I'm going to apply early to MIT. After reading the admissions blogs though, it seems like they really are looking for truly outstanding individuals, and the more I read, the more worried I get, because I feel like I'm pretty boring and nerdy 0_0 what do you guys think my chances are?
Thanks in advance!
AP: World (5) Stats (5) BC Calc (5) sophomore year
US (5) Bio (5) Chem (4) Psych (5) Lang (5) junior year
SAT Subjects: Math II 800, Bio E 780, World 790 sophomore year
~planning to take chem this fall so I can redeem my AP chem score ~
-JV tennis (9-11) Varsity (12)
-President of Math Team (9-12)
-President of Calculus Club (10-12)
-Spanish Honor Society ICC (inter-club-council) representative (11-12)
-Core Leader of Wheelers & Dealers (our schoo's volunteer organization- Every week, I lead a group of students to the old folks' home and we play UNO with the residents)
-100+ internship hours at a biological engineering lab during the summer of sophomore year
-300+ volunteer hours @ the veteran's hospital
-qualified for AIME every year since 8th grade, highest score was an 8
-highest AMC 10 score in my state last year
-won a free trip to DC this summer to learn about government and electrical cooperatives (NRECA youth tour)
-a bunch of science olympiad medals
-GPML (great plains math league) state/national awards
-national spanish exam (silver)
-national history day state runner-up
-qualified for usnco (united states national chemistry olympiad) in sophomore year
-submitting something for siemens this september... hopefully it'll turn out well!
I'm missing a Y chromosome... I heard that helps your chances but I'm not sure.
You have two perfect scores, a 4.0, and AIME. You should probably know your own chances, in general. For MIT specifically, they love AIME/USAMO and other math Olympiad stuff and their acceptance rate for women is much higher than for men. You have an excellent chance.
There are certainly less than 50 people a year that get 2400 and 36. She's in the top 50 test-takers. Most top schools take around 40% of their perfect scorers, and getting a double certainly doesn't hurt. In addition, MIT loves commitment to math and science such as research and USAMO, and their female admit rate should be around 2-3 times as high as their male admit rate, if Caltech's stats are of any value here. I never said she'd get in automatically, but she is in the top league of applicants, thus she "excels", thus she has an "excellent" chance.
Then if you have time, look through the MIT decisions threads on CC from recent years. You'll see plenty of applicants with academic stats like yours who did not get accepted, as well as applicants with much lower stats who did get accepted.
Some who were not accepted were told they had great chances in these chance-me threads. And you'll see a few who were told "Don't bother applying" who did get in.
There is a reason that Chance-Me discussions have such a bad reputation.
You look good and have already put together a great resume. Go for it. My son is there right now starting his freshman year. MIT is what he wanted and he plunged ahead. He recently attended a seminar that addressed how highly intelligent people often underestimate themselves and you are most effective when you can see yourself as you actually are. This is also known as the impostor syndrome if you want to google it. Are you going to apply Early Action?
MIT's average score of the admitted student is LOWER than the average score of the applicants. Thus, based upon scores alone, one could say that your chances are worse than the average applicant (since you present above average scores).
Think about it this way: Grades/Scores only qualify you to be in the "serious consideration" pool of applicants.
What will get you in is: What is your passion? What are you passionate about, and what have you done in pursuit of that passion?
How you show that in your essays will determine whether you have a better than above average chance.