What are my chances?





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By Cherrybarry (Cherrybarry) on Tuesday, August 10, 2004 - 11:00 am: Edit

I will be a senior this fall and plan on majoring in chemical/materials engineering. I think my academics are good but I'm really lacking in EC's (no leadership).

SAT I: 1550 (800 M, 750 V)
SAT II: 800 Chem, 790 IIC, 740 Writing
GPA: 4.7 W, 3.9 UW
Class Rank: 4/420ish
Recs: I hope they will be good and have a good feeling about them.
Essays: I can't speak for them myself. Too hard to predict.

EC's:
Math Team (9,10)
Asian Culture Club (12)
School Website Club (12)
Golf Team (9,10)
Volunteered at a hospital (100 hrs), pro golf tournament for two years, a day at an air museum
Manage a website on golf swing instruction (3 years)
Piano for 10 years at Hartt School of Music

Awards:
Science Fair award for chemistry (9)
Placed 5th out of 300ish students in Local Chem. Olympiad and qualified for the Nat. Chem Olympiad (11)
Won a Book Award (11)
3rd in Audrey Thayer Piano Competition (9)
Selected to play in Honors Recital (9)
Select Student - Piano (10, 11)

So far, my colleges are Michigan - Ann Arbor, UIUC, Berkeley, Cornell, and Stanford. I know Stanford is a reach for everyone. What are my chances at the other colleges and what are some other schools that are good for my major and are they matches/reaches/safeties?

By Sweetbee03 (Sweetbee03) on Tuesday, August 10, 2004 - 11:06 am: Edit

You have stellar stats, and your EC's are OK. So I would recommend applying to the schools you listed above. For safeties, do you want to go to a state school (don't know which state you live in) or are you also considering out of state public schools?

By Alexandre (Alexandre) on Tuesday, August 10, 2004 - 11:17 am: Edit

I take it you want to major in Engineering. If that's the case, don't forget Caltech, MIT and Princeton.

REACHES:
Caltech
MIT
Princeton
Stanford

MATCHES:
Cal-Berkeley (if you are out of state)
Cornell

SAFETIES:
Cal-Berkeley (if you are in-state)
Illinois-Urbana Champaign
Michigan-Ann Arbor

That's a pretty good list. I cannot imagine your not getting into at least 4 of those 8 schools. All of them are excellent in engineering.


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