problem with that however I really just want to do one year instead of two years. Because I had some friends whose brothers only did a year and some even a semester at a cc and they are at Michigan state! All I want to knw is it possible to do a year instead of two years and also if I can get at least a 3.3 or higher during that year can MSU be within my reach as a college choice?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 31, 2012

      Hi Marc,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      Yes, Michigan State does accept second semester freshmen and sophomores as transfer students. HOWEVER, read the following information from their website for more detailed information:

      “Admission as a transfer student is based on consistent academic performance, including all grades, courses, and attempts at all previously attended institutions. Applicants with a GPA below 2.0 are not admissible.

      Transfer students are required to have:

      Completion of one year of English composition equivalent to Michigan State’s Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures course Writing: Science and Technology (WRA 110). This equivalent must be completed at least one full semester before the desired term of enrollment at MSU

      Completion of a math course equivalent to MSU’s Intermediate Algebra (MTH 1825) course or higher; College Algebra (MTH 103) is preferred. This equivalent must be completed at least one full semester before the desired term of enrollment at MSU

      **The above requirements alone do not guarantee admission; consideration is stronger for applicants who have completed:

      - 28 or more credits deemed transferable to MSU (students with fewer than 28 transferable credits must have official ACT or SAT testing information sent to our office, along with an official final high school transcript)

      - 3.0 GPA or higher, with consistent grade performance

      - Requirements for limited enrollment majors where necessary”

      My assessment: While you can transfer after the first semester or first year at a community college, early at least 28 credit hours before transferring will increase your chances at getting admitted. If you have less than 28 credits, then MSU will consider your high school transcripts and ACT score, which are a bit lower than MSU standards.

      However, you could also apply to MSU after your first semester at a community college and just see what happens; you can always use Western Michigan as your back-up school.

      I hope this was helpful! Good luck.

  • Rodor on January 30, 2012

    Hi College Helper,

    I am a senior now and had a weighted gpa of 3.36. I wanted to get into UC Irvine and have applied to all the UCs except UC Berkeley, UC San Diego & UC LA. My SAT score is 2050. However, I just got a D+ in my AP Calc AB class, do you think I will still be accepted by any UC? Please advise. Thank you very much!!

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 31, 2012

      Hi Rodor,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      I’m less concerned about your D+ in AP Calc and more concerned about your overall GPA and standardized test scores.

      Here are the stats for UC-Irvine:

      Average high school GPA: 3.88
      SAT Critical Reading 510 620
      SAT Math 560 680
      SAT Writing 520 640

      While your SAT score is good, I’m concerned that your GPA might hurt you. UC Irvine is really competitive. Only 3% of recently admitted students had high school GPA’s between 3.25 and 3.49. 96% of admitted students had a 3.5 GPA or higher.

      Just be sure to have a couple back up schools just in case things don’t work out. I hope this was useful. Good luck!

  • Woo on January 30, 2012

    Hi I was wondering if I could get into a UC (at least UCI) if I have at least a D+ on Physics Honors. I have C’s in AP Statistics and AP Literature. Two A’s in Photography 1 and AP Government in my senior year.

    I’m going for a Bio/Chem major. How would I fare?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 31, 2012

      Hi Woo,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      Without knowing your standardized test scores, I’d say that getting into a UC will be tough based on your grades. As I told the last student, UC’s are really competitive and A LOT of highly qualified students apply each year. I’d encourage you to still apply, but make sure that you have some back-ups on your list just in case things don’t work out.

      I hope this was helpful. Good luck!

  • Arely Lily on January 31, 2012

    Hi College Helper,
    I am a Junior in high school and I really want to go to UC Davis but last sememster(1st) I got an F in Honors Pre Calc and an F in AP Chem because of family issues I was facing. I had to get a job to help my family. I got a D in APUSH as well. This is the first time I have ever failed a class but im taking a class senior year to make up those credits. Soph. year I got in both semesters a D+ in Honors Lang. arts and in Freshmen year I got a D for Geometry 1st semester but in 2nd semester I ended up with a C+. I really want to go to UC Davis and I was wondering if I have a chance in getting in. I am currently doing well and im taking the AP tests in May. I am also taking 3 AP classes and my fourth year of French senior year(next year). I would really appriciate advice and see if I will be able to get into UCDavis. Thank you so much. -Alicia

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on February 2, 2012

      Hi Alicia,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      I don’t know your GPA or standardized test scores, but based on the information you’ve provided here, it seems that it would be tough for you to get admitted to UC Davis. The average GPA of admitted students is 3.86 and 100% of admitted students are in the top tenth of their class.

      I would suggest that you either attend a community college for 2 years, then try to transfer to UC Davis or apply to some less competitive schools.

      Also, now might be a good time to touch base with your high school guidance counselor about your personal issues and grades. Perhaps it might be worthwhile for you to consider switching classes so that you are able to better manage your school work and your job.

      Colleges like to admit students who took challenging courses in high school, but only if they performed well in them.

      I hope this was helpful! Good luck.

  • Ayala on January 31, 2012

    Hello I am a senior in High school and am really worried about getting into the University of minnesota. As of this semester I have around a B+ gpa. The issue is I only got a 19 on my ACT. But I have taken the course political science/ Government 1001 and got a C+ as my overall grade. I want to go into the Early Education program. Do i have a chance of getting in or should I go to a community college, and is there anything I can do to help my cause?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on February 2, 2012

      Hi Ayala,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      Below are the stats for the University of Minnesota:
      Average ACT Composite 25-30
      Lowest GPA for recently admitted students: 2.6
      Lowest ACT score for recently admitted students: 21

      My thoughts: You can give yourself a shot by re-taking the ACT and trying to score at least a 21, however this school would still be a reach school for you. Your other option is to go to a community college (like you said), do really well, and then transfer to the University of Minnesota after you complete a year or two.

      I hope this was helpful! Good luck!

  • Melanie on January 31, 2012

    Hey CollegeHelper,
    I’m a junior in high school who didnt try her best because of not putting in enough effort as well as personal mental health issues. As a result, my grades suffered extremely but that did not stop me from at least trying really hard. My dream schools are St. John’s University and Fordham University.
    I have a better chance of getting into St. John’s but I’m still looking at Fordham because they are interested in students who are first generation college attendees like myself.
    On my SATs, which Im taking in May, I’m shooting for a 2000 and above which would potentially balance out my not so great 3.2ish GPA. I’m taking AP classes and I have two extracurriculars as well, and I sent in all of my applications for internships which I believe I have a good chance of getting, so I shouldn’t worry too much but I’m still worried.
    Is there anything that I could do to help better my chances in getting accepted into both? Thanks!

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on February 2, 2012

      Hi Melanie,

      Thanks visiting our site!

      I think you’re right on track. You’re right about St. John’s…you have a better shot at getting admitted there, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t apply to Fordham.

      My only advice would be to make sure you take an SAT prep course or do some SAT practice tests so that you’re prepared on test day and continue to work hard in your classes.

      Good luck and come back and visit us soon!

  • Britny on January 31, 2012

    Hi, so I’m a senior in high school and unfortunately I got a D in my Algebra 2 class and I’m really scared because now I can’t go to any CSu even though I haven’t been admitted to any yet. Is there ANY way I can still go to a CSU??? Please please help me. I har always struggled in math and I’m really scared right now.

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on February 2, 2012

      Hi Britny,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      I need a little more information. What’s your cumulative GPA (weighted and unweighted) and ACT/SAT score(s). I need this information to better answer your question.

      Talk soon!

