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1370 SAT 3.0 GPA, with really good essays chances

habdragon08habdragon08 Posts: 569- Member
edited November 2005 in What Are My Chances?
White male
Suburban Philadelphia (in New Jersey)
Prospective major: Mathematics

SATi (taken once)
October 2005: 800M 570CR 560W
SAT II
June 2005:
Mathematics Ic : 770
Biology M: 680
November 2005
Mathematics IIC: expected 800, 800 on all 3 practice tests
GPA: 3.0
Weigted GPA(used for rank) 5.2/ 7.0
Rank: 118/ 408 (29%)

Freshman year
1 honors class (out of 3 available)
Science C
4 Accelerated classes (3 Cs one B)
1 art class (C)
GPA: 2.7(my school does GPA on our grade/ 100, I had high Cs)


Sophmore year
3 honors classes (5 available) (2 Cs one A)
French B
Math C
Chemistry C
2 Accelerated classes ( 2 Bs)
1 art class ( A)
GPA: 2.8

Junior year
4 Honors/ AP classes (6 max)
AP Chemistry (B, 4 on Exam)
Pre Calculus (B)
AP French (B)
Biology Honors (B)
2 Accelerated classes (one A one C) (3 on US History AP self study)
GPA: 3.2

Senior year
4 AP classes
AP Biology (C at midyear)
AP Statistics (A on midyear)
AP Calculus (B at midyear)
Physics Honors (A at midyear)
one accelerated class (A at midyear)
One Business class (A at midyear)


EC:
Soccer 4 years (JV captain junior year
Boy Scouts all throughout
New Jersey Science League: Chemistry junior year, physics senior year
40 hours community service

Essays: really out there, original, and funny

Recs: pretty good

Other stuf to know: Legacy at Delaware(both parents), Penn State (brother)

Schools
Super Reach: University of Virginia
Reach: TCNJ
Match: Rutgers University
James Madison University
Pennsylvania State University
University of Delaware
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Va Tech)
Northeastern University
Safety: Temple University

I am applying to UVA because I really want to go there. I know i am 98% a reject, but I wont know unless i apply. I think I may have a shot because my grapes have a huge upward trend,and they look at essays alot(mine are good).
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Replies to: 1370 SAT 3.0 GPA, with really good essays chances

  • tsdadtsdad Posts: 4,035Registered User Senior Member
    You have a nice record and a good selection of colleges.

    When we were looking at VT several years ago (for Fall 2003) they told us that they didn't discriminate against out of state students because they weren't getting that many applications from non-Virginians. Considering the record of their football team, I'm not sure if that's true anymore. Your SAT scores should get you in. My son had the same scores, but a higher GPA, and was offered the opportunity to apply for the honors college.

    My son didn't care for VT although 1000s of folks in NoVA absolutely love it. We found it isolated and lacking in racial and religious diversity.

    Good luck.
  • habdragon08habdragon08 Posts: 569- Member
    I would be very happy with any of the universities on my list. I have thought long and hard about it, and I really like my final list.

    Bump
  • habdragon08habdragon08 Posts: 569- Member
    bump (10 char)
  • ohio_momohio_mom Posts: 4,045Registered User Senior Member
    I think you have a good list, just don't hold your breathe for UVA.
  • pedsoxpedsox Posts: 598Registered User Member
    I don't think the SAT's are going to help you that much. My prediction:

    UVA/Rejcected
    JMU/Waitlisted
    Virginia Tech/Waitlisted

    Your class ranking will actually help. GPA is too low in my opinion although your course load is good. Anything can happen but with you being out of state....................it's going to be tough.
  • totallysweettotallysweet Posts: 147Registered User Junior Member
    okay i can tell you honestly, but you won't like what I have to say. kids from VA aka my school can't get into tech or JMu with stats like that. Those kids are in state!!!! We average in state for those schools : JMU: 3.5/1190-1320, Tech 3.6-7 1300-50, UVA 1450+/4.0. you're out of state. there is no chance, no offense with grades like that. we DO have some schools however you DO have a chance at beautiful locations in VA:
    longwood, beautiful campus about 2.9-3.2 GPA average, nice place
    christopher newport newish campus, increasing prestige/reputation, EASY to get into, and if chosen for the deans application (which you might be bc ur out of state) theyll tell you in 72 hours. Good luck, but your Virginia list is way off for even an in stater.
  • lookinf4aschoollookinf4aschool Posts: 108Registered User Junior Member
    Why do you have a B in calculus and precal?
  • terrybhs06terrybhs06 Posts: 1,210. Senior Member
    all i have to say is make plans to attend psu, temple, or possibly rutgers
  • habdragon08habdragon08 Posts: 569- Member
    totallysweet- that is a load of bull

    the average SAT for JMU is in the 1100s, and for VA TECH its in the low twelves. For UVA its in the low thirteens

    And I have a B in precalc becuase i slacked off a little.

    I have a B in calc because it is a hard class.
  • terrybhs06terrybhs06 Posts: 1,210. Senior Member
    ok jmu and va tech was a fair argument... but uva on the other hand looks for gpas in the 3.8-4.0 range excellent EC's in addition to 1300 sats
  • habdragon08habdragon08 Posts: 569- Member
    UVA also looks at essays. I hope with my essays, i might have a 2-4% chance of getting in. I know i am a very long shot, but i think I do indeed have a shot.

    In fact, I probably have a better chance of getting into harvard(I am a legacy), but I wouldnt go there if accepted. I really want to go to a Va School, so I thought if i have a 2% chance, its worth the fifty bucks.
  • ndnznndnzn Posts: 69Registered User Junior Member
    You have a shot with your good SAT and ECs, however your GPA is the thing that is really bringing you down. You're right about UVA, except it never hurts to try and who knows right? If only your GPA was a little higher.
  • ophioliteophiolite Posts: 1,054Registered User Member
    Have you looked at the University of Pittsburgh? You would have a great chance of accpetance and is a very popular school for students in the greater Philly area.
  • habdragon08habdragon08 Posts: 569- Member
    I visitied Pitt, and I prefer my safety(Temple) to it, so I really dont see a point in applying
  • ophioliteophiolite Posts: 1,054Registered User Member
    That's fine, I just like to plug my alma matter when appropriate :)
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