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By Laurel05 (Laurel05) on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 05:29 pm: Edit

Going to TJ in Virginia (competitive sci & tech school), Asian female.

I'm definitely applying to Duke, UVA, and William and Mary. Likely a biology major, psychology minor or something along those lines.

I'm thinking about Yale, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Washington U. in St. Louis, Princeton, Cornell, UPenn, Swarthmore, Northwestern, U Chicago; James Madison or VA Tech as safeties(? I need more). Really need to visit a bunch of these, but I only have so much time.

Any advice narrowing down the list or additional school suggestions?

Stats:
4.0 GPA (UW), something like 4.08 (W), no rankings.
Seven APs by the end of senior year, 5's so far on the four exams I've taken. I don't have the most challenging schedule at my school, but it's probably at least above average.
1590 SATI (800 M, 790 V), SATIIs: Biology M 800, Math IIC 790, Writing 740.
228 PSAT, so National Semi-Finalist for sure, probably Finalist.

EC's:
Piano 10 years
Class Council (chaired an event last year)
Literary magazine
Jazz/Hip-hop Dance
Elementary School Tutor
NHS (doesn't really mean much here)
Keyettes
Number of service hours
Summer internship at Catholic U - Biology lab
Vietnamese school teacher's assistant (3 summers)

Awards/Honors:
First place @ Maryland Brain Bee
7th International Brain Bee
9th Place National French Exam
3 Superior, 1 Circle Award w/ National Guild Auditions (piano)
USA Biology Olympiad Semi-finalist
Academic Letters (3.8+ GPA)

By Reidmc (Reidmc) on Thursday, August 19, 2004 - 12:18 am: Edit

You have very good chances at the toughest admits on your list: Yale, Harvard, Princeton and Swarthmore . . .and as for the rest, I can't imagine you doing any worse than 9 out of 10.

I would only leave Va Tech and/or James Madison on your list if you really like the schools. . .I don't believe you need them as safeties. I couldn't recommend dropping any others for academic reasons, but could see you dropping one or two based on the social/campus environment(s). I'd investigate that subject via guidebooks and visits.

If I were adding to this list (after dropping 3-4 for the reasons above), I'd think about adding 2 or so LACs just below the selectivity of Swarthmore. Several come to mind for your interests, including Carleton, Haverford, Wesleyan, Smith and Davidson.

By Laurel05 (Laurel05) on Thursday, August 19, 2004 - 08:54 pm: Edit

any more suggestions?

By Laurel05 (Laurel05) on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 10:29 am: Edit

bump


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