  • Sean on February 1, 2012

    Hi im a sophomore in community college trying to go to Michigan State in the fall. I have a 2.6 gpa right now, however im taking 16 more credits this semester which will give me more than 28 transferable credits and i’ll probably have a 3.0.. if not a little higher. should i apply now or what until i finish this semester? thanks!

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on February 2, 2012

      Hi Sean,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      I would wait unit after this semester, given your current GPA. Just keep in mind that the transfer application process at Michigan State is lengthy. See below:

      “Michigan State University uses rolling admission; however, the number of qualified applicants has exceeded available space in recent years. Transfer students are encouraged to apply at least six months prior to their desired semester of enrollment. Decisions are typically made approximately 12 weeks after all application materials are received.”

      Good luck!

  • Grant on February 1, 2012

    Hi there. I’m a junior in high school, and it is a challenging private school at that. I was wondering if I would be accepted to the University of Arkansas if I have a 2.9 GPA. There is no way I can get it up to 3.0 by the time I apply early senior year. I haven’t taken the ACT since seventh grade in a Duke Talent Search program (Scored a 20), but I am confident that when I take it next week I’ll have a great score. Will Arkansas see as a lazy student and reject me? I’m a tenth of a grade point shy of automatic admission and I was wondering if I had a shot somehow. Thanks.

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on February 2, 2012

      Hi Grant,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      Yes, I still think that you have a decent shot as long as you score well on the ACT next week. The middle 50% of students scored between a 23 and 28. You should shoot toward the end of that range, if not higher.

      Good luck!

      • Grant on February 3, 2012

        So is the ACT more of what they look at and base your aptitude on? I just get worried sick that they’ll turn down my gpa but I’m smarter than all the 4.0 kids because I blow them out of the water on standardized tests. My work ethic is just a little weak, which is something I am improving.

        • TheCollegeHelper

          TheCollegeHelper on February 4, 2012

          Hi Grant,

          The most important admissions factors for the university of arkansas are GPA, standardized test scores, class rank, and rigor of high school courses.

          Here is the breakdown of percent of students admitted by GPA:

          36% had h.s. GPA of 3.75 and higher
          22% had h.s. GPA between 3.5 and 3.74
          18% had h.s. GPA between 3.25 and 3.49
          12% had h.s. GPA between 3.0 and 3.24
          11% had h.s. GPA between 2.5 and 2.99
          1% had h.s. GPA between 2.0 and 2.49

          It is still a possibility that they could notice the large discrepancy between your GPA and standardized test scores and question if your work ethic will be a problem on the collegiate level, so it might not be a bad idea to address this in your college admissions essay and have a couple back up schools just in case.

          • Grant on February 4, 2012

            Would early application increase my chances?

          • TheCollegeHelper

            TheCollegeHelper on February 8, 2012

            Possibly. Applying early always lets a college know that you are really interested.

  • james on February 2, 2012

    Ok I have a 2.7 gpa and I’m trying to get into any 4 year university any help or ideas.?

    • Ellen on February 2, 2012

      Hi ryan,
      Im in the same boat as you. I currently have a 2.7 gpa and it should go up because im doing very well in my junior year classes. I want to go into nursing and want to attend a 4 year university. Im involved in community service, clubs at school, and im an athlete. College finder, do you think i can get into college?

      • TheCollegeHelper

        TheCollegeHelper on February 2, 2012

        Hi Ellen,

        Thanks for visiting our site!

        Where do you live? What part of the country do you want to go to school in?

        Looking forward to chatting with you!

        • Ellen on February 13, 2012

          hi,
          i live in the midwest, i want to go to valparaiso, university of alabama, university of kentucky, western michigan, or maybe msu. Is there a good chance i can get into college or no?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on February 2, 2012

      Hi James,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      Where do you live? What part of the country do you think you want to go to school in? Better yet, what careers interests you the most? Have you considered college majors?

      Talk soon!

  • penny on February 2, 2012

    Hi Im currently in a community college but my gpa is 1.9 i know its really baffled but Im actually really good artist is there anything i can do to get into cuny city college for art

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on February 4, 2012

      Hi Penny,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      CUNY City College requires that all transfer students have at least a 2.0. You’ll have to raise your GPA before you apply. They will also consider your high school transcripts.

      I hope this was helpful! Good luck!

  • Chuck Barbeau on February 2, 2012

    Hi,

    I did horrible in High School.
    I lost my dad, and failed to show up to school when I lost my mom aswell.
    My GPA May not even be at a 2.0.
    I’m a Junior,
    I’m in 4 AP Classes, and I have 4 to take next year.
    Fresh/Soph year I failed 4 classes, I have made them all up online.

    I just received my ACT Score Back, 36.
    I live in Wisconsin.. I really do not want to go to community college,
    but with my GPA I’m so worried that no 4-Year College would want to accept me.

    How would I stand with UW-Madison?
    How would I stand with UW-Eau Claire?
    How about Vassar in New York?

    Suggestions?

    What colleges near Boston should I think about?
    What colleges in Wisconsin should I think about?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on February 4, 2012

      Hi Chuck,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      I’m sorry to hear about your mom and dad.

      You are clearly a very bright kid, have your spoken with your high school guidance counselor yet? Since this is such a special circumstance, he or she might be able to reach out to the colleges that you’re interested in and explain your situation.

      You must also address this in your admissions essay / personal statement.

      I personally think any of the colleges you mentioned should admit you, however I’m not certain how each school handles applicants that are in your situation.

      So, talk to your guidance counselor and get back to me. If he or she is not helpful, I’ll reach out to the schools for you and we’ll figure something out together.

      Enjoy your weekend!

      • Chuck Barbeau on February 5, 2012

        Will do!
        Thank you,
        I’ll get back to you soon.

  • Ryan on February 3, 2012

    Hi I am Ryan. I graduated in 2011 with low GPA, 2.71 majoring in Social Studies.
    I would like to know which college or University in UK probably would accept me in the major filed of Social and Politics.

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on February 4, 2012

      Hi Ryan,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      What were your scores on the ACT and/or SAT? Was your high school GPA weighted or unweighted?

  • steve castellani on February 3, 2012

    I am a senior in HS and play a varsity sport. My GPA is 1.6 and SAT is 790(math & reading), didn’t take ACT test. I need a 820 for a certain college but my GPA is still low to NCAA standards so I cannot play in freshman year. Is it possible to bring a GPA up to a 2.0 in 3 months?
    Is a community college my best route for freshman year to bring up all scores?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on February 4, 2012

      Hi Steve,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      It’s not likely that you’ll be able to bring up your GPA to a 2.0 in the next 3 months, so yes I recommend that you attend a community college to bring up your grades.

      Good luck!

  • Diana on February 3, 2012

    can i get in community college with D’s in english??

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on February 4, 2012

      Hi Diana,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      Yes, you can get into a community college with D’s in english. Most community colleges just require a high school diploma.

      Good luck!

  • worried on February 4, 2012

    hi,
    thank you for this service!
    I am a junior in high school, I have a cumulative 2.9 GPA and im still waiting to hear back from my SATs, (the first time i took them i got a 1450). I also took the ACT’s, which i got a 19 on but I am retaking them again in March. My guidance councelor said that I could maybe bring my GPA unpo a 3.2-3.3 at the most if i continue getting straight A’s. I am taking honors classses this year and signed up for a rigorous senior year. Will that be enough to get into Penn State Main Campus?
    thanks so much,
    worried

    • mary on February 4, 2012

      I have a 2.77 gpa and received a 26 on the act. I would love to go to a big 10 school in the midwest. I am sure U of I is a reach any recommendations? chaz

      • TheCollegeHelper

        TheCollegeHelper on February 7, 2012

        Hi,

        Thanks for visiting our site!

