We get a lot of emails that go like this:
My GPA is ___. I got a ___ on the SATs. My extracurriculars are ___, ___, and ___. Do I have a shot at getting into ___, my dream school?
Now, some of you Sparklers just finished applying to college; some of you are gearing up to apply next year; some of you have been obsessing over the SATs since you were 10 years old. The point is, you've been doing lots of research into scores, averages, acceptance rates, and deadlines. You're experts. So every so often, we'll post a question like this from a Sparkler and ask you to leave your verdict in the comments.
On to today's question!
I'm a junior in high school and I've really been thinking about college, but I am really losing confidence when it comes to what colleges I can get into. As of now, my GPA is a pretty solid 3.8 and my SAT grade is a 2120, but there's just so much competition in my school in particular that my GPA is still out of the top 10%. Not only does everyone in the top 20 overall have 4.0+, the majority of them are on track to RAISE those grades this year. I am really hoping to get into Columbia or some honorary Ivy's like UChicago or NYU, but when I look at my school alone, I see that I have no chance competing with some of the prodigies. I know that they don't look at just GPA, class rank and SAT grades alone, but I have yet to take the ACT, participate in many extracurriculars and a few sports, but have no leadership positions to help myself stand out. Assuming my GPA stays the same, what should I do about selecting colleges? Should I set my sights lower?
What's the verdict, Sparklers? Will this student get into Columbia or an honorary Ivy? Weigh in below!