My grades dipped in my junior year because I was sick. How do I let the colleges know this, and will they care?

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    Lisa Buchwalter
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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 7 months ago

For any factor that requires more explanation, there is the Additional Information section of the Common App. This section gives you 650 more words to explain anything that you have not been able to fully discuss within the application. If your grades were not strong one year, and the reason is deeper than your love of video games, then by all means explain. Did you have mono?  Were you competing at a MUN conference that required more time than you expected? Did you have unforeseen family obligations that affected your ability to study? This is the place to tell all.....View More

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I am an Indian student studying in the 11th grade in the CBSE syllabus. I have always wanted to go to MIT. It has been my dream college. So what does it take for an International Indian to get a seat in MIT?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 7 months ago

With an 8% overall acceptance rate, it is difficult for anyone to gain admission to MIT. Every year more than 4,000 international students apply to MIT, and fewer than 150 are admitted. In addition to near-perfect or perfect test scores and grades, you will be expected to have taken the hardest possible curriculum, and to have shown intellectual curiosity by doing something in your chosen field that is above and beyond your school curriculum. For instance, if you have the chance to take an online course not offered at your school, or to participate in activities outside of school, you....View More

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I'm currently in my junior year and I intend to major in CS. Are there any suggestions for extracurricular that can help me with my college app?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 7 months ago

There are many ways to improve your chances to be directly admitted into a CS major.  One way is to take extra courses during the summer or during your break. There are many free courses online. If you have the resources, it can enhance your application quite a bit by taking an extensive course on a college campus. Excellent courses are available at Carnegie Mellon, Brown University, Columbia, MIT, SUNY Stoneybrook, U Penn, U Mich and others. If you cannot afford this expense, there are many courses online that are more cost effective. Another way to enhance your application is....View More

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I'm currently studying in class 11 and I'm a bit confused about when I should be applying to the US colleges like MIT, Harvard and Stanford. I know that their application deadlines are generally during end of year. Should I be applying during my class 12 or after completing class 12?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 7 months ago

For U.S. colleges, you apply in the fall of your senior year. Early deadlines, both Early Action and Early Decision, generally occur in early November or your senior year. Regular Decision is generally at the beginning of January of your senior year. The most reliable place to find out actual deadlines is to check them on www.collegeboard.org. or from the college’s own website under the Admissions section. If you want to take a Gap Year, we still recommend that you apply during the fall of your senior year, and then defer. It is easier to get teacher recommendations and have....View More

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How much does the final grade of 11th grade matter?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 7 months ago

Eleventh grade is probably your most important grade, as it is one of the last grades that the colleges will see. In evaluating your transcript, your latest grades are the most important. Admissions committees look at the trend of your grades, and want them to be going up each year, or else remaining stable. The last thing you want is for your grades to dip at the end of your 11th grade. In short, the final grade of your grade 11 matters a lot. Make sure that you pace yourself and do well on these exams so that you end....View More

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Is our class rank/percentile calculated based on the 12th grade half yearly marks or 11th grade marks?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 5 months ago

The answer to this question varies by your school. Having said that - you will most likely be applying to colleges before your 12th grade half yearly marks, and so if your school ranks as you go, adcoms will be looking at your 11th grade marks (and rank). If you are applying after a gap year or later in the cycle, they will see your later marks (depending on the school). Some universities, for instance, the University of California system and the University of Washington, do not look at your grade 12th marks for admissions purposes. It's a good idea....View More

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I'm in 11th grade now and have opted for Commerce course study in 11th and 12th grades. I'm planning to apply to the Ivy leagues for a Computer Science major. Since I'm not doing any sciences now, will that hurt my application to colleges?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 5 months ago

Hi! Most top US colleges will want you to have a minimum of two, preferably three, years of science. It may not be a problem if you have taken sciences in grades 9 and 10. Have you taken any computer science courses? I recommend to all of my students that they have a well-rounded list that includes schools beyond the Ivies. Make sure that you have schools that are targets and safeties as well. Let me know if you have any further questions! 

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We have three terms in school. And my grades look something like this: 9th (84%, 85%, 87%) , 10th (86%, 87%, 95% [Boards]) , *school change*, 11th (84%, 70%, 72%). I am in 12th grade now, as can be seen my 11th grades are terrible - has that ruined my chances at "top" schools forever? Some context: I gave up preparing for the JEE to focus on this. I am looking for full (or nearly full) financial aid (anything else would be totally unaffordable). I met an online counselor who suggested colleges like Drexel, etc. Sure, they are good, but my parents are extremely hopeful (considering I gave up on the JEE) , aka, think HYPSM (or top 20, at the very least). I honestly thought I had a tiny, tiny, tiny chance - but now I am not so sure and am freaked out and disappointed. Should I just give up and prepare for the JEE?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 6 months ago

Hi there! Although your grades have fluctuated quite a bit, there is no reason to give up completely on attending a US university. The first question I would ask as an admissions officer is what happened when you changed schools. Was the change of curriculum responsible for your dip in grades? Are there any other extenuating factors? I am also curious about your test scores. Grades are the No. 1 determinant of eligibility, but your test scores go hand in hand with grades. It's hard to thoroughly determine your best choices without this info.Having said that, even top domestic students with....View More

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Currently I am in +2 doing Commerce with Maths in India. After +2, I would like to study in the USA. What SAT score do I need for a top business school in USA? What are the best schools and the admissions process? What type of financial aid is available? Will I get a job in USA after an MBA?