        Unfortunately, I think they’ll all be reach schools for you based on your GPA. Big ten schools are popular, so they get a ton of applicants and can afford to be selective.

        I would still apply to U of I and one more big 10 school, but do have a back-up plan. What about Illinois State University or Northern Illinois University?

        • mary on February 8, 2012

          Thank you so much. If I apply to U of I and do not get in will that hurt my chances of being admitted as a transfer student? Illinois State is my back up.
          Thank you again! Your website is very helpful.

          • TheCollegeHelper

            TheCollegeHelper on February 8, 2012

            No, if you apply to U of I and don’t get accepted, it won’t hurt your chances of getting admitted as a transfer student. And, you never know, you might really like Illinois State!

            Let me know if you have other questions. It has been a pleasure working with you!

            Good luck!

          • mary on February 13, 2012

            Thank you. I have filled out the application. I was diagnoses with add in 7th grade. I never took medication for it because the doctor said a side effect would be anxiety and I was already anxious. Do you think I should tell about this in the optional essay? I do have documentation. Will this help my chances of getting into U of I?

          • TheCollegeHelper

            TheCollegeHelper on February 13, 2012

            Hi Mary,

            Yes, you could include this information in your optional essay. However, be sure to phrase it in a way that it doesn’t sound like an excuse. You should say something like, “Despite being diagnosed with ADD in the 7th grade, I have accomplished …” Then you might go on to explain how you are confident that you can do well in college-level courses.

            This doesn’t guarantee that the admissions committee will take your disorder into consideration, but it couldn’t hurt.

            Good luck!

    • Alicia on February 4, 2012

      hi,
      i also have a 2.9 GPA, im a junior in high school and just started bringing my grades up. i have no extracurricular activities. i was wondering what type of activities i should be involved in out of school, and if i could do anything more to possibly getting into a UC school ?
      thank you :)

      • TheCollegeHelper

        TheCollegeHelper on February 7, 2012

        Hi Alicia,

        Thanks for visiting our site!

        I’d recommend volunteering. Doing volunteer work on your own time shows dedication, commitment, and empathy for others. Plus, college admissions committees love to admit students who care about their community, can balance their schedules, and work well with others.

        Many high schools will post volunteer opportunities on campus, so keep your eyes open for information posted on bulletin boards or in the counseling office. If not, you can find volunteer opportunities in your area by visiting the following websites:

        http://www.servenet.org
        http://www.volunteermatch.org

        I hope this is helpful!

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on February 7, 2012

      Hi!

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      Here are the stats for Penn State:

      Average high school GPA: 3.53
      SAT Critical Reading 530-630
      SAT Math 560-670
      SAT Writing 530-640
      ACT Composite 25-29

      When comparing these stats to your current academic profile, it seems like Penn State would still be a reach school for you. You should still apply, but just have some back-up options just in case.

  • Nina on February 4, 2012

    Hi,
    I am a senior and I failed two of my classes this first semester. This is my first time geting an F in a class before. My gap before was 3.4. I haven’t got my report card yet. I did get in to st johns university and now I feel like something going to happen. I failed those classes because something big in my life happened. I haven’t talked to my couser or family because I feel they will be disappointed at me. What should I do?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on February 8, 2012

      Hi Nina,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      I’d definitely recommend talking to your counselor first, if you don’t feel comfortable talking with your parents. Your counselor’s job is to support you. He or she will understand that everyone makes mistakes, so don’t worry about them being “disappointed” in you. You can work with your counselor to come up with a game plan and he or she can even help you set up a meeting at school to talk with your parents together.

      I hope this was useful. Come back and visit us soon!

  • david on February 4, 2012

    Hi college Helper, I want to know my chances of getting into the University of West Florida with a GPA of a 2.1, ACT 20, SAT 1500, I am also making up classes to improve my gpa. I have done a lot of community service hours and was hoping to play soccer there.

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on February 8, 2012

      Hi David,

      Thanks for vising our site!

      Here are the stats for University of West Florida:
      Average high school GPA: 3.33
      ACT Composite 21-26

      Based on this information, I think UWF will be a reach school for you. They only typically accept 1% of applicants who had high school GPA’s between 2.0 and 2.49.

      Now, if you had between a 2.5 and 2.99, your odds would increase significantly. They typically accept 25% of students who have GPA’s in that range.

      Also, your ACT score is slightly below the average. I’d recommend attending a community college, and then transferring to UWF. I hope this information was useful!

      Come back and visit us soon! We have a ton of blog posts that discuss the benefits of community colleges. Good luck!

  • Josh on February 4, 2012

    Hi there I was wondering if I can get into suny Plattsburgh or suny buffalo university I have a 2.6 gpa but I’m in honors for my senior year and I’m in drama club,habitat for humanity,science club, soccer club, freshman field day leader. Can you please tell me my chances thx :D

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on February 8, 2012

      Hi Josh,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      What’s your SAT and/or ACT score? This will enable me to give you a better response.

  • Boof on February 5, 2012

    Hi
    Im A Junior In High School && I Currently Have A 2.6 GPA And I Want To Go To College In The States…Like In Washington Or Califorinia…..Will I Be Able To Raise My GPA To A 3.0 Or Higher Before I Graduate Next Year && Be Able To Qaulify For A Scholarship?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on February 8, 2012

      Hi Boof,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      Yes, it is possible to raise your GPA to a 3.0 (or at least close to it). I’m not sure about the scholarship piece – it will likely depend on your GPA and standardized test scores. Most private and college-funded scholarships require students to have at least a 3.0 GPA.

      Check out Fastweb.com for private scholarship information. Also, take some time to research various colleges in Washington and California. Then find out if these schools offer scholarships to applicants.

      I hope this was helpful!

  • Wish on February 6, 2012

    i got a 2.95 gpa in high school. i graduated in 2011. i am now in college and have completed my first semester with a 3.12 gpa(criminal justice major). i want to transfer to VCU but want to the chances of being accepted. * i have less than 30 credit hours so i have to send my high school transcript and i got a SAT score of 1470. is there anyway you could tell me the possibility of being accepted into VCU. thanks!

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on February 8, 2012

      Hi!

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      I found this information on VCU’s website:

      “Transfer applicants are considered for admission provided they present evidence of good standing at the last institution attended; and to be competitive they should present a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25 (2.5 preferred) from all accredited institutions to be considered for admission to VCU.

      **Priority application review will be given to applicants who have completed at least 30 credits at their former institution(s). Candidates with fewer than 30 semester (45 quarter) hours also will be reviewed on the basis of their high school performance and SAT/ACT scores (if younger than the age of 22). Transfer candidates who have earned fewer than 30 semester credits/45 quarter credits and who are 21 years of age or younger must submit SAT or ACT results and also must meet specific guidelines listed in the Freshman undergraduate admission guidelines section of this chapter.

      The undeclared major is not open to students with 60 or more college credits. Transfer applicants will be notified of an admissions decision on a rolling basis until the class is filled. Priority application review will be given to students who apply and submit all required documentation by the recommended application deadline.”

      My assessment: Yes, I think you have a decent shot at getting admitted to VCU. Even though you have fewer than 30 credit hours. Your GPA is solid and your SAT scores are within the averages for first-time freshman applicants.

      I hope this was helpful! Good luck.

  • Shayna on February 7, 2012

    Hi my name is shaynea, and i currently have a 1.23 gpa with a 790 sat score on the reading and math section. Im now in my second semester of my senior year, do you think i will be able to bring my gpa to at least a 2.0 by june?

    Im really interested into barry university and they require at least a 2.0 gpa and a 800 on the sats (math and reading only)

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on February 8, 2012

      Hi Shayna,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      It’s really tough to bring your GPA up by that much during senior year. I’d suggest that you attend a community college for 2 years, then try to transfer to Barry University.

