I recentely submitted my application to BYU (in time for the priority deadline), and I really want to go there, as it will be my only opportunity to go there together with my brother before I leave for my mission and he graduates, so any advice from anyone who is at all familiar with BYU admissions would be highly appreciated! My application is as follows (kinda long, so you can just skip to the bottom for a summary and my numbers if you want):
-Participated in an art contest, camp or public display
-Participated in one or more high school sports
CHURCH LEADERSHIP AND AWARDS (4/5)
-Served in a class/quorum presidency
-Served on a stake/district committee
-Served in a seminary leadership position
-Earned/will earn Duty to God or Young Women's Recognition Award
COMMUNITY SERVICE/SCHOOL LEADERSHIP AWARDS (3/7)
-Received an award for community service
-Earned Eagle Scout/Girl Scout Gold Award
-Actively involved in school or community clubs and organizations
HOURS PARTICIPATED IN COMMUNITY OR SPECIAL NEEDS SERVICES
-200 (with options 50, 100, 150, and 200)
-Participated in an official math/science/computer science camp or contest
PERFORMING ARTS (3/5)
-Performed in musical groups, dance troupes, plays, concerts, etc.
-Received formal performance instruction for 4 or more years
-Performed as lead or featured soloist in five or more major ensemble performance events
WORK EXPERIENCE (1/4)
-Employed while attending high school or during summer
-Participated in a formal speech/debate camp or contest
OTHER (IF NEEDED) - 100 CHARACTER LIMIT EACH. (3/3)
Other 1: Private piano, drum, and trumpet lessons.
Other 2: Private martial arts instruction and cross-country training.
Other 3: Designed the chosen cover for my high school yearbook.
HIGH SCHOOL INFORMATION
AP Classes completed or currently enrolled in:
- Art - Studio: Drawing (Full)
If you are currently attending high school, please enter the classes you have taken or will take in 12th grade (including any AP or IB classes you listed above.)
1 - Advanced Composition
2 - Algebra 2/Trigonometry
3 - Chemistry
4 - Spanish 5-6
5 - Jazz Ensemble
6 - Studio Art
7 - Civics/US Govt
8 - Economics
1. What sets you apart from other applicants, based on unique educational or life experiences, personal or family circumstances, obstacles overcome and/or achievements? (200 words or less)
I was the victim of bullies in middle school. Being dogpiled and beaten by people who I thought were my friends was a very hurtful experience. That feeling of helplessness carried over into my life at school and at home. My grades plummeted, and eventually my parents decided to send me to a seven-week desert survival program. It was the hardest seven weeks of my life. I had several life-threatening experiences, from facing a rattlesnake, to almost falling off a cliff, to getting trapped in a five-mile-long flooded canyon, soaked in cold water, with night fast approaching. I learned that I could take control of my life and the hard situations I was facing. Since then my grades have steadily improved, from a 1.57 GPA my first semester of high school to 3.67 this last semester. I am attending a private school and enjoying success in all aspects of my life. The dramatic change in my high school record demonstrates that I know how to overcome difficult situations. I know that I have what it takes to succeed, and I eagerly look forward to applying it to my college education.
2. Describe why you want to attend an institution within the LDS Church Educational System and what value you will add to that institution. (200 words or less)
Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area familiarized me with the views of people who do not share my values. The liberal moral values that surrounded me taught me to not only tolerate other views, but to cooperate and seek common ground. I found opportunities to share kindness and truth even when faced with persuasive or belligerent people. I have learned the right and the wrong ways to go about my goals—whether they are to perform well with my upcoming jazz solo or to succeed in classes in anticipation of my future plans to attend business school. With my mission rapidly approaching, I would love the new experience of an LDS environment where I can associate with those who share my standards. Church schools provide the best setting in which to prepare for my mission, graduate studies, and a future career. My classmates who openly challenged my beliefs made me realize how fortunate I am to have firmly established faith and morals. I learned how to work with people who think differently than I do, and look forward to what I will learn as I work with people in a church university setting.
My overall GPA is a 3.0, from a 1.57 freshman, then 2.5, then 3.1, then 3.67 this last semester. I got a 27 on the ACT, and an 1880 (out of 2400) on the SAT.
I applied with this to BYU provo as my 1st choice, BYU Idaho as my 2nd, and then also BYU hawaii as my 3rd and LDSBC as my 4th. The application also mentions that I have parents / siblings that attended BYU provo, and that my parents graduated with high degrees from their colleges. So there you have it.
What do you think overall based off all this about my chance of getting in, or at least being put into the "hold" category? Because, without the damage my freshman year did, I would have around a 3.7 gpa and be much more likely to get in - do they recognize that? How much will they account for improvement, change, and who I am now?
But if I was to be put in the hold category, what would happen and what could I do to improve my chances of getting accepted, if anything?
And, lastly, what could I do if I get denied? Is there anyway to appeal to them and set up a probationary acceptance (like something where I have to keep my gpa above 3.5 or something to stay in), or to attend as a visiting student beforehand and then transfer?
If I can't get into BYU this year, I will definitely transfer from whatever college I attend for my sophomore year (when I return from my mission) - but in the meantime I would've basically missed my last opportunity to be with my brother before we separate off into our adult lives! So I really want to avoid that!
Thanks so much in advance to anyone everyone even if you didn't read through all that ^ (and i wouldn't blame you