If My Grades Are Bad, Can I Still Go To College?

The short answer is yes.  I’ve worked with a number of students who had bad grades in high school, but went on to do well in college.  I’ve also worked with a few, however, who weren’t quite ready for prime time.

So while the answer is yes, a student with bad grades can still go to college, there are other questions that we must consider to determine the best course of action for a student with low grades.

if I get bad grades can I still go to collegeFirst of all, why are your grades so poor?  Is it because you experienced some sort of traumatic event early in high school that has colored your experience?  For example, students who lose a parent or sibling may lose focus in high school, and their performance may suffer.  Illness also can have a negative impact on one’s academic performance:  missing a lot of school can make it difficult to keep up.

However, if your grades reflect poor choices on your part, it’s going to be harder to convince an admissions officer that you’re really college material.  If you skip class, neglect to hand in assignments, or refuse to study for tests, perhaps continuing with school is not really something you want to do.  I’ve had some students tell me that they really want to go to college, but that they really hate school.  I have to remind them that college is, in fact, school.

And this fact leads to some other troubling facts.  Generally only slightly more than half of students who start a four-year degree complete it—even within six years.  While there are many reasons for which students may not complete their Bachelors degree, students with poor academic records in high school are among the least likely to graduate from college.  In fact, if you graduate at within the bottom 25% of your high school class, you HAVE an X chance of completing your Bachelor’s.

Before you lose heart, remember that these are aggregate statistics, and you may well be one of the people who beats the statistical odds.  Still, you need to consider carefully whether more school is really your best route to success—or whether you should consider other routes.

Certainly the structure of university life is very different from the more rigid structures of secondary school, but you will still be expected to do your homework, attend lectures and labs, study for tests, and write research papers.  And whereas high schools are pretty much required to let you keep coming back to class despite your poor performance, a college or university can throw you out if you refuse to do the academic work.

Thus it is crucial for you to consider whether your current poor choices really will change once you arrive on a college campus.  Or, if you were one of those students who suffered some sort of personal setback, extenuating circumstance, or other difficulty, you might want to ask whether the circumstances have changed enough for you to refocus yourself academically and perform better in the future.

Assuming that you have made the decision to pursue college despite your lackluster transcript, or that your circumstances have changed enough for you to succeed, then you need to consider which educational path will be the best for you.


Your choices may be more limited than those of an academically focused student.  But you still have choices.


Start at a Community College

Most community colleges have “open enrollment” policies, whereby anyone—regardless of academic history—can enroll.  You may be asked to take a basic placement test in English and mathematics to ensure that you have the fundamental skills to do college-level work.  Those who perform poorly on these tests will be asked to take some remedial work before starting college-level work.  But if you can pass these placement tests, then you’re off and running.

Community colleges also are much less expensive than four-year colleges, generally speaking.  Therefore if you are worried about whether you really can improve your performance in college, then it makes sense to spend a bit less money to prove to yourself that you are ready and that you can succeed.

The best thing about starting at a community college is that many, many courses are automatically transferable to your state’s four-year institution.  Thus you can conceivably take all your general education requirements at the community college and transfer to your state college or university without losing any credits.  Of course, you will need to research exactly which credits are transferable and which are not.  But if you perform well (and perhaps even complete your Associates degree) at the community college, you will find that you have become a highly desirable candidate for admission—even at competitive colleges and universities that would never have even considered you at the end of your (less than stellar) high school career.

One example of how community colleges can be the gateway to a four year college is in Massachusetts, where community colleges are offering pre-engineering Associates degrees that are easily transferred not only to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, but also to Northeastern University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Western New England College.

Thus even students with poor high school grades may be able to graduate from their state flagship university—or even a selective private university.  For example, I worked with a student whose high school record was very poor, and whose parents refused to pay for anything more than community college.  Their philosophy is that their son had squandered four years of cost-free public high school, and they were unwilling to pay for him to continue to make bad choices.  They did tell him, however, that if he earned his Associates degree from the local community college—at his own expense—that they would pay for whatever four-year college he would accept him.  At the end of two years, he got into a selective, private university as a transfer student.  His Bachelor’s diploma bears the name of that four-year university.  Only people who know him well have any idea that barely graduated from high school with a D average!


