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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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  1. Hi, Fahmo,
    You can probably graduate with a D, if it is considered a passing mark at your school. These policies are school-specific, so check with your guidance counselor.
    Best of luck.

  2. Hi, Elena,
    I’m sorry your grades have been so inconsistent. Admissions will depend on which school you are looking at, and whether you made up the low (especially the failing) grades.
    Best of luck.

  3. Dulce,
    You may have to take the math again. Nursing is very competitive. You may have the opportunity to explain the “emotional and family factors” that had an impact on your grades, and perhaps your school counselor can help you with these. In some ways, it is good you are scared. Grades are important, and school can be relentless–even when there are difficult background factors that may affect performance. You need to be sure to seek out the help you need from teachers and staff at school so that you can put yourself in the best position for success.
    Best regards,

  4. Hi,

    I was wondering if I could get into Northwestern or Michigan with the grades I have. I have a 3.2 GPA unweighted and a 4.44 GPA on a 5.3 scale. I did really poorly my freshman year and sophomore year (getting 4 C’s in these two years; i had trouble adjusting to my new high school) but really worked my butt off my junior year, taking 3 AP classes and getting 2 A’s and a B+ in these classes. For my junior year, I got a 4.78 GPA weighted and a 3.6 GPA unweighted. I got a 31 on my ACT and I’m really working hard right now as a senior (taking 4 APs). I’m putting in my application for Northwestern Early Decision and Early action for Michigan. Could I get some feedback on whether or not it would still be possible for me to get into these schools with the given criteria?


  5. Serena,
    Thanks for writing in. It seems you’re doing well at school, and you have made quite a few improvements. I don’t have a crystal ball, unfortunately. GPA alone (plus ACT score) is not enough to go on. This is why colleges require teacher recommendations, counselor recommendations, a copy of the full transcript, and essays in order to make a full assessment of your aptitudes, abilities, and fit for a particular college. But I applaud your ambition, and your diligence. And I wish you every bit of luck in the application process!

  6. Hi

    Im trying to go to state, im currently a junior but my freshman and sophomore years weren’t the best especially sophomore. I got a GPA from 2.00 -2.8. Do you think if i get a 3.5 or higher my junior and senior year i could still get in. I also took ap and honor classes all through high school.

  7. Dear Mark
    I’m really concerned about my chances of getting in college, my freshman and sophomore year of high school i struggled with grades and had to do summer school to complete them both but i was wondering that if i get outstanding grades my junior and senior year would that change my chances of getting into college because i really want to go??

  8. Hi Mr. Montgomery,
    Thank you for all the insightful responses. They have helped me out a lot! I live in Southern California, and I am a junior in high school right now. I have not taken my SAT yet, nor received my first semester report card grades. However, I am very concerned with whether I would have any chances of getting into a UC school. I have always struggled with math, and that is the subject where I ended up getting four Cs. This obviously tainted my high school transcripts, but I’m still hoping for some chances of getting into a UC school. A little bit of background on me: I volunteer at a hospital every week (and I’m the chairperson of my board), Im the president of 3 clubs at my school, I play in the school’s orchestra, I cheer, I’m a member of Girl Scouts, I publish articles about human rights for the school’s newspapers, and I won homecoming queen. I also suffer from ADD, and I had my childhood was abusive (I would write about this in my personal essay) I know colleges consider extracurricular activities when admitting students, so do I still have a chance despite my low grades. Thanks so much!

  9. I struggled as a freshman in high school and ended the year with a D in math, C in Bio and A’s and B’s in everything else. I’m now a sophomore and I’m worried about the standard of college I’ll attend. I just want to know If I have a chance at a UC of high-end CSU. I had a GPA of 2.98 last year.

    S S

  10. My comment may not be of much sense, but Ill try my best. But, hello!

    I am currently in my Junior year of high school and have landed myself into a ditch. After going through emotional problems, I ended up slacking on my grades for my past Sophomore year and including my Junior. I heard these two years are very important.. I just recently looked at my recent report card to feel utterly weakened when I saw two C’s, one C-, Two B’s, and one A. The A happens to be for P.E. >< Well, may not be so bad from others eyes, but after growing up with a huge mindset of focusing on A's. I feel ashamed when I happened to see this. The report card was for the first semester. I definitely want to get straight A's this semester. Its a matter of playing with the teacher's "games." My GPA stood at 3.6 (on a scale for 4.0) at the end of my Sophomore year. I have looked at the recent report card to see that the GPA for those grades stands at 2.6… ._. It feels as though I'm losing all my chances. I was wondering if it'd still workout to apply for Colleges? What do you recommend? I'm keeping Community college and the Military as options. And, with these grades at the moment, I feel as though I wouldn't be able to make it for scholarships either, I can not financially support myself for the estimated tuitions for colleges. Also, I still stand at an unknown decision for my future of what I wish to pursue. I just want some advice and guidance, if it isnt too much to ask for. Thank you for your time! :3

