Will 9th-Grade B and C in Math Hurt Engineering Prospects?

Question: If I had a C (in a half year, minor math class) and a B in geometry freshman year, but sophomore and junior year have been getting straight As in math classes, what are my chances of being accepted to a fairly competitive engineering school (given that my SAT score surpasses their average, as well as my regular grade point average, and I got above a 700 on the math Sat2), such as UMich or Purdue?

Although your C and B in freshman classes might have some negative impact on your overall GPA (and on your class rank, if your high school is one that provides rank), the college admission committees are going to be focused on your grades in your later, more rigorous classes and thus your 9th grade math grades will definitely not keep you out of competitive engineering programs, if you continue to earn the top grades that are you are earning now.

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