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Chance me (Fairly low test scores, decent everything else)

jeey42jeey42 Posts: 36Registered User Junior Member
edited November 2012 in What Are My Chances?
SAT (Round 3): 1960: (630 CR, 650 M, 680 W)
Subject Tests: US History (710)
ACT: I don't want to talk about it... ha.
AP: US History (5), Psychology (5), English Language (4), World History (3)

GPA: Cumulative 3.7 UW
Freshman Year: 3.5 GPA
A's in: Pre-IB World History, Digital Arts, Speech, Pre-IB Inquiry Skills
B's in: Pre-IB English, Pre-IB Biology, Pre-IB Geometry, Pre-IB Spanish 1
Sophomore Year: 3.86 GPA
A's in: AP World History, Honors Algebra 2, Culinary 1/2, Spanish 2, Guitar, Honors English 2
B in: Honors Chemistry
Junior Year: 3.86 GPA
A's in: AP Psychology, Honors Pre-Calc, AP US History, AP English Language, Honors Spanish 4, PE/Health
B in: Honors Physics
Senior Year Courses in Progress/ Current Grades
A's in: Honors Spanish 4, AP US Government, AP Macroeconomics, AP Biology, Honors Anatomy, Honors English 4
B's in: AP Physics B, AP Calculus AB
Extracurriculars:
- Church Volunteer: Greeted from 9th to 12th grade, Attend youth group weekly. Mentor to the middle school youth group. Play guitar at middle school youth group.
- Class Cabinet: Lobby interests of the Class of '13 to SGA. Many little things I could mention, however the biggest is granting students the access to recycling bins at school.
- Science Honor Society: As treasurer, I budgeted for an increase research projects.
- Campaign for Mayor of my City: 3 months. Answered questions, assisted in content of flyers, worked with the mayor himself!
- Young Democrats: Regular meetings all throughout high school, but campaigned for several months before the 2012 election. Woo Obama! Also, local races. But I was always big on supporting gay rights.
- Job as an Office Assistant: Office Assistant over Summer 2012 This one's really not too glamorous, and I don't know how to make it sound so.
- Engineering club: Best Mousetrap Car Award... just a school award
- Spanish Honor Society: Recited the club pledge at induction
- Loads of other Honor Societies (Social Studies, Math, etc) and Clubs (Psychology, Jogging, Ceramics, Model UN {it's a joke at my school}) where I made less significant contributions.

I can get good recs. I can write a decent essay.
Area of Interest: History is my virtue, but Environmental Science is the devil I cling to. So, either.
White Male. Florida. Parents make 80k income together. Neither attended college.


Schools I've applied to or am considering applying to:
USF
FSU (Applied EA)
UF (Applied EA)
Georgia Tech (Applied EA)
NYU
UCLA
UC Berkeley
Columbia
Stanford

Also: Would retaking the SAT a fourth time greatly help admission chances? I think I could improve, but I also would like to stop tormenting myself with that test!
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Replies to: Chance me (Fairly low test scores, decent everything else)

  • TylerNarkTylerNark Posts: 232Registered User Junior Member
    Your test scores and GPA is a lot like mine but yours is way more rigorous. Our ECs are different with mine more sports oriented but yours at a glance definitely look a lot better. Based on this, I would say for the following:

    USF - Safety? Not sure
    FSU - Safety/Low Match
    UF - Match
    Georgia Tech - Match/High Match
    NYU - Low reach
    UCLA - Low Reach/Reach
    UCB - Reach
    Columbia - Reach
    Stanford - Reach

    I'm not too sure about the Universities in Florida (I'm assuming you live in state?). I was looking at the average sat scores and the admittance rates for them are quite low for whatever reason (I'm assuming a lot of dumber kids apply). Also I think after the 3rd time, your SAT scores won't go up by too much unless you plan to study your butt off in the next month (which I doubt would make it go much higher). Good luck!

    Chance back? http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/what-my-chances/1414507-chances-bc-brandeis-colgate-more-ill-chance-back.html
  • jeey42jeey42 Posts: 36Registered User Junior Member
    Yeah, I'm in state. Thanks for the quick response.

    I chanced back.
    Good luck to you too!
  • ArtsyGirl13ArtsyGirl13 Posts: 2,971Registered User Senior Member
    I would call Columbia and Stanford unrealistic and NYU a high reach, other then that I agree with OP. Also you need to take another subject test for some of the schools on your list.
  • jeey42jeey42 Posts: 36Registered User Junior Member
    @ArtsyGirl Thanks for the reply.

    Yeah, I know Columbia and Stanford aren't realistic at all. But I intend on applying to atleast one. They're both schools I really want to go to, and having that "I wish I would have took a chance and APPLIED" thought in the back of my mind would really suck.

    I'm working on subject tests for January, as well.
  • daniel829hdaniel829h Posts: 33Registered User Junior Member
    Your GPA and SAT are in the lower average but I think your ECs will make up for it!

    I'd say
    NYU- Reach
    UCLA- Low Reach
    UC Berkeley- Low Reach (Assuming you're not applying for engineering)
    Columbia- High Reach
    Stanford- High Reach

    Not sure about other schools sorry.
  • hpyscmhpyscm Posts: 900Registered User Member
    Don't waste your money applying to Stanford
  • jeey42jeey42 Posts: 36Registered User Junior Member
    Thanks Daniel, very helpful. I was deciding whether to apply for Environmental Engineering at Engineering or Earth and Planetary Science (with Environmental emphasis) at Letters and Science. Now I know, L&S for sure.

    Hpyscm, I explained that I don't think I'll get in. I'd rather "waste" the 90$ and get a rejection letter than wonder if I had even the smallest chance of getting in.
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