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.

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

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.


Cal-Berkeley (if you are out of state)

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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