Attend a Less-Selective Four-Year College or University

Many public and private colleges and universities that are relatively forgiving of a poor high school record.  In fact, the vast majority of colleges and universities in the US accept 75% or more of the students who apply.  In order to admit you in good conscience, however, it will be critical for you to convince the admissions people that your circumstances have changed, that you have mended your ways, and that your past choices will not determine those that you will make in the future.

Some colleges also specialize in assisting these “diamonds in the rough” or “late bloomers.”  They provide extra academic support, and may have more requirements (including, for example, taking attendance in lectures).  Other colleges may accept students on a provisional or probationary basis:  you are accepted on the assumption that you will maintain your grades at a certain level—or else you will be asked not to return for the next semester.

if I get bad grades can I still go to collegeFor students with learning differences that have had a marked negative impact on their academic performance will want to make sure they apply to schools that can help them to develop strategies for future success.  These schools have learning specialists, adaptive technologies, professional tutors, and many other resources that can help ensure academic success.

Students with weak academic histories who elect to go directly to a four-year college need to be especially careful in choosing an appropriate college.  They also need to be brutally honest with themselves about how the relative lack of daily structure, the increased expectations of personal responsibility, and the existence of countless campus distractions and temptations all may conspire to lure students into a continuation of their bad choices.  Students who really want to change bad habits will need to pick colleges that will help them stay on the straight and narrow.

By the same token, it is also important to keep in mind that it can be hard to go “cold turkey” into a life of stoic, academic asceticism.  If you cannot find ways to balance a bit of fun with serious academic study, then you are likely to become unhappy—and you may not stick with college long enough to complete your degree—and achieve your goals.


Take Some Time Out

If high school has not been successful for you, perhaps you need to take some time out to work, travel the world, or otherwise get your act together.  Many students have a difficult time seeing the direct relevance of academic work to their lives.  They are confused about their direction in life, and they may not be listening to the adults in their lives who harp at them about the importance of a college education.

I often recommend a gap year or interim experience for students for who do want to continue their education, but who are not really ready to dedicate themselves to more classroom time, more homework assignments, and more final exams.  Taking a gap year (or two) can be a very healthy alternative for some students, especially if they take the time and effort to plan their year.  Planning is key:  the difference between stopping out and dropping out is a well-conceived plan.

What you do depends on your imagination and your interests.  For example, you may decide to focus on the world of work by pursuing an internship or apprenticeship.  For example, Dynamy, in Worcester, Massachusetts, is a well-regarded year-long internship experience to help students gain experience and explore possible career paths.  Others may choose to perform community services, through organizations such as City Year or AmeriCorps.  Even taking some time to be a ski bum (perhaps earning a ski instructor’s certification from Flying Fish) can give a student the time and space to figure out how a college education fits into their own priorities.

The military, too, can serve as a solid plan for taking time out from school.  You can learn valuable skills, train for a profession, and serve your country. And then, once you are ready for college, the government will help you pay for it.

But what will colleges think if you don’t go directly from high school to college?  Colleges are happy to accept older, more directed students.  As we have discussed, about half of students who start college complete their degrees in six years.  If you apply after a year or two of work experience, travel, or internships, you will be more mature and more directed as you enter college.  From the college’s perspective, you are probably more likely to complete your degree than the pea-green freshman who has no idea what he wants out of college.

As an example, every year my alma mater profiles non-traditional students who are admitted to Dartmouth.  I had several classmates who were much older than I, who had been in the military, or who had spent a few years building log cabins, who had focused on their athletic abilities for a while, who had established their own business, or who had just bummed around until they figured out how a college education fit into their personal goals.  Sometimes—and for some people—taking time out between high school and college can be a wise choice.

