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Chance Me at Boston University please :)

onebefreeonebefree Posts: 31Registered User Junior Member
edited November 2012 in What Are My Chances?
I haven't visited yet, but I know this is one of my top choices. I will apply RD because I heard ED screws over your financial aid options...is that true?

SAT I: 1870 - 640M/600CR/630W

SAT II: 800 Biology M

ACT: 28

AP's. 5 AP Biology

GPA uw/w: 3.7 Weighted, school doesn't report unweighted
Increasing semester over semester throughout highschool career. (Junior and senior year consistent 4.0)

Classes: 4 AP's, 10 Honors Classes

ECs:
Founded Key Club at my School and am currently PResident
Member of 4 other clubs, holding a position in another
Varsity Soccer, Tennis, JV Basketball
Volunteered at the Library tutoring kids and helping behind the circulation desk

Awards/honors:
Gold Key Recipient in Scholastic Arts & Writing Competition for Photography
MVP twice in Tennis and once in basketball.
Excellence in Geometry, Most improved in Honors modern world history
High Honor Roll for 3 years

Excellent Essay
2 Very Good Teacher Recs
1 Excellent Counsler Rec

Gender: Male... yay for BU having 60/40 gender distribution towards females :P
Ethnicity: Middle Eastern...otherwise known as white on the common app :D


I'm thinking my SAT should go above 1900, ACT to around 30, and GPA to around 3.75 or 3.8. Take into consideration that I'm at a very competitive, private, college prep school. Lastly, I am applying for a Cellular/Molecular Biology Major which should correlate well with my 800 and 5 that you saw above. Thanks!
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Replies to: Chance Me at Boston University please :)

  • dougbug107dougbug107 Posts: 19Registered User New Member
    i think is a pretty good match. if you get your SATs closer to 2000, youll definitely be in
  • cooldude9008cooldude9008 Posts: 15Registered User New Member
    Everything other than your SATs seem to match up. If you can get it up to a 2000+, I think you'll be a shoe-in
  • onebefreeonebefree Posts: 31Registered User Junior Member
    I know they superscore so that should help. Hypothetically lets say my scores stay the same. Do I submit the SAT or ACT or both?
  • onebefreeonebefree Posts: 31Registered User Junior Member
    Visited the past 3 days, awesome campus. Amazing city! I will be applying early decision for sure. Bump for some more chances please! :)
  • eliusereliuser Posts: 15Registered User New Member
    i think your SAT score is fine, maybe bump it up just a bit if you want to secure your spot. my friend scored low 1900s with less ECs and still got in
  • onebefreeonebefree Posts: 31Registered User Junior Member
    Okay thanks. Scores come out thursday so I'm praying!
  • onebefreeonebefree Posts: 31Registered User Junior Member
  • Snoop1Snoop1 Posts: 112Registered User Junior Member
    hmmmm.. well did you early decision?? and what did you get on the october SAT?? or the one you reffered to that scores come out thursday??^

    I would be able to chance better if you gave that info.
  • onebefreeonebefree Posts: 31Registered User Junior Member
    ED and superscore 1910
  • Snoop1Snoop1 Posts: 112Registered User Junior Member
    I would say 90% chance in. there sat range for ed is 1700-1900 and for RD is 1900-2000. You have a rigour school record. You had chances at better colleges such as Boston College :)
  • Snoop1Snoop1 Posts: 112Registered User Junior Member
    What did you find so fascinating about Boston University? Just wondering my friend goes there? How was the campus?food?dorms?lifestyle since u visited.
  • onebefreeonebefree Posts: 31Registered User Junior Member
    Thanks for the reply!

    I know but I'm not too caught up in the rankings, also I'm not Catholic so I feel as though I wouldn't fit in well with the culture there. Also, they didn't have biomedical engineering which I am considering as a major.

    I gambled by taking a flight to Boston. At first when I saw the outside of the university I was scared because it looked kind of old. (I'm a sucker for modern, state of the art structures :D) As soon as I stepped on the campus at BU I felt as though I was surrounded with people that reminded me of myself. BU is ranked 7th nationally in biomedical engineering so that kind of caught my eye. Boston is easily the my favorite city in America along with San Francisco. The feel of the campus strictly contrasted that of Big-Ten schools. If you're looking for green spaces the Boston Common is a short bike ride away. Also I'm glad that greek life and partying isn't big at BU as opposed to Big-Ten schools. I wanted an urban feel to the university as I have been going to a small private school in Ohio. It's kind of cool being in one of the biggest college towns in the world.
    I highly value diversity and BU is #12 destination for international students. I know you don't care too much but, as a muslim, I'm happy that the biggest mosque in New England is like 2 miles away. The only thing I ate on campus was U-Burger which was delicious. As a side not I had the best italian food of my life in little Italy! The dorms were typical but I have my eyes set on the StuVi apartment style living for future years :P. They didn't show me any classrooms, which I am kind of skeptical of, as I have heard they still use overhead projectors haha. Surprisingly when using the net calculator for all of the colleges I am applying to, I found out that BU was on par with Ohio State tuition (given they give me the grants/scholarships that they say they will). Besides admission the only thing I am scared about is getting financial aid and grade deflation. Sorry for writing so much, it has been on my mind and you gave me the opportunity to write away :P.

    Does your friend like BU? Any complaints (specifically grade deflation)? Any advice?
  • Snoop1Snoop1 Posts: 112Registered User Junior Member
    its fine i was looking forward to read that lol. i heard there is great deflation but you should be good considering your solid Biology background. i heard social life is good at BU, most people go to MIT and surrounding colleges for parties. parties at BU is not often cosidering its in the city, except for those who live in appartments. You can never go wrong going to college in city, what isnt there to do. i heard classes can be rough.

    OH yeah i forgot to ask. your ESSAYS will be a HUGE factor in your admission for Early Decision. How were your essays?supplement essays? they will be a good portion of your early decision application. My friends loves it as BU.
  • onebefreeonebefree Posts: 31Registered User Junior Member
    I would say I wrote some pretty solid essays, all just up to the character/word limit. I think my common app essay was really unique. My teacher said it was one of the best she had read all year. My extra-curricular was great, and why I would be a good fit at BU was really good as well. Our college-prep school really prepares us well for writing. Why are essays important at BU's Early Decision specifically?

    I'm pretty confident about admission now. On collegeboard's website "a note from the college" says "Evidence of strong academic performance in challenging college-prep curriculum most important." which fits me pretty well.

    One thing that really just put me down is that Collegeboard provided statistics say that only 40% of those who apply for aid are judge to have aid, and of those that are judged to have aid 40% were offered aid, let alone full need met... I really need to have full need met to attend, I put my stuff in the calculator and whatever and got 28k before scholarships which I was ecstatic about. However, if I don't get between 20-30k I'm afraid I can't attend. I'm now regretting that I didn't apply to Northeastern early action to make sure I kept my options open, I really had my sights set on BU.

    If it doesn't work out at BU I'm also considering GWU, Case Western, Ohio State, University of Miami, Loyola Chicago. I'm just really worried about financial aid because our financial situation is not the best.
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