Volunteer/Community service:About 100 hours from being a docent at two museums and an environment center
Essays: Great. I think they really helped me
Teacher Recommendation: One was beautiful, the other... quite generic.
Counselor Rec: Horrible, like 3 sentences
Interview: Went well. Very casual and lasted about 1 and a half hours.
State (if domestic applicant): Delaware
School Type: Historically Black Public High School -- majority attends HBCU's or Community College
Ethnicity: African -- Black
Income Bracket: $70k - $80k
Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): URM I guess
Strengths: Diverse background (Nigerian), essays, and super active
Weaknesses: Literature Subject Test Score and No AP's in sight
Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: Who knows? I am very grateful they chose me though!
Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected: Accepted at American U, George Washington U, Northwestern U. Rejected from U of Pennsylvania (figures... the one ivy league.)
Penn was my first choice, unfortunately the ivy league tag (which I care NOTHING about) made it much more competitive. Oh well, My 4 other choices are great! I have no idea where I am going yet (FinAid) BUT I am heavily considering GT!
Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): top 4%, class of ~500
AP (place score in parenthesis): 5 on US History, Calc AB, Chemistry, Euro, World, US Gov, Lit
IB (place score in parenthesis):
Senior Year Course Load: AP Calc BC, Psych, Lang, Human Geo, Bio, Physics C: Mech. Also taking Micro, Macro, APES, US Gov online, and will self study Comp Gov, Physics B or Stats, and Art History
Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): NMSF, AP Scholar W/ Distinction , advanced in Moody’s Math Challenge, Regional Poetry Contest, Music Stuff
Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Debate, 4 years, captaincy, regional awards -Band, 4 years. Lots of Trumpet, Trombone, Jazz, Marching, soloist, etc
-8 Honor Societies, 2 years
-FBLA, placed 6th in nationals, 2 years
-Track and Field, 2 years, i think i told them i was captain but that didn’t work out
-Newspaper, 4 years, columnist, other small things
-JSA, 2 years, best speaker awards
-Black History team, 2 years, president
Job/Work Experience: internship at state attorney general campaign
Volunteer/Community service: 350 hours through band
Summer Activities: debate camp, travelling, nothing much
Essays: Personal essay was a great story about a ride on the metro, EC essay was about rebuilding the debate team on my own, SFS essay was about recalibrating the US-China hegemony split in South China Seas
Teacher Recommendation: one was from english teacher of 3 years, other was from journalism advisor of 3 years, both were good...
Counselor Rec: I go to a public school so i basically had to explain to her what to say about me
Interview: Great. Hour long. Interviewer had long relationship with university: 20+ years of interviewing, and he said it would be a big mistake if I wasn’t admitted
State (if domestic applicant): FL
School Type: Public, apparently not too competitive by the number of rejections we’re getting /:
Income Bracket: 100k +
Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.) : no, I guess not
Strengths: SAT, ECs, Essays, Courseload, APs
Weaknesses: the only thing would be GPA (i had a bad junior year)
Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: see above.... don’t get Cs in Junior Year
Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected: Rejected from Columbia, Michigan, Penn; Accepted to AU, GWU, UM, UF
General Comments: I’m really disappointed with this one. I know I would’ve been a great fit for Georgetown, and I know I would’ve been extremely happy to attend, which I would’ve done regardless of FA. Honestly, I don’t know why I was rejected, and I’m considering asking and potentially appealing. Does anyone have any advice on whether or not to do this or how? I’ll probably be happy at UM, but I just want closure as to what they saw in me.
@kidfromthebeach....honestly, I am extremely surprised by that decision. I was accepted and I can sincerely tell you my stats are not as impressive as yours. Do you have any history with the college?? Like for example, was a sibling or other relative accepted in the past and chose not to matriculate? Or does your school have a reputation of unrealistic grade inflation, causing schools to be distrustful of its applicants? Your rejection might have been caused by some sort of political interference like this.
ACT: 32 Composite (34 English 34 Writing 32 Math 28 Science)
SAT II: 780 US History 710 Math II 660 Lit
Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 4.0
Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 1/150
AP (place score in parenthesis): Bio (5) US History (5) English Language (4)
Senior Year Course Load: Most Rigorous at my school AP Calc, AP Spanish, AP Gov, AP English Literature, International Studies, Honors Physics, Honors Environmental
Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): State-wide Current Events contest runner-up, the rest are just local/school awards
Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Student Council (Student Body President, Fmr Junior Class President), Model UN (Resolution Author, Council President), Business Professionals of America (Team Leader) NHS (Treasurer), Cross Country, Community Action Program, Key Club
Job/Work Experience: Office/Marketing Assistant at a local business, Camp Counselor at a state leadership camp
Volunteer/Community service: Lots (I sent an additional résumé)
Essays: Pretty Good, My personal essay was really creative and my why business? essay was very well organized
Teacher Recommendation: Excellent
Counselor Rec: Pretty Good
Additional Rec: Pretty Good (from my Assistant Principal)
Interview: Excellent. It lasted about 45 minutes and I explained why Georgetown was my top choice. She seemed very interested that I was valedictorian.
