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By Dukeda1 (Dukeda1) on Friday, July 30, 2004 - 11:15 pm: Edit

Please, please, leave your opinion of my chances at these universities...

Duke (1st choice)
U. of Chic.
UNC-Chapel Hill (live in NC)
U. of Virginia
U. of Texas

And here is my resume'

4.79 GPA
4.00 unweighted
1 0f 280 class rank
1270 SAT (590 V 680 M, i know that HAS to come up)
3 years Varsity Basketball and cross country (captain)
AP Stats 4
Ap Chemistry 4
Ap US history 5
Student Body Treasurer
"Best Latin Student" Award for 2003-2004 school
Ative in most all clubs at my school(probably 10 different clubs)
part time employee at loyal engineering firm(30 hours a week)
Boys' State
Jr. Red Cross Club (involved mainly early in HS)
Toast Masters
Piedmont Swing Society
National Association of Rocketry
Freedom's Answer Coordinator
50+ hours of community service (Odyssey of the
Mind, Loaves & Fishes, Special Olympics, etc.)
A few citizenship/character awards/scholarships and fictional writing awards

If you could please copy paste my list of colleges above and write your opinions of my chances next to that column, I would really, really appreciate it. Any help at all would be tremendous. Thanks a lot!

By Jaredthegreat (Jaredthegreat) on Friday, July 30, 2004 - 11:59 pm: Edit

Raise that SAT/take the ACT.

I've heard that Cal out of state is really tough, like Columbia. Same with U Virginia.

At your request:

(These are just my estimates based on the "feel" I get. I am not basing these on test scores or anything. I am no expert, nor do I have the stats in my hand. I'm looking into a bunch of those schools, so I hope my feelings are pretty close...)

Duke (1st choice) -- Hard Reach. Raise those scores!!
Stanford -- Same
U. of Chic. -- Close reach, but still need scores
UNC-Chapel Hill (live in NC) -- match
U. of Virginia -- Reach
Yale -- Hard Reach
Davidson -- probably a near reach (I'm not sure)
Berkeley -- reach
U. of Texas -- no idea. I'm guessing safe match
Vanderbilt -- hard match
Northwestern -- hard match/close reach

Some higher test scores will bring each of those closer to your level though.

Good luck!

By Dukeda1 (Dukeda1) on Saturday, July 31, 2004 - 10:00 am: Edit

Again, if anyone could leave their opinion, I would truly appreciate your help.

By Dukeda1 (Dukeda1) on Saturday, July 31, 2004 - 02:00 pm: Edit


By Dukeda1 (Dukeda1) on Saturday, July 31, 2004 - 06:48 pm: Edit


By Thekev (Thekev) on Saturday, July 31, 2004 - 07:09 pm: Edit

UNC is the only non-reach as I see it, but you bring a lot to the table so who knows?

By Topper (Topper) on Saturday, July 31, 2004 - 08:17 pm: Edit

Duke (1st choice): Big Reach (ED, maybe?)
Stanford: Big Reach
U. of Chic.: Big Reach
UNC-Chapel Hill (live in NC): Match
U. of Virginia: Big Reach
Yale: Big Reach
Davidson: Big Reach
Berkeley: Reach
U. of Texas: Safety/Match
Vanderbilt: Reach
Northwestern: Big Reach

Sorry! Both your GPA and rank signify that you're smart and hard-working. Your EC's look good; it's your SAT that's holding you back. Have you taken the SAT II's yet? You may want to consider this, because right now we really only have two more test dates before most RD applications are due. You seem like a really neat person, and if you can communicate that through your essays and interviews, that should definitely give you a boost. In the meantime, I advise that you get some safeties that you are absolutely CERTAIN you can get into on your list (right now I only see Chapel Hill as one of these, and even this school can be rather unpredictable). Good Luck!

By Dukeda1 (Dukeda1) on Saturday, July 31, 2004 - 10:21 pm: Edit

Let's suppose that my next SAT score is what my goal is, a 1400, and I do relatively well on the ACT. Should I still apply to Stanford and Berkeley, which seem to stress SAT IIs? Thanks again and for any new readers, if could at least comment on my chances above I would really appreciate it.

By Dukeda1 (Dukeda1) on Sunday, August 01, 2004 - 12:14 am: Edit


By Jaredthegreat (Jaredthegreat) on Sunday, August 01, 2004 - 01:18 am: Edit

You HAVE TO take SAT IIs for Berkeley, and they must include Writing, Math 1 or 2 C, and a third of your choice.

And yes, if you raise your test scores your chances will be better.

By Dukeda1 (Dukeda1) on Sunday, August 01, 2004 - 11:21 pm: Edit

Thanks to everyone that responded. Anybody else? Anyting at all. I really could use the advice and opinions. THANKS A LOT!!!

By Qwert271 (Qwert271) on Sunday, August 01, 2004 - 11:30 pm: Edit

Just for U of Chicago: if you do get 1400+ it just about becomes a match if you put time into your essays. Their admissions policy is a bit looser than most other schools on the same level; most Ivies genuinely don't have room in their class for a lot of the qualified applicants they'd like to admit, U of C does since they have a much smaller app pool. Just show them you think and that you're passionate about something and you should get in.

By Dukeda1 (Dukeda1) on Monday, August 02, 2004 - 11:57 pm: Edit

Thanks for everyone's advice. Does anybody else have any opinions. I would really like to know what you think and could immensely use some more opinions. Thanks again!

By Dukeda1 (Dukeda1) on Tuesday, August 03, 2004 - 12:59 pm: Edit


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