Will I be accepted to any of the following colleges?

By admin · August 25, 2011 · Filed in Lions Rugby Team

I’m really worried about this whole college application process.. I had a rough Freshman and Sophomore year but I really stepped it up last year.

Possible Schools:
University of Tampa
St. Joseph’s University
University of Central Florida
Drexel University
Bentley University
High Point University
Loyola University Chicago
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Roger Williams University
James Madison University
University of Denver
DePaul University

As for me…

Intended Major: Journalism, Communications, or Marketing
State: Connecticut
School Type: Competitive Public
Ethnicity: White
Religion: Catholic
Gender: Male

SAT I: 1880 [ 630 / 630/ 620 ]
GPA: 2.7 [ Overall ]
[ Grade 9 ] 2.2
[ Grade 10 ] 2.6
[ Grade 11 ] 3.3

As you can see, my GPA has increased significantly year after year. I’ll be taking AP Physics and AP Psychology this year. I fully intend to raise my GPA even higher.

Extracurriculars:
1. Rugby Team [ 9 JV, 10 V, 11 V, 12 Captain ] – State Championship Runner Ups [ 11 ]
2. Lions Club [ 11, 12 Board Member ] – 150+ Hours of Community Service
3. Intern at Advanced Media, Inc. – 250+ Hours
4. Administrative Assistant at a reknowned Construction, Brokerage, and Facility Management Company – 300 + Hours
5. Freelance Journalist [ 11, 12 ] — More than 500 news articles and editorials read by more than 3.5 million people
6. Attended the National Student Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. [ 9 ]
7. Indoor Track [ 9 V, 10 V, 11 V, 12 V ]
8. Football [ 9 F, 10 JV ]
@OakleyJD I plan to have a great senior year and end up with at least a 2.9.
@guy sense 4.0 scale

Most colleges are not going to consider grades past junior year. At best only the first half of Senior year would be looked at for the handful of highly selective private colleges that consider Senior year grades and even that would not be possible if applying early action/early decision which often offers a significantly higher rate of admission. Look to see if the colleges that you are applying to consider freshman year at all and then look to see how they consider grade trends. The general idea is that the highest level in a subject is what is most important. Also for subjects that are tested on the Sat or Act- English, Algebra1, Algebra 2, Geometry (Sat) and all those subjects plus Trigonometry on the Act, the test scores give more insight into level of achievement in a subject. None of the public universities in California consider freshman year. Now days, due to pressure from certain factions, many colleges place an overwhelming weighting on grades as opposed to standardized test scores, and without even adjusting the grades for the competitive level of the high school or adjusting in a negative fashion for competitive high schools. Class rank is also considered without regard to the competitive level of the high school and even students who cannot achieve very minimal test scores are admitted to highly selective universities due to high Gpa and Class rank at an uncompetitive high school. Try and ferret out the colleges that consider the competitive level of the high school and place more weight on test scores than Gpa.
For instance U of Tampa…
Collegesearch indicates that 24% of students had between a 2.5 and 3.0 Gpa

http://collegesearch.collegeboard.com/search/CollegeDetail.jsp?collegeId=599&profileId=0

Collegesearch also indicates that the the 25th percentile Sat Scores are: 490/490/480
The 75th percentile Sat scores are: 570/590/580

http://collegesearch.collegeboard.com/search/CollegeDetail.jsp?collegeId=599&profileId=6

Standardized test scores, academic Gpa and rigor of school record are all very important facotrs.

http://collegesearch.collegeboard.com/search/CollegeDetail.jsp?collegeId=599&profileId=1

Based on the above information, it seems like you should be admitted
St. Joseph’s University
15% had a Gpa between 2.5 and 2.99

http://collegesearch.collegeboard.com/search/CollegeDetail.jsp?collegeId=1507&profileId=0

Sat 25th: 510/520/510
Sat 75th: 600/610/610

http://collegesearch.collegeboard.com/search/CollegeDetail.jsp?collegeId=1507&profileId=6

Academic GPA and Rigor of secondary school record are very important factors
Character, Application Essay and Recommendations are Important factors
Standardized test scores and extracurricular activities are considered

http://collegesearch.collegeboard.com/search/CollegeDetail.jsp?collegeId=1507&profileId=1

Based on the above, probably not a good idea to place a high level of confidence in being admitted.

http://collegesearch.collegeboard.com/search/CollegeDetail.jsp?collegeId=1507&profileId=1

You can go through the rest using the same method of analysis. One factor that could significantly alter chances of admission is whether you are recruit caliber in Rugby. Although not an NCAA sport, there are definitely colleges that recruit for the sport including UC Berkeley and West Point. For athletic recruits, at most schools, as long as the recruit meets the minimum standards required for admission, he is admitted
A post grad year might be worth considering. If your grades improve further Senior year and with higher Sat/Act scores, and a post grad year, you would be able to gain admission to more selective universities than are on your list.

http://privateschool.about.com/od/students/qt/pgyear.htm

Good Luck!

