Where do you think i can get accepted?

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By Katylee110 (Katylee110) on Tuesday, September 16, 2003 - 07:03 pm: Edit

Hello.. I'm new to this discussion board and I'm glad I can actually anonymously post somewhere! =)
These are the colleges I really want to go to (in order of want):
Northwestern University
University of Michigan
University of Chicago
New York University
Cambridge University

I have a pretty low S.A.T. score though.. I'm currently a junior with an S.A.T. score of about 1200. It hasn't been budging! But I'm aiming for a 1300ish score.
I've heard ACT's are easier for some people, is it true?
I've been my church's piano player all throughout high school, and I've played piano and received lessons all throughout high school (actually since age 4)
I've done SOME community service here and there.
I've been nominated and accepted into the "who's who" in American High School Students (?) book... (Is that anything special? I suddenly got one of those letters so I applied and was accepted...)
I've been my chruch's youth group secretary.. only freshman year though.
I was in Concert Band freshman year, symphonic sophomore year, and right now i'm in wind ensemble (the highest level band offered)
I'm going to take the SAT II's.. soon..
I've gotten all A's, EXCEPT for my second semester of honors biology in 9th grade and my second semester of honors english in 10th grade.
All of my classes have been relatively high-level (usually)
I'm taking 3 a.p. courses currently (but i'm thinking about dropping one)

Will I be somehow accepted into any of those colleges that I want to go to?

Thanks for your help!

By Serdu (Serdu) on Tuesday, September 16, 2003 - 10:42 pm: Edit

1st of all, yes. The ACT's CAN be easier. But ralize they have a science section which ends to kill alot of people!

2nd, no. Who's who is a scam that wants your money, and it is SO common, in fact i would not even mention it in the app.

3rd, DO NOT drop the AP class. Nothing turns a college off more than studetns dropping challenging courses, and they WILL know.

4th, yes. you have a shot at all of those. But you honestly NEED to raise the SAT by at least a 120 points, a 1320-1400 is the green zone for the schools you listed.

What's your RANK/GPA like? At most of the listed schools, these are the most important criteria. At any rate, an EC since 4 years old is impressive.

Also, please see my thread at "please help" and evaluate me.

By Jamimom (Jamimom) on Wednesday, September 17, 2003 - 10:00 am: Edit

Take those ACTs, take a prep course or get a tutor to help you. Alot of those schools you want are primarily ACT schools and many good students who don't do so well on the SATs do well on the ACT because of the achievement aspect of those tests. Also prep for the SAT2s which again, a lot of good students do better on than on the SAT1 for the same reason. Again, study for them, get a tutor. The test scores are the bottleneck for you right now and you need help in that area. You many not even need to send in those SATs if you do much better on the ACTs.
Start working on courting your teachers and counselors for reps, look at some essay topics, and polish up those ECs. You have time so make good use of it. If you were a senior, it would be much more difficult.

By Rubenizm (Rubenizm) on Wednesday, September 17, 2003 - 10:05 pm: Edit

relatively high-level is not enough for a school like northwestern. They wanna see highest and the couselor tells that them on your application. do NOT drop the AP as serdu said they will find out.
And definitely raise your SAT score up to a 1350 to stand a good shot. You can get into those schools but unless your scores/stats/classes change, it's unlikely. Also you should consider applying ED if you like one of the schools MUCH better than the others. It will increase your chances sometimes by a lot. And do really high on your SAT2's there.

By Rachel555 (Rachel555) on Thursday, September 18, 2003 - 02:32 pm: Edit

how do schools find out if you drop a class?

why is it such a big deal?

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