      We have a ton of posts on the site about the benefits of community colleges in the “selecting a college” section. I’d encourage you to take a look at them.

      Good luck and come back and visit us real soon!

  • Susie on February 7, 2012

    I am currently a sophmore in high school. My GPA freshman year was about 3.0 and my GPA first semester of 10th grade was 3.7 I am trying to make all A’s this year so my year average will be about 4.0. I am not really involved in a lot of extra curricular activities, i’ve been in and plan to be in two clubs all four years. I am doing the IB program next year because I am interested in it. My college goal is GA tech i dont know what to do and im afraid I wont get into college.
    ~Also I am planning to start my own club for the next school year but i doubt it will happen because my club supervisor is VERY strict.
    HELP!

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on February 8, 2012

      Hi Susie,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      GA Tech is pretty competitive; here are the stats:
      Average high school GPA: 3.87
      SAT Critical Reading 590-690
      SAT Math 650-740
      SAT Writing 590-690
      ACT Composite 27-32

      At this point, it looks like GA tech would be a reach school for you. I’d recommend researching some other college, just so you have some back-ups in case things don’t work out.

      Also, good luck with starting your club!

      I hope you found this information to be useful! Come back and visit us!

  • Aidan on February 7, 2012

    I am still hovering around a 2.6 or 2.5 unweighted in all ib classes, but the bad thing is that I have gotten two D’s in my science classes but have gotten almost all B’s or some A’s with the occasional C, will the weighted GPA make up for it because I have been going through some personal problems my whole experience through high school? And if I still had a chance to get in to a Umass Lowell, or URI or any MA state colleges. I have also played varsity sports in every season since my freshman year.

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on February 8, 2012

      Hi Aidan,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      What score did you get on the ACT and/or SAT?

  • Blair on February 8, 2012

    i failed my freshman year of high school and by the end of my sophomore year only had a very low gpa. this past semester i worked really hard and was able to make up my entire junior year in the one semester with a 3.6 gpa, and am currently a senior, graduating in june. my current gpa averaged together is about a 2.7 weighted, but there’s a good chance I can pull it up to a 2.8 or 2.9 by the end of the year. i’m retaking the ACT this weekend and probably again in april, but the first time i took it i got a composite score of 25. i also took the sat in the fall and got a 1780. i was wondering if i could even get into any colleges or universities in Michigan with that, particularly Michigan State.

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on February 8, 2012

      Hi Blair,

      Thanks for visiting our site.

      Here are the stats for Michigan State:
      Average high school GPA: 3.6
      SAT Critical Reading 440-600
      SAT Math 540-670
      SAT Writing 450-600
      ACT Composite 23-28

      While your standardized test scores are on target, I’m still concerned about your GPA. MSU typically only admits 5% of students who have GPA’s between a 2.5 and 2.99. I’d still give it a shot, but have some back up schools on your list.

      What about Western Michigan?

  • Anand on February 8, 2012

    Hello College Helper , I am currently pursuing my final semester Bachelors of Business Administration in India . My problem is that I have a CGPA of 2.8(out of 4) and I want to get into a good Management University in the United Kingdom for a Masters degree specializing in Marketing . I have part time work experience under my belt (Working at my brothers firm ) and also I have done many extra curricular activities such as business exhibitions , NGO internships , Organizing events , etc. I secured 81% in my 10th Grade (which is considered a benchmark in India ) . I really want to pursue my higher education at a good university in United Kingdom for a marketing course as I really like the subject and I secured a 4.0 in both semesters for the same subject. Your advise would be greatly appreciated . Thanks !

  • Will on February 8, 2012

    Hi, I just read your article and I am in a more different situation than most of the people who’ve posted up here. I am currently attending George Washington University and are aiming to transfer to Georgetown or Univeristy of Chicago. My GPA ranges from 3.3-3.4 and I’ve interned at an Embassy and Library of Congress. I will be applying as a junior. Do you think I have a shot?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on February 9, 2012

      Hi Will,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      Georgetown is very selective, as is University of Chicago.

      Georgetown receives approximately 1900 transfer applications each year and offers admission to approximately 15-20% of those students.The average college GPA for an accepted transfer applicant is 3.7, and most transfer students were in the top 15% of their graduating high school class.

      Visit this link for more information: http://uadmissions.georgetown.edu/transfer/studentprofile/

      The University of Chicago received 986 transfer applications last fall and only admitted 48.

      Visit this link for more information: https://collegeadmissions.uchicago.edu/apply/classprofile.shtml

      My assessment: I think getting admitted to either of these schools will be tough. You can still apply to one of them, but have a few back up schools that you wouldn’t mind attending in case things don’t work out.

  • Ali on February 8, 2012

    Im an international student and a jr, i want to get into georgetown, my SAT scores are 1960 and my GPA is about a 3.0

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on February 9, 2012

      Hi Ali,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      Georgetown doesn’t publish average GPA of admitted students, but I did find average SAT scores:
      SAT Critical Reading 640-750
      SAT Math 650-750

      Also, the following link should provide you with some more detailed information about students recently admitted to Georgetown: http://uadmissions.georgetown.edu/firstyear/studentprofile/

  • Fatema on February 8, 2012

    Hi im fatema
    Im in my juniour year ..already 3 marking periods passed=1 semester and I have improved alot meaning from the past 2 years-from 60s and 70s to 80 and 90s.I even got my first 90 average.Im still upset its a 2.1 gpa so i was wondering if by the end of this year and the fall of next year my gpa can be increased to a 3.0 If i keep getting 97 averages?I have a pretty decent SAT score and active in afterchool activities.Im planning to apply for the SEEK programs for Hunter and Baruch NYU etc.Do u guys think i have any chance?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on February 9, 2012

      Hi Fatema,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      You actually taught me something! I had not previously heard of the SEEK program, so I did a little research.

      I think this is the perfect opportunity for you! Yes, I think you have a chance at getting admitted through this program.

      Let me know how it goes so that I can share this program with other students if it works out for you!

      Good luck and come back to visit us soon!

  • Brittini on February 8, 2012

    Hi,

    I’m finishing up my sophomore year and will have my A.A. by the end of the summer. I currently have a 3.25 GPA, which will be higher once I finish retaking my bio lab. Anyways, I want to apply to UMASS Amherst by the end of the month. They require a mid-term report and I have the GPA requirement and meet everything else, but I currently have all A’s and 2 D’s in my math and chemistry class since I’ve only taken one test. My major (dietetic’s) is practically all chemistry and I don’t know if my D in chemistry will lower my chances of getting in. Should I still apply with the 2 D’s? I mean I’m really just starting the semester so it will of course be much higher.

    Thank You,
    Brittini

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on February 9, 2012

      Hi Brittini,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      A couple questions and things to consider:

      1) Are you currently attending a community college in Massachusetts? If so, you may be guaranteed acceptance. Check this out: http://www.umass.edu/ug_programguide/admissions/transfer.html

      2) If your answer to question #1 is No…Can you delay your application some? Will that help improve your mid-term report? I am concerned about your D in chemistry since science courses are so important in the UMass department of nutrition.

      I hope this was helpful. Let me know if I can help in any other way.

  • Mia lindell on February 8, 2012

    hello iam a junior in high school and i was wondering if there is anyway i can raise my gpa up to at least a 3.0 because i have a 2.61 right now. what do you think i can do to meet those exspectations? get all A’s and B’s. how do i end my senior year with a 3.0?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on February 9, 2012

      Hi Mia,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      Without seeing your transcripts, I can’t give you an exact calculation. However, I’m fairly certain that you would have to get straight A’s this semester and all next year to raise your GPA to a 3.0.

