Nervous about admission due to AP Chemistry grade

Polaris_117

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Hello, everyone. I just finished my junior year and got an updated transcript. I sent it to an admission officer, who pointed out the 67 I had in AP Chemistry. He called it a "deal breaker". I'm not the best student, but my other stats are average to slightly above average. I have the following:

Academics:
-1260 SAT (retaking in August)
-3.6 GPA
-On track for advanced regents diploma
-Academic awards in physics and college prep algebra
-95 on Physics regents (highest in my class)
-Honor roll

Athletics (weak point):
-Wrestling and martial arts experience
-Skiing
-Routinely exercise

Leadership and EC's:
-Eagle Scout in September 2024
-Sea Cadets
-100+ hours of community service
-Seal of Civics club
-Foreign language honor society
-Order of the Arrow (scouting honor society)
-Multiple part-time jobs throughout HS, including lifeguard
-40 flight hours through student piloting

I know there are a lot of posts like this, but I would really appreciate any help. Would that one bad grade really stop me from an appointment? I will try to retake AP Chemistry; USMMA takes the grades of the first semester of senior year, right?

I APPRECIATE ALL RESPONSES
 
You got the feedback directly from the admissions officer, which is probably the best source of information. Can you retake the course? Or take it for a college level class in the fall and show that you can master the material? I think that sounds like what you need to do. Good luck!
 
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Definitely take it again. My DS re-took his 2nd semester of Chemistry. Admissions did ask for his progress before he was offered an appointment - his teacher sent them the info. He did much better. And, I agree - definitely try to bump up that SAT score. Did you ask Admissions what their suggestion was? They provided my DS with very specific ways to help the situation…. Good luck 🍀
 
Definitely take it again. My DS re-took his 2nd semester of Chemistry. Admissions did ask for his progress before he was offered an appointment - his teacher sent them the info. He did much better. And, I agree - definitely try to bump up that SAT score. Did you ask Admissions what their suggestion was? They provided my DS with very specific ways to help the situation…. Good luck 🍀
The admission officer I emailed said the same things you did. I’m going to try to retake AP Chemistry and I am studying to hopefully get a 1350 or higher on the SAT
 
If you aren't accepted straight out of high school to an academy, consider attending a service academy prep program, like the one at Marion Military Institute. Doing well in a program like that can go a long way toward mitigating a high school record with weak points. And if you do that, I strongly recommend applying to more than one academy.
 
So if a person gets a 67 in AP Chemistry, or AP Anything, for that matter, then what’s the point of retaking the AP class? Why not now take “regular” Chemistry this year instead, with the goal of a much higher grade. There are a lot of people that take regular Chemistry because their school doesn’t offer AP.
 
Did you take the Chem AP exam?

Related/unrelated story: my nephew had an absurdly high weighted GPA but didn't take many AP exams. As a result, several non-academy schools that he applied to re-calculated his GPA in a non-weighted manner resulting in a very pedestrian GPA. He didn't get into those schools.

Regardless, I suspect there aren't too many Eagle Scouts that aren't eventually admitted. Grades aren't the only thing that matter.
 
Did you take the Chem AP exam?

Related/unrelated story: my nephew had an absurdly high weighted GPA but didn't take many AP exams. As a result, several non-academy schools that he applied to re-calculated his GPA in a non-weighted manner resulting in a very pedestrian GPA. He didn't get into those schools.

Regardless, I suspect there aren't too many Eagle Scouts that aren't eventually admitted. Grades aren't the only thing that matter.
One thing I see that the OP posted is “40 flight hours through student piloting.” In my day, and admittedly another century, my high school guidance counselor advised that I drop out of Boy Scouts (I was almost Eagle) and instead join Civil Air Patrol, which I did. In an interview by the local congressman, I was asked why did I make the move to Civil Air Patrol; I replied I felt it presented more challenging opportunities than scouting and everyone did the Eagle as a path to a SA appointment.

So to the OP, see if you have a active chapter of the Civil Air Patrol nearby. With 40 cockpit hours under your belt, you would likely find yourself a cadet officer in a few months which would be a nice addition to your resume.
 
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