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Should I address my upward curve in my college app?

Asked Homestead, Florida

I'm currently a high school sophomore and I'm doing much better than when I was a freshman. When I was a freshman, the worst I'd get was straight C's with a few B's here and there. I raised my GPA from a 2.8 to a 3.1 on a 4.0 scale. Currently, as a sophomore, I'm excelling in all my classes and I don't have anything lower than a B+ on any of my classes. When applying to college, should I address this upward curve whether it be on an essay or interview? #college #college-admissions #college-advice #college-application

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Jono’s Answer

Updated Washington, Washington

Hi there Gabriela - first of all, congrats on the achievement! That is no small task and certainly deserves a HUGE round of kudos for the hard work that must have went into improving your grades. I absolutely would address the upward curve, candidly, in your admissions essay. You can also speak with a college admissions representative about your experience and progress to augment your application. Celebrate the achievement as a learning opportunity and one that your are both humbled by, for the lessons it caught you, as well a pride for making the uphill battle.

You got this!


Paul’s Answer

Updated New York, New York

Yes, you should definitely address this. While most colleges will tend to focus on your sophomore and junior years when reviewing your application, you can bring attention to your upward curve it in your essay by emphasizing the challenges you overcame to raise your GPA.