      This calculator should help: http://www.back2college.com/raisegpa.htm

      Good luck! Come back and visit us soon!

  • Eddie on February 8, 2012

    My uw gpa is only 3.2 I live in Florida and want to go to unf or FSU of ucf but my sister said a 3.2 won’t cut it I have taken some honors and Ap also I got 1890 on sat can I get in with 3.2 uw\3.9 with weights do they count weights?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on February 9, 2012

      Hi Eddie,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      What did you get on each section of the SAT?

      • Eddie on February 9, 2012

        660 reading 600 math and 630 writing

        • TheCollegeHelper

          TheCollegeHelper on February 9, 2012

          Here are the stats for the 2 schools you’re interested in:

          UCF:
          SAT Critical Reading 530-630
          SAT Math 560-650
          SAT Writing 510-610
          Average high school GPA: 3.72

          FSU:
          SAT Critical Reading 550-650
          SAT Math 560-640
          Average high school GPA: 3.76

          If you weren’t enrolled in any honors or AP classes and your SAT scores weren’t as solid, then I might be on the same page as your sister.

          However, I think you have a strong shot at UCF and a decent shot at FSU. With that being said, I also think you should have a couple safety schools on your list. You might consider Florida Atlantic University as one of them.

          I hope this was helpful! Good luck!

          • Eddie on February 9, 2012

            Is that 3.7 GPA’s unweighted or weighted

            Also thank you for your help

          • TheCollegeHelper

            TheCollegeHelper on February 9, 2012

            They’re unweighted. Since every high school’s grading scale is different, colleges will compare each applicant’s unweighted GPA and then factor in the rigor of your high school curriculum (i.e. honors or AP classes).

            For example, the University of Central Florida re-calculates each applicant’s GPA as follows:

            Your GPA is recalculated based on the academic core courses (including English, math, science, social studies and foreign language). UCF uses a 4.0 grading scale, and also awards additional quality points for any weighted courses within the academic core. Courses marked as Pre-AP, Pre-IB, Pre-AICE, and Honors are given an additional .5 quality point.

            Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced International Certification of Education (AICE), and Dual Enrollment (DE) courses are given 1 additional quality point.

            Does this help?

          • Eddie on February 9, 2012

            So its your unweighted + .5 points for honors ? And 1 for AP and that should average up to 3.72? Or just 3.72 unweighted no points for honors or Ap sorry for so many questions

          • TheCollegeHelper

            TheCollegeHelper on February 9, 2012

            It’s probably best if I use an example. Let’s say this is your schedule

            English A = 4.0
            AP Calculus B = 4.0 (3.0 + 1pt)
            AP Chemistry A = 5.0 (4.0 + 1pt)
            Honors History B = 3.5 (3.0 +.5pt)
            Spanish B = 3.0

            4+4+5+3.5+3=19.5

            19.5/5 = 3.9

            So yes, it’s your unweighted plus .5 points for honors and plus 1 point for AP AND they only take into consideration your 5 core classes: english, math, science, social studies, and foreign language. Make sense?

            So you’ll have to go through your transcript and recalculate each semester’s GPA using this technique.

          • Eddie on February 10, 2012

            Yay thanks so much

  • Juan on February 8, 2012

    Hello,

    Im in the middle of my Junior year in High School and i have 2.56 GPA and a 1540 SAT and 23 ACT. I didnt study at all for these exams and I know i can raise them becuase I’ve been studying very rigorously over the last few months. Do you think its possible to raise my GPA to atleast a 3.0? Im in the IB program as well – don’t know if that helps.

    Also, do you have any schools you recommend? I live in Florida so in-state would be most preferable, but others are fine. I was looking at Florida State and UCF. Do you think I have a shot?

  • Focused and have a purpose on February 9, 2012

    Hi,

    I am a 25 year old that is recently going back to school. My school experience was bad in my younger years because of no confidence and laziness. My high school gpa was 1.82 and my community college gpa is 1.83 currently. I am taking classes this semester so it can be raised. I have 30 hours already and I also went to a technical school for broadcasting a year ago and turned it around with my new found purpose achieved a 3.0 gpa. I know that nothing from the tech school will transfer but they have to count that 3.0 gpa to my cumulative gpa. Anyways, I want to transfer and am wondering about 3 schools in particular: the University of Arkansas, the University of Kentucky, and Kansas State University. Do I have a chance with an essay and letters of recommendation?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on February 13, 2012

      Hi,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      the 3 colleges that you’re interested in require transfer students to have at least a 2.0. You’ll find that this is a pretty standard requirements for transfer applicants at any college or university. And since your credits from the broadcasting school won’t count as transfer credits, it’s unlikely that they’ll factor your 3.0 gpa into your current 1.83 gpa.

      I’d recommend raising your gpa before trying to transfer, or re-enrolling in the broadcasting school if this is the field that you’re most interested in.

      I hope this was helpful!

      Good luck.

  • Devarryia on February 9, 2012

    Hi College Helper,

    I’m currently a high-school sophomore with a 2.5 GPA and scored 1780 on my PSAT. (59 on verbal, 51 on math, and 64 on writing) Is there a chance that I could raise my GPA to at least over a 3.0 if I apply myself the next few semesters? And do you think I have a chance at being accepted into Purdue University?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on February 13, 2012

      Hi,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      If you work really hard over the next few years (A’s and very few B’s), then yes, you can raise your GPA to at least a 3.0 – perhaps a little higher, depending on your grades.

      However, Purdue is pretty competitive, so I think it might be tough for your to get admitted. The average GPA of admitted students is 3.6 and the average standardized test scores are as follows:

      SAT Critical Reading 490-610
      SAT Math 550-690
      SAT Writing 500-610
      ACT Composite 24-30

      I’d recommend that you apply to purdue, if you are able to raise your GPA above a 3.0, but still have some back up schools just in case.

      You can use this calculator to figure out what grades you need to get to raise your GPA: http://www.back2college.com/raisegpa.htm

      I hope this was helpful. Good luck!

  • Ana on February 9, 2012

    Hey im anna
    Right now my gpa is very low like a 2.3 or 2.4.Iam currently in 11th grade and was wondering if i improved and got straight A”s i can raise my gpa to at least 3.0 or is it impossible by next yea fall semester

  • AJ on February 9, 2012

    hi im aj. its my senior year of highschool and i have a 2.1 gpa. i have lots of extra curricular activities and my sat score is a 1070 and i was wondering if i could get in any colleges like west virginia university

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on February 13, 2012

      Hi AJ,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      Here are the stats for west virginia university:

      ACT/SAT and GPA Requirements –

      West Virginia residents must have at least a 2.0 grade-point average and either a composite ACT score of 19 or a combined Math and Critical Reading SAT score of 910.

      Nonresidents must have at least a 2.5 grade-point average and either a composite ACT score of 21 or a combined Math and Critical Reading SAT score of 990.

      Please note that WVU does not mix and match sub scores from different test dates for admissions and scholarship consideration. Only the best composite score is used in determining eligibility.

      WVU does not require students to take the optional written component of the ACT examination.

      **(meeting these requirements does not guarantee admission)

  • Jesse on February 10, 2012

    Hello,
    I am a sophomore in High School, and my Cumulative GPA is around 2.3-2.4. I haven’t tried that hard, but now I’m really starting to get scared. Last year, I went through some family issues and failed my lit class because It was my last class of the day and I was constantly pulled from it. Is there any way I can still make it into a college like University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill? We took the PLAN test early October, and my projected ACT score was 27-30.
    Thank you for your time.

