Asian in CA attending school with average SAT of 1000
Economic Status: around 20k per year & 1st generation college-bound
GPA: 4.0 (unweighted)
Class Rank: 1 or 2/380
SATI: 2120 - M 790, CR 670, W 660
World History 800
United States History 790
AP World History 5
AP Calculus AB 5 (predicted)
AP US History 4 or 5 (predicted)
AP Physics 4 (predicted)
AP EnvSci 4 or 5 (predicted)
AP English Language & Composition 3 or 4 (predicted)
JV Tennis 2 years
Science Olympiad 4 years
President in Key club 1 year
Member of Key club 3 years
~100 hours of community service (at hospital)
Computer tech/accounting internship over summer
CSF 4 years
NHS 1 year
3 Science Olympiad regional medals
Essays & recommendations are solid
1 AP class sophmore year: AP World History
5 in junior year: AP Calc AB, AP English Lang, AP Physics B, AP Enviro Sci, AP US History
7 in senior year: AP Calc BC, AP English Lit, AP Physics C, AP Comp Sci A, AP Stats, AP French, AP Macro/Micro Econ
Taking most rigorous courseload in school.
What are my chances and what needs the most improving?
good i am in a very similar position (chicago, competitive school, similar scheduale, 2210 sat, 3.7 unweighted, sat 2 of 780, 680, 750, and many ecs) From what i have heard from vandy people and my counsler, i have a very good chance of admittance. i think vandy values test scores more than some other top schools, so that will help us (we are above the top 75%) and we dont like in the south (diversity).
Actually, no. Vandy did not emphasize test scores and really, really tried to look at each applicant holistically, which needless to say required significantly more effort. The admissions dean, who unlike many of his peers, was cognizant that behind each applicant was a real person. The NEW admissions dean this year, however, seems like he'll be pretty hardcore. good luck.
(The old admissions dean was recruited by another school that fit him better. A small liberal arts college where he had administrative responsibilities so that he could participate in influencing the direction of the school.)
curious as to why you think the new admit dean will be paying much more attn to the scores?
i would say given his background from public u that he'd be overboard the other way to prove he's up to the task.
Hardcore doesn't necessarily mean he'll pay more attention to test scores. He's not going to go overboard in either direction, regardless of where he came from. Based on his interview after being introduced as the new dean, he appears to have a very singular focus: to improve vanderbilt quickly...and be pretty hardcore about it. Also, princeton review is a joke.