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So You Messed Up in High School: 10 Great Colleges That Are Looking For You

So You Messed Up in High School: 10 Great Colleges That Are Looking For You
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So You Messed Up in High School

So you messed up in high school. You didn’t really apply yourself and your SAT and ACT scores are not up to par. Now it’s time to not only think about college, but it’s time to apply for admission to a college. Your parents are having a fit!

Many good high schools students mess up academically at one time or another. Their cumulative averages may not give a clear picture of their ability. Many strongly rated colleges will take you into consideration for admission if you have an iffy GPA and test scores on the average side. These colleges have places for repentant students. Here is our top 10 list.


10. Clarkson University

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Located in Potsdam, NY, Clarkson offers 50 undergraduate majors, some of the most popular are engineering, business, science, health sciences and liberal arts. And it’s located next to the largest natural wilderness on the East Coast. Adirondack State Park consists of 6 million acres where you can hike, climb, camp and ski. The Raquette River running next to the campus offers canoeing and kayaking as well.

Clarkson is less than 2 hours from Ottawa and Montreal. It’s also a weekend road trip away from Boston and New York City. There are also more than 80 clubs and organizations that welcome incoming freshman to join upperclass men and women in all campus activities.

“US News and World Report” gave Clarkson a top tier rating among national universities. “The Princeton Review” and “Entrepreneur” magazine rated Clarkson in the top 15 in the nation when it came to innovation and entrepreneur programs.

Clarkson is looking for students whose range of SAT Scores accepted (25th – 75th percentile) 1160 – 1360. The  range of ACT Scores accepted 24 -29. The average GPA for incoming Freshman/ Minimum GPA accepted 3.7/3.0. The acceptance rate is 68% and the Freshman retention rate is 88%.


9. University of Iowa

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The University of Iowa is a flagship public research university in Iowa City. The University of Iowa was founded in 1847 and is the oldest university in the state. Some of the most popular majors are Open Major, Business, Engineering, Biology, Nursing, Pre-Med, Psychology, English and Computer Science. Iowa City has a population of 67,862 people and offers great recreation and  housing in a metropolitan area.

The university is within a 5 hour drive of Chicago, Minneapolis, Omaha, Kansas City and St. Louis. The University of Iowa has more than 30,000 students but there is a clear sense of community among the students. The University offers more than $72 million in scholarships and 78% of the classes has fewer than 30 students.  Iowa is a smoke free campus.

The students have more than 500 clubs and organizations which to choose from and nearly 50 fraternities and sororities that offer community and social activities. Sports are an important part of the University’s campus life. The Iowa Hawkeyes are well known in Division I sports.

The University of Iowa is looking for students whose range of SAT scores accepted (25th – 75th percentile) 1070-1400. The range of ACT scores accepted is 23-28. The average GPA/minimum GPA accepted for incoming Freshman is 3.66/2.50. The acceptance rate at Iowa is 81% and the Freshman retention rate is 86%.

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