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Chance me for test-optional colleges!

jh3025jh3025 Posts: 54Registered User Junior Member
edited November 2012 in What Are My Chances?
Do you guys think I have a fair shot? Schools:
Wake Forest University(top-choice)
Bard College-EA

*and yes, I do have back-up schools.
*university of illinois-urbana champaign
*penn state-university park
*michigan state university

Also, could someone offer me some other schools that are in my range with good programs?
*I am interested in studying economics in college

Background info:
East Asian
Top tier school in the state of Illinois
Top 10% school rank

3.6 GPA unweighted
4.2 GPA weighted

Very rigorous class schedule:
9 AP classes in total

Essay about my childhood: growing up in an ghetto area
Decent Teacher Recommendations


ECS:
School Orchestra:(2nd chair cello)freshman year
County Orchestra:freshman, sophomore,junior and senior year
Private Lesson: freshman, sophomore,junior and senior year
Guitar: Since 8th grade

Club Tennis: (#1 on club ladder)freshman, sophomore,junior and senior year
School Tennis Team: (Varsity sophomore, junior and senior year) freshman, sophomore,junior and senior year
Private Lessons: Since 8 years old

School Chess Team: (Varsity Junior and Senior year) freshman, sophomore,junior and senior year

Key Club: Sophomore, junior and senior year

Mandarin Club: (President junior and senior year)freshman, sophomore,junior and senior year

JSA: freshman, sophomore,junior and senior year

Comedy Club: (co-founder and vice-president) junior and senior year

School Tutor Program: Sophomore, Junior and Senior year

Achievements:
Multiple performances at Chicago Symphony Hall with county orchestra

Multiple performances at local colleges with student formed band

ASMA math award

8 semester GPA award

Tennis Team Divisional Champions all 4 years
Tennis Individual Divisional Champion Freshman and Sophomore year

Chinese Travel Abroad Program: United States Representative

More than 200 hours of volunteer hours in total.

Thanks :)
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Replies to: Chance me for test-optional colleges!

  • CatriaCatria Posts: 9,674Registered User Senior Member
    If your backups to test-optional colleges are ones that aren't, you have a problem. Normally it's because a student doesn't test very well that a test-optional school is attractive to someone. Perhaps your backups are poorly chosen anyway, depending on your scores.

    Wake Forest: Match
    Bard: Low match
  • jh3025jh3025 Posts: 54Registered User Junior Member
    I have an ACT of 26, so I think that score should not be a problem for my safeties. Also, if wake forest is a match, what could be a reach school? Bowdoin, Bates (Both test optional)
  • CatriaCatria Posts: 9,674Registered User Senior Member
    Bates and Bowdoin are the "reaches-for-anyone" of the test-optional world.
  • jh3025jh3025 Posts: 54Registered User Junior Member
    Although, Bates does have a 43% early decision acceptance rate. I would apply for that if Wake Forest wasn't my first choice. Also, could you suggest me some better safety schools?
  • KAYAKSKAYAKS Posts: 41Registered User Junior Member
    I'm only familiar with Bard, and because of your gps and ec's i think you have a very fair shot of getting in!
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