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By Silver_Wavez (Silver_Wavez) on Tuesday, August 10, 2004 - 12:17 pm: Edit

Hello, I'd really appreciate if someone could see what chances I have at Columbia ED.
I'm a Korean girl going to an international school in Singapore.
I do the IB.

My SAT score is not that great. It is a 1350, and I don't think that I have a chance to retake them.
V - 670
M - 680

I'm doing my SAT 2's in french, writing and math in Oct.

Photo club (9,10,11,12)
Dance - including performances (9,10, 11, 12)
Yearbook Editor (11)
Student Executive member for Global Concerns (11)
Member of Promoting Animal Welfare Global Concerns (11,12)
Figure drawing, portraiture classes (11)
Art outreach community service (11,12)
Riding for the disable community service (11)
Footprints magazine layout team member (12)
School newspaper journalist (11,12)

Work experience at an Art gallery (11)

Community service for a week in an orphanage in Bali, which a group of friends and I raised money for (11)

I want to major in English literature and art history

I don't know exactly what my predicted IB grades are..
But I do HL - Eng, Art and History and I should most likely get 7,6,7. Maybe if I'm lucky 3 7's/

And SL - STS, French B, Math Methods and I know for sure that I'd get 6,7,7
And again if I'm lucky a 7 in french too.

I'm doing my extended essay on english. And hopefully I'll be able to get the 3 bonus points.

I'm at least expecting a 40+ score.

I really really am dying to go to Columbia. And I know that I'll have great teacher recs and a solid essay.

What do you think?
How could I increase my chances...
Do SAT 1 really count so much if I'm an international student and all that..

By Alexandre (Alexandre) on Tuesday, August 10, 2004 - 12:28 pm: Edit

You certainly have a shot. 7s and 6s accross the board is pretty impressive. Your SAT could improve a little, but it is certainly within Columbia's range. If you think you can do better, try again, see if you can top the 1400 mark. Of course, the most important part of the application form is going to be your essays. That's well all the good students differentiate themselves.

As for universities giving internationals a break with SATs, they do to an extent. If your language of instruction is Chinese or Malay, you may be able to make a case. But if your language of instruction is English, I do not see how they would cut you much slack.

So, you have a realistic chance with Columbia, but make sure you have other alternatives. Nobody, no matter how good, has a good chance of getting into a school that has a 10% acceptance rate.

By Voodoochile (Voodoochile) on Tuesday, August 10, 2004 - 12:52 pm: Edit

"As for universities giving internationals a break with SATs, they do to an extent."

I sort of disagree with this. The thing is, US colleges lack a means of comparing international applicants with American applicants other than the SAT. So if anything, they will depend on it *more* instead of less.

Anyway, my opinion is that you have a 50/50 chance of getting in, provided that you do not apply for financial aid, and apply ED. If you can improve on the SAT, that will be good. Everything else seems cool.

Btw, applying from Singapore is tough. Good luck.

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