Horrible Freshman grades, Stellar Junior grades!





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Discus: What Are My Chances?: September 2003 Archive: Horrible Freshman grades, Stellar Junior grades!
By Subgiambi (Subgiambi) on Sunday, September 28, 2003 - 12:50 am: Edit

Here is my current transcript:

GPA
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W: 4.167
UW: 3.674
UC/State weighted: 4.5

Current (Senior Year) Classes:
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AP English Literature
AP Statistics
AP Spanish Literature
Honors Anatomy & Physiology
Honors System Aministration/Networking
Honors Physics

College Classes (at local community college)
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Calculus BC: A/A
Microeconomics: A/A
History 120: B/B
History 121: A/A

Junior Year Classes: (12 A's, 0 B's)
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AP Calculus AB: A/A
AP Chemistry: A/A
AP Computer Science AB: A/A
Honors English 11: A/A
Honors Spanish 4: A/A
Photography: A/A

Sophmore Year Classes: (9 A's, 3 B's)
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AP Computer Science A: A/A
Honors Chemistry: B/B
Trigonometry/Math Analysis: A/A
English 10: A/B
Spanish 3: A/A
World History 2/3: A/A

Freshman Year Classes (5 A's, 8 B's)
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Accelerated Biology: B/B
Advanced Algebra 2: B/B
English 9: A/B
Spanish 2: B/B
JAVA Programming: A/A
World History 1: B/-
Physical Education 9: A/A

My main question is: how will this transcript look to colleges? Freshman year, I had no motivation (and didn't even know what a SAT was ;)), and got horrible grades because of it. As you can see, I improved greatly, and recieved straight A's Junior year, with many weighted classes.

The most ironic thing about Sophmore year, is that I got 2 B's in Honors Chemistry. I then went on to get 2 A's in AP Chem, a 5 on the AP Chem test, and a 710 on the Chem SAT2!

Anyway, would the overall trend of increasing grades outweigh the sub-par freshman year?

To segway into something else, here are the rest of my stats:
-SATI: 1430 (680 V, 750 M)
-Math 2c: 800
-CHemistry: 710
-Writing: 700
-M Biology: 690

-AP Calculus AB: 5
-AP Chemistry: 5
-AP English Lang: 4
-AP Comp. Sci. A: 4

-Decent EC's (in Business and Engineering)
-Good recs (one from calculus teacher, one from a college econ professor)
-Decent essays


Prospects:
-UPenn (Input on this one appreciated!!!)
-UCB / UCLA
-Cornell
-Dartmouth
-Suggestions?

By Cmaher (Cmaher) on Sunday, September 28, 2003 - 04:26 am: Edit

Freshmen year is not even lookced at at the UC's.. it doesn't matter that you got some B's in Freshmen year to any of the schools. They won't care.

You have a good shot at all of them and if you live in California you are in at UCB and UCLA

By Cmaher (Cmaher) on Sunday, September 28, 2003 - 04:26 am: Edit

Freshmen year is not even lookced at at the UC's.. it doesn't matter that you got some B's in Freshmen year to any of the schools. They won't care.

You have a good shot at all of them and if you live in California you are in at UCB and UCLA

By Carolyn (Carolyn) on Sunday, September 28, 2003 - 01:53 pm: Edit

You're fine - you didn't do all that badly in freshman year and you've done very well since then. Colleges like to see improvements. As the above poster said, the UC's drop freshman year grades and will weight honors and AP classes. Don't worry too much.

By Subgiambi (Subgiambi) on Monday, September 29, 2003 - 12:01 am: Edit

Thanks for the quick responses guys!

Anyone else have any input on my chances for the schools listed?

By Manowar (Manowar) on Monday, September 29, 2003 - 12:12 am: Edit

If you work on those essays a bit I'd say that your in for most of those colleges. I also suggest that you retake some of those standardized tests for Cornell and Dartmouth.

By Jimjunior (Jimjunior) on Monday, September 29, 2003 - 02:16 am: Edit

Did you drop World History half way through freshman year? That would not look very good to colleges.

By Subgiambi (Subgiambi) on Monday, September 29, 2003 - 03:04 am: Edit

History freshman year is a semester course at my school, and the other semester is health. Health doesn't count towards college, so I didn't list it.

By Spiffybrownboy (Spiffybrownboy) on Monday, September 29, 2003 - 10:17 pm: Edit

Gah. Don't call B's horrible. That just irks me. You have a great shot at some of the colleges you listed and a very good one at others (I suggest doing early decision at one you really like).

UPenn, Dartmouth: Not sure, decent shot but SAT's may have to be higher.

Cornell: Very good shot, although I know people with near 1500s rejected, so their 1360 average means little.

UC's: In. My advice is to stick with these if you don't mind staying in California. You have two of the best schools in the country at your fingertips. Of course, that's my opinion.


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