African-American's chance of getting into Harvard (Early Act

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By Idike on Tuesday, December 03, 2002 - 01:40 am: Edit

SAT: 1470 (790 Math, 680 Verbal)
ACT: 30
GPA: 4.08 weighted
Class rank: 23 out of 415
APs taken: Spanish Language(4), European History(4), Calculus AB (3), US History (4), Biology (3), English Language (4). I will be taking six more tests in May.

Some awards..
National Achievement Scholarship Semi-finalist
AP Scholar with Distinction Award
National Merit Commended Scholar
Golden State Exam-U.S. History High Honors
California Scholastic Federation Life Member
Governor's Scholar's Award
Academic Merit Search, UC Irvine Talent Search
Youth of the Month
I also participated in this summer program called COSMOS at UC Irvine and did well in a math competition.

Volunteer Activities:
Children’s Hospital Central California (Keeping ill children company)
Poverello House (Mostly cleaning and painting)
Stone Soup (Organized various activities for children to participate in)
I probably have 200-250 hours total.

Extra Curricular Activities:
Sports: Soccer (Co-captain, Defensive player of the year), Tennis

Clubs: Model United Nations (Won awards), Math Team (Won awards), Journalism (Assistant Editor), Visionary Society (Co-president and co-founder), Interserve

Hobbies: Youth Group (I'm pretty damn active.)

Employment: Kumon Center (Tutoring and Grading)
I've been working since September. It's only about 11 hours a week.

So, what do you guys think?

By Idike on Tuesday, December 03, 2002 - 01:44 am: Edit

Oh, I forgot to mention my SAT II scores.

Math I: 710
Writing: 750
US History: 750

By .. on Tuesday, December 03, 2002 - 02:37 am: Edit

things are looking bad for u cuz frankly...ur a boring applicant. Everyone looks just like u lol, except for the Kumon thing. That program is really helped me up to an extent...but i ultimately had to rely on Princeton Review to get my math up there. But I'd apply to some other schools that are within your reach (mid to lower ivies, maybe yale if u like :P )

By .. on Tuesday, December 03, 2002 - 08:15 pm: Edit

edit: but being an URM might help u have any sort of hook? that would ensure u in, or at least, give u a good chance.

By Liz (Liz) on Wednesday, December 04, 2002 - 02:07 pm: Edit

Your hook is being a well-rounded, high scoring, good grades URM who is a NAS semi-finalist. If you become an National Achievement Scholar, well, let me put it this way: Harvard and Stanford compete for National Achievement Scholars.
It wouldn't assure you admission, but it'd definitely give you a good shot. At least, that's my 2 cents.

By The Used on Thursday, December 05, 2002 - 01:16 am: Edit


By The Used on Friday, December 06, 2002 - 09:16 pm: Edit

Push it up

By dsa on Friday, December 06, 2002 - 09:25 pm: Edit

Dude, I'm optimistic for you as well. You have about median or just below median scores for Harvard acceptees, and your black. That's equivalent to like a 100 pt improvement in SAT and maybe even more. Your one downfall is that you have no developed interests. Someone had said that you were "well-rounded" and that may be true, but colleges don't usually look for well rounded students, they look for well rounded freshman classes. What I mean by that is that they want a certain amount of people who are exceptional in music, a handful of people who are awesome in leadership or politics, a handful of people who are truly dedicated athletes. However, they don't like to see one person who does a little music, a little athletics, etc. You feel me? But your URM, so I think your fine. If not Harvard, ur definitely in Dartmouth or Brown (no pun intended) or any other IVY

By Bla on Sunday, December 08, 2002 - 04:25 pm: Edit

Top it

By Bla on Sunday, December 08, 2002 - 08:54 pm: Edit


By Gucci Son on Tuesday, December 10, 2002 - 01:31 am: Edit

Welcome to Harvard.

By Idike on Saturday, December 14, 2002 - 11:21 pm: Edit

I got in!

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