Help a New Zealand student with US college admissions!





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By Jason (Jason) on Thursday, July 10, 2003 - 02:13 am: Edit

Hi,

I'm a student in my final year of high school in New Zealand, and I plan to apply to college in the US. I'm currently deciding which colleges to apply to, and I'd like your help if possible.

Let me describe the type of student I am: my primary interest is the maths and sciences, but I'm also interested in French, History, and possibly English, and I plan to take these sorts of courses in college.

Here is my current short list of colleges:
-Stanford
-Harvard
-Pomona
-Carleton

and possibly
-Dartmouth
-Cornell
-Brown

Do you think these schools are right for me based on my academic interests? Are there any other colleges that you think might interest me? As you can see, I don't have any safety schools yet.

Secondly, what do you think my chances are at getting accepted into these sorts of colleges - here are my stats: (I know that this belongs in the "What are my chances?" area, but it's all related to I'll keep it in the same post).

Rank: 1 in a class of 120
Subjects: I'm sitting the IB diploma:
-English A (HL)
-Physics (HL)
-Chemistry (HL)
-Maths (HL)
-French B (SL)
-History (SL)

I don't know what my predicted score is, but I would guess that it would be about 42-44.

My grades are usually A's, but I do get the occasional B for History or French (we get grades four times a year). In NZ, the grades are usually lower, so a B is not as big a deal here as it is in the USA.

SATs: 1530 (M: 780, V: 750) - sat in December 2002, going to retake in November 2003
SATIIs: Writing: 800, Physics: 800 - I'm sitting Math IIC in October 2003. I'm a HL Maths student, so I'm expecting quite a good score.

Extracurricular Activities:
-I'm the co-leader of a group responsible for the management of a local reserve
-Member of my school's UNESCO club
-Bus monitor (I don't think I'll bother putting that one on my college app...)
-I tutor other students in Maths and Physics
-I write the occasional article, and co-ordinate layout for the school paper.
-I worked with 3 friends to create this computer game which we are about to sell online, giving all profits to charity
-I'm the chairperson of my school's "Environment Committee", which is basically a group of students who work with school management to improve the school environment and facilities

(Nothing really special there, I know, unfortunatly extra-curriculars aren't that big in New Zealand :( )

I've got the standard list of awards, especially subject awards given internally in my school (I got 6 last year), and some external compeitition awards in French, the sciences and Maths.

One more thing: although I live in New Zealand, I'm actually a US citizen, so technically I am not an international student. Do you think being a US citizen living abroad will give me an advantage in the admissions process?

I'd be greatly appreciative of any advice you could give me, and any suggestions for colleges I might like. Living in New Zealand, I don't really know much about the whole college admissions process. Thanks :)


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To sum up, here are my questions:
1. Do you think the colleges I listed are appropriate for me based on my academic interests - i.e. are they OK for science-minded students who also like humanities?
2. What do you think my chances are of getting accepted at these colleges?
3. Are there any other colleges you could suggest? - specifically safety schools
4. Is living overseas going to be an advantage in the admissions process? Which 'region' am I going to be placed in during the admissions process? - I assume that I'll be in the same region as other New Zealanders, regardless of the fact that I am a US citizen?

By Uncchlocalmayor (Uncchlocalmayor) on Thursday, July 10, 2003 - 02:28 am: Edit

1. yes.
2. very good.
3. Any public university will give you full scholarships--UCLA, Berkley, UVA, UNC, UMich.
4. yes, definitely--you will be a multi-cultural asset to ANY college here in the USA.

Yourlocalmayor c/o UNC 2006

By Amylase (Amylase) on Friday, July 11, 2003 - 02:28 am: Edit

1.Stanford, pomona for sciences and Harvard for English, french etc.

2. Extremely good

3. I doubt your need for safeties

4. Are you a U.S. Citizen? If yes you are probably not considered international or New Zealand student.

Addition Comment:
Another perfect guy, my stats sucks compare to yours. Perfect guys like you make me hopeless for college.


Kidding ya,

Good luck on you college hunt


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