Chance me for Ivys and Stanford?
Currently I'm a junior and I don't exactly know what I need to be focusing on to increase my chances at top schools (I'm thinking maybe ECs?). I'm also unsure what schools I should be looking at as safeties.
White Male from Maryland, Middle to Upper-Middle income (100-150k?).
Good public high school (sends 1 to 3 kids to ivys+ annually, class sizes ~350).
GPA: 4.00 UW
Rank: 3/373 (Top 1%)
Workload: Most rigorous classes available.
SAT: Taking on Nov 3. Practice tests: appox. 770-800 CR, 770-800 M, 710-750 W
APs: World History 5, Human Geo 5, Stats 5, English Lang (expect 5), Calc AB (expect 5), Chinese (may or may not take)
SAT II: World History (expect 770+),
Violin (Concertmaster/1st chair of a few orchestras)- I do a LOT of violin and do very well, hopefully All-State this year. Not nationally ranked or anything, but it's significant.
Student Council (Treasurer) - Big commitment, plan a lot of the school events
Gay-Straight Alliance (Vice President) - I'm gay.... it's interesting though, espc. at a very conservative high school.
Member of National Honors Soceity and Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honors Society).
Trying to form a Chinese Language Honors Society at my school.
I also went to Western China for two months to learn Chinese (I'm trying to achieve a very high level of proficiency, hopefully before I graduate high school! My Chinese teacher can probably give me a VERY good letter of rec. for me).
I also hope to get an internship over the summer involving Chinese, hopefully with the federal govt.
Schools I'm considering:
Columbia - As of now my top school, Has been for a while now along with UPenn
UNC Chapel Hill
UMD College Park (in-state flagship school)
The teachers/counselors who know me well have told me I should be VERY competitive in the applicant pool, especially with all my involvement in China-related stuff and my writing ability, but I want to here from other people. I feel like at this point it's really just a crap-shoot.
I'm not valedictorian because my freshman electives did not have the maximum possible weighting (Chinese and Latin are weighted as "standard" before level 3).
What should I be work on this year? I'm also not sure what I should do about SAT I/II. If I score in the low 2300s should I even bother retaking the SAT (it will be my first time)? What subject tests should I plan on taking other than World History? Where should I be looking at for safeties?