Hey guys! I really want to apply to good schools, but I'm a US citizen being homeschooled abroad so it's caused me some problems!
My GPA's about 3.9, should stay the same by the time I 'graduate', and I've been studying the AP curriculum, but I can't take the AP exam because where I live, it costs $550 per exam (idk why, maybe cause they have to send it internationally or smth...) and I can't afford that :/ I did note on my transcript that I did study kind of the AP curriculum, but I guess when you're a homeschooled student colleges place more emphasis on standardized testing right? I did take the SATs (1470/2120) and I'm going to take SAT II's in June.
I'm just wondering if not taking the AP exams will seriously hurt my admission chances, and also because I've read that colleges look for students who take the most rigorous courseload possible, and since on a homeschool transcript apparently I can't declare an AP course, will my courseload be considered rigorous then?
I have pretty good ec's (national/district awards) and a few other awards, and a couple of international-level awards, and lots of community service, if it counts as a hook I'm asian.
Anybody think it's realistic for me to be applying to schools like NYU (stern) or UMich (ross)?