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Chance me for National Merit Finalist?

georgiatech123georgiatech123 4 replies3 discussions Forum Champion
PSAT:221 (will qualify for NMSF in my state for sure)
SAT: 2330

my grades are awful though.
3.5 GPA (huge upwards trend, but I doubt they care)
Received 1 C in Calc BC sophomore year; I got a 5 on the AP test if that matters.

did I blow my chances with my overall low GPA and C in calc?
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  • georgiatech123georgiatech123 4 replies3 discussions Forum Champion
    sorry wrong forum
    edited May 2013
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  • billcshobillcsho 241 replies2 discussions Junior Member
    I have heard 1 C was usually fine, but I am not sure if that is always true.
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  • sosomenzasosomenza 109 replies1 discussions Junior Member
    A broad reply to the open forum. The PAST for incoming Juniors is coming up in October. A high enough score is worth a free ride/partial ride to a lot of good schools. I understand why everyone wants to go to an elite school, but the first step should be to nail the PSAT and put it in your back pocket as a safety school. This summer don't forget about the PSAT. There's no better position to be in than applying to Stanford or Yale, knowing that regardless of the outcome that the likes of Alabama or Arizona is offering a free ride. It will take a lot of pressure off the application process. Cutoff scores and school scholarship information can be found on the PSAT thread. GL
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  • intparentintparent 70 replies0 discussions Junior Member
    Sosomenza, I am confused... that is not at all what the OP asked. For the OP, it is hard to tell. Historically that one C would not have cost your, but this past year they apparently got a lot tougher on this issue. There was at least one person with ONE
    "C" who did not get NMF. But there is nothing you can do now except do your best on your grades and your regular SAT scores, write a good essay in the fall, and hope for the best.

    Depending on your college aspirations, it may or may not make much difference anyway. In the end, being NMF made little difference in my D (HS class 2013)'s college admissions or expenses. I honestly think her admissions would have been the same. Regarding scholarships, she did not get a $2,500 one-time or a corporate scholarship. Her final college offers essentially $1,000/year to those who get no need based FA. So it is something, sort of... she got need based aid this first year, so it didn't even matter for that (they don't give you anything extra, just replace part of a grant).
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