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Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceHigher Education (University +) · 10 years ago

Do i have a shot at college!?! Please help?

I have a 3.2 gpa in school and will be entering my senior year in high school. I also play Varsity Soccer for 3 years in High school, and 1 year of JV lacrosse and 1 year of Varsity lacrosse. I also volunteer at my local library, and do volunteer as maintenence and as a counselor at a week-long christian camp in Pennsylvania for 2 years. I will also be employed at the Thayer Hotel at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. My highest scores on my SAT thus far is 530 on Verbal, 570 writing, and 460 on Math. I'll be re-taking the test about 1-2 more times this fall. If i really bust it out my senior year, 3.5 or higher, will i have a shot at higher level schools like Syracuse or Rutgers? I'm looking to go into Journalism-Print. I know newhouse @ syracuse is extremely difficult to get into, so ill settle for any other related i atleast have a shot at West Virginia?? Is there any other schools you'd recommend?! Thanks a lot. Looking for a thorough answer..

With that said, I'm looking into Long Island University, West Virginia University, Rutgers University, Syracuse University, and SUNY Cortland. I'm trying to go big or go home here. I can really write a mean and sophisticated essay and get great leadership letters of recommendation from my sports coaches and employers. Will doing flawless senior year help me!? Thanks alot.

3 Answers

  • 10 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    Yes, you are definitely a good candidate for college.

    Journalism as a major for newspaper writing is entering a dying industry. Journalism as a path to creative writing, and technical writing, is excellent.

    There is no advantage, either academically or financially, to looking out of state or private. Stick with the NY state schools - fortunately, there are many superb schools there to consider.

    You can use one of the free online college search services to determine which schools are likely to admit you. I used with your credentials and came up with:

    SUNY Buffalo

    CUNY York

    Also, I recommend that you look at SUNY College at Old Westbury which is an excellent liberal arts college, but with state tuition and fees. They don't have a journalism major, but do have one in communications which will suit you just fine.

    As for free online college searches, in addition to, is very good.

  • Nicole
    Lv 5
    10 years ago

    Definitely keep up the good academic work as a senior, especially during your first sem, which is what colleges will look @ most when you're applying them them. Also, in your last sem, your grades need to be good so that they can't terminate your admissions b/c of them. Stay active in your extracurriculars,too.

    I think you have a very good shot at those schools, but you shuold also pick a safety school that you feel just as passionated about.

    Source(s): Me. NHS graduated senior.
  • ?
    Lv 7
    10 years ago

    Look up your intended school at

    They put a map of unweighted GPA versus SAT scores on one of the pages. Plot your unweighted GPA vs your SAT and you can estimate your chances.

    Also look up your intended school at:

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