So to come back to our original question, even the student with poor grades in high school still has a shot at a college education.  The American educational system allows for second chances:  it’s not completely unusual to hear of people in their 80s and 90s who finally achieve their goal of a college education.  Your high school grades may make it impossible for you to walk a straight line right into college.  But if you make good choices, develop some self-discipline, and set goals for yourself, you can attain all your goals—and more.


Mark Montgomery
Educational Consultant


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230 Responses to “If My Grades Are Bad, Can I Still Go To College?”

  1. Darylle says:

    Hi! So freshman year i slacked a little bit because i didnt think much about my future so i was that student who didnt “care” about their grades. although i never got an F, i did get some D’s on my progress reports but never on my report card. Sophomore year, i was struggling alot in Alg. 2 and did get an F only for second semester so i have to retake it junior year. The reason why my grades are low is because i tend to procrastinate alot but i know im going to change junior and senior year. My average grades range around probably one or two A’s if im lucky and a couple B’s and C’s. Now that im going to be a junior, im thinking alot more about my future and want to go to a medical school. IF my grades do get better, and i mean only B’s and A’s in junior and senior year do you think i’ll have a chance of getting in a medical school? Im not taking any ap classes by the way because i dont wanna push myself where im not able to do what i cant. or should i push myself?

  2. Mark Montgomery says:

    Hi, Gabby.
    You always have the opportunity to redeem yourself. You cannot erase the past entirely, but you can do whatever possible to demonstrate that your past decisions do not represent your present abilities or your future potential. So hit the books, work hard, and keep a positive attitude. Good luck!

  3. Mark Montgomery says:

    Dear A,
    Thanks for writing. Your grades will be super important for admissions to medical school. You must do whatever you can to pull them up. Your grades in the prerequisite courses for entry to medical school (e.g., organic chemistry) will be vital. While I have confidence that you can bring up your grades, it seems that you lack that confidence. You are determined, to be sure. But are you being realistic, given that you have done poorly in science subjects? Perhaps these are not your best subjects, and that you are trying too hard to put a square peg in a round hole. You talk about pulling back to a community college to shore up your grades–which in essence would mean repeating college in order to get to medical school. This does not seem to be a good use of your time and money–if you are unable to get through the requisite science courses the first time around, what would indicate that a second time would lead to greater success?

    I would instead that you take some personality and aptitude tests (which I can offer you, if you like) to determine whether medicine is truly a career in which you would naturally excel. At the very least, such self-knowledge might help you to develop a Plan B, should your plan to attend medical school somehow not come to pass.

    I know you are unsure of yourself. If this is the case, maybe you would be interested in a bit of advising to see if you are truly on the best possible path for your long term success?

    All the best,

  4. Mark Montgomery says:

    Hello, Louise.
    I’m not sure I can dispense advice without having more detail. It sounds like a difficult situation. I do work with students with ADHD and language-based disorders. I might suggest an initial consultation to see if I can be helpful. She clearly needs to consider her educational options going forward. The fact that she cannot pass Algebra 1 is a red flag of sorts. If she has a wonderful work ethic, but simply is unable to do the work in high school–do you anticipate that she will be more successful once she arrives at a university (where the resources for learning disabilities may not be as robust–or legally required–as they are in secondary school)? Perhaps we should have a talk.
    Best regards,


  5. Mark Montgomery says:

    Hello, Angel.
    The short answer to your questions is that dentistry is not an undergraduate major in the United States. Instead, you would have to pursue a BA or BS degree first (usually in the sciences, but this is not required) and then apply to dentistry schools upon completion of that first degree. Similarly, medical school is not an undergraduate major.

    If you are absolutely convinced that you want to pursue a medical or dentistry degree, I recommend that you consider pursuing this degree in another country. However, medicine is almost always one of the most competitive degree programs in all countries. So your grades may not be adequate for admission. In Hong Kong, for example, medical school entrance requires near perfect school marks.

