I have quite a dilemma. Up until recently, my plan was to apply early action non-restrictive to University of Chicago and Georgetown SFS, then apply regular to Princeton. All three schools are my top, with Princeton having a minimal edge over the other two. Now I'm worried, though, that my stats won't be strong enough for applying to Princeton regular decision. If I apply Early Action Restrictive to Princeton, will that increase my chances because it shows a greater interest? Or, would amazing first semester grades make me more appealing as a candidate in January? Here are some of my stats:
SAT I: 650 M, 800 CR, 800 W (2250)
ACT: Will take in October
SAT ii: 620 Physics (won't submit), 630 Chemistry (won't submit), 750 World History, 800 Spanish. I'm waiting for the results of the June Bio test and plan to take both Math sat ii's in October.
Grades and AP's:
GPA: Around 4.2/4.3 weighted, 3.9 unweighted
Rank: School doesn't rank, but I would say top 5%
AP's: My school is very strict when it comes to taking AP's. The only regular courses that we can substitute with AP are US History, Calculus, Spanish Literature and English Literature (the last two can only be taken senior year). Students are allowed to take a maximum of two in 10th, 3 in 11th and, if you're a straight A student, 4 in 12th.
10th - AP Psychology (5). My other elective block was taken by French level III.
11th - AP Human Geography (5 on mocks), AP US History (5 on mocks), AP French (4 and 3 on mocks)
12th - AP Calculus AB, AP English Literature, AP Spanish Literature, AP European History, AP Economics (self studied, might have to take the test in another school. This is my way of getting around school policy).
Youth in Action (community service club): VP 10th, Pres 11th and 12th
United Way: Treasurer of Student Board in PR
Model UN: member since 8th, have gone to NAIMUN since 9th
Film Club: VP 11th
Environmental Awareness Club
Project H2O - Club that seeks to educated about the scarcity of water in communities in PR and around the world
Model Organization of American States
Personal Statement: Already written, about how certain experiences showcase my passion for politics and plans for the future.
Counselor Rec: Should be good, she's new and I've been very nice to her.
Teacher Rec's: My Bio teacher, whom I traveled with to the Galapagos and had straight A+ in his class, has already agreed to write me a letter. I'm deciding between asking my AP French, AP Human Geo or future AP Euro teacher for my second letter.
Third Letter: I plan to ask either the moderator of the community service club I'm President of or the woman in charge of volunteers in a community outreach organization that I've worked with closely.
2009: CAA in Lafayette College, course was on landmark cases of the US Supreme Court.
2010: EPI trip to the Galapagos, followed by International Business and Literature and Psychology in the Oxford Tradition program.
2011: CTY Civic Leadership Institute in Baltimore.
Yes, I'm Hispanic. Coming from a high income family I don't think that will help me greatly (and I don't think it should), but it might give me a very small boost. If I apply regular decision I will be able to submit grades for my entire first semester. So should I wait until January or take a chance and apply early?