State (if domestic applicant): Ohio
School Type: Public
Income Bracket: I don't know exact, upper middle class?
Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): No
Strengths: GPA, Rank, ECs, Essays
Weaknesses: Test Scores, No Hooks
Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: I uniquely portrayed myself in my app, provided an international focus, and showed my enthusiasm for Georgetown
Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected: Accepted Miami (Ohio), George Washington, The University of Virginia (Out of State), Duke University. Wait listed at Vanderbilt but I didn't really want to go there anyway.
General Comments: BEYOND EXCITED!!! I still can't believe I got in!
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SAT II: 800's in math 2 and us history, 760 physics, 700 lit
Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 4.0
Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 1/354
AP (place score in parenthesis): 5's on calc AB, world history, euro history, Human geo, stat, english lang, us history
IB (place score in parenthesis): Philosophy SL (6), Latin SL (6)
Senior Year Course Load: AP Physics B, IB ToK, AP Psych, AP Calc BC, IB Math SL, AP English Literature, IB English HL, AP Comp Gov, AP Latin Vergil, IB Physics HL
Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.):Not really any i guess, national Merit finalist, member of a bunch of honor societies
Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis):Boy Scouts (eagle scout), Explorer Post (VP), JSA (VP), Great Decisions (President), IB Magazine (Co-Editor), Academic Worldquest (Captain), Brain Brawl (Captain), Certamen team (Latin Brain Brawl)- Captain
Job/Work Experience: na
Volunteer/Community service:Boy Scouts, hospital work
Summer Activities:volunteer stuff, slept on my long suffering couch
Essays: An experience I had when I was rappelling (in hindsight I don;t like it at all), and for the specific world topic essay I thought about writing about Joseph Kony, which would have been awesome in hindsight, but instead wrote about the civil war in the DRC
Teacher Recommendation: History/Philosophy Teacher, Latin teacher, probably pretty good letters
Counselor Rec: Respected guy, probably wrote something good
Interview: Went pretty well, talked for a while in a Starbucks
State (if domestic applicant): FL
Country (if international applicant):
School Type:Public school, top 5 in country
Income Bracket: 120,000
Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): lol
Strengths: GPA, courses, school
Weaknesses: guy colleges dont want at all, fairly mediocre, no major awards
Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: beats me
Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected: Accepted-Duke, USF, UF, Drexel
Waitlist: Chicago, Northwestern, Harvard, WUSTL, Upenn
Rejected: Princeton, yale, columbia, tufts
Gotta decide between Duke and G-town, like both schools a lot, hoping for a good financial aid offer because Duke's was laughably low (they tripled my EFC)
@bbbblaahhh - did you apply as a Latin major? i also applied into FLL and i'm taking ap japanese but i indicated that i wanted to study italian (i took italian for a little bit over the summer and had the professor write my letter)...i hoped being honest about my goals was enough but after lots of rejections and waitlists i am not so sure anymore.
got rejected, but my counselor just told me he didnt send in my first semester grades... im assuming that played a part in the rejection. is there anything i can do? im seriously dying right now georgetown is absolutely my first choice without question
SAT II: They were really bad... but I didn't send them in.
Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 4.0
Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 1/116
AP (place score in parenthesis): European History (4), English Language and Composition (5), Psychology (4)
IB (place score in parenthesis): n/a
Senior Year Course Load: the only 3 AP's my school has to offer on senior year, hardest classes in everything I'm taking, teacher aide though, ha.
Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): Umm... Nothing major.
Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): NHS secretary, Varsity Tennis (#1 Singles, State Qualifier), Scholars' Bowl (4th place at state junior year, 3rd place senior year), Future Educators of America officer, Catholic Youth Organization chairperson
Job/Work Experience: Afterschool Program Coordinator at the Catholic school.
Volunteer/Community service: I teach tennis to youth. Also a toooon of stuff for church.
Summer Activities: Nothing.
Essays: I can't even remember anymore...
Teacher Recommendation: They were alright, I think.
Counselor Rec: He wrote one?
Additional Rec: Nada.
Interview: To be honest, I don't know how well it went.
State (if domestic applicant): KS
School Type: Public, around 600 people.
Ethnicity: Asian - Filipino
Income Bracket: $80,000
Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): Filipino, I guess? Also from an extremely rural town.
Strengths: Rural town, well rounded.
Weaknesses: I figured when they said SAT subject test scores were "recommended", they meant YOU BETTER SEND IT OR ELSE. But apparently not I guess.
Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: I'm from Kansas. Podunk Kansas.
Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected: Accepted to Emory, Colgate, Baylor, Case Western, K-State, Fordham. Waitlisted at Washington University in St. Louis and Vanderbilt. Rejected at Duke.
General Comments: Still waiting on financial aid, but I'm excited (: