IMO class rank is important to U of M since they judge you based on your school. For example, if someone has a low GPA (let's say a 3.0), then his rank will be very important, both for the applicant, and U of M in making a decision. If his class rank is really high, then U of M will know that the school is really difficult, and his 3.0 won't look so bad.
So how do my stats look so far? BTW, I'm a Junior, but I'll be applying early senior year.
ACT: 32 (as of now, but I have a feeling it will go up)
Rank: Top 5%
AP's: APUSH - 4
GPA: 3.78 UW, but I've taken loads of AP's
EC's: Pretty good
Leadership: Lots of student government leadership positions, a few clubs.
I'm just concerned that my G.P.A. is too low, especially because I'll be competing against other Asians with MUCH better statistics than me.
Last edited by lovesehforever; 01-09-2010 at 02:32 PM.
You're not only competing against other asians...you're competing against other people, asian and non-asian. I'm honestly sick and tired of asians claiming that because of the fact that they're asian, all of a sudden it's exponentially harder to get admitted into universities. Anyways, I got in with a 3.7 UW GPA (with only 4 AP classes, and having a C in AP Calc AB junior year), barely being in the top 20% of my class, OOS, and having a 2050 SAT, so you should be beyond fine.
You're fine. I got in OOS with a 30 ACT and a 4.5 UW gpa (top 5%) because michigan no longer recalculates GPA, they will look at your rank and the rigor of your classes. I will have taken 13 AP classes and the rest all honors by the time I graduate, however my grades were basically half As and half Bs, so I wasn't really great in terms of grades. But being top 5% of my school and taking the hardest classes I could take helped.
..but then again, I did apply EA. So your chances might be a little lower since you applied so late
source: OOS public HS naviance: 2006-2009: Umich defers all applicants below 3.7 UW GPA even though in top 5-10% of the class......noone is accepted upon reconsideration for RD...all with stellar rigor/sat's/act's (two with 2300 SAT's in fact)
note: this year with not recalculating GPA's ALL of these kids comparably are accepted right down to the 15%tile.....
"source: OOS public HS naviance: 2006-2009: Umich defers all applicants below 3.7 UW GPA even though in top 5-10% of the class......noone is accepted upon reconsideration for RD...all with stellar rigor/sat's/act's (two with 2300 SAT's in fact)" - rodney
the difference between a 3.78 and 3.8 won't make a difference...what are you talking about Crono?
See, now you're just trying to be belligerent. :/
Is there no difference between a 29 and a 30 on the ACT? Look, I'm not saying that there is some kind of "magic number" at any college, but straight numbers mean a lot. This year at our school, we had quite a few kids apply ED, and everyone who had below a 3.8 was deferred. Even a friend with a 3.75, an AP-riddled schedule, and a 30 ACT was deferred, and he applied in early October.