    However, if you want to come to the US, your grades may not bar you from entry to a quality BA or BS program. However, you will need to get stellar grades at university in order to gain admission to an American medical or dental school further on down the road.

    I hope this is helpful to you. Best of luck!


  6. Mark Montgomery says:

    Hi, Taylor. You don’t say whether you are a resident of California. This is an important factor. As you know, admission to the UCs is very competitive, and unless you are an outstanding athlete, you are unlikely to be recruited to play softball in college. So here’s the question: if your softball is getting in the way of your goals of attending a UC, is it time to reorient your priorities? With regard to Spanish, you can either take it again, or take Spanish again this year and get an A in it. This will show that the D this past year was an aberration that emanated from your decision to leave school in favor of softball. It’s hard for me to give you solid, tailored advice. But it does seem to me you must reevaluate your priorities. I understand that studying for a Spanish test is not as much fun as a softball game. But if softball won’t get you into a UC, and admission to a UC is your goal, then perhaps you have to readjust.
    I hope this is helpful–even if it is not exactly what you hoped to hear. Good luck.
    Best regards,

  7. Mark Montgomery says:

    Hi, Cade.
    Upward grade trends are very important, and it’s clear you have succeeded in developing that trend. With regard to “what kind of college can you get into,” I’d focus instead on “what sort of college do you want to attend”? Many fine colleges will take you seriously with your upward grade trend and your good ACT and your involvements. You have a lot to offer. But to whom would you like to offer those gifts? That is the central question, in my opinion.

    My job is to help guide students in identifying the best sort of educational opportunities for each individual, and then help them to get into those colleges. Please let me know if I can be of service. Please fill out my contact form or give me a call.


  8. Mark Montgomery says:

    Hi Christian,
    One bad grade won’t kill you. But it depends on what you do with that failure. Are you retaking the class? To what do you attribute your struggle? Do you need a tutor to survive the course? I am not sure how best to help you, but I can tell you that you are not the first student to have failed a class–and then gone on to college. All depends on how you react and respond to the failure…and how you recover lost ground. Let me know if I can help.

  9. Mark Montgomery says:

    Dear Lynn,
    I’m sorry I’m so tardy in responding to your comment. Given the delicacy of the circumstances, I’m not comfortable offering public advice to you and your son. I also think it would be helpful, in these circumstances, to hear from your son and understand his perspective. However, I would be happy to talk to you, if you think I might be able to be of assistance. Please call my office to make an appointment.
    Best regards,

  10. Mark Montgomery says:

    Hello, Alpha,
    I’m not sure what to say, other than the obvious: good grades give you better shot at a four year university. You will likely have to step it up, I assume.
    Best regards,

  11. Mark Montgomery says:

    Hi, Susan,
    The issue is not what the “colleges would like.” Rather, this is an issue of which environment will help your son to be more successful over the long term. It’s hard for me to diagnose the issues, based on this short note, so I will refrain from making pronouncements either way. I would like to understand what the challenges have been this year, and how the academic demands compare to his previous school. It may simply be that the standards at his new school are significantly higher than what he experience at his former school, and he is just in a deeper pool of talented kids. Or it may be simply that he has difficulties adjusting to his new environment and that he will flourish next year. It’s very difficult for me to say. However, you are asking the right questions, and if you think I can be helpful to you and your son, I hope you will give me a call.

  12. Mark Montgomery says:

    Dear Diana,
    Thank you for your message. I don’t know how your grades and your math level will affect your performance and progress through community college. I think it’s better to ask an academic advisor there for a frank and honest assessment. A transfer may take you longer, depending on the CC requirements and the requirements for transfer to your preferred university. I admire your willingness to persevere and do better. But I also think it is good to be realistic about your progress and to have a clear understanding of what challenges lie on the road ahead. Talk to your community college advisor.
    I wish you the best.