  11. Hi. I am a freshman currently taking the following classes
    1.English I CP
    2.Honors Algebra
    3.Integrated Science CP(switched out of Bio H)
    4.Global Studies Honors

    I dropped out of Honors Bio because I felt it was too hard, but couldn’t get into Bio CP w/o switching all of my teachers, so i dropped down. My Grades for the first marking period are
    1. English-D
    2. H Algebra- C
    3.Int Sci.-B+
    4. Global Studies Honors- D
    I know these grades are bad believe me. I am used to seeing only A’s and B’s, so i am really concerned about my grades. In my school, there are 4 Marking Periods. And the only thing that goes on your transcript is your final grade for the year. I believe i can work harder this marking period, so what kind of grades should i get to at least bring up all of them to B+’s? And if i take Bio sophomore year, chem junior year, and physics senior, and do good in those, would i have a chance at a good science college?

  12. Chris,
    I think you should focus less on the long term and more on the short term: what are you doing to bring your grades up? Are you talking to your teachers? I know you are working “harder,” but are you working “smarter”? For example, do you turn off Facebook while you are at you computer? Do you get rid of the headphones (research suggests that humans cannot focus on intellectually challenging if you are listening to music, especially music with lyrics)? Do you turn off your phone and put it away while you are studying? Have you modified your study habits? Have you got a tutor, if you can get one, either at school or elsewhere?
    The fact is that colleges look at your grades. They want to see what you do to improve them. If you get stinky grades the first semester of high school, you have a chance to redeem yourself. But if you do not change your habits and approach, your redemption will not be a sure bet.
    I wish you the best as you begin to dig yourself out of this hole. I know you can do it…if you take stock of your situation and make the necessary changes to achieve your goals.

  13. Hi, SS.
    All depends on what you achieve from here on out. The better you do in sophomore year and beyond, the better your chances will be at your desired colleges. A 3.0 GPA is not fantastic, but it is not so low that you cannot claw your way out of the hold you have created for yourself in the next 4 semesters. Take stock of your study habits, change those that need changing, and keep your nose to the grindstone. Turn off your phone while studying. No music. No Facebook open while you study. Focus, and your grades will improve. And your long-term opportunities will also improve.

  14. Jeremiah,
    The answer is, of course, yes. If you did poorly and you have ambition, your only possibility is to demonstrate your abilities in the present and the future. You cannot wipe away the past. But work hard, demonstrate you are “college ready,” and get good grades from now on. Colleges are accustomed to seeing kids who start out weak but end high school very strong. And they are willing to admit such students who prove they are ready. So get to work, and prove to the world–and to yourself–that you are college material. Don’t cry over spilt milk, as they say. Start afresh.

  15. I am a senior.
    Only recently has the idea of attending a university appealed to me.

    Unfortunately, my transcript is peppered with some less-than-desirable letters in my freshman year, I had a really bad battle with depression, coupled with my ADD, making for a vicious cycle where as one got worse, the other became worse. I was chunky as it was but I gained 110 lbs. It is fair to say my freshman year was frighteningly fruitless, in spite of my efforts.

    Lit Analysis & Comp I F F
    Earth Science C F
    Geometry F F
    PE P F
    Skills for Health D
    Online Learning P P
    Psychology F

    The next year was a tad more forgiving, I sought treatment, got my personal life on line, switched schools, tried out football for the first time and got on the varsity team. I lost 50 lbs, stated volunteering as a youth baseball coach, got more into playing and writing music, hopping through a few bands and discovered my talent for singing. That year (I think largely due to my involvement with the team)
    transcript reads

    Integ Math II CP C D
    World History CP A B
    Spanish I CP A C
    Mixed Chorus A A
    Biology CP A B
    Weight Training Adv A A
    English II CP B C

    Summer School: English I CP 1 B B
    Summer School: English I CP 1 C C

    However, the next year, after a major spine injury, I had to stop playing sports. I also experienced some home issues. I continued and increased my time volunteering, varying the activities I was involved in within the youth baseball world and also got involved with a charity haunted house (a year round activity) the January of my junior year. I fell off the wagon and discontinued my treatment for ADD and depression (which to this day is still discontinued). It was rather detrimental to my schoolwork, but I felt it was for the better and has helped me build a stronger mental foundation. I used my volunteering and music to help me through the year, even booking a few gigs with a band as a vocalist fro my friend’s band. In spite of my busy schedule and struggling through homework, I still managed to find a way to work out and lost another 70 lbs.