Comments

Though you did "step it up" your junior year, and earned a good GPA of 3.3, your over all GPA is still low at a 2.7. Research each of the colleges you listed and see if they have a mid to high percentage of acceptances of applicants who apply with a GPA below a 3.0. Applying with a GPA below 3.0 makes your chances suddenly much harder. You can get away with a 2.9 but a 2.7 is just obviously below par.
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Based on my experience, possibly Loyola or UNC Wilmington.
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College professor and University of Denver alum.

2.7 out of what?
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Most colleges are not going to consider grades past junior year. At best only the first half of Senior year would be looked at for the handful of highly selective private colleges that consider Senior year grades and even that would not be possible if applying early action/early decision which often offers a significantly higher rate of admission. Look to see if the colleges that you are applying to consider freshman year at all and then look to see how they consider grade trends. The general idea is that the highest level in a subject is what is most important. Also for subjects that are tested on the Sat or Act- English, Algebra1, Algebra 2, Geometry (Sat) and all those subjects plus Trigonometry on the Act, the test scores give more insight into level of achievement in a subject. None of the public universities in California consider freshman year. Now days, due to pressure from certain factions, many colleges place an overwhelming weighting on grades as opposed to standardized test scores, and without even adjusting the grades for the competitive level of the high school or adjusting in a negative fashion for competitive high schools. Class rank is also considered without regard to the competitive level of the high school and even students who cannot achieve very minimal test scores are admitted to highly selective universities due to high Gpa and Class rank at an uncompetitive high school. Try and ferret out the colleges that consider the competitive level of the high school and place more weight on test scores than Gpa.
For instance U of Tampa…
Collegesearch indicates that 24% of students had between a 2.5 and 3.0 Gpa
http://collegesearch.collegeboard.com/search/CollegeDetail.jsp?collegeId=599&profileId=0
Collegesearch also indicates that the the 25th percentile Sat Scores are: 490/490/480
The 75th percentile Sat scores are: 570/590/580
http://collegesearch.collegeboard.com/search/CollegeDetail.jsp?collegeId=599&profileId=6
Standardized test scores, academic Gpa and rigor of school record are all very important facotrs.
http://collegesearch.collegeboard.com/search/CollegeDetail.jsp?collegeId=599&profileId=1
Based on the above information, it seems like you should be admitted
St. Joseph’s University
15% had a Gpa between 2.5 and 2.99
http://collegesearch.collegeboard.com/search/CollegeDetail.jsp?collegeId=1507&profileId=0
Sat 25th: 510/520/510
Sat 75th: 600/610/610
http://collegesearch.collegeboard.com/search/CollegeDetail.jsp?collegeId=1507&profileId=6
Academic GPA and Rigor of secondary school record are very important factors
Character, Application Essay and Recommendations are Important factors
Standardized test scores and extracurricular activities are considered
http://collegesearch.collegeboard.com/search/CollegeDetail.jsp?collegeId=1507&profileId=1
Based on the above, probably not a good idea to place a high level of confidence in being admitted.
http://collegesearch.collegeboard.com/search/CollegeDetail.jsp?collegeId=1507&profileId=1
You can go through the rest using the same method of analysis. One factor that could significantly alter chances of admission is whether you are recruit caliber in Rugby. Although not an NCAA sport, there are definitely colleges that recruit for the sport including UC Berkeley and West Point. For athletic recruits, at most schools, as long as the recruit meets the minimum standards required for admission, he is admitted
A post grad year might be worth considering. If your grades improve further Senior year and with higher Sat/Act scores, and a post grad year, you would be able to gain admission to more selective universities than are on your list.
http://privateschool.about.com/od/students/qt/pgyear.htm
Good Luck!
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