  13. Mark Montgomery says:

    Hi, Darylle,
    Thanks for writing. I’m glad you’ve begun to get your act together and work hard to get the grades up. You’re doing the right thing. Don’t try to tackle the AP classes until you’ve gotten good grades in your regular classes (and I’m talking no Cs!). As for medical school, remember that medical school is a graduate program, so you have to do a BA or BS first–and perform well. So to achieve your dreams you need to work hard, get the help you need, respect your teachers, and push yourself. Perhaps try an AP class or two in your senior year. Oh, and stop procrastinating!
    Best wishes,

  14. Mark Montgomery says:

    Dear Selena,
    A single see on your transcript will not bar you from attending a four-year university. Of course, not every four-year university will ignore them completely, and there may be some universities that will reject you because of that C.
    However, I would say that you would have to provide some sort of explanation for why your grade dropped from an A to a C: telling me that it “just drop significantly without me knowing” just isn’t much of an explanation. Certainly you could have known more about where you stood in the class before your report card was issued, and you probably should have done more to ward off that C in the first place.
    But nevermind the past. Colleges will be more interested to see what happens to your grades in science this coming year, and will also be interested to see your teacher recommendations. Clearly, the class in which you received that less than admirable grade will be one that nursing programs will look at closely.
    Still, you do not need to get up on your dream of becoming a nurse, or of attending a four-year university. You just need to make sure that you select the universities to which apply carefully that you find a way to better explain that chemistry grade, and kick some proverbial patootie in the fall of your senior year.
    I wish you all the best. Let me know if I can help..


  15. Mark Montgomery says:

    Hi Dustin. Thanks for writing.
    You have not ruined your life. If you want to be a doctor, you still may be able to become one. I would suggest your first step is to march over to your local community college and enroll in an Associates degree program, one that will allow you to transfer all credits earned directly to a four-year university. Start taking some science prerequisites, adding a few general education requirements, and make sure to get some good advising from someone at the community college who understands that you are smart, that you have been wondering down a bumpy road for a while, but that you still have potential. The cool thing about the United States is it’s never too late to exercise your right to a second chance. That second chance won’t be handed to you on a silver platter, but you certainly have the wherewithal to earn it nonetheless. Get yourself into some college-level classes, perform as well as you can, and press your professors, and then transfer all those great, shiny, new credits to a four-year university. Then you’ll be on your way to your dream of becoming a primary care physician. I’m not saying it will be easy, but it may be easier than you imagine.
    I hope this has been helpful. Good luck, and let me know how things work out.

  16. Mark Montgomery says:

    Hi, Denis.
    I hate to be the one to break it to you but, yes, all of your grades, both good and bad, will affect your admission chances for university. So yes, you should be worried about that D and and perhaps even about that C you earned freshman year. On the other hand, you still have time and opportunity to redeem yourself by performing better in your junior and senior years. Many students experience bumps along the road in the first two years of high school, but are able to smooth out those bumps by the time they are a junior. Will you be able to smooth out those bumps? My recommendation is to work as hard as you can, and use every resource available to you at school to ensure that you do not get and C’s or D’s on your report card next year. Impress the admissions officer by demonstrating an upward trend in your grades. Show that you have learned from your experiences and have been able to improve your performance considerably. Then, perhaps, those less than stellar grades will matter less. You can never erase them, but you may be able to diminish their negative impact. So, good luck with your junior year!

