Final Grades/GPA thread/School/University Discussion

This sounds a little unlikely, given that you can (with rare exceptions) apply to only one of them.
He lives in Singapore and so the UCAS restriction probably doesn't apply. And foreign students have higher tuition fees and have a college fee IIRC.

Though, did you not go for an interview? I thought that the interview was mandatory?
 
So, I'm a Junior now and these were my Sophomore classes:

Academic Decathlon=A+
Spanish III=A+
Precal/Trig=A+
AP Statistics=A+
AP US History=A
Anatomy and Physiology=A
English III=A+
Chemistry=A+

So, I almost have a 4.0 (3.8 something or maybe 3.9). I've take 4 years of math in 2 years, so I'm taking Calculus AB and BC both AP next year. My SAT score is around 2200, so I should be getting accepted to some good colleges, hopefully. :P
 
Foreign students still have to apply through UCAS.
That's true. I'm a foreign student, and I was only allowed to apply to either Cambridge or Oxford. I've never heard of anybody applying to both, let alone being accepted at both places. Do you happen to know what sort of circumstances would allow a student to apply to both places?
 
As i say, i don't know that i can only apply to only one school, my teacher helped me do the admin shit.

and yes, i did go for interviews (meaning two).
 

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Just finished junior year and it was extremely successful :)

I took the following courses:

Honors British Literature
Honors US History
AP French Language
AP Chemisty
Honors Art III
Honors Precalculus
AP Statistics

I actually pulled off an A in all of them (school does not give A+), although to be honest I don't know the percentages (I think Precalc was in the 96-97 range but I can't be sure).

AP scores:

Chem: 5
Stats: 5
French: 4 (seriously only like 5% of non-native speakers get a 5. How do I compete with kids who speak french at home?)
Last year I got a 5 in AP Bio too (definitely the hardest course I've taken, not so for the AP exam).

SAT (1/2) scores:

2330 superscored (780 math, 750 cr, 800 writing)
800 Chemistry
800 Math Level 2
Last year, 750 Bio (yeah didn't study for this one)

College search is officially beginning. Normally I'm pretty stress-free when it comes to school, but I can see that this is going to be a bit different. Any tips from you seasoned pros?
 
Here I go, 60.0% being the minimal required for a pass...

Human biology : 75.3%
Practical initiation to scientific method in social science : 89.2%
World Geography : 60.0%
History of the 20th century : 86.4%
Autonomy and physical education : Swimming : 64.3 %


But... isn't school's out since around the 20th of may or something?
 
I go to college now, and coming from a college prep high school, freshman year was a breeze. I had a 3.04 in high school and am now toting a 3.8. I am not extraordinarily smart, and I have no talent. Hopefully I can keep riding my way to a degree and hopefully become a lawyer...but school to me is not something to brag about. It is set up that some kids can't succeed. Though I have pretty good grades, I would never put myself above anyone. School doesn't rank anything in my book.
 

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Well I'm going to start university now and I just hope I can do well. Grade 12 was fine, but I hear university is a significantly harder.
 
Yeah, just checked my Spring 2010 grades and I'm fucked. 3 D's and an A.

Now way I'm transferring to UCSD or Berkeley with these grades. -___-
 
College search is officially beginning. Normally I'm pretty stress-free when it comes to school, but I can see that this is going to be a bit different. Any tips from you seasoned pros?
What is it you want to do at college? That's probably the first thing to decide.
 

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I went looking at a bunch of colleges in the northeastern US and basically what I decided is that I want a college that has access to "big science" and research. I'd also like a campus that also has access to an urban center. Because of this, I really fell in love with Columbia and UPenn (and Johns Hopkins to a lesser extent), but of course, the Ivies are ridiculous when it comes to admissions. :x
 

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I went looking at a bunch of colleges in the northeastern US and basically what I decided is that I want a college that has access to "big science" and research. I'd also like a campus that also has access to an urban center. Because of this, I really fell in love with Columbia and UPenn (and Johns Hopkins to a lesser extent), but of course, the Ivies are ridiculous when it comes to admissions. :x
Other really good "big science" and research schools near urban centers: Princeton (easy train ride to NYC or Philly), MIT and Harvard (Boston), Stanford and Berkeley (San Francisco/Silicon Valley), Caltech (Los Angeles), Rice (ugh Houston), NYU, UChicago, Northwestern (Chicago)
 
Just finished booking my open days. Going to have a look at Nottingham, Exeter, Cardiff, Portsmouth, and UCL. I booked Sheffield and Aberystwyth but I doubt I'll go to be honest. I'm still concerned because of my blatantly underachieving grades that I expect to get at the end of this year, but hopefully I do well in at least some of the modules so I can retake less next year and get what I probably should have this year.
 
soooooo I got a 5 on AP calc AB, 4s on both econs...... and a 1 on AP french BUT it doesn't matter because my college has zero requirements so I never have to take french again! now if only i could make my parents understand that lol.
 
That's true. I'm a foreign student, and I was only allowed to apply to either Cambridge or Oxford. I've never heard of anybody applying to both, let alone being accepted at both places. Do you happen to know what sort of circumstances would allow a student to apply to both places?
You'e allowed to if you play one specific obscure instrument, which I cannot remember the name of
 

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Other really good "big science" and research schools near urban centers: Princeton (easy train ride to NYC or Philly), MIT and Harvard (Boston), Stanford and Berkeley (San Francisco/Silicon Valley), Caltech (Los Angeles), Rice (ugh Houston), NYU, UChicago, Northwestern (Chicago)
I actually live quite near Princeton, and I do really like the town. I also visited Harvard and MIT. Obviously, these are dream schools that I would love to attend, but the chances of getting in are so ridiculously low that its like playing the lottery :(. I also visited NYU, which was nice, but I wasn't crazy about the fact that there wasn't really a campus outside of Washington Park. As for the others, I'd sort of like to stay in the Northeast, because there's just so much happening here.