    Chemistry HP D C
    English III CP C D
    US History CP D B
    Spanish II CP D F
    Personal Fitness A A
    Algebra II CP D B
    Chamber Singers HP A A

    On to this year….
    I kept up the hard physical work and am now a fraction of what I once was. I lost 120lbs from the end of my freshman year.
    I have found another baseball charity to be involved in and one I find a place in
    It’s a program the provides special needs kids the opportunity to participate inn america’s favorite pastime. I tried my hand at coaching a youth football team, but it was rather unsuccessful.
    Just adding to the list of the volunteer work I was already involved in.
    I tried out for the southern California Honour Choir, singing Canccini’s “Amarilli, Mia Bella” for an audition score of 99.5 out of 100, messing up (rather ironically, because I taught myself how to read music at 4) on one note on a sight singing test. I’ve never received any training past what I learned in choir or upon personal discovery.
    This was the day I decided to even consider collage in general.
    The adjudicators sat me down an talked to me about my post high school. After a good hour of preaching, they encouraged me to at least apply to a school with an opera program.
    I didn’t plan to go to collage before this happened and the school year had already started. I couldn’t change my schedule to retake the classes I needed to be eligible for four year universities here in California.
    So I can’t repeat the needed courses.
    I want to avoid community collage at all costs. I live next to one. It is so over-crowded, even the Gen Ed takes 3 years.
    I know not all are like that and there are plenty to choose from, but I want a real collage experience. I long to be in an academic environment of motivated peers (sighting my one of my cousin’s community collage experiences verses the 4 year experiences of my other 2 cousins). I have been living -for lack of a better word- shitty life long enough.

    My current grades for the first quarter are:
    Pre Calculus CP: C+
    Chamber Singers HP: B
    Teacher Assistant: A+
    Personal Fitness: A+
    Engineering & Robotics Tech: A+
    Eng IV: Expos Rdng CP: C
    AP Government and Politics US: C+

    Is there even a hair of a chance, given my community activity and colourful personal statement potential (No SAT or ACT yet, but I assure you, it will be high.) that I can be accepted into a four year?
    If not, What can I do with the little time I have left in high school?

  16. Hello, I have extremely bad grades right now. I have one A, One B, and 4 C’s. I am a junior currently. I’m trying to do my best to improve my grades. I want to attend MSU Michigan State University after senior. My question is if I do really well on my ACT and have bad GPA. Will I get accepted or do colleges want both to be good? My current ACT is 25 and I’m trying to improve more. I think I can get it up to at least 28 or 30.

  17. I have two online certifications from Humber College(Canada)

    -75% in criminology
    -87% in forensic investigation.
    I am currently taking online high school credits(biology and chemistry). Will universities care for the online certifications I have attained as well?

  18. Hello Mark,
    During my first three years of high school I struggled greatly with depression. I achieved very poorly, earning a median GPA of 2.2 throughout these years. However, I overcame this hard time and have earned a 3.9 GPA during this first quarter of my Senior year. I earned this GPA while also taking the more difficult courses in my school. I’ve been nervous for some time now that colleges will hold my first three years against me. In my college essay I explained the struggles I went through with my family and how my depression negatively affected me. However, I also explained how I ended up getting through the animosity and coming out positively on the other side. Do I have a chance of still being accepted into a four year university? – James

  19. I’m a Junior in high school, and I have been struggling greatly with Algebra. I have a D- currently, and I feel like I am going to fail desperately. I’m freaking out because the college I want to go to has a GPA rating of around 3.3, and with these terrible grades, it’s going to go below a 3.0.

    The reason I’m freaking out is because I want to go into Journalism. I want to write for my future. I do not want to continue in a subject of Math. I want to become a writer, it’s been my dream since I was young. My grade is okay in English, but I know that I can bring it higher. My grade is a C. I really want to go to college so much.

    I don’t know why I’m failing Algebra 2. Numbers just don’t come that easy to me .All of my other grades are A’s. I want to try harder, but my teacher is not the easiest to get through either. She expects us to know this stuff because it’s “easy.” She doesn’t understand Algebra doesn’t flow through well with some people, including me.

