Preparing for College

Ivy League GPA Requirements

Question: My grades are are in the C range, but I go to a very prestigious high school, and I'm a transfer. I really want to get into an Ivy League school, but I honestly feel that my chances have been blown because of my sophomore grades. Is this true?

If you are about to enter your junior year with a C average, unless you do something relatively spectacular in the next year and a half of school, it's unlikely that you could get into an Ivy. Other aspects that could help--but not guarantee--that you might get in would include extreme athletic accomplishments (national-level championships), musical abilities (semi-professional-level talent), minority considerations, and strong legacy connections.

The profiles of today's Ivy candidates are so strong that anything less than a high-B GPA, coupled with stellar test scores, essays, recommendations, and a host of other great aspects leaves most applicants out in the cold. Of course there are always exceptions, but the realistic answer to your question is that a C average won't cut it for Ivy League admission.

To get an idea about what kinds of stats Ivy admits (and denials) possess, check the "Ivy League Admissions" link on our home page at You may be surprised at what you find there.

Don't fret, though. There are plenty of great colleges out there for you. Just keep doing your very best and when it comes to be application time, get some good help.