Do you think I could get into these Universities?
Okay, I live in Pennsylvania, I am currently a sophomore in high school, and I am seriously focusing on getting into the University of Texas at Austin (main campus longhorns!) or St. Cloud State University (MN). I want to major in journalism or Communcations and hopefully one day work for either Sports Illustrated, NBC Olympics, or ESPN.
I currently have a GPA of 3.3 and an overall average of 87%. I am going to try my best to raise my GPA to at least a 3.5 and my overall average to at least 90%.
My high school does not offer any AP classes, but they do offer Honors classes, which I am currently taking History Honors. My school does offer a college English and a college history class during my senior year and I am going to take both of them.
My core classes that I have completed already, including after this year, are…
German I, German II, U.S. History I, U.S. History II Honors, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, General Biology (lab), Physical Science (lab), Comprehensive English 9, Comprehensive English 10, Physical Education 9, Physical Education 10, Health Education 9, Health Education 10, and Journalism I.
I count Journalism I as a core class because it relates to what I want to major in, Journalism.
Other core classes that I will be taking during my junior and senior years are…
Comprehensive English 11, College English, Environmental Science (lab), Basic Chemistry, Algebra II, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus (if my high school allows me to double up my senior year.), Global Studies Honors, College History, Physical Education 11, Physical Education 12, Health Education 11, Journalism II, Journalism III, and Broadcast Journalism.
I also have a lot of extra curricular activities I am involved in throughout my high school career, and they are…The numbers indicate the grades I was or will be in there for…
Youth Group (9,10,11,12), Bible Quiz Team (church; 10,11,12), Puppets Team (church; 10,11,12), Teen Ensemble (church; 9,10,11,12), SADD Club (10,11,12), German Club (9), Varsity Wrestling Team Manager (10,11,12), Girls Tennis Team (11,12), Varsity Wrestling Team Student Athletic Trainer (11,12), Varsity Baseball Team Student Athletic Trainer (11,12), and The Rocket Star (school newspaper; Sports Journalism/Sports Columnist).
Also other thing I will be involved in outside of school are than I have an student internship with ESPN during the fall sports season, I will be writing for my states county’s newspaper, and I will be writing for my county’s news station’s. “My High School Playbook,” which is a group of select high school students who write sports stories and then they are posted on the web.
- Anonymous1 decade agoBest Answer
Because the Top 10% rule applies to all public universities in Texas, it is very difficult even for top students in Texas from competitive high schools with high SAT scores and well over a 3.5GPA to gain admission to UT Austin. I don't think you will have any trouble being admitted to St. Cloud State. I'd assume it is not very competitive in admissions. The entry level positions you are hoping for do not require an undergraduate Journalism or Communications degree. You will be just as competitive majoring in English or History or Classics or German etc and going to the most prestigious university you can gain admission to. The top ranked Journalism schools offer degrees at the graduate level, and do not expect or prefer an undergraduate degree in journalism.:
And consider the concentrations available:
Selective colleges value significant involvement and leadership in a very limited number of extracurricular activities. This is great advice when prepping for admission to a highly selective university:
This is an example of how applicants might be scored:
Here is an international ranking of universities:
- 4 years ago
Hey, lol first of all, stop being racist. I've seen your posts and you always make some smart remark to the race or skin color of the person. I'm reporting you. Anyway., Your chances do look good, high ACT, alot of EC's, and a high GPA. All you need is a good essay and very good recommendations to make you extremley competitive for those schools.. Especially John Hopkins and UCLA.
- 1 decade ago
If you are a very well-rounded student, then Universities tend to relax about the GPA (as in it's OK if you have a 3.25-3.5) But it never hurt anyone to have a really good GPA!