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Discus: What Are My Chances?: August 2004 Archive: Hey, guys, give me your thoughts one last time
By Edwebdev (Edwebdev) on Wednesday, August 11, 2004 - 04:31 pm: Edit

With summer drawing to a close and admissions season looming on the horizon, I was wondering if anyone would be up to telling me what they think about the strength of my application one last time. Please be as brutally honest as you can; I would rather have inaccurately harsh feedback than inaccurately kind responses.

By Zacdizzle (Zacdizzle) on Wednesday, August 11, 2004 - 04:34 pm: Edit

Link or info?

By Edwebdev (Edwebdev) on Wednesday, August 11, 2004 - 05:12 pm: Edit

The Quantitatives

High School: E.O. Smith High School, a public high school in Storrs, CT
UW GPA: 3.5
Class Rank: 90%/29th of 298
SAT I: 1440; 770V/670M
SAT II: Math IIC: 600, Writing:780, will retake IIC and take Literature
Residency: I have been a resident of Connecticut since birth and hold a dual Canadian/American citizenship.

The Qualitatives

My courseload from 9th grade through graduation represents/will represent the most rigorous program of study available at our high school, though my school offers no AP or IB courses (they are broken down into A, B, and G level courses). I took a semester of college finite mathematics last (junior) year, and my senior year schedule includes college courses in French, English, Calculus, Physics, and History (they are offered as co-op courses with UConn, as our high school is practically on-campus). My grades dramatically improved from sophomore to junior year, with my sophomore GPA ~3.4 and my junior year GPA 3.86. Math is my weak subject, and I got a C- in sophomore honors precalc, though I retook the second semester, earning a B+. I'm continuing to calc my senior year. Besides that, the only other C on my transcript is in chorus (stupid chorus). All other grades are A's and B's, mostly A's in my sophomore and junior years.

The Extracurriculars

Drama Club (Light and Sound work): 1,2,3,4
Band (Trumpet): 1,2,3, Section Leader 4
Soccer: 1, Varsity 3, Varsity 4
Cross Country: Varsity 2
Crew: Varsity 1, MVP 2 (Quit junior year because parents has problem w/coach)
Track: Varsity 3, Varsity 4
Model UN: 2,3,4
Robotics Team: Programming Manager 3, Captain 4 (started up my junior year)
NHS: Media Director 3, Media Director 4
Awards: Have won 3 separate writing awards since sophomore year
I also play the piano

The Interests

Possible majors include psychology, biology, some kind of english/humanities. I also want to continue playing the trumpet.

The Universities

Cornell University
William and Mary
University of Virginia
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
University of Maryland - College Park
University of Connecticut
SUNY Binghamton
Lehigh University

Please help me out

I would just like to hear any opinons you may have on my chances, what certain universities favor, and anything else you deem helpful. I have already contacted U.Va.'s marching band, and am planning on applying ASAP to Michigan.

Thanks, and have an absolutely blissful day.

By Encomium (Encomium) on Wednesday, August 11, 2004 - 05:23 pm: Edit

Cornell-Good chance. Worth applying to. It could go either way.
William and Mary-I don't know anything about this school
UVa-Isn't that hard out of state?
UNC-same
UMichigan-Dunno
(I know nothing really about out of state universities)
UMaryland-In
UConn-As a resident of Connecticut, I can say 100,000,000,000% chance of getting in
SUNY-In
Lehigh-92% chance

By Ohio_Mom (Ohio_Mom) on Wednesday, August 11, 2004 - 06:20 pm: Edit

I think you have a good list and application strategy. UVA and UNC are reaches because of your out of state status and your class rank/gpa - I hope the marching band coach helps! I would guess that you will have at least 4 acceptances, and probably more. You are doing the right thing in applying to Michigan early in the rolling admission schedule. Best of luck to you - and do a great job on your essays!

By Alexandre (Alexandre) on Wednesday, August 11, 2004 - 06:28 pm: Edit

Cornell University (reach)
William and Mary (reach)
University of Virginia (reach)
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (reach)
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (reach)
University of Maryland - College Park (match/safety)
University of Connecticut (safety)
SUNY Binghamton (safety)
Lehigh University (safety)

By Edwebdev (Edwebdev) on Thursday, August 12, 2004 - 12:21 am: Edit

bump

By Hammertime (Hammertime) on Thursday, August 12, 2004 - 12:55 am: Edit

Michgan's not a reach....A lot of people from my school got in with much worse stats. My brother got in with a 3.4 and a 1310, and no big ECs. I'd call it a match.

And William and Mary is not that big of a reach for you, more of a match/reach.

By Zetsui (Zetsui) on Thursday, August 12, 2004 - 02:11 am: Edit

you have a nice chance at all those schools

Are you a underrepresented minority?
Do you have any F's or C's on your transcript?

By Edwebdev (Edwebdev) on Thursday, August 12, 2004 - 10:14 am: Edit

I think I said it in the larger part, but I have a C- in sophomore year math (which I retook) and a C in chorus. Besides that, mostly A's, some B's (most of the B's are in my freshman year). Thanks for all of your thoughts.

By 80drofnats (80drofnats) on Thursday, August 12, 2004 - 03:26 pm: Edit

Apply ED to Cornell, make sure you stay top 10% in the class because that is very important, and you'll get in. Nice presentation.

By Edwebdev (Edwebdev) on Thursday, August 12, 2004 - 11:23 pm: Edit

Haha thanks, it took me some time to figure out the formatting tags. Anyone else have any ideas?

Oh and my PSAT index is 221 (78V 63M 80W), if that makes any difference.

By Edwebdev (Edwebdev) on Saturday, August 14, 2004 - 10:56 am: Edit

Might anyone else be willing to offer his or her thoughts?

By Edwebdev (Edwebdev) on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 12:48 pm: Edit

If anyone else has thoughts, I'd love to hear them. Otherwise, I'll let this sink into the archive.

Have a great day!

By Imapaki102 (Imapaki102) on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 02:42 pm: Edit

stop telling everybody to have a good day you cheery bastard. no i'm jk


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