    I want to go to college desperately, and I want to bring my GPA back up. I’m panicking because I know if I don’t get at least a C+, I’m going no where in life.

  20. Dear sir,
    im a highschool senior and my grades in the past are horrible.Ive taken up alevels so the course is extremely hard and my as grades are 2c’s and 2d’s.
    I feel horrible because uptill tenth grade i was a great student and got 81% in icse ( inindia) Ive worked hard to make up for these grades and my 12th grades are much much better(2 a’s and 3b’s).Ive written the act around the same time i didbad and got 26.Is there a chance for me to get into a decentuniversity like texas am? i know im asking too much but is there a chance for me at all ? Im scared and i feel like shoving my self into a box and sending myself into some unknown jungle My parents are hardworking and im just a failure for slacking off……..

  21. Good afternoon Mr.Montgomery,
    Im not doing to hot in school. Not even the slightest. I have below a 3.0 GPA not because I am not intelligent, but because of bad habits and many obstacles thrown at me through my highschool years. I am an extremely good standarized test taker as well as a writer. My strong suits are in all subjects. I have an incredibly good memory both visually and auditory. I scored a 1750 on the Dukes TIPS (SATs give to 7th graders), scored top 98th percentile on my PSATs freshmen year, 87th percentile on PSATs sophomore year. Hoping I qualify for the National Merits this year. My only other hope is for me to do extremely well on my SATs and ACTs. I know what im capable of and I aspire to become a surgeon in life. But, in no wa,y shape, or form have I helped myself of these past high school years. What do you suggest? Recommend?

  22. Jay,
    There are few absolute rules in this business. But generally your GPA and transcript is the most important document in this process. It is the best indicator of your future success. The high ACT will help, so definitely go for it. But also do whatever you can to pull up those grades in the few remaining weeks of the semester.
    Best of luck to you!

  23. Hello, Luke,
    Generally universities do want to know what certifications you are able to attain. So include them in your applications.

  24. I’m a high school junior and currently taking physics. If i fail physics with an F will that ruin my chances of getting into a 4 year college? Ex: CSULB

  25. Hi Mr. Montgomery,
    So I am a sophomore in high school and I am currently taking Honors Chemistry, Honors Pre-Calculus, AP Human Geography, Chinese II, English II Honors, Orchestra, and Physical Ed/Health. Last year, I ended up with a 4.2 GPA (our school uses a five point scale for honors and AP). This year, I went through several major changes and my home life has changed significantly, I also had a two-week excused absence earlier on this year. Unfortunately, I have not adapted well to the changes in my home and my grades have fallen significantly, I have 2 B’s in my core classes, 2 C’s in my core classes, and A’s in my other classes (Orchestra, Chinese, and PE/Health). I am truly struggling this year and I feel like I will not be able to get into my dream colleges because of this semester.

    I know it will be an uphill battle to get my GPA back up, but I am ready to work hard and reach my goals, I just want to make sure that I still have a chance of attending high level universities, even after my poor performance this semester. Additionally, I am involved on a regional (Midwest) level of a national student led organization and I am involved in sports and orchestra.

    Thank you,

  26. I have A’s in all my classes except for Ap Calaculs AB, which I have an F in.I’m a Junior in high school. Am I screwed or are my chances just lower of getting into a college.

  27. hello i god 1c 1d and 3e in igcse what shud i do i really cant concentrate plzz help im in AS level now im sure i wont get admission anywhere 🙁 im really upset

  28. I’m currently a Sophomore in High School. In my freshman year I took the following classes with the final grades of:
    CP History I — 86
    CP English I — 87
    Basic Car Care — 87
    CP Spanish — 92
    Honors Env Science — 75
    Intro To Comp Tech — 87
    Honors Algebra I — 82
    Health And PE I — 94

    In sophomore year first marking period and second marking period:

    CP English II — 78 — 82
    Honors Algebra II — 72 — 76
    Honors Geometry — 59 — N/A ( Grade was posted, but I need to make-up a test which is bringing my grade down at the moment, I should be receiving a “C”)
    CP Bio — 76 — 84
    CP US History II — 80 — 83
    Honors Spanish 2 — 84 — 80
    Intro to Music — 90 — 92 and FINAL: 91
    Health and PE 2 — 100 — 99

    With these grades so far and assuming I get a “C” in Geometry, can I make it in a good college (NOT community) or University. I know my grades are not the best but all I do is go to OP (Opportunity Period – Where a student can go after school and receive extra help from their teachers or make-up assignments), do most of my homework, I stay up to late night or even early morning studying and doing homework along with extra practice problems for math. But nothing seems to go in my favor. Also I had a huge family problem in the 1st marking period of my Sophomore year that affected me (my were arguing and going through the process of a divorce). But what can I do to improve my chances into getting into a good college?

