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By thomas_walters on Sunday, November 24, 2002 - 08:57 pm: Edit

I have recently become plagued by insecurities. How do my chances look for Yale, Stanford, Amherst, Brown, Harvard, and Chicago based on the following information? I appreciate advice, especially when it's based on experience. Thanks.

Basics: White middle-class male from NC

790V 740M; 800Wr 800IIC 780US; 3/362; 3.85UW (all scores fine except a C- in BC Calc...erg)

APs: 5-EnviSci 4-BC Calc 4-US His 3-Latin Vergil

ECs: Boy Scouts (Eagle Scout, Sr Patrol Leader), Order of the Arrow (Chapter Chief, 2002 youth member of the year), Swimming (All-Conference, 4 Years Varsity), Latin Club (President, NLE summa cum laude, Fall Forum Upper Certamen 1st Place), Environment Club (Envirothon competitor, 2nd in region), Literary Magazine (Co-EIC), Marching Band (squad leader)

Other: National Merit Semifinalist (222), attended NC Governor's School for Social Science, very interested in script-writing (esp. comedy)

By percentageman on Sunday, November 24, 2002 - 10:06 pm: Edit

Yale 55%
Brown 70%
Harvard 50%
Amherst 70%
Stanford 50%

By jesusmysavior on Monday, November 25, 2002 - 12:56 pm: Edit

I wouldn't count on getting in to any of these schools. Your C- in Calculus BC will take your chances away. 91.49% of applicants at Yale have never gotten a B.

By zee on Monday, November 25, 2002 - 01:27 pm: Edit

I'm an international applicant from India, 790 Verbal 640 Math, and I have mostly B's. My class rank, however, shifts between 1 and 2, are ADCOM's lightly to disregard my grades and consider my rank instead? I should mention that my school is divided in three parts: Science (150 students), Commerce (150 students), and the Humanities(23 students); my rank of 1/2 refers only to the Humanities class as there is absolutely no basis for measurement on a school-wide scale.

By thomas_walters on Monday, November 25, 2002 - 05:31 pm: Edit

umm...jesusmysavior, where did you get that number? that seems a bit too high

By b on Monday, November 25, 2002 - 06:03 pm: Edit

i doubt only 9% of applicants got a B

By frogbert on Wednesday, November 27, 2002 - 10:56 am: Edit

that was a bogus statistic. ignore his comment.

By justlooking on Sunday, December 01, 2002 - 09:49 pm: Edit

what were your essays about?

By thomas_walters on Friday, January 17, 2003 - 03:12 pm: Edit

i wrote about my swim coach's retirement speech and related it to my own experiences on the swim team and elsewhere. my other essay talked about my involvement in scouting.


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