  17. Mark Montgomery says:

    Hi, Stephen.
    Sorry it has taken me so long to respond. My strong recommendation is to either wait until you get off probation and still consider the military, or if you have the means to do so, I would enroll at your local community college this fall. Your life is not over. You can and will go to college if you desire and if you can keep your head together and also find a way to take care of yourself economically.
    Community college is a great place for many students to start, because it is less expensive, and as long as you pass the placement exam, you can enter without any difficulty whatsoever. Within the state of Texas, any credits that you earned at a community college (as long as they are so designated) can be transferred automatically to a four-year university in Texas. Therefore, if you enroll in a local community college, do well get great rates, and earned the respect and admiration of your teachers, you could end up at the University of Texas at Austin. I don’t want to minimize the amount of work this would take, but I do want to illustrate that in no way is your “life over.” If you have mended your ways, if you have been able to overcome your depression, and if you continue to stay out of trouble, you have lots of options ahead of you. But sometimes we have to remind ourselves of the longest journey starts with the first step. And I think your first step may be community college. Demonstrate that you are not the person described above any longer. I believe that you are, but you will have to provide the evidence. And the quickest and cheapest way for you to begin to amass that academic evidence is to head over to your local community college. Or, if you are almost off probation, the military may still be an option.
    Either way, I wish you all the best. You can do this.

  18. Mark Montgomery says:

    Dear Mati,
    I’m sorry your son has suffered an accident that has affected his performance in school. He seems like a very good student, and many colleges will still be happy to consider him for admission. What will be important is how he explains it describes his accident health issues and connects them to his performance. I assume that teachers and counselors at school are aware of the ways in which his health has been a factor in his performance, and that they will corroborate this on the application and in their recommendations for him.
    You ask “what are his chances?” But you don’t identify where those chances would be calculated. If he is a very ambitious and wants to go to a place like Stanford, for example, I wouldn’t rule it out entirely. But I would also need to learn more about his record in performance and about these health issues for me to say anything more specific about his chances at some place like that. I can tell you with certainty however that there are many, many high-quality colleges that would not hold his setbacks against them in the admissions process. I would hesitate to make any specific recommendations of particular colleges without knowing and understanding a situation a bit more, including the financial considerations of the family. I do work with a great many families in the United States in which the parents did not attend university here. I would be more than happy to speak with you in greater detail about how I might be helpful in identifying colleges that will give your son an excellent chance of both admission and probably even hefty scholarships. Please feel free to give me a call if you’d like to chat.
    All the best,

  19. Mark Montgomery says:

    Hi, Amarjot. It is possible for colleges to rescind their offer of admission. It’s not very common, but if the grades in the second semester are horrible, and if there is no explanation (and it does seem that you do have a very good explanation) colleges may lose their confidence in the student. However, I am guessing that by now this issue has been resolved, and if I had to bet, I would guess that it has been resolved to your satisfaction.
    I wish you all the best.

  20. Mark Montgomery says:

    Hello Christiana,
    Thanks for your question. It sounds like you’ve had a challenging couple of years. Your math grades are troubling. I’m not sure whether University of Redlands will be able to ignore those. If I were you, I would just make an appointment to go to the admissions office at Redlands and ask them outright. See what they say. But I would also want to see whether you could perform well on the SAT in the math area especially, and I would also ask you to consider taking the SAT 2 subject test in math as well, to demonstrate that the grades in algebra are not a reflection of your math abilities. In other words, you need countervailing evidence that you are actually quite good in math to balance the negative evidence that you are a D student. Furthermore, I would want to know whether or not your school counselors are aware of the difficulties you’ve experienced during high school, and that they would also draw a correlation between your math grades and your difficulties. And finally, you don’t say what your other grades are in your other classes. Therefore it’s difficult for me to save with any certainty that you should consider a community college and transfer. However, the community college route may be a very viable one for you, especially if you have the opportunity to retake the college algebra course in college, and get an a in that course. That would obviously be the evidence necessary to demonstrate that those D’s in high school do not reflect your true abilities.
    I hope this helps. I wish you the best of luck.

  21. Mark Montgomery says:

    Hi, Tom.
    First of all, since you are a freshman, you still have time to redeem yourself. You are still in the top third of your class, and you have time to raise your grades from the sea range into the solid B or A range. Your grades of 100 in debate and tennis won’t help you very much in the college admissions game. It’s those grades in science, social studies, foreign language, English, and math that really count. So you do need to buckle down in 10th grade and raise your grades considerably. Colleges are happy to consider students, especially boys, who demonstrate an upward trend in their grades during her high school career. So you do have the opportunity to improve your marks. So put this new epiphany to work for you, and get prepared to work hard this coming school year. Use every resource at your disposal to get those grades up.
    Best of luck..