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on February 13, 2012

      Hi Jesse,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      While the average ACT Composite score is between 27 and 31 at the University of Chapel Hill, 95% of high school applicants had h.s. GPA’s of 3.75 and higher.

      So, I think UNC will be a bit of a stretch for you. My advice would be to either attend a junior college for a couple years, then transfer to UNC or apply to UNC now and select a few back-up schools that you could still be happy with.

  • cubby on February 10, 2012

    Hi my name is Cubby. I am a senior in high school and have a 2.97 from my past three years. For my mid year report, I have just recieved a 3.3. i am hoping that once that is factored in I will have a 3.0. I also have a 1600 on my SAT. I applied to VCU, UMW, and CNU. VCU is my main school and I am worried I will not get in. I didnt really have any rextra curriculars, but explained that I repair instruments and play music in my free time. I would like to know what your thoughts are on my chances of getting in. Thank you

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on February 14, 2012

      Hi Cubby,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      Here are the stats for the schools you’re interested in:

      VCU
      Average high school GPA: 3.48
      19% had h.s. GPA between 3.0 and 3.24
      10% had h.s. GPA between 2.5 and 2.99
      1% had h.s. GPA between 2.0 and 2.4
      SAT Critical Reading 480-600
      SAT Math 490-590
      SAT Writing 470-590

      UMW – University of Mary – Washington?
      Average high school GPA: 3.58
      12% had h.s. GPA between 3.0 and 3.24
      7% had h.s. GPA between 2.5 and 2.99
      SAT Critical Reading 530-640
      SAT Math 500-610
      SAT Writing 520-620

      CNU
      Average high school GPA: 3.64
      11% had h.s. GPA between 3.0 and 3.24
      2% had h.s. GPA between 2.5 and 2.99
      SAT Critical Reading 520-630
      SAT Math 520-610

      My assessment: Out of these 3 schools, I think you have the best shot at VCU. However you are still on the border. Definitely apply to a couple safety schools just in case the applicant pool is really competitive at VCU. Good luck!

  • cesar on February 10, 2012

    hey im a junior in high school and last time i checked my GPA was 2.1 last semester and i had honors english but i made a D on french but this semester i wanna make all A’s and for my senior year i want to have all honors classes what GPA you think i might have at the end of senior year????

  • J.A. on February 11, 2012

    Dear College helper,

    I am currently studying my Junior Year at a Department of Defense School overseas and have a cumulative GPA of 3.6. Freshman was 3.8 Sophmore was 3.69 and now Junior Year will be 3.2 for first semester. I will really work hard this coming semester. However I am taking the IB diploma and that is why its tough, I have 2 A’s 3 B’s and one C that will become a B next semester. I am an Eagle Scout, and speak Arabic fluently despite being non Arab. I worked on a Navy Base teaching Arabic in the summer. Also I am in MUN, Cross Country. SAT will be in may. What chances do I have for Carnegie Mellon, Georgetown, University of Pennsylvania and even UVA. Thank you

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on February 14, 2012

      Hi,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      Based on your GPA only, I think you have the best shot at Carnegie Mellon and Georgetown, but I would have to see your SAT scores before I can provide a fair assessment. Check back with me in May.

      Good luck!

  • Taylor on February 11, 2012

    Hi I’m Taylor,
    I am a junior in high school, I live in new jersey and my gpa is currently 2.3433. I’m still in my first semester of classes with 3 A’s and 1 B will this raise my gpa since I’m doing good? And also in my second semester if I get A’s and B’s will that raise it even more?
    Thanksss! :)

  • Ashley on February 11, 2012

    I really really want to go to VCU, like more than anything. My GPA is a 2.8 though. I scored about 1610 on the SAT, wrote a pretty good essay, took all advanced classes in high school, was involved in about 4 clubs and worked a couple jobs one which I’m still employed. Honestly, I had a rough junior year and had to deal with some personal problems at the same time as being enrolled in all advanced classes. Before junior year my GPA was about a 3.2. I’m seriously freaking out about this.

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on February 14, 2012

      Hi Ashley,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      Here are the stats for VCU:

      Average high school GPA: 3.48
      19% had h.s. GPA between 3.0 and 3.24
      10% had h.s. GPA between 2.5 and 2.99
      1% had h.s. GPA between 2.0 and 2.4
      SAT Critical Reading 480-600
      SAT Math 490-590
      SAT Writing 470-590

      While being enrolled in all advanced classes should help some, you are still right on the border, so you should definitely have some back-up schools just in case.

  • Sofia on February 11, 2012

    I go to one of the most demanding all-girls college prepatory high school and the academic curriculum is very challenging and rigorous. Getting close to a 4.0 or higher is VERY difficult. I am currently a sophomore and I have a 3.7 GPA. I am not involved in a lot of extracurriculars but I do have various, distinguished things I could put on my application. I would like to go to either Dartmouth, Yale, Georgetown, American University of Cairo or Beirut. What are my chances? Plus, would it be taken into consideration that my school is really hard or that I don’t have a 4.0??!?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on February 14, 2012

      Hi Sofia,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      I think you’re on the right track academically. Why don’t you check back with me next year when you have your standardized test scores and have a better idea of your class rank.

      Most of the schools on your list only admit students who are in the top 10% of their class. Also, if your school has honors or AP classes, you should consider taking these classes (if you think you can handle them).

      Keep up the great work!

  • Candice on February 11, 2012

    I have a 3.25 unweighted GPA and a 3.75 weighted GPA. I am hoping to get a 30 on the ACT and am a junior in my second semester. I want to go to USC, UMich, Michigan State, Northeastern University, and George Washington University. Do I have a chance, and what do I need to improve?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on February 14, 2012

      Hi Candice,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      Here are the stats for the schools you’re interested in:

      USC:
      Average high school GPA: 3.69
      ACT Composite 29-33

      UMich:
      Average high school GPA: 3.76
      ACT Composite 29-33

      Northeastern University:
      56% in top 10th of graduating class
      83% in top quarter of graduating class
      96% in top half of graduating class
      ACT Composite 28-32

      George Washington University:
      78% in top 10th of graduating class
      95% in top quarter of graduating class
      100% in top half of graduating class
      ACT Composite 27-31

      My assessment: If you can pull off a 30 on the ACT, then yes I think you have a good shot at all of these universities.

  • San on February 12, 2012

    Hi,
    I am a sophmore at BU and my current GPA is a 2.4.
    I really don’t like is here at all, it’s just not the right place for me. I want to transfer. But I don’t know if I’ll get in anywhere that may be at the same level with the GPA I have. Any suggestions?

  • Ammy C, Jones on February 12, 2012

    Hi, I am currently a junior in high school. I currently have a 2.23 gpa and I have about two more semesters left until I will start doing college applications. I was wondering if its possibile to bring my gpa up to around 2.8 if i have only two semesters left.

  • ruth on February 13, 2012

    Hey. This is just a note to those of you who have not yet graduated, or are still thinking about a community college. My gpa in high school was 3.98. I wasn’t sure what to do after graduation, so I decided to try a community college. Now, my gpa is 2.984 or something like that, and now that I’m trying to get grants and scholarships to go to a four year (because I’m sure what I want to do now), I’m going to have a really hard time getting any amount of financial aid. Just something to think about. If you know what you’re going to do, you might not want to go to a community college. For me it was a huge waste of money, time, and opportunity. I feel horrible.

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on February 13, 2012

      Hi Ruth,

      Thanks for visiting our site and sharing your story!

      What do you think contributed to your lower GPA at your current community college?

  • Rose on February 13, 2012

    Hi,
    I’m a senior and my G.P.A is about 2.9,
    how can i get into Chapman university with this?

