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Anyone got into Harvard with low SAT scores but great ECs and Grades?

peazefulpeazeful Posts: 16Registered User New Member
edited March 2011 in Harvard University
Just out of curiosity, has anyone gotten into Harvard before with low SAT scores like 1800 but great ECs? Like, being a published author and her book is going to be made into a movie, and taken the most challenging courses with over 4.0s, just low scores~
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Replies to: Anyone got into Harvard with low SAT scores but great ECs and Grades?

  • FatumFatum Posts: 870Registered User Member
    yeah .
  • DreamsUnlimitedDreamsUnlimited Posts: 329Registered User Member
    Um, yeah. I know one.
  • peazefulpeazeful Posts: 16Registered User New Member
    That's cool, it just seems that everyone thinks anything less than 2300 is no chance for Harvard and Ivy Leagues, I'm just wondering if ECs and Grades and Rec letters won't do much to help with that, I sincerely hope Harvard isn't just about that 2400
  • westsideyawestsideya Posts: 39Registered User Junior Member
    ^ Pretty sure it's not just about the 2400. 1800 might be pushing it a little though.
  • peazefulpeazeful Posts: 16Registered User New Member
    Haha well hopefully everything else can make up for it, if not then is too bad :(
  • PolyglotPolyglot Posts: 264Registered User Junior Member
    Yeah, I know at least one.
  • westsideyawestsideya Posts: 39Registered User Junior Member
    That's cool that your book's being made into a movie, though. If this is too intrusive you don't have to answer, but what's the basic plot of your book?
  • peazefulpeazeful Posts: 16Registered User New Member
    Oh yeah definitely, don't worry about it. My book is written in Chinese and I signed a 5 year author contract with my agency already, the plot is about a girl who disappeared on her day of graduation and no one can ever find her from then on, not even her boyfriend or her best friends. Then four years later she came back, and then the story starts from there...we shall see what's going to happen and what DID happen :D
  • peazefulpeazeful Posts: 16Registered User New Member
    If you guys don't mind I can put some stat up for chance, but if is too much trouble then is ok
  • westsideyawestsideya Posts: 39Registered User Junior Member
    Yep go ahead! I'll help chance :)
  • peazefulpeazeful Posts: 16Registered User New Member
    Thanks a lot westsideya :) I'll post it now
  • peazefulpeazeful Posts: 16Registered User New Member
    Gender: F
    Location: CA
    High School: Private Liberal (250)

    (My class is very competitive)
    Will apply for financial aid: Yes

    Single parent family

    Academics:

    GPA - 4.0
    Class Rank: Our school doesn't rank, but I'm assuming top 10

    Classes taken (all 4 years): Enrolled in the most challenging course load (taken seven classes freshmen and sophomore year, the only student in whole school taken eight classes junior year)

    AP English, AP Spanish, AP Chinese (scored 5), American Sign Language, Honors Physics, Honors Chem, Honors Calc, Psychology, Economy, Biology, Humanitas, Honors US History, Advanced Ensemble (and more but those are in past years)


    1800 SAT
    SAT II - 800 Chinese 600 Lit

    Recommendations:
    1 glowing from counselor, who graduated from Harvard and wrote it specifically for Harvard
    2 glowing from History teacher and Spanish teacher

    Extracurriculars:

    -Speaks fluent Kaipingnese, Cantonese, Mandarin, English, Spanish, and American Sign Language

    -Plays the guzheng, piano, congas (leader in Latin ensemble), er-hu, and vibes

    -Dragon ambassador of the school, is selected by the entire faculty body in my school to represent my school in different events from open houses to auctions and meetings, and can attend luncheons that are held by only teachers and board of trustees of the school

    Awards
    National Honor Society
    National CLASS Chinese Essay Writing Contest-First Place

    Summer Programs
    Harvard Summer School Program 2009 10th
    IH Barcelona Summer Study Abroad Program 2010 11th

    Extracurricular Activities (In School):

    Honors/Leadership
    Dragon Ambassador Ambassador
    Freshmen Mentor Program Mentor
    Honors Council Member
    Leadership Group LEAD Leader
    Drew Community Service Class Representative

    Clubs
    Community Service Club Club Leader
    Gay Straight Alliance Club Member
    International Club Member
    Debate Club Member
    Salsa Club Member

    Music
    Chamber Ensemble Leader
    Chamber Ensemble Vibe Player
    Latin Ensemble Congas Player

    Sports
    Varsity Badminton First-Doubles Player

    Extracurricular Activities (Outside of School):

    Music
    San Francisco Gu-zheng Music Society Performing Member
    Piano Player

    Activities
    League of Creative Minds-MUN Senior Delegate

    → Harvard MUN Meet 2010 Senior Delegate
    → Abroad MUN Meet 2010 Senior Delegate

    Volunteer Experiences
    Glide Church Volunteer
    San Francisco Food Bank Volunteer
    Presidio Volunteer
    CCHC N. California Gospel Center Volunteer
    Organizations for other community service projects because I'm the class rep and the club leader

    Work Experiences
    Publication of Chinese Novel
    5-year contract with JJWXC Literary Agent Junior Author
    Write · Express · Film Contest 2nd Team Winner
    Administrator for AGLA Translator

    Family Responsibilities
    Takes care of/organizes finance Financial Organizer
    Administrative Duties for parent business Administrator
  • impetuousimpetuous Posts: 978Registered User Member
    such a cliched question. seriously how many same questions do people have to ask?

    A more original question would be "Anyone got into Harvard with great SAT scores and grades but crappy EC's, recs and essays?" It actually seems like Harvard admits less of these people than they do people with low SAT+great EC's.
  • peazefulpeazeful Posts: 16Registered User New Member
    It just seems like most everyone who got in are with great scores but some not necessarily with great EC's, so I was just wondering about it, thanks for the answer :)
  • peazefulpeazeful Posts: 16Registered User New Member
    And thanks to those who might be chancing for me :)
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