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U. of Miami for Jamaican Student with 2.8 GPA?

Question:I have a 2.8 gpa and I am an international student from Jamaica. U. of Miami is my dream school. I play a lot of sports and I am in a lot of clubs. I am a high school junior about to be a senior. What should I do for senior year?

Your GPA (2.8) is extremely low for the University of Miami. Only about 2% of all U. of Miami freshmen enter with a GPA between 2.5 and 2.99. So it seems like your only (long-shot) chance of admission would be as a highly recruited athlete. If you are outstanding in any of your sports (i.e., one of the top players in your age bracket in all of Jamaica), then you should contact the appropriate Miami coach. (The coaches' names and email addresses can be found on the university's athletic Web site.) Explain your interest in the university and provide details about your experience and ability in your sport. Note, however, that U. of Miami recruits athletes from around the world, so you would need to be exceptionally talented to be considered.

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