Originally Posted by Misterbill
If any youngsters are reading this thread, don't be dissuaded from pursuing an Ivy school that you think would be a good fit for you if you have a 4.0 GPA (don't know how you get 4.5 as a soph unless the school allows lots of APs for freshmen/sophs) and about 9 APs eventually. There's a lot more that admissions officers consider, of course, but these credentials at least will get you smack dab in the center of the mix.
Yes, all A's in APs and never less than A+ in non-APs. Not trying to dissuade anyone. Just reality that it's a crapshoot for these colleges as there are many more qualified applicants than admitting slots. Doesn't mean that one should not shoot for them but also doesn't mean one is a failure or will not get a great education at other schools.