“What do you mean he might not get into UCONN?” a stunned mother from Waterford, CT said last year during a college counseling session. “David has a 3.8 GPA and great activities.”
David’s SATs were below 1200.
Off the record, I have heard 1260 is needed for most students. There are exceptions, of course, including the usual suspects: athletes, underrepresented minorities, those with connections, some with extraordinary stories and those with top notch grades in rigorous courses. (valedictorians and salutatorians are essentially guaranteed admission). But Dave, while strong in other areas, had none of those.
As for grades…Connecticut high schools are doing a horrible disservice to their students by having rampant grade inflation. According to a recent study, 47% of students have A- averages. Dave’s 3.8 – while commendable – is far from exceptional.
If you wish to attend UCONN, you need strong test scores.
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