Panel of Experts

Karl Schellscheidt

SAT Prep Expert

  • BSE, Princeton University '90
  • M.A., Secondary Education Seton Hall University '93
  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School '00

Fred Hargadon

Dean of Admission

  • Swarthmore College
    (1964-1969)
  • Stanford University
    (1969-1984)
  • Princeton University
    (1988-2003)

Don Betterton

Financial Aid Expert

  • Director of Financial Aid, Princeton University (1973-2006)
  • Certified College Planner
  • Principal, Betterton College Planning

Seamus Malin

Admission Expert

  • Harvard University
    Dir. of Financial Aid
    (1966-1977)
    Asst. Dean of Admission
    (1977-1987)
    International Office Director
    (1987-2002)

Q & A with Don and Seamus: How Bad Does a “C” Hurt?

Karl Schellscheidt

college admissions expert advice from eprep.comWe continue our question and answer session with expert Don Betterton with a second question submitted by Lisa

Question (2) My son got a C first semester in AP calculus (taken in 10th grade). This was his first year of high school (we start in 10th) and it was a bit of an adjustmen taking a challenging math course for the first time. Second semseter he got a B+ (missed and A by 2/10ths of a percent – 89.3%). His other grades are pretty good (mostly As with a couple B+s and one B). Will the C hurt his chances at a top school? Or will they (more…)