SAT math 800; critical Reading 660; Writing 750
SAT II: Math 800; Physics 800; World History 750
GPA 3.3 at a competitive private school - No ranking
Athletic Team Captain; Eagle Scout; numerous volunteer hours
you are at automatic admit level with your SAT scores - I'm not sure how they work the non ranking private schools though.
You are at perfect scores on Math and for Subject test perfect on Math & Physics.
Eagle Scout - athletic team captain(leadership) - community service with your volunteer hours.
I think you will be admitted - no questions asked.
To be honest, so is GT with a GPA of 3.3 unless he somehow addresses the fact that he was living in a box for freshman year or something. He would have to prove there is a reason for that. Still, GT is random given the 9894836702432 other good engineering schools out there.
Then wouldn't A&M too? I've heard GT really looks at your SAT scores (math) as compared to rank for A&M. Directed from US news:
1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA 4.9
2 Stanford University Stanford, CA 4.7
2University of California--Berkeley Berkeley, CA 4.7
4 California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA 4.6
5 Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA 4.5
5 University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL 4.5
7 Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA 4.3
7 University of Michigan--Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI 4.3
9 Cornell University Ithaca, NY 4.2
9 Purdue University--West Lafayette West Lafayette, IN 4.2
9 University of Texas--Austin Austin, TX 4.2
GT is #5. Almost the best public engineering school option. Berkeley mostly takes in-state (like 95%+). So GT would be next...eh really doesn't matter.
That is both a logic fail, and a "using USNWR as the end-all be-all" fail. Seriously kid, do you think that USNWR tells the whole story? Or that GT is really better than, say, Michigan?
You could have suggested any one of those schools on there and I still would have called you random. Why? Well partially because of the fact that you suggested a different school when he wasn't asking for different school recommendations, and partially because you seemingly just grabbed a single school off of the arbitrary (albeit best available) ranking system.
GT is a very selective school. Out of all of the schools on that Top 10 (11) list, Purdue would be the one that he would have the best chance at. Maybe half of the rest he would have a decent shot at because of SAT scores, but most top schools do care about GPA, believe it or not. Bad GPA often has a good correlation with poor work ethic when coupled with high test scores, so whether that is true or not, schools are almost always cautious with this cases. His SAT scores are excellent, but that GPA could potentially be a killer unless he has a good explanation for it.
Rose-Hulman(RHIT) is my first choice, but I will need to get $$,$$$'s to attend Rose without taking out too many loans. Texas A&M is an excellent choice, but the size isn't a selling factor for me. My parents had me apply to Oklahoma State University(got accepted this week for fall of 2011) to have a true safe school - good value - qualified for instate tuition with my SAT scores.