Chances at William and Mary, Tufts

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By Fmhstud83 (Fmhstud83) on Sunday, August 31, 2003 - 04:30 pm: Edit

-4.1 GPA weighted
-strait A's throughout highschool
-rank 8 out of 398
AP US history- 4
AP psychology-5
-700 writing sat II
-710 us history sat II
-Taking Math and Spanish Sat II when I get a chance

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I live in Colorado. What are my chances at William and Mary and Tufts? Thank you

By Ariesathena (Ariesathena) on Sunday, August 31, 2003 - 11:53 pm: Edit

I graduated from Tufts in May, so a few words: your extracurriculars look good - Tufts likes to see long-term committment to activites, instead of an assorted laundry list. The Tufts admissions matrix for 2006 (slightly outdated, but nonetheless helpful):

By your class rank, you have about a 40% chance of getting in. I don't know how ACT correlates to SAT, but you can guess at what your chances would be using that. All in all, I'd say that you have about a 50/50 or so shot of getting in - it will largely depend on how well you do your application, if you write both essays, get good recommendations, and make those essays good.

As William and Mary is a part of Virginia's state school system, it is more difficult to get in to coming from out of state. I don't know specifics on the admissions, but you probably stand a decent chance of getting in - not a safety as you are from Colorado, but still quite likely that you'll get in. If someone knows more about this subject, chime in.

By Fmhstud83 (Fmhstud83) on Monday, September 01, 2003 - 11:43 am: Edit

The 25-75% ACT range is 26 to 31, so I'm good there. Should i fill out the application by hand or do it online? Also, I only took 2 AP classes my junior year, and I'm taking 2 my senior year. It's hard to take so many when I have other priorities. A girl from my school is also applying to Tufts, and she took 2 APs last year and is taking 4 APs this year! She doesn't do sports or student government however, so she has the time to take a harder schedule. Do you think they will look at both of our applications and say, "Wow, this girl is amazing, look at all of those APs! She's in. This other kid is a slacker, toss it!" lol, Thanks

By Fmhstud83 (Fmhstud83) on Monday, September 01, 2003 - 09:17 pm: Edit


By Ariesathena (Ariesathena) on Tuesday, September 02, 2003 - 09:41 pm: Edit

Fmh:, sorry, haven't been on this site in a while. From what I've seen, they may actually value your application more - the extra 2 APs aren't going to hurt you hugely (you're still taking 4 APs and working hard), but the lack of ECs will pretty much doom anyone's chances at Tufts. I cannot emphasize enough how much Tufts really seems to value longstanding committments to something outside of school. Almost everyone I knew there had been doing something athletic or community oriented for many years before matriculating - lots of athletes, lots of community service, lots of dancers. I did not take AP History as a junior, but took AP chem instead, ran varsity track, and worked on a lit magazine - which Tufts apparently did not hold against me.

Take a deep breath and relax - I think Tufts usually accepts an average of two students per school (in that they accept twice as many students as there are schools on the accepted list), so her application won't influence your chances.

Lastly, good luck! :) Feel free to email me if you have any questions.

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