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My GPA dropped from a 4.6 to 4.0 this semester, how much will this affect my college admissions?

Hey. So before this semester, I was earning straight A’s in mostly honors/AP classes, however, due to several factors (listed below), they have kind of gone down to straight... C’s.

Here is a list of colleges I want to apply to (listed from most wanted to least):

1. MIT (early action)

2. CalTech

3. UC Berkeley

4. UC Los Angeles

5. UC San Diego

6. UC Irvine

7. UC Santa Barbara

8. UC Davis

9. Cal Poly SLO

10. Santa Monica College (I don’t want safety schools I’d rather transfer)

Here are the reasons my grades fell:

1. Transferring. I transferred from a small private school to a large (~15 people per class), LAUSD public school (~50 people per class). I was very unhappy with the social situation at my last school, and also...

2. Depression. I was diagnosed with severe clinical depression a few months ago, so I that’s when I decided to make the switch

3. Curriculum Differences. Because I transferred mid semester, I can’t, for example, understand anything in Spanish class.

4. Coronavirus. Obviously I don’t have it myself, but online classes make the pain of mid-semester transfer even worse.

Thank you!!!

  • Best Answer

    none lol you went from like 120% perfect to 100% perfect. you still have nothing to worry about!

    Kevin 3 months ago 0 0
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  • none lol you went from like 120% perfect to 100% perfect. you still have nothing to worry about!

    Kevin 3 months ago 0 0
  • Shoot!  I took four years of Spanish from the beginning and I still can't understand a word anyone's saying.

    Big Mouth 3 months ago 0 0
  • You are in no shape right now to apply to any of these super-competitive schools. Your dramatic decline is a major Red Flag to any admissions committee. The kind of super-competitive student aiming for such schools "rolls with the punches" and does not allow life's hiccups to derail them. A major mental health issue also indicates your priority right now is dealing with that, and until you do, you are not ready to go off to any high-pressure university.

    Get yourself sorted out, get your grades back up, then decide where you want to apply for university.

    ibu guru 3 months ago 3 1
  • It depends on what your unweighted GPA is on a 0-4 scale.  Admissions to highly selective universities depend on several factors.  Some are objective like GPA and SAT scores. It also depends on how many other applicants have better academic records and accomplishments. Others are more subjective.  How well-regarded is your high school?  How good are your essays and letters of recommendation? What extracurricular activities have you been involved in?  Are you applying to an impacted Major?

    There is also a pretty big difference in standards and admission rates between MIT or Call Tech and  UC Santa Barbara. MIT only admits about 7% of all applicants. UC Santa Barbara admits over 30%.A one semester dip is grades isn't a huge deal breaker if you are able to show improvement and your SAT/ACT and SAT II subject test scores are strong. As others have noted, you do still have the opportunity to improve your final semester grades. If you're serious about some of these schools, you have to decide if you can rally a bit.Your goal right now is to deal with your depression.  This isn't meant to be hurtful, but your reasons for a grade dip aren't particularly unique. A lot of students transfer schools, move states, have physical and mental health issues, etc. While these are very real issues, they won't get a lot of sympathy from admissions staff. These universities get enough applicants that they don't need to -- and don't want to -- admit students with unresolved mental health issues.    

    Mamawidsom 3 months ago 1 0
  • Tbh with debt and such I wouldn't have went to college if I know what I know now. Granted, I went out and found the information. I would've been better off going to a community college or a trade school. You still can get into good schools after community college and you'll have half the debt. That debt can get heavy at times. All of what I am saying is my opinion. The choice is up to you. 

    You sound like I could've been you if I had taken AP classes in high school is all. Lol 

    Anonymous 3 months ago 3 1
  • It is extremely difficult to get a weighted GPA of 4.6 for UC schools (they don't count non A-G classes like PE is their weighted calculations).

    This semester isn't over yet, so don't you have time to pull up the grades. The semester is only half over at most schools.

    Never say never, but the chances of MIT and Caltech are very low even if you have a 4.6.

    The UCs you list are all very difficult, but it definitely depends on the major. After that it can be a crap shoot. Some person might get into an honors college and receive a Reagents scholarship at UCSB and not even accepted at UC Davis vice versa.

    DCM5150 3 months ago 1 0
  • Colleges don't look at weighted GPAs, as different school districts have different weighting systems.  To compare students, colleges look at unweighted averages.  Straight As would be a 4.0 under that system, so since you are now getting Cs your GPA will decline.. Straight As for 3 years and straight Cs for 1 year will leave you with a GPA of about 3.50.  

    Regardless of where you go, be sure to have your depression under control prior to starting college.  There is enough stress in college without having to struggle with depression.

    John 3 months ago 1 2
  • The GPA scale ends at 4.000000000, not 5.00000000. Weighted GPAs are meaningless unless HOW the GPA is weighted is explained in detail. Yes, I know that AP classes add a 1.000000 to the GPAs for AP classes 50 years ago, but there were not as many AP classes in high schools 60 Yeats ago as there are now. I went to private schools and a private college and university. Yes, I've gone to public universities, and am a 2 time alumna of public university.

    My last 2 years were at a different private school. Class of 1971. Newcomb College at Tulane University admitted me early admission. I knew by Thanks giving week that i had been admitted. I took ZERO AP classes.

    CarolOkla 3 months ago 1 4
  • It certainly doesn't help.  It looks better to have good grades later, and bad grades early are more easily forgiven.  The fact that you're struggling with advanced classes will be a red flag for some of these schools.  Some of the UCs are certainly more selective than others, so your overall academic profile may still qualify you for admissions to at least some of these.  Other factors - such as test scores - are going to play a role too.

    MS 3 months ago 2 0
  • you might just be able to start off with a community college

    Pearl L 3 months ago 0 2
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