Chances at MIT?

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By Appmar (Appmar) on Sunday, October 26, 2003 - 02:36 am: Edit

hi, I am an electrical engineering major at a community college. I have a question: how heavily does my high school performance weigh to colleges as a transfer student? My HS grades were not horrible, but not great either. However, I have made up for it at the CC level. The stats.......

Schools -
I would love to go to MIT, but I think it's a bit of a reach. My other choices are RPI and Penn State (University Park - safety school).

Any other schools you would recommend? The school must have an ice hockey team as I plan to play! i.e. Cal Tech is out.

GPA - 3.8-3.9 depending on this semester
ACT - 32 composite
SAT II - Math IIc (800), Physics (780), Writing (770)

Relevant Coursework (all A's so far) - calc I, II, II; differential equations; physics I & II; modern physics; circuit theory; chem I & II, bio I...

Awards -
CA Golden State: Chemistry with Honors
CA Golden State: Composition with Recognition
CA Golden State: Reading/Comprehension with Recognition
(as well as a few others I am forgetting, nothing big though)

ECs -
ice hockey (7 yrs)
astronomy & physics club (1 yr)
shutterbug photo club (2 yrs)
restaurant management experience (3 yrs)
math tutoring (2 yrs)
A+ computer tech certification
I have played guitar for 8 yrs, piano for 3 yrs
I collaborate online with a friend across the country making music
Also, I give guitar lessons on referral

I am confident I will nail my essay and interview, so what are my chances? I know MIT is a bit of a reach, especially considering the transfer admissions, but I think it's at least worth a shot. Thanks in advance!

By Appmar (Appmar) on Sunday, October 26, 2003 - 06:41 pm: Edit

"high reach. very high reach" says j0h. Can anyone agree or disagree with this? Still worth at least applying? I am sure I can write a very convincing app.

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