    • Jasmin on February 13, 2012

      Hi, im a junior in high school. I live in the midwest and im involved in a ton of extra curricular activities and sports. The only problem is my grades, i currently have a 2.7 gpa. Im doing so much better this year and i pulled off a 3.4 semester gpa and i got on honor roll. Im looking into university of kentucky, university of alabama, western michigan, valparaiso, and possibly msu. Do you think i can get into college?

      • TheCollegeHelper

        TheCollegeHelper on February 14, 2012

        Hi Jasmin,

        Thanks for visiting our site!

        Based on GPA ONLY, I think you have the best shot at Western Michigan. You’re on the border with University of Kentucky and University of Alabama. Lastly, MSU and Valpo would be reach schools – they’re more competitive than the other schools on your list.

        Also, earning a good score on the ACT will help increase your chances at the schools on your list.

        Good luck!

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on February 14, 2012

      Hi Rose,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      It’ll be tough for you to get admitted to Chapman University with that GPA. The average high school GPA for students admitted to Chapman was 3.66 and only 4% of admitted students had GPA’s between 2.5 and 2.99. Also, only 9% of admitted students had GPA’s between 3. 0 and 3.24.

      You should still apply, but this should be one of your long-shot schools.

      I hope this was helpful! Good luck!

  • Artemis on February 14, 2012

    Hello Grant,
    i am in desparate need of your help. I have made several mistakes over my high school years and have gotten my gpa so low that it is a 0.96 just for my 11th year. I dont know what to do. What college will be willing to accept me?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on February 16, 2012

      Hi,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      I think your best option would be to attend a community college. They admit all students who have a high school diploma or GED. If you perform well for 2 years at the community college (A’s & B’s), then you will be able to transfer to a 4-year university.

      I hope this helps! Good luck!

  • Venkat Tirumala on February 14, 2012

    Can you please tell me if i can get into Texas A&M Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate program?

    My regular gpa is 3.43
    My weighted GPA is 3.9.
    My class rank is in the top 25%.
    My SAT scores are – 750 Critical Reading and 800 math.
    My ACT score is 33.
    I have tons and tons of EC such as Mu Alpha Theta, Key Club, NHS, Science Olympiad.
    I have taken SAT subject Math 2 – 800.
    I have good recommendation letters.

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on February 16, 2012

      Hi Venkat,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      Based on my research, you are a strong candidate for Texas A&M’s Biomedical Engineering Program. I can’t guarantee anything, but based on the information you provided, I feel very confident.

      Keep me posted! Good luck.

  • Tim on February 15, 2012

    Hi. I have graduated from a community college with an associates, but my gpa is too low to get accepted into any 4 year. The reason being, I failed classes and switched majors. The classes that I failed in my previous major hold more weight than the average 3 credit classes. Some of the ones I failed were 5 credits. Going back to retake a couple of those classes is not an option since I’m now living in a different state. Do I have any options here?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on February 16, 2012

      Hi Tim,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      Sometimes it’s best to just get a clean start. Now that you are clear on what you want to major in, you could find a community college where you live now and essentially start over. I know that this is probably not what you want to hear, but I think it’s a good option IF the career that you are pursuing requires that you have a 4 year degree.

      Good luck!

  • lesha on February 16, 2012

    hi, i am trying to get into college soon i will be graduating may 29th 2012. but my GPA is so low i had a horrible 9th grade my gpa is a 1.705 please help me i jus wish i would had taken my education more seriously in 9th grade. i dont know what to do. i really dont want to go to community college :(

  • Ray on February 16, 2012

    Hello

    I am a junior at a highly competitive high school- one that is ranked in the top 20 public schools in America. In result my GPA is very low.
    During freshman year i obtained a 81 average. Sophomore year i had a 83 and it seems I am about to end my junior year with a 88. I also received a 2230 on my SAT’s. The following are my SAT II score.

    Japanese (with listening)-800
    US – 720
    Math II- 660

    I understand that an improving average is a plus for colleges but to what extent is it so. I have done judo for 8 years and have gone to Japanese school for 11 years. I was on the boy’s outdoor track team for a year and that is all of my extracurriculars.

    I have an interesting volunteer work of helping out in Japan with tsunami efforts so I believe I could write a fairly decent essay.

    I understand that with my GPA a very good school would be too much of a reach. However I am still aiming for a rather good school.
    What are my chances of getting into colleges such as University of Connecticut, Boston University, Northeastern, Drexel, University of Virginia and maybe even Notre Dame and Georgetown (although the last two may be quite a reach).

    Thank you very much for your time. I truly appreciate what you are doing here. Once again, thank you so much.

    Ray

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on February 22, 2012

      Hi Ray,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      Here are the stats for the schools you’re interested in:

      University of Connecticut:
      44% in top 10th of graduating class
      79% in top quarter of graduating class
      98% in top half of graduating class
      SAT Critical Reading 550-640
      SAT Math 580-670

      Boston University
      Average high school GPA: 3.52
      55% in top 10th of graduating class
      86% in top quarter of graduating class
      99% in top half of graduating class
      SAT Critical Reading 580-670
      SAT Math 600-700
      SAT Writing 590-680

      Northeastern
      56% in top 10th of graduating class
      83% in top quarter of graduating class
      96% in top half of graduating class
      SAT Critical Reading 610-700
      SAT Math 640-730
      SAT Writing 600-700

      Drexel
      Average high school GPA: 3.5
      27% had h.s. GPA of 3.75 and higher
      25% had h.s. GPA between 3.5 and 3.74
      13% had h.s. GPA between 3.25 and 3.49
      18% had h.s. GPA between 3.0 and 3.24
      17% had h.s. GPA between 2.5 and 2.99
      SAT Critical Reading 530-630
      SAT Math 570-680
      SAT Writing 520-630

      University of Virginia
      Average high school GPA: 4.17
      92% had h.s. GPA of 3.75 and higher
      5% had h.s. GPA between 3.5 and 3.74
      2% had h.s. GPA between 3.25 and 3.49
      1% had h.s. GPA between 3.0 and 3.24

      My assessment: I think you have the best shot at Drexel and University of Connecticut. However, you should apply to other schools just in case things don’t work out.

      I hope this helps! Good luck!

  • Akruti on February 17, 2012

    Hi,
    I’m a sophmore in high school and in my freshmen year i’ve had 1 A, 4 B’s, 1 C, and 2 D’s which made my gpa a 2.5. Now in my sophmore year the first semester i did horrible and since in the first semester there are 4 courses i had 2 B’s and 2 C’s which made my gpa go around a 2.4
    I’ve done alot of volunteering and have had a silver in presidents service awards. I’m also in alot of clubs.
    I want to go to East Carolina University in North Carolina

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on February 22, 2012

      Hi Akruti,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      Here are the stats for East Carolina University:

      Average high school GPA: 3.44
      41% had h.s. GPA of 3.75 and higher
      18% had h.s. GPA between 3.5 and 3.74
      17% had h.s. GPA between 3.25 and 3.49
      12% had h.s. GPA between 3.0 and 3.24
      11% had h.s. GPA between 2.5 and 2.99
      1% had h.s. GPA between 2.0 and 2.49
      SAT Critical Reading 460-550
      SAT Math 490-570
      SAT Writing 450-540
      ACT Composite 20-24

      To give yourself the best shot at getting admitted, you must keep your GPA up to at least a 2.9 AND score in the ranges listed above on the SAT or ACT. I hope this was helpful!

      Good luck and come back to visit us soon!