  29. Hi.
    Well… I’m a sophomore in high school and I’ve been put in classes that I was not ready for and that is really showing in my grades. I have a d and f. The past 2 nine weeks I’ve just gotten lucky and made the grade saving grades at the last minute, but now I’m struggling and with the winter weather in the South I don’t believe there is enough time to save them. I’m really nervous about my future because I want to be a vet and go to Auburn but I’m afraid that this will ruin that.

  30. I am a junior in high school I did horrible my freshman and sophmore year . but this year I’m getting better im getting a 2.5 and I’m cheer captain . I am making up my classes that I failed and passing them . can I still get in a 4 year university ? I want to attend Kansas university or Avila university but i don’t know if they would accept me cause of how bad my grades were my freshman and sophomore year.

  31. I am currently a Junior attending a public high school in MA. I was recently diagnosed with major depression and had to take off two weeks of school to attend a PHP (Partial-Hospitilization Program). I’ve had the disorder for most of my life, only for it to be recently diagnosed. My grades freshmen year were all As and Bs with the exception of two Cs and I received all As and Bs my sophomore year. Over the first two terms of this year (my junior year) my grades have ranged from a C- to an A+. I’m in three of my high school’s orchestras and principle cellist. We have an excellent music program that I take full advantage of. I played JV soccer my freshmen and sophomore years, and made varsity soccer this year, but had to quit the team due to my depression and being out for the PHP. The depression had killed any and al motivation and was very serious. I plan to write my college essay’s on how its impacted me and my struggle to overcome it. I’m doing much better now and enjoy learning so I am 100% sure that a 4 year college and possibly even more schooling after that is right for me. Do you have any further advice, besides the essays, on what I may do to help improve my chances of getting into a better college? I am going to talk to my guidance counselors and the school’s college adviser, as well as have my guidance counselor write a note on my less than desirable grades. Sorry for the lengthy response, but I’m quite nervous on what types of colleges I can get into and how my chances are of getting into school like MIT, BC, or BU.
    P.S I currently take 3 APs, 3 honors classes, and 2 cp classes (1 being gym), my grades have slowly increased over the years, and i went from 3 honors and 4 cp classes to all honors and 2 cp classes (gym included) my sophomore.
    Thanks for any advice, Matt

  32. I am currently a senior in high school, the past 3 years I was bullied from one specific girl who would violate my car, and cyber bully me, due to these events my grades really suffered and I currently have a 2.9. I had a D in ap chemistry my junior year and my senior year I might possible end my ap statistics class with a D or F, my sat scores were not the best either I ended with a 1250. I am already planning to go to a community college and I know I will buckle down and focus on my grades, my question is my dream school is duke university, if I improve my grades in community colleges will I still have a chance to be accepted there as a transfer?

  33. Hello,
    I’m currently studying at a vocational school and i am studying for the nursing field. I decided that I want to go back to school and I am not quite too sure if I should apply to a community college or a 4 year university. For one reason is because my high school transcripts aren’t all that great and I do not want to settle for community college if I can if its possible to get into a 4 year university I do not see why not. What do you think I should do?

  34. My son is a junior he is also a student athletes and his grades are not great at all. He has taken algebra 1 and 2 and made D’s in both. He is currently failing geometry will this keep him back in the 11th grade or can he retake what he needs his senior year. And how will it affect college?

  35. Hi,
    I am a rising junior that wants to go to university of Michigan. My current grades for my Sophmore year are mostly B’s but there are some A’s in Ap classes. My goal for my sat is 2400. My extracurricular are exellent. Can I still get into a good college with a bad year?

  36. Hi,
    I am going into my senior year and I am starting to look into colleges. For my freshman and sophomore years, my grades were stellar and I was in the top ten of my class. This past junior year, I have been struggling with depression, generalized anxiety disorder, self harm, and my sexuality. As a result, my grades severely suffered. I barely scraped by in some of them (I passed English with only a 66%). However, my final exam grades were amazing and I got 5s on all three of my AP exams. Also, I got a 1990 on my SAT. With the barely passing grades in my junior year, am I still going to be able to get into a good college?

