9th grade GPA: 8.0/10 (it's considered A where I went to)
10th grade GPA: 9.2/10
Junior year GPA: 4.0 (unweighted, my school does not have weighted GPA)
No ranking but I think I am in top 5%
Repeated junior year to fulfill graduation requirement at a really rigorous private school (I changed school this year due to visa problem, long story)
Grarde Junior year:
AP Cal BC: B
AP Physics C:Mechanics: B,
Spanish 1: A+,
English 11: A,
Wind Ensemble: A.
AP Lit: B
AP Physics C: E&M: B
AP Bio: A
Spanish IIe: A
China/Japan (fall) + Economics (spring): A-
AP Cal AB: 4 (Too bad)
AP Cal BC: 5
AP Physics C Mech: 3
SAT: 2000 (CR:630, M:710, WR:660) superscore
Bio M: 700
Soccer team of class: 6,7,8,9,10
Soccer Varsity:grade 11, 12
AFCVN soccer club: grade 10 ( cannot continue due to moving to US to study)
News translator for Arsenal Fan Club In Vietnam: grade 8,9,10,11, 12
Tennis JV ( varsity is super competitive, ranked 7th in the country): grade 11, grade 12
Choir:grade 11, 12 (All-County Choir, grade 12)
Piano class:8 years
French horn: 3 years
Young leader club:grade 10 ( cannot continue due to moving school)
FIRST Robotics: grade 11 (cannot continue due to moving school)
Community service club: grade 11, 12
Community service trip to Costa Rica: grade 11, grade 12
International Club: grade 12
Silver Medalists of National Spanish Exam: Grade 11
Semi-finalist of Cornell Essay contest: Grade 11
Best GPA at school : Grade 10
Best final exams record: Grade 10
First Prize at School's English Olympiad: Grade 10
Victoria scholarship: grade 10
High honor roll: grade 11
Best Physical project in Science Fair:grade 11
Highest honor in Chemistry:grade 11
High honor in Maths:grade 11
My school is a pretty tough school. I mean it is not as tough as Andover or Exeter or any other top notch boarding schools but it's still challenging. Actually, one of my friend from Physics class just got into WUSTL.
Thanks for you guys' inputs though. So you think I might have a shot ?
k well I just got into WUSTL like 2 weeks ago. And Idk about all of this over/underqualified junk, but anyhow, I didn't do an interview or even visit the campus (way too far away). The thing i DID do though was apply to their University Scholars Program in Medicine. Now, I didn't get into that program (as I didn't think i would), but that might have shown to them interest in the college, i have no idea. That's just what I did. So i mean even if you don't want to do medicine.... (I could be totally wrong about this btw). ooh, and you should probably take the SATs again and get a 2100+, a 2000 seems a bit on the low side for WUSTL's average. Plus, you should DEF take Math level 2, the curve on it is HUGE and you've taken Calc BC...like 12% of people get an 800 on that test, so it'll look good.
well... since u r an int'l, 2000 doesn't look that bad, though u may take it again with a higher reading score.. after all I got into school with a 2060... but for SATII you might take more subjects or you may look less competitive.
more importantly u need to write a great essay, but you look great in other stuffs, so u might worth a shot to apply WUSTL.
I will probably take Math II and Biology-Molecular for SAT II. I will also try to raise my SAT score up a bit.
Also, I am trying to get a position in a biology lab at the University of Rochester for a month (this is my project for Senior Study- a program at my school that allows seniors to take the last month off from school to do independent projects). Plus, from the summer, I will try to get an internship at the Center for Genetic Analysis and Techonologies in my city. Will these activities help me at all ?
I'm actually a bio (biochemistry concentration) major. I'm not sure if competition is stiffer if you apply as these majors, but just give the admissions office a call and I'm sure they will clarify it for you.
'How strong are the social science departments?'
I've only taken mostly anthropology classes at WashU, and they are top-notch in terms of teaching and research quality.
A strength of a department can be measured by numerous factors, and one of them would be research quality and publications. I don't know for this year, but the recent past WashU has been in the top 10 in 19 disciplines in terms of faculty productivity; "In two of these disciplines, WUSTL ranks No. 1. They are ecology and evolutionary biology and political science. "
With regards to your 'shot for next year' I think you have a good shot. However, statistically speaking, it IS harder to get in as an international and probably more so as an internation applying for FA. Just from credentials alone, you are definitely in the ballpark to apply. You have the grades and awards (though try to get as high a SATI as you can) One question to ask yourself is- what is your passion and talent? Highlight this on your application and/or essays.
When you provide GPA, it should not include non-academic subjects like band and choir.
WOuld that affect the GPA you listed for your first three years in your original school?
Second, I think that the fact that you repeated your junior year might be seen as diminishing the accomplishment of the three As.
Finally, the CR 630 is poor, but that might be less important if you're a TOEFL student. Is English your first language?
Thank you zenith602 for your helpful info. Just out of curiosity, as a Bio major, what do you think about the faculties, the opportunities for research, and preparation for grad school ?
I actually took the TOEFL and got a 109/120, and English is only my 2nd language. At my school, band and choir are actually graded class, even though my school does not have an official GPA system. Will these facts make any difference ?
Tharp definitely has a point about "demonstrated interest". Some definitely make a big deal about WUSTL's consideration of "demonstrated interest" in the school, but I am skeptical of the importance of this. My friend and I both have gotten straight As all the way through high school and are both strong in ECs. She flew out, visited the campus and had an interview. I did not. She was waitlisted. I was accepted.
Academically, I think I am interested in biology stuffs now. So I will try to get some internships in near future to prove my interest. This is just my new interest so I have not been able to do anything that relating to biology yet.
I like sports and music too. I don't know if you guys can see that through my resume ?
Am I understanding "demonstrated interest" correctly ?