Should I apply UChicago Ea or Rd. Give safeties/matches

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By Vijeth (Vijeth) on Sunday, August 08, 2004 - 09:57 am: Edit

1. A US Citizen
2. Goes to one of the best high schools in Louisiana
3. Rank - 30/276
4. UW GPA- 3.5
5. W GPA - 4.0
6. psat score - 190 - (73/80M), (63/80V)
7. Sat score - 700M, 630V
8. Have not taken Sat II's, planning to get above 700 on all three

Major Hook - Have published a paper in the best computer science journal, just like Nature in Biology

Other Important stuff - Have won state and national research awards; have competed and placed very well at state science fairs, research competitions, and math competitions.

Have played the violin for 8 years and have won many awards.

For specifics and other things:

School and City Activities:

Louisiana Junior Youth Orchestra
Louisiana Federation of Music
Treble Clef Junior Music Society
Louisiana Youth Orchestra (1st Violin)
Mu – Alpha Theta Club (Math Club)
Beta Club
Beta Quiz Bowl Team
Hi –Y
Knowledge Masters Open (Gold and Green Team Member)
Louisiana Junior Science and Humanities Symposium
Quiz Bowl Club
Baton Rouge Magnet High Science Club
Baton Rouge High School Quiz Bowl Club
Team Captain
Baton Rouge High School Quiz Bowl Team
Media and Technology Club
National Honors Society
- I have published 4 papers in various international conferences.

Here are my awards/honors:

-Louisiana Music Educators Association Superior Performance Medal(Violin)
-Member of Mock Trial Team [Alternate Member]; 1st in regional and 4th in state
-Member of Louisiana Youth Orchestra (1st Violin)
-Member of All Parish Orchestra (2nd Chair, Assistant Principal Second Violin)
-Won the US Army’s top 5 Outstanding Research Projects (from science fair)
-Won 3rd place in the State Foreign Language Festival
-American Academy of Neurology National Creative Prize Finalist
1st place in Hustle Competition at Louisiana MAè State Convention
- 6th Place in the Descartes Individual Ciphering Competition at Louisiana MAè State Convention
- Placed in the Top 25 in Regional Chemistry Olympiad Qualifying Test sponsored by the American Chemical Society

For community service, i gave volunteered at a regional medical center, a cancer center, and i perform math tutoring at the local library.

By Alexandre (Alexandre) on Sunday, August 08, 2004 - 10:14 am: Edit

Chicago is going to be a bit of a reach for you, but if it is your first choice, what the hoo!

By the way, what do you want to major in?

At any rate, given your credentials, I would look into the following schools.

Other reaches (I would apply to 4 of the following 9 schools):
Carleton College
Carnegie Mellon
Cornell University
Johns Hopkins
Michigan-Ann Arbor
Oberlin College
Reed College
Wesleyan University

Matches (I would apply to 2-3 of the following 5 schools):
Georgia Tech
Occidental College
Tulane University
Union College (NY)

LSU-Baton Rouge

By Vijeth (Vijeth) on Sunday, August 08, 2004 - 10:56 am: Edit

i wanted to major in biology. I didnt think chicago would be a reach or CMU. And I thought i would have a decent chance at cornell ED. I am a little confused. sorry.

By Alexandre (Alexandre) on Sunday, August 08, 2004 - 11:06 am: Edit

The mean SAT score at Cornell is 1380. At Chicago, the mean SAT score is 1410. At both schools, 80% graduated in the top 10% of their HS class and the mean GPA (unweighted) at those two schools is anywhere between 3.8 and 3.9.

Canregie Mellon is a realistic reach/tough match. But since you want to apply in Biology, I would not even bother applying to CMU, Texas-Austin or Georgia Tech.

The other schools are all very good and you have a shot at all of them.

By Vijeth (Vijeth) on Sunday, August 08, 2004 - 04:17 pm: Edit

bump, anyone, please

By Lax46 (Lax46) on Monday, August 09, 2004 - 04:57 am: Edit

I'm so disgusted by the people on this board who tell you that you have less-than-stellar stats. You have amazing stats and you definitely have a bright future ahead of you!

Apply EA to Chicago. My senior friend got into UC with a B/C average, 1 EC, no legacy, and a 32 on the ACT. He's very creative and probably wrote a very "Chicago-style" essay.

Don't emulate anything. Be yourself. If you and Chicago are meant to be, you will be admitted. Chicago loves expression. Let them know who you are.

Good luck.

By Alexandre (Alexandre) on Monday, August 09, 2004 - 07:55 am: Edit

Lax, I assume you are referring to me. I actually think Vijeth has excellent credentials. I would not recommend schools like Chicago, Johns Hopkins, Cornell and Michigan to somebody who is not excellent and I would no recommend them if I did not think he had a good chance of getting in. All I said was that those schools are reaches for most students. I don't think that's an exaggeration.

By Vijeth (Vijeth) on Monday, August 09, 2004 - 05:25 pm: Edit

thanks lax and alexandre, i appreciate it, i am just really worried

By Takeheart (Takeheart) on Monday, August 09, 2004 - 08:13 pm: Edit

Vijeth, if you apply EA to Chicago, I believe that you stand a very good chance of admission (you have a good chance outside of EA, too). However, one of the very big factors in admissions decisions at Chicago are the quality of your essays. Chicago likes to read interesting and quirky essays; your run-of-the-mill college essay won't cut it at Chicago.

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