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Tom O'Keefe Answered 5 months ago

I may let others speak to some of the particulars here, but wanted to clarify a few key points: In the US, there is a marked distinction between undergraduate business programs and MBA programs. While SAT (or ACT) scores will likely be necessary in applying for an undergraduate business program, you would likely need to take either the GRE, or perhaps better, the GMAT, and have completed a four-year undergraduate degree before applying for an MBA program. Although the norms are somewhat fluid, it remains quite standard that applicants for MBA programs at top North American universities would have a....View More

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How do the SAT subject tests (PCM2) compare to what you would be taught in a CBSE school till grade 11?

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Geetha Swamy Answered 4 months ago

If your understanding of your basic concepts is strong and you have the intelligence to apply those concepts confidently,  I think you will be fine. CBSE sciences focus more on knowledge and less on application. That is the basic difference.

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I'm a US citizen studying (to be enrolled in 11th grade) in India in a Cambridge International AS/A level program. It offers 2 tracks (Science & Commerce) and neither of them have foreign language in the curriculum. Unfortunately I did not take any foreign language courses during my 9th & 10th grades either. Many of the US universities seem to require atleast 2 years of foreign language. Is this requirement a must-have or can this be substituted with a SAT Subject test in German/French for example?

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Anupama Singh Answered 4 months ago

Many universities understand that the Indian curriculum doesn't allow for foreign language in your +2, and this is OK.  Since you're saying you also did not take a foreign language in your 9th and 10th, I recommend writing something in your application about why you weren't able to take it.  If you speak another language at home you can also talk about that in your application.  To show some level of proficiency in a foreign language, you can take a test as well like an AP or SAT subject.  However, some universities may be able to admit you even if....View More

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ChanceMe (CS/Bio major) for Johns Hopkins, UIUC, WashUSTL, Stanford, Ivies, and other T30s. Stats: (Just started my junior year at a new school) Freshman - SAT Math 2 (800) Sophomore - SAT Physics (800), SAT Chemistry (760) APs - 2017 - Calculus BC (5), Physics C: Mechanics (5); 2018 - AP Chemistry (5), AP Physics C: E&M (5), Statistics (5), Computer Science A (5) Upcoming tests - SAT in October, SAT Biology M in December, AP Biology and AP English Language and Composition in May. If my practice tests are any indication, I'll probably end up getting a mid-1500's score on the SAT. GPA (CBSE) - 9th - 10.0/10.0; 10th - 95.4% **school change** ECs: One of 11 state finalists for the Junior Science Olympiad (NSEJS) - 10 State Rank 25 in JSTSE - 9 Guitar (no certifications though) - 3 years now House Captain - 9 IT Secretary - 10 MOOCs on edX - MITx's Python track and Data Science MicroMasters program (or was it XSeries?) without a certificate.

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Tom O'Keefe Answered 3 months ago

I'd recommend that you consider consulting directly with an expert on ChanceMe.in given the depth and breadth of your question. You can click the profile icon of an expert on their response to view their contact information.

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I'm currently in 11th class. Should I leave JEE for applying abroad (MIT, Stanford or Princeton)? CGPA in 9th: 9.4, 10th Boards: 93%. My ECs: cleared JSTSE, NSEJS (Junior Science Olympiad)(state top 1%(top 10 in state) and national top 1 %), ZIO and ZCO, International Mathematics Olympiad training camp, International Linguistics Olympiad training camp, International Science and Engineering Fair (held in Pittsburgh, USA) finalist, Represented India at Tournament of Towns (summer program) and Sharygin Geometry Olympiad in Russia.

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Geetha Swamy Answered 3 months ago

Getting into Ivy Leagues seems to be the aspiration of every Indian student. I will not deny that these universities are top notch but being successful does not hinge on getting into Ivy Leagues. It depends on what you do with your degree after that. I can name many students who were not admitted into an Ivy League but turned out very successful later in life. You have a very good profile but I am not convinced it is strong enough for you to get into an Ivy League school. But you could get into some of the best schools....View More

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Are there any top tier universities that do not require a class 11 transcript?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 11 days ago

Hi there,I do not know of any. In fact, grade 11 is usually the grade that they look at the most. I'm assuming you did not do well in grade 11. If there is a good reason, for instance you were sick, or a family member was sick, then explain the circumstances in the Additional Information section of the application. Feel free to follow up with any other questions.

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