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cneogycneogy Posts: 608Registered User Member
edited December 2012 in What Are My Chances?
Hi all.

I wanna be straightforward - My GPA is outright bad for the schools that I am applying to, but i'm trying to be the candidate who can compensate with ECs/Testing. What are my chances at getting into:

uPenn CAS ED
uChicago EA
uMichigan LSA (ross pre-admit if possible) EA
UIUC CLAS or Business "priority filing"
WashU CAS or Olin RD
Cornell CAS or CALS (for AEM) RD
CMU MCS and Tepper RD
NYU Stern RD

I'm an Indian (as in the asian variety xD)

GPA: 3.5/4.0 (UW), 4.0/5.0 (W)
SAT (superscore): 2340 (740 CR, 800 M, 800 W)
SAT II: 800 Math IIC (also 800 Math IC but nobody cares xD), 730 Chem (ew), 710 Lit
AP: Comp Sci A - 5, BC Calc - 5, Chem - 4, Physics - 4, US History - 4
Taking Psych, Spanish, and Stats this year predicted all 5's

Current Courseload:
International Relations H
Multivariable Calculus (class which only 6 out of ~500 students in my grade are allowed to take... considered highest math class at our school)
Spanish V H/AP
Psychology H/AP
Madrigal Singers (auditioned group of 24 of the whole school's best singers... out of a student base of 2000... extremely prestigious group)
Statistics H/AP
Science Fiction and Fantasy (unleveled senior elective english class)

Math Department Head (BC calc teacher) - has very high opinion of me and should give excellent rec
English III H teacher - likes me as a person .. didn't do to well in her class (got a B year avg). will prlly have a good insight into my personality though.
Counselor rec - idk too much of what the counselor thinks of me.. BUT she's writing her rec based on the recs which i'm getting from outside school which are - 1. TyE Business Competition Mentor and 2. MIT professor who i did an internship with (Both EXTREMELY strong recs)

Extra curriculars... (100 million over here). Listed in order of descending importance:

First High school level Bollywood A Cappella group which I founded in sophomore year (it's been 1.5 years (will be 2.5 when school ends). - Sophomore year thru senior year
TyE Business plan Competition - We spent a whole year formulating a business plan and we got 2nd place in the competition. I was the CFO... - Junior year
MIT RFID Lab internship - I spent the summer working in a lab with PhD students and the RFID dept head helping them formulate thesis. I may be listed as a co-author on these MIT students' theses (there are 2). - Summer before senior year

~Gap here because those 3 up there are the most important of the ECs~

Math Team - Captain Senior year - frosh to Senior year
Madrigal Singers - Senior year
Chess team -Freshman year to senior year - won 2nd place junior year. Senior year yet to be determined (predicted top 3)
Robert Creeley Foundation - Exec. Board member - Poetry foundation honoring deceased poet. We bring in a famous poet each year to our high school to recite for students. We also have an award given to top achieving students in poetry from anywhere in massachusetts area.
Chess Club - Co-founder - Junior to senior year
All Male A Cappella group - frosh to senior year
Science Team - Frosh to junior year

Miscellaneous notes/awards:
Presidents volunteer award (1 bronze, 1 gold)
AIME Qualifier
Massachusetts Math Olympiad Level II Qualifier
I've been singing Hindustani Classical and Bengali Music since I was 5 years old.
I'm also fluent in bengali (spoken, written, listening, and reading)

So... how do i compete?

Thanks all!! and feel free to ask me to chance you as well. I don't know how well i'll be able to do, but i'll give my best effort.
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