What can I improve on to get into these engineering schools.

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By Infinity (Infinity) on Monday, January 19, 2004 - 03:35 pm: Edit

Hi I am a junior looking to see if anyone can help me out. The following are my specs as of now and I would greatly appreciate any input:
SAT I:780M,630V=>1410 comb
AP Chem
PreAP calc
the rest all honors
GPA:3.67 uw, 3.97 weighted
our school has no rank, NJ

-2 year Varsity Tennis, will continue playing all four years
-3 year Marching Band

-JSA member (debate club)
-Technology Studen Association member
-All years top concert music group, all years Jazz Band. (these are not including marching band)
-200+ volunteering hours at Princeton Medical Center
-plan to go to India and do volunteer work, build homes etc.
-plan to take SAT I again ( in 5 days!?!?) and 3 SAT IIs (math IIc, chem writing)
Awards-won an essay contest
Just wondering what my numbers in the remaining SATs/ECs should look like and if a 4 on AP chem is good enough for:
Reach: Cornell, Carnegie Mellon, Columbia Fu College
Middle:Michigan ann arbor, WashU, Georgia Tech, Purdue
Safety: Rutgers, Missouri Rolla, Clemson,

Plz post any information that can help me to set attainable goals.

By Infinity (Infinity) on Monday, January 19, 2004 - 03:57 pm: Edit


By Infinity (Infinity) on Monday, January 19, 2004 - 04:01 pm: Edit

bump plz!

By Becks777 (Becks777) on Monday, January 19, 2004 - 09:12 pm: Edit

Obvious answers: Keep your GPA up: since u still have a semester of your junior yr to go, a 4.0 in it would definitely help since your gpa seems a little low

And then since u still have time get your SAT up- work on it, especially if u want to get into your reaches

Aloso do something interesting in the summer

By Freak4korn72 (Freak4korn72) on Monday, January 19, 2004 - 09:21 pm: Edit

Purdue is a safety for you.

By Barrons (Barrons) on Monday, January 19, 2004 - 09:33 pm: Edit

Add Wisconsin and Illinois as safety/match schools. Way better than Clemson and Rolla--yuk

By Usnewsranker (Usnewsranker) on Monday, January 19, 2004 - 09:40 pm: Edit

WashU is pretty hard...probably harder than CMU or Columbia Engineering i think.

By Collegeparent (Collegeparent) on Monday, January 19, 2004 - 09:43 pm: Edit

You should also look at Lehigh, Union, RPI, U of Rochester, U of Chicago and Cal Poly (not the same as Cal Tech), among others. As for another state school, look at U of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; this year's Nobel Prize winner teaches there --

By Infinity (Infinity) on Tuesday, January 20, 2004 - 05:34 pm: Edit

College Parent- Yea I have heard about those schools, is U illinois urbana good for engineering?
Usnewsranker- wow I didn't know WashU was harder that CMU and Cornell...
thanks for info
any other ways to improve?

By Compsciguy (Compsciguy) on Tuesday, January 20, 2004 - 06:16 pm: Edit

I don't think WashU's engineering program is more competitive than Carnegie Mellon or Cornell. UIUC has an excellent engineering program, but they're not too great at other stuff.

By Infinity (Infinity) on Tuesday, January 20, 2004 - 07:12 pm: Edit

Becks- so you're saying that an SAT score in the 1500s would really up my chances? im not sure if thats feasable (at least not for Jan SAT). I was hoping that mid 1400 would be ok, but i guess not. What about my ECs, diversify, more hours? O and I am applying to summer engineering programs at Columbia, Cornell and UM college park.

By Infinity (Infinity) on Wednesday, January 21, 2004 - 05:46 pm: Edit


By Infinity (Infinity) on Thursday, January 22, 2004 - 03:26 pm: Edit

in addition to summer activities, if you didn't see it in my info, I am going to India to build homes in needy areas through my grandfather's ministry. Are going to India and a summer course at a university interesting enough?

By Becks777 (Becks777) on Thursday, January 22, 2004 - 09:22 pm: Edit

YES: for carnegie mellon and cornell, it would improve your chances: You are on a great track right now: a 1410 in your junio year is great. Since you have time, why not make all these school your matches: take the April ,May test and get your score in between 1450-1500: Good luck

And for sure get all As next semester

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