Victoria (Tori)’s Answer
Hello! Many colleges are taking the approach that GPA alone cannot predict whether a student will succeed in college. Therefore, they look at each candidate "holistically" which essentially means that they look at the whole candidate. This might mean looking at a student's essays, extracurricular experiences, interests, and hobbies. In the common application, there is space for you to convey that you are a good candidate in your personal essay and volunteer experiences. Therefore, your GPA is not the entire snapshot of who you are as a candidate. Make sure to show them how special you are in these other ways!
Victoria (Tori) recommends the following next steps:
- Write a personal essay that shows that you are an exceptional candidate.
- List your volunteering/extracurricular experience in the applications.