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I received a scholarship of 10,000 dollars per year from the university of Pittsburgh, but many people I talk to seem to have gotten full tuition with similar credentials, and I'm wondering how arbitrary the process is or if there's some sort of threshold that I didn't exceed in some area.
I used my ACT scores (34)
Which converted to SAT scores 1490 and 2260.
GPA 3.93 unweighted 4.5 weighted.
6 AP classes (every available one at my school) and 5s on all but chemistry (4) (not pertinent to my major)
Ranked #1 in class
Captain of 1st place Quiz Bowl team in league + MVP
soccer, swim, track for 4 years
- captain for swim, track, assistant captain for soccer
NHS (12), Model UN (11-12) Science Olympiad (president), Spanish Club (9-12), started a debate club
So my ECs seem pretty good & class rank and GPA and ACTs match or exceed others on college confidential who claim to receive full scholarship.
Considering its emphasis on those factors I'm wondering if there's something I'm missing or if I should try to talk to someone.
I've seen people on the site ranked around 10 in their class (granted its a larger class), SATs more in the mid to lower 1400s, and GPAs below 3.90 (not by much) with arguably weaker ECs who get the scholarship. Could it be a regional thing? I live close to the university so could competition have been greater? I'm not sure how they're awarded.