Thanks for the suggestions chaos.
 
Yay more school threads.

From my sophomore year in high school:

Pre-IB English 10 - B
Pre-IB Spanish IV - A
Pre-IB Chemistry - A
IB Pre-Calculus - B
Ceramics I - A
P.E. - A
AP US History - A
AP US Gov/Politics - B

My school is a college prep school, and top 15 in the nation, so supposedly I don't have to worry about my first year of college. I don't think my school is all that hard. If I tried, I could probably get straight A's. Which makes me wonder if college is really even that hard.

I will probably just go to Oklahoma University for my 4 year college. Since I want to be a pharmacist, I'd have to go through another 4-6 years in a pharmacy school. I haven't planned that far ahead yet.
 

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I go to college now, and coming from a college prep high school, freshman year was a breeze. I had a 3.04 in high school and am now toting a 3.8. I am not extraordinarily smart, and I have no talent. Hopefully I can keep riding my way to a degree and hopefully become a lawyer...but school to me is not something to brag about. It is set up that some kids can't succeed. Though I have pretty good grades, I would never put myself above anyone. School doesn't rank anything in my book.
Gotta agree with you there. University, I find, is all about the amount of time you put into it, not your innate ability. Out of high school, the material becomes less intuitive and more specialized to the degree where, if you don't invest a good chunk of time in it, you're not going to do very well.

And really, I feel that a GPA is little more than bragging rights. I mean, people are impressed by 4.0's and all, but it's really just a number that's glossed over in resumes, and is rarely a deal maker or breaker unless it's below some threshold. People rely a lot more on the impressiveness you exude in your interview and on your prior experience than on your ability to get good grades when deciding to hire you, because so many employers seem to be taking the stance that GPA says nothing about your workplace competence.

However, it seems like academia heavily rewards you with opportunities (such as undergrad research and acceptance into graduate degree programs) even if you do little more than get good grades, so if nobody else hires you, you can stay in school forever as a broke, exploited grad student/post-doc/professor. :P
 
Gotta agree with you there. University, I find, is all about the amount of time you put into it, not your innate ability. Out of high school, the material becomes less intuitive and more specialized to the degree where, if you don't invest a good chunk of time in it, you're not going to do very well.

And really, I feel that a GPA is little more than bragging rights. I mean, people are impressed by 4.0's and all, but it's really just a number that's glossed over in resumes, and is rarely a deal maker or breaker unless it's below some threshold. People rely a lot more on the impressiveness you exude in your interview and on your prior experience than on your ability to get good grades when deciding to hire you, because so many employers seem to be taking the stance that GPA says nothing about your workplace competence.

However, it seems like academia heavily rewards you with opportunities (such as undergrad research and acceptance into graduate degree programs) even if you do little more than get good grades, so if nobody else hires you, you can stay in school forever as a broke, exploited grad student/post-doc/professor. :P
A friend of mine started university at 16. He's been there, full-time, until the age of 26 and is still going.

Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (5 Years, majoring in Psychology and Computer Science)
Bachelor of Science (Honours) (1 Year, Psychology)
Bachelor of Design Science (3 Years)
Master of Design Science (2 years, currently in the last one).

He is contemplating going on to do a PhD (another 3 years) or going into Medicine (another 4+3 if he specialises).


In other news, I applied for my first three law firm clerkships at toptier firms Mallesons Stephen Jacques, Freehills, and Gilbert + Tobin yesterday. Expecting rejection letters in a month or so. I have one more top tier (Allens Arthur Robinson), and one or two midtier (undecided yet, doesn't really matter) firms to apply to by Friday.
 
I go to college now, and coming from a college prep high school, freshman year was a breeze. I had a 3.04 in high school and am now toting a 3.8. I am not extraordinarily smart, and I have no talent. Hopefully I can keep riding my way to a degree and hopefully become a lawyer...but school to me is not something to brag about. It is set up that some kids can't succeed. Though I have pretty good grades, I would never put myself above anyone. School doesn't rank anything in my book.
I graduated from a college prep hs this past year as well, but just out of curiosity, how many classes did you take? or would you say it doesn't matter much?

A friend of mine started university at 16. He's been there, full-time, until the age of 26 and is still going.
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In other news, I applied for my first three law firm clerkships at toptier firms Mallesons Stephen Jacques, Freehills, and Gilbert + Tobin yesterday. Expecting rejection letters in a month or so. I have one more top tier (Allens Arthur Robinson), and one or two midtier (undecided yet, doesn't really matter) firms to apply to by Friday.
wow talk about debt... and good luck with your applications!
 
I graduated from a college prep hs this past year as well, but just out of curiosity, how many classes did you take? or would you say it doesn't matter much?


wow talk about debt... and good luck with your applications!
His debt is around the same as mine (my first three years were full-fee, so almost triple the cost of a normal degree). Luckily, we have a good loan program here so he doesn't have to pay it all back whenever.
 
I got my degree in Chinese & Spanish in 2007 and am applying for a part-time Masters in Translation (of Chinese) starting this September. If they let me in...
I have calculated that I'll be in debt until at least 2020 >___>
 

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