  22. Mark Montgomery says:

    Hello, Angel.
    I totally agree with your school counselor. With your GPA and your ACT composite, you would be better off starting in a community college and transferring later to a four-year university. You’ll have the option of taking it slowly to ensure that you get better grades in college than you did in high school, and community college is much less expensive than a four-year college, anyway. It sounds like you have a solid advocate at school, and you should rely on your counselor to help you find the right community college. You might even be able to take some dual enrollment classes in your senior year, thereby earning both high school credit and college credit at the same time. You should ask your counselor about this, because it may actually be a better option than taking the honors classes. Check it out, and let me know how you decide to proceed.
    Best wishes,

  23. Mark Montgomery says:

    Hello Laura,
    Thank you for writing in. The good news is that you are only a freshman in high school and you still have time to improve your grades. Colleges are looking for upward grade trends throughout high school, so you have the opportunity to continue to improve throughout high school. That said, grades of D aren’t really not very good. Top-tier universities like Duke will probably pass you over. However, there will be many other universities that would be interested in your application, especially if you are, indeed, able to improve your grades from here forward. So don’t give up in your dream, but do realize that some of the most highly selective schools the as states will likely accept you you with those grades of D. But as I say, there are literally thousands of universities in the United States, and it is very likely that you will still be able to get a very high quality education in United States. But you must continue to work hard and avoid getting anymore bad grades.
    Let me know if I can be helpful, as I have worked with many students from Latin America in the past.
    Best wishes,

  24. Nikunjan says:

    I recently completed my two years a level course. i did had good grades in my as level but my A2 grades brought my all grades to one c ,three d and one e .Is this grade enough for bachelor program in us colleges.

  25. Lee says:

    Hi. I finished a university in Ukraine, I got bachelor’s degree diploma. But I did get some D’s and E’s… Planning to pass TOEFL exam next year. I want to enter American university and study for Master’s degree. Do i have any chances?
    Thanks for replying.

  26. lizzie says:

    Hi. I am currently in high school (senior) my high school grades haven’t been the best ones. Although I have never failed a class but I would usually end with A,B,and most times C’s . But my junior year I started very well the first quarter, but after that my dad passed away and it was hard for me to keep up with things. I was planning on turning my grades around junior year but because of that I ended up making them worse. My dream has always been to be a Neurologist. But because I have messed up in high school I am afraid that this might not be for me. I am very passionate about this career, and I know that if they give me a second change I really wont mess it up. what would be your recommendation in the next steps to take so I could have a fair chance of still making it to neurology ?

  27. Mark Montgomery says:

    Hi, Lizzie.
    To be a neurologist, you have to go to grad school. Your next step is college. So don’t lose heart. You can still attain your dream. But you may not be able to do it in a direct way. Please talk to your counselor at your high school about your local options, and ask him or her to be candid in their assessment of your possibilities. The worst case scenario is that you start at a community college for a couple of years, transfer to the flagship state university, and then get accepted to medical school. Get all the help you need from teachers this year, too, and bring up those senior grades as much as possible.
    I hope this is helpful.

  28. Mark Montgomery says:

    Hi. Yes, you’ll have some chances of admission, probably. But you need to be aware that most US universities do not offer financial aid or scholarships to non-US nationals, and those who do receive them have stellar grades. I could definitely help you to get admission at a reputable university. But you need to be prepared to pay the entire cost of your education here.
    Sorry I don’t have better news. I wish you all the best.

  29. Mark Montgomery says:

    Yes, it is enough at some colleges and universities. The most selective ones will not be happy with the E grades at all. But there are some schools that may admit you. Please let me know if I can help you identify the best possible options for you.

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