As RD deadlines approach, I've been wondering this.
So we are all in the top 10% of our class of 720. Each of us has 3.8+ Unweighted GPAs, each of us has loads of AP classes and we’ll have glowing recs. One of us (not me) could be valedictorian. We are also URMs (black).
Here are my extracurriculars:
Nsliy Arabic scholar (State Dept scholarship to study Arabic in Morocco over the summer)
Council American Islamic Relations (CAIR)- Govt affairs interns
President of my school’s cultural club
Volunteer at refugee center- I use my Arabic skills to help resettle refugees
Varsity Shotput thrower (not recruited)
*I want to major in International Relations and Arabic.
My bros and I have similar extra curriculars in that we excel in our areas of interest: Language and Geopolitics (me), Engineering , Medicine and Neuroscience, Computer Science.
Test scores is where the problems start. One of us has a 29 ACT, I have a 31 (32 super scored), and the other two have 33s. We are all applying to Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and Vanderbilt together, and then we have schools we individually like. I know my 31 is borderline for Ivies, and my brother’s 29 is very low. I was hoping the fact that we are black URMs and quads could help. But if we all apply at these prestigious Universities, will my brother’s 29 and my 31 prevent all of us from getting in?