Chances at Princeton, Stanford- be honest!

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Discus: What Are My Chances?: August 2004 Archive: Chances at Princeton, Stanford- be honest!
By Silmon77 (Silmon77) on Monday, August 02, 2004 - 02:36 pm: Edit

Asian Indian male from competitive AZ high school
Planned major: electrical engineering

GPA = 3.94 (only B 1st semester H. Bio freshman year)
Rank = 7 out of 665
SAT I = 1530 (790v, 740m)
SAT II= 740 Writing/760 Math 2C/760 Chem
AP US History = 5
AP Chemistry = 4
AP Calc BC = 2 (3 on AB subscore)

Extracurricular Activities
Co-President/Founder, Ping-Pong Club (11th-12th grade)
Historian, Vice President, Math Club (9th-12th grade)
Treasurer, Chess Club (10th-12th grade)
National Honor Society (11th-12 grade)
Acatecs (9th-12th grade)
Key Club (11th, 12th grade)
Math League (11th, 12 grade)
Unity Club (10th grade)
Government Club (11th, 12th grade)
JV Tennis Team (11th grade)
Vice President, AP Help Club (11th grade)
Competition Government (12th grade)

Top scorer in school on AMC 10, 10th grade
3rd place, Highland Math Competition, 2004
2nd place, ASHA India essay contest, 2003
7th highest AMC 12 score in school (99.5)
Competitor (school winner), state level of National Geography Bee, 7th grade
Key Club silver member
Will become National Merit Semi-Finalist (228 on PSAT)

Community Service
Volunteer at Phoenix Rescue Mission, Paz de Cristo and St. Vincent de Paul food kitchens for the needy
Tutor students in Acatecs
Run math games at local library for Math Club
Relay for Life

Arizona Boys State attendee (City Councilman, State Senator)
DeVry Summer Scholars Program- took class in digital circuitry

Planned senior AP tests: English, US Government, Economics, Statistics, Computer Science, Physics

What are my chances at Princeton (ED), Stanford, and Berkeley?

By Silmon77 (Silmon77) on Wednesday, August 04, 2004 - 01:10 pm: Edit


By Rtkysg (Rtkysg) on Wednesday, August 04, 2004 - 01:15 pm: Edit

Your chance is quite good at all colleges you mentioned above.

But did you leave out MIT and Caltech for a purpose???

By Ohio_Mom (Ohio_Mom) on Wednesday, August 04, 2004 - 01:21 pm: Edit

Please make sure that you don't send your 2 in AP Calc - it stick out like a sore thumb among all of the rest of your accomplishments. I also thing that you will need to focus in on your most significant EC's.

I think you have a good shot of acceptance at one or more of your schools - but they are all very competitive, and you should have a safety or two just in case.

By Silmon77 (Silmon77) on Thursday, August 05, 2004 - 07:00 pm: Edit


By Drusba (Drusba) on Thursday, August 05, 2004 - 09:21 pm: Edit

Chances at Princeton are 1 in 4 if ED, Stanford about 1 in 7 (RD); Berkeley 1 in 5. That is about as good as it gets for anyone at P and S (and Berkeley because of out of state). Understand that even if you improve something, the odds do not get any better. If you send the AP math score, chances are worse, because that might be construed as bad for engineering. In other words, apply with confidence and hope but don't forget the safeties.

By Deferreddude (Deferreddude) on Thursday, August 05, 2004 - 09:37 pm: Edit

What's wrong with MIT and Caltech? And Princeton, like all ivies, blows at engineering.

By Silmon77 (Silmon77) on Friday, August 06, 2004 - 02:28 pm: Edit

Actually, Princeton has a decent engineering dept. (ranked #11 or so in US News). Not the largest, and definetely not MIT, but it has the liberal arts focus, campus location and architecture, and fin aid that I like. Caltech is more hard science than engineering, and MIT...i s not the most social-friendly.

By Irock1ce (Irock1ce) on Friday, August 06, 2004 - 06:05 pm: Edit

how the hell did u get a 2 in calc b/c... and still want to do engineering.... sorry... im just a little.. O.O

By Silmon77 (Silmon77) on Friday, August 06, 2004 - 06:26 pm: Edit

I had no time to study for the test. April and May were perhaps the busiest weeks of my life, with SAT IIs, massive English symposium, other APs, and tests in other classes- all at the same time, plus finals 2 weeks later. The teacher did not leave any time for in class studying, so basically I had to sacrifice Calc.

By Chicken123 (Chicken123) on Friday, August 06, 2004 - 06:32 pm: Edit

You have a really good chance. Your SAT score is great.

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