Chance for UPENN?





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By Steved665 (Steved665) on Thursday, September 04, 2003 - 01:30 am: Edit

I really want to major in business at UPENN. Do I have a chance?
GPA: 3.8
Class rank: 23/100
SAT: 1200
3 years of spanish
6 years of math
4 years of english
3 years of History
5 years of science

Extra Curricular:
Key Club
Internship at Congressman's office
National Youth Leadership Conference
Sports: Soccer, Basketball and golf
Sole Proprieotor of my own business
Website Coordinator of my church
Habitat for Hummanity
Part time job
Play guitar and piano
currently have: 18 college credits
total college credits after highschool: 30+ college credits

By Wharton1986 (Wharton1986) on Thursday, September 04, 2003 - 01:49 am: Edit

really low sat score.

By Pistolpete (Pistolpete) on Thursday, September 04, 2003 - 01:55 am: Edit

You have an outside shot of getting in...your chances would improve dramatically if your SAT were higher. Are you considering test prep? The Kaplan Verbal SAT book brought my verbal up 80 points. If that score doesn't improve, you're gonna have to have some very good essays and recommendations. It seems as though you might have a good hook in owning your own business...see if you can work that into your essay.

By Steved665 (Steved665) on Thursday, September 04, 2003 - 07:15 pm: Edit

Pistolpete: who should i get recommendations from?

By Reba616 (Reba616) on Thursday, September 04, 2003 - 07:36 pm: Edit

No, I don't think you'll get in... being brutally honest. Kids from my school in the top 2% of the class with 1500+ SATs have gotten rejected from Wharton.

By Rubenizm (Rubenizm) on Thursday, September 04, 2003 - 08:20 pm: Edit

you're barely in the top quarter of your class. Unless you go to some super-school, you have no reasonable chance of getting in. A 1200 is a joke for wharton. Don't waste 50 bucks or at least don't apply early.

By Steved665 (Steved665) on Thursday, September 04, 2003 - 08:20 pm: Edit

did those kids have a lot of extracurricular activites?

By Steved665 (Steved665) on Thursday, September 04, 2003 - 08:24 pm: Edit

my school is the only one of its kind in the world

By Quakerboy2 (Quakerboy2) on Thursday, September 04, 2003 - 08:58 pm: Edit

Your rank may be low, depending on your school. At my school, I was 12ish/100 (they just said top 20%), and I managed to get into Wharton (the M&T program, actually), so it can be done. On the flip side, I had higher SATs, and those never hurt anybody. You def. have some room to go, and if you do some prep, you might be surprised at how high your scores go up.

By Andrey1225 (Andrey1225) on Saturday, September 06, 2003 - 12:27 am: Edit

youre a failure.

By Wharton1986 (Wharton1986) on Saturday, September 06, 2003 - 11:40 am: Edit

quaker boy can you post your stats?

By Quakerboy2 (Quakerboy2) on Tuesday, September 09, 2003 - 08:48 pm: Edit

Sure, I'll do the abbreviated version:

Rank: Reported as top 20%, but since I didn't make Cum Laude Junior Year, I know I wasn't top 10%. I had the same numerical average (to the closest whole number) as #10, so I know I was close.
SAT: 790 math, 780 verbal
SAT IIs (Do I even remember?): 800 IIc, 800 Physics, 780 Chem, 730 Writing
APs
Sophmore: Physics - 5
Junior:
French Lang - 4
Chemistry - 5
Computer Science A - 5
History (didn't take an AP course) - 3
Senior:
Biology - 5
BC Calc - 5
French Lit - 2 (Hey, it was the end of my senior year. I knew where I was going by then)

ECs:
1) 7 years Boy Scouts, including a lot of leadership-type awards, got me a really nice rec, made Eagle Scout. I was seriously involved for probably 6.5 of 7 years.
2) Small parts in plays, singing lessons, chorus. Basically, I have a strong interest (although considerably less talent than interest) in singing and theater.
3) Lots of rock climbing on the side. I might have used this for mini-essays. Not a big deal.
4) Random other stuff that everybody knows isn't important but puts down anyhoo.

Special stuff....Legacy at Penn, did lots of interviewing and visiting, so that helped. Didn't apply ED.

Accepted: UPenn M&T and MIT (and others), Rejected: Stanford (ED) (deferred, then rejected).

I've heard that colleges really like college credits coming in, so that should help too.

Good luck!


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