If I have an unweighted GPA less than a 4.0, will it look bad to any Ivy League schools that I apply to?
Hey! I'm Ila (pronounced ee-la). This question has been something that I've been trying to find an answer to for a while. I currently have a 4.0, but my classes are pretty hard, and I can only hope to keep my 4.0 at the end of the semester. Any advice helps- thanks! school college college-admissions college-advice gpa
As a Seven Sister graduate and the friend of many Ivy League alumnae/i, I will tell you that you do not need a perfect GPA. However, you do need an academic record that demonstrates intellectual rigor, breadth, and consistently strong grades. Additionally, your SATs/ACT scores should be very competitive.
Having substantive extracurricular activities also helps to round out what you have to offer. Admissions Officers actually construct a college class that is a community, representing the values and aspirations of the institution.
Better to visit some of these colleges first before applying. The insight gained from first hand knowledge will reduce the concerns you have about one data point. Remember: these schools attract many students with strong GPAs, including valedictorians and salutatorians. What will be the differentiator is how the student applicant presents on paper wholisitically, not just grades--although they are a key element.
Good luck! This is an exciting time for you.
Sheryl Smikle, PhD
I fully agree with Sheryl's advice. I also graduated from one of the Ivy's (and have a master's from another). I have been interviewing high school seniors for my alma mater for many years. I would encourage you to research the schools online and visit if possible. Identify specific programs and activities that interest you and be prepared to discuss these in your application and interview. Assuming your test scores and GPA are competitive and you've taken a rigorous courseload, focus on what sets you apart from your classmates with similar stats. Be prepared to discuss specifically what attracts you to the school(s) - this could include professors, research, classes, majors, concentrations, clubs, student project teams, etc.
All that being said, I agree that you have some great options as a Georgia resident.
Good Luck to you!
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