  • Alex on February 18, 2012

    Hi I am currently in my senior year and doing the IB Diploma in the middle east. My 11th grade semester 1 gpa was a very low 2.0 but it increased considerably in semester 2 to a 2.7 and now in grade 12 semester 1 it jumped to a 3.5. My counsler says that those are very big jumps that should benefit me. Also my grade 9 and 10 gpa were both above 3.0, more specifically around 3.3 for both grade 9 and 10. The reason that my grade 11 gpa was so low was because I had just moved to a new country and just started the IB Diploma and did not quite expect the programme to be as hard as it was. I have explained this to the Uni’s I applied to and I am currently awaiting decisions from them. Also my SAT score was 1600 in one sitting but I was told that SAT wont count as much since I am an international student. I applied to Bentley University, Northeastern University, Boston University, Concordia University in Canada and McGill University in Canada, UC Santa Cruz and UC Santa Barbara. Could you perhaps give me advice or tell me what to expect. I am quite worried that I wont get in to University at all. I also have good recommendation letters and my counsler told me that Canadian Uni’s mainly focus on the senior year gpa so that would help me since my senior year gpa is 3.5 as mentioned.

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on February 22, 2012

      Hi Alex,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      To be perfectly honest, I don’t have a ton of experience in dealing with international students, but I do know that universities have different admissions requirements for international students, so my best advice would be to continue reaching out to your counselor or contact the university that you applied to directly.

      I hope you come back and visit us real soon!

      Good luck!

  • Emmett on February 19, 2012

    Hi am a senior in high school with a GPA of 1.8, but throughout high school I average 2.7 etc. I want to go to a College or University. Do you know any that will accept me with low gpa and average test scores? Also can i retake my sat test for better score to apply for colleges etc?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on February 22, 2012

      Hi Emmett,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      Unfortunately, 4 year college typically require a minimum 2.0 GPA. Your best bet is to attend a community college for 2 years, then transfer to the a 4 year university.

      Yes, you can retake your SAT test, but I’m not sure it would do you much good if you’re not able to raise your GPA to at least a 2.0.

      On a more positive note, a lot of students that I work with choose to attend a community college first and really enjoy it, so this is not something that you should feel bad about. Let me know if you have other questions!

      Good luck!

  • Anna Marie on February 20, 2012

    I’m currently a Junior in high school and my cumulative GPA (so far) is a 2.77.

    I went to a highly competitive school for my first two years of high school; resulting in low GPAs as an underclassmen (between a 2.0-3.0). After my Sophomore year I decided to transfer and I now attend a public high school. My GPA is currently a 3.7. Unfortunately, my cumulative GPA is still a 2.77 on my transcript. I want to attend a state university. Do I have a chance with such a low cumulative GPA?

    I’m afriad that no state university will accept me looking at my grades from my first to years of high school. Granted, I never made less than a C throughout those years, but my grades were anything but excellent. And sadly, I tried my best. Everynow and then I believe I made the mistake of going to such an academically challenging school, even though I receieved so many benefits from it. But will colleges see this? Will they notice my improvements? Is the fact that I transferred high schools going to harm me in the long run?

    By the way, i’m also taking Speech & Debate as an extracurricular and college preporatory course. I’m an active member in the NFL (National Forensics League). And I also participate in Cheer, along with Track & Field. Do these extracurriculars count as an advantage?

    Additional information – I rank in the 100s out of the 300 sum students in my class. So I also fail to be in the top 10 percentile of my class.

    Thank-you,
    Anna

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on February 22, 2012

      Hi Anna,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      Yes, some state schools will accept a student with a 2.77 GPA. What state schools are you considering? Let me know and I can give you a more accurate response.

  • Nik on February 21, 2012

    Hey i was wondering what my chances are in getting into one of these colleges, my GPA sophomore year was 3.0, this year, junior year, i think it will be 2.7, though I’m taking very difficult courses, such as AP Chem, and other honors courses. My SAT is 1790. My EC’s involve mostly volunteering and part of the student council.

    Temple University
    UNC at Pembroke
    Indiana University Bloomington
    New College of Florida
    Seton Hall University
    Jacksonville University

    Any tips would be great, thanks.

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on February 27, 2012

      Hi Nik,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      Since your question will require a little more research, it’s taking me a bit longer. I’ll get back to you by mid-week. Thanks for your patience!

  • Luz Arvelo on February 22, 2012

    Hi, I have a 3.2 gpa. My problem is, I’m 41 yrs old, obviously not a H.S. student. I just received my B.S. on Jan ’12 for Health Svc Adm.Due to 2 C’s for math classes, my GPA dropped . I am married and have 2 childen and have been working in a mental health facility for 21 yrs. Now I’d really like my masters to be in Speech Pathology. What are my chances?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on February 27, 2012

      Hi Luz,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      I’m curious, why are you seeking your masters in Speech Pathology? will this help you progress in your current role or are you seeking an entirely new career?

      Now, back to your question…most graduate degree programs like to admit students who have at least a 3.0 GPA. I’d recommend researching masters degree programs that you’re interested in. Their minimum program requirements should be listed on the college’s website. Let me know if you want me to research a specific program.

      Good luck!

  • Danielle on February 22, 2012

    Hello,
    I am one semester away from receiving my AA degree but failed to realise the deadlines for being accepted into my major in any Florida state college is in one week, not during the semester I graduate. Could I apply as a transfer but take my major classes? FSU is my college of choice. I really don’t want to take a semester off…

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on February 27, 2012

      Hi Danielle,

      Thanks for visiting our stie!

      I’m not quite sure I understand your question. If you’re looking to transfer to Florida State in Fall 2012, the application deadline is July 1st. If I’m not answering your question, please re-clarify. Looking forward to working with you!

  • Christy on February 22, 2012

    Can you tell me what colleges offer the “chance program” in North Carolina for children who have a low GPA from not doing homework etc. Now my son realize he played around but want to go to college. He is a minority. Can you send me a personal email because I don’t check this site often. Thanks.

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on February 27, 2012

      Hi Christy,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      Unfortunately, the “chance program” is specific to Northern Illinois University. You and your son should choose 3 colleges in North Carolina that he’s interested in and find out if they have a program similar to the chance program. If not, your son could always attend a community college for 2 years and then transfer to one of the colleges that you guys researched together. I hope this helps!

  • moa on February 22, 2012

    hey i have a unweighted GPA of 2.8 and a weighted GPA of 4.5 but my SAT and ACT scores are low my SAT is 1350 and ACT 19 what are my chances of getting into a liberal art school like middlebury and vasar

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on February 27, 2012

      Hi Moa,

      Thanks for visiting our stie!

      These are highly competitive schools. Here are the stats:

      Vassar:
      Average high school GPA: 3.77
      SAT Critical Reading 670-740
      SAT Math 650-730
      SAT Writing 660-750
      ACT Composite 30-33

      Middlebury:
      SAT Critical Reading 640-740
      SAT Math 650-740
      SAT Writing 650-750
      ACT Composite 30-33

      I think both of these schools are long-shots based on your GPA and test scores. I’d recommend selecting some other schools that are more closely in alignment with your academic profile. Good luck!

  • ANSH VAID on February 23, 2012

    I recently came from india after finishing my high school there. I am permanent resident. I have given my credentials for evaluation with NACES member evaluation co. I am taking tuition for writing a winning essay. When I was junior in senior secondary school, I had an accident and my right arm was paralyzed.I used to write with right hand. Due to all these problems and long treatment, I could not achieve good marks in senior secondary board exams. As per U.S.A. equivalency my GPA will be 2.3, and I have yet to appear for the S A T exam. Due to only one hand active I have decided to go for computer science. I live in New York and want. tT to get into NYU POLY,Columbia or N Y I T. what best i can do with low