Mathematics - Harvard candidate... !?

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By Creon (Creon) on Sunday, September 28, 2003 - 03:17 am: Edit

Hi, here are my stats.

GPA 4.12 weighted
UC 4.3

SAT 1530
Math IIC 800
Writing 790
Physics 780
PSAT 225

AP Physics 5
AP Calc BC 5
AP History 4
AP Spanish 5

AMC 12 133.5

Mathletics 1st place Advanced Algebra
Mathletics 1st place Math Analysis
Mathletics 1st place Calculus BC
AMC Honor Roll of Distinction (x3)
AMC School Winner
AIME Honor Roll of Distinction (x3)
AIME School Winner
USAMTS Silver Medal
JETS JV 2nd place
National Physics Team Semi-Finalist
National Greek Exam - Highest Honors
National Merit Semi-Finalist
School Plaque Mathematics
School Plaque Physics
Recycler of the Year Award (x2)
Rensselaer Polytechnic Medal
High Honors Student

Student Council (Student Body Treasurer, Freshman Vice President)
Mock Trial
Cross Country
Amnesty International
Film Club
School Ambassador
Orchestra, Band

*Have acted in 11 plays, most recent two I had the lead role
*Summer Courses: Programming, Statistics, Modern Dance all A's.
*Taking EPGY classes: Number Theory, Electromagnetics
*I have very solid community service

I am applying at Harvard, Stanford, MIT, CalTech, Harvey Mudd and RPI (because they gave me a $60,000 scholarship). I plan to major in Mathematics. What are my odds?

By Trojan1444 (Trojan1444) on Sunday, September 28, 2003 - 03:23 am: Edit

I think you have an excellent shot. Not only are your test scores good, but you have an obvious passion for mathematics, as shown through your numerous awards.

You've got as good a shot as anyone, but at Harvard or MIT that's still no better than 50-50.

By Alimshk (Alimshk) on Sunday, September 28, 2003 - 11:23 am: Edit

Great shot at all the universities listed. Good luck!

By Pacman (Pacman) on Sunday, September 28, 2003 - 12:47 pm: Edit

Getting a 133 on the AHSME would be pretty good score back in the 90s. But the AMC12 now is so easy a lot of people get 150s. It'll nice if you just say "USAMO qualifier" instead on "AMC12 : ", "AIME : ". Then you'll have a 100% chance of getting into Caltech and MIT.

By Texas137 (Texas137) on Sunday, September 28, 2003 - 01:28 pm: Edit

Pacman - the original poster was not a USAMO qualifier. 133 amc-12 plus 7 aime was not high enough last year.

Being a USAMO qualifier is certainly good, but does not give anyone a 100% chance at Caltech/MIT.

By Pacman (Pacman) on Sunday, September 28, 2003 - 08:12 pm: Edit

In theory it does. Unless you screw up bad in something else

But there is no single USAMO qualifier I know that got rejected by those 2 schools.

There is only 70 or 80 USAMO qualifiers per year, I think any college can make room for those.

By Chenfei (Chenfei) on Sunday, September 28, 2003 - 08:18 pm: Edit

There are 250 USAMO qualifiers per year...

By Texas137 (Texas137) on Sunday, September 28, 2003 - 08:52 pm: Edit

There are 250-320 USAMO qualifiers per year, but only 70-80 of them are applying to college.

By Pacman (Pacman) on Sunday, September 28, 2003 - 09:47 pm: Edit

Thanks, Texas.

By Pookdogg (Pookdogg) on Monday, October 13, 2003 - 12:18 pm: Edit

creon, I think you're set for MIT and CalTech. To improve your odds at Harvard, I suggest you really get a killer essay. They know that you're a math whiz, and while that may be enough for tech schools, Harvard will look for something extra. Harvard gets all sorts of math geniuses, and your experience with drama might give you a leg up when it comes to expressing yourself in the essays.
Even though I don't know you, I'm going to take a stab in the dark. You must be Russian. Am I right?

By Creon (Creon) on Friday, October 17, 2003 - 11:32 pm: Edit

Wow, PookDogg, I AM Russian.

Actually, half-Russian, half-Ukrainian. How did you guess?

Thanks for the advice on the essay.

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