College Grades

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  1. Classof2018

    Classof2018 Member

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    I'm currently a sophomore in college and a third time applicant to USNA. My main question is how much does a C affect your application? I got two last year from chemistry and calc, but rebounded this semester and am now looking at an A- in the next level of calc along with possibly a B/B- in Ochem.

    I guess my main question is this- if I were to slip up and get another C+ in Ochem, are my chances completely shot? Does the difficulty of the class along with the rest of my schedule come into play? I'm a Chemistry major with a double minor in Math and Physics, so my schedule consists of math, physics, and chem pretty much every semester.

    There's no doubt I'll show improvement this semester compared with last semester with a more difficult schedule, but I was told that a C in a class regardless of schedule/difficulty is a huge hit to the application as a whole. I'm currently doing everything in my power to NOT earn a C/C+ this semester, but I always anticipate the worst case scenario, and am curious if a C will hold me back from becoming scholastically qualified.
     
  2. ck15

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    What were your grades last year?
    I am a college applicant and a 4/C Midshipman in my schools NROTC program. I will have a 3.25 first term GPA. I had all A's with the exception of a B+ in Chemistry for Engineers, a C+ in Calculus 3, and a C in The Human Event (an Honors English course as I am in the Honors College). Will these grades give me a chance or are they just too low?
     
  3. Spud

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    What class do you guys take? Worry Wart 101? The semester is not even over and you are wringing your hands. If you ace the final, you don't have to worry about a C. The question you ask----will a C kill me?----has no answer. Who knows? What else do you have going for you in your application? What are your grades in Plebe Year corresponding courses? One C is not a giant killer but you are in competition with other candidates who did not get a C. The goal is not to get a minimum but to beat the other guy. I'd say your upcoming finals are very, very important.
     
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    AROTC-dad Just a dad

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    Worry Wart 101...
    Spud, that is priceless!
     
  5. ck15

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    Thanks for the response! However, my finals are already over and these are my final grades. How does the admissions board look at the difficulty of college courses taken? For example, do they prefer a freshman with a C+ in Calc 3 over an A in Pre-Calculus? I'm just curious. I am very proud of my C+ as that was the hardest math class I have ever taken.
     
  6. Spud

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    I can empathize as I fought for every scrap of my GPA as modest as it was. I think what you are looking for is a spreadsheet that uses all the permutations and combinations of courses and difficulty to find out what academic rock beats what academic scissors. I don't think such a thing exists....or if it does, the Air Force uses it. They love numbers.
     
  7. Classof2018

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    Right, I was under the impression that a C no matter under what circumstances had a negative impact upon your WCS. If that's not the case I'll take my chances, organic chem was no walk in the park this semester, but I think I'll be able to come out with a B-
     
  8. ck15

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    haha thanks Spud. Many of my friends are Air Force cadets and they do like their numbers!
     

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