  37. HI,
    I am going into my senior year this year and i did great in freshman year but my sophomore and freshman year i didn’t do so great (till the last semester in junior year) , i have been dealing with Depression and Anxiety and Some other personal issues but right now is when im finally learning how to be happy and ready for anything again and i now see that i wasnt in the right place before and im capable of so much more and I wish i could start over but i cant, Is there anything I can do to show them that in the past I wasnt ok but im eager for life now and i know college is a road that i want to take,

  38. Hello Mr. Montgomery. Actually I’m in India right now and I’m planning to move to US in October ending. I’m in 9th grade but I haven’t started my high school yet. I know that I’ve already missed about 3 months of freshman year but will they take me in the end of first semester. I heard that there will also be an exam in December which covers whatever the students learnt in their first semester. Will I be able to write that? Will this effect my grades? And what about the credits which we have to earn? Plz reply ASAP! Thank u!

  39. Hello im currently a senior and want to attend college In the fall of 2016. Well throughout my freshman and Jr. year it was really hard for me to focus because of some of the things going on in my life. Over the last couple months I have been trying to change myself as a person and take school a lot more serious. I have always wanted to go to college but Im really afraid that my grades in the past will hold me back. I would love some advice to help me with applying for schools and would like a chance to show them that i am not happy with how my past years went but I believe that I can be a mature adult and do what’s right not only in college but in life.

  40. Hello, I am currently a sophmore and i have OK grades. For my first semester i got all A’s, one B, and sadly a C in geometry. My freshman year i had a 4.0 GPA. WIll that one C hurt my chances of getting into The University of Indiana? Or is it still too early to tell? Thanks.

  41. Hello, I am a freshman in high school and currently have the worst grades imaginable (yes F’s). My GPA is around a 1.5 and I am very stressed out. I have given up. I don’t see any way out and don’t think I can get into any college. Any advice and guidance would be highly appreciated. Also if I keep up these terrible grades but can afford to pay my way into a really good college ( UVA or an ivy league), will the accept me? If I do the same with a regular college would they even accept me? I try my best to keep up with school, but ever since I started high school, I lost my pace, I don’t know why though. In middle school, I was an all honor student, and was rewarded a certificate from the governor for academic achievements. Thank you so much for your time. I need your guidance.

  42. My grades are bad in high school also, I’m in 10th grade I’ve been doing bad because I have Learning Disability, and my brother died when i was in 8th grade and every time it’s October (the month he died) i fall off track and start failing classes

  43. Hi, I am a junior in high school, so far throughout high school my grades have been decent and about average I guess you can say, and at least 1 F a year.But just before my second half of junior year started I suffered an accident. Due to this accident I was unable to go to school for about 2 months which cause my grades to drop drastically low and the end of the year is no more than two months away? With that in my records will there be a way that a college or university even bother thinking about accepting me?? Thanks in advance for a answer.

  44. I am a Jr in high school. My marks are as follows
    AP Biology….77 (c)
    Career Prep….90 (A)
    Foods 1…..71 (d)
    Math Honors…..73 (d)
    Honors Am History….86 (B)

    I am interested in nursing school. What are my chances??? Thanks Dare

  45. Hello, I’m currently a junior at my High School, and I have been struggling with school each year. I have around a 2.0 GPA and my future plan is to attend a community college and transfer to a 4-year college. I have at least 7 D’s and 1 F on my transcript, and as of right now I’m struggling with 2 months left to fix my classes. As of now I am taking 2 AP classes, not doing so well in them as i have D’s. I hope this doesn’t stir me away from any of my goals.

    I hope you can reply soon with just a message.

  46. Hello,
    I am a ninth grader, and i was wondering how can i be prepped for college?

  47. Hi Mark
    I am currently a sophomore and I have a dream of getting into MSU. My freshman year i ended with a 3.5 gpa, having 1 C first semester and a couple of B’s with some A’s as well. Second semester freshman year i ended with all A”s except for one B in Biology. My sophomore year i decided to challenge myself and take challenging courses, I ended with a B- in Pre-AP geometry and a C in AP world History, and the rest B+/A- and my gpa at the end of the first semester went down to a 3.44. If i keep all A’s (and around A’s) this semester and get my gpa up by the end of the year, and keep getting high grades throughout junior and senior year, and score well on the SAT, would it be possible for me to get in MSU? Any advice helps! thanks!

  48. I want to say thanks firstly because reading this has really helped me as I am in my last year and absolutely terrified because I have dyslexia and dyscalculia so my grades are not exactly the best. I was wondering if you have any advice on ways to help me out with trying to get better grades for a better chance of getting into college.

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