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Question by : What do I need to do to get ready to apply to colleges?
Even though it is only summer, I’m getting anxious about applying this fall for college. I’m retaking a class this summer to improve my GPA, which, to my knowledge, is a 3.2, but I haven’t figured up my last semesters grades. I’m looking into what colleges I wan to apply to, but there are so many, it’s hard to choose just 3-5 to apply to.
What do I need to do to prepare to apply?
Please give me a serious answer.
Answer by Rick
If you’re re-posting this repeatedly hoping to get the answer you want to hear you’re wasting your time and server space. This behavior is rather obsessive and immature.
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Q&A: When doing college admissions, what would be a more reliable source, guidance counselor or internet people?
Question by Lolz: When doing college admissions, what would be a more reliable source, guidance counselor or internet people?
Okay so my nephew is having an issue. His SAT score is very high but his GPA is mediocre, his guidance counselor is telling him to apply to at least one reach school like Stanford or Yale but the people on sites like college confidential are telling him not to waste his time.
Also I have found that the information on college confidential contradicts the information most guidance counselors, college admissions officers and others give out.
Is college confidential really that reliable of a site?
funny thing, I actually found this question
Answer by K
Ask someone named hmom5. She’s pretty much right about everything…
CC is pretty reliable, you just have to sort through the stupid optimists (3.5 GPA is okay, just apply to Harvard and Princeton) and stupid pessimists (Only 2300? LOL! Retake that).
CC is more reliable than the average guidance counselor, especially one that doesn’t often send kids to top 10 colleges.
Top colleges try to underplay the difficulty of admissions. Princeton says “admission to Princeton is quite difficult”. In reality it’s amazingly difficult.
CC people will tell you that if you’re not a VIP case, you need to be the absolute best in your high school to have a good chance. This is correct.
Harvard might say “Oh, we’re looking for personality” and all of that jazz but you need to be a top student first. That means top GPA and top scores.
CC is mostly correct. Listen to the most pessimistic advice you can find on there (unless it’s completely unreasonable like someone telling you to retake a 2300 SAT score).
Most people are absolutely clueless about admissions at top colleges. People on CC know a lot more.
I’ve learned that about 40% of seats at top schools are not for traditional students but are reserved for the likes of athletes, minority (Black, hispanic) students, legacies (kids who are connected through family), and children of donors. 60% is left for the top students and the competition to get one of these non-VIP seats is amazingly harsh.
Think about it, if the top 25% of Harvard has a math SAT of 790 or above… that’s probably not the athletes who are getting those scores. The VIP kids make up the bottom end of the class and the regular kids must make the upper… and these regular kids have outstandingly amazing credentials.
If you can’t compete, don’t apply. There are no miracles in this game.
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Question by : Please help me find some decent colleges that will accept me!?
I’m going into my senior year of high school year and I’m freaking out.
Here are the colleges I’m thinking about-
University of Rhode Island
American International College
I don’t know what my gpa is but my grades overall was 84. I took College Prep courses and next year I’m taking AP and honors courses. I did Model UN, Seeds Of Peace, Anatomy of leadership, NAACP and Key Club. I’m also a junior Volunteer at a hospital, I did it during the school year and summer.
Answer by Rebecca
Don’t freak out – you’ll find a college that’s right for you! I’m not quite sure what you mean when you say you grades are an 84 – is that 84%? Like a B average? That would probably translate to about a 3.0-3.4 depending on how your school grades an 84. If that’s true, the schools you are looking at might be more of a “reach” school for you. You seem like you have great extracurricular activities, but the first things colleges look at are grades and standardized test scores. What you need to do is find schools where your GPA and test scores are within the average for the current freshman class. So you can go ahead an apply to the schools you’ve listed, but make sure you find some that are “match” or “safety” schools to balance out your selection. You can learn more about safety, match, and reach schools here: http://makecollegereality.com/apply/choosing-a-college/safety-match-and-reach-schools-explained.html
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Question by K: Do you think my daughter will be accepted into Stanford?
She is a senior right now.
She maintains an above 4.0 average.
She takes all AP and honors classes.
She’s top of her class.
She does lots of charity work.
She is yearbook editor.
She is in national honor society.
She has won a few local singing competitions for her school choir.
She’s very involved in school as you can tell.
Her dream is to go to Stanford.
Do you think she’ll get in?
She scored a 2,300 on her SAT.
Answer by John
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