Race: black, parents were born in Nigeria
SAT: CR 580 Math 440 W 500 This was my first time taking them in January, I WILL get them up. Right now I'm doing practice tests and getting 1800, I didn't study for the one 's in January.
I'm a junior and I'm taking college classes at my local community college, and I also take some high school classes.
College Classes taken so far
Env. Science, Pre Calc 1 &2, History (2 quarters), English (2 quarters), Advanced Chemistry,
Band (playing flute since 3rd grade but no awards =(
Volunteer @ Environmental organization since 2009 twice a month
Volunteer @ Church on regular basis
Festival Company during summer
Boys and Girls club basketball referee.
Coldstone Creamery (Ice cream store)
I know it's bad but what can I do to improve, and what colleges do you recommend for me to apply to? Thanks so much.
I also have a question, how is the diversity on campus? Like is there a little bit of everything or just a bunch of Asians (Stanford comes to mind), or does it just not matter? How is the support for the sports teams?
When will we be hearing from Boston College in regards to admission to the college? It is one of my top choice schools, and Im not wealthy at all so Im hoping that I get accepted and receive good financial aid.
You've got an interesting background that you could spin to your advantage when doing applications next year. Do you have any involvement with Nigerian or African organizations or travel there regularly? Regardless, your ethnicity will help. You have a pretty good GPA, are you taking any Honors/APs in your high school though? Rigor of schedule will be important, not just the number next to GPA. It's also good you're showing effort for continued study outside your high school with college classes. As far as the SATs, you're definitely going to want to get those up. However, it's great you're putting time into studying it. Feel free to take them a third time, and study hard for that one too, taking it three times definitely helped for me. Keep up the hard work next year and it'll pay off!
As far as diversity, you can see from bluebayou's post that it's a pretty decent majority of white kids, but people from all backgrounds can find ways to thrive here.
BC has many good teams. Of course the men's teams are far and away more popular, but women's have several teams also. Football is always really big with freshman, although the luster for the games apparently fades each year. It doesn't help that we are going through a rough period in football since Matt Ryan left =/ However, hockey is always HUGE and is the shining star of BC athletics year after year. From local, highly competitive tournaments like the Beanpot to national championship titles in the past few years, hockey is definitely a bunch of fun.
I was wondering about my chances.
Im currently a senior in Pennsylvania applying for Linguistics. And I am not that great of a test taker but did well in my college class and high school coursework. Also I know that not everyone is accepted from the Middle 50% and some with my scores do.
Unweighted GPA: 3.851
Weighted GPA: 4.371
Ranked 8th of 415 in graduating class
SAT I: 1750
Critical Reading: 570
SAT II US History: 650 (as a sophomore)
Math II: 600
SAT II World History: 690
US Government: 4
U.S. History: 5
-National Honors Society
-Student Government Student Body Secretary
-Varsity Cross Country (4 years)
-Varsity Swimming (3 years)
-Varsity Track and Field (2 years)
-Varsity Tennis (2 years)
-Volunteer at a Historical Preservation Group
-Work as a Caddie at a Country Club
-Fluent in English and Hungarian
-Took two foreign languages for four years
-Took all the social studies AP credits offered at my school
-Took the most rigorous course load in my class
-Got a 4.0 in my Latin American History class at a college.
-Jumped into an AP class half way through the year at the request of the instructor when my college course ended and am doing well
-Taking 4 AP classes
@kopp, not to be rude, i would be surprised if you got in. your test scores are really low for BC and your extracurriculars just show you liked playing sports pretty much, but never really took a leadership role besides secretary of your student government. also, for uniqueness, demonstrating fluency in english is nothing to brag about and is pretty much expected at BC. nothing really stands out in my eyes
@fraire My bad, I didn't specify that I took German and Spanish together as my foreign languages. English isn't one. But I volunteered over 150 hours in the past year and was moved from a regular volunteer to outreach which I am the youngest member. I want to major in languages which I feel are the future. And I know that my scores would place me in the bottom 25% but I was deferred during early action which I guess gives me a shot. Hopefully I get accepted because otherwise the way financial aid is going, I won't be able to afford college. Also we do not have very great scores in our school.
Boston College is a Best Value College. I only applied to Best Value Colleges and so far have only gotten rejections and deferrals. And I am down to three so if all three say no, well then no college for me
@Koppany, to be honest again, volunteering isn't that spectacular on a college application. literally everybody has 50+ hours of it. I am a linguistics minor and its a pretty small department and with not too many kids but as you know learning foreign languages isn't what linguistics is about. BC is pretty generous on financial aid though if you need it--you won't get a full ride unless your a presidential scholar, but I only had to pay $8k last year and I know someone who only had to pay $2k.
@bruce, I think they only accept like 5 students total every year, i'm not really sure though. I've heard its really hard but possible
@fraire Thanks again for the help. I just want to do something where I can study foreign languages, their roots and how they developed while making a difference and not spending a boatload of money. But so far no luck. My parents are out of work and so far with no acceptances it would mean I would have to find a job in the labor force that is already unemployed. Ill post on here if I am accepted or not anywhere on April 2.
If you need a low cost schooling option, I encourage you to have a Plan-B for a local state school or something similar. While many do get decent financial aid packages from BC (and you might too), a good number do not. If you read through the older threads on this forum, you'll see a number of accepted students are forced to choose a school elsewhere because of of insufficient financial aid from BC.