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If you had my stats, where would you apply?

ipodlover88909ipodlover88909 Posts: 167Registered User Junior Member
edited November 2012 in What Are My Chances?
If you had my scores, ECs, etnicity, etc. where would you aim for reaches, matches, and safeties. I would prefer somewhere urban and not rural, but if there's like mountains and stuff I'd be fine with that :)

My stats are:
SAT: 2250 [740 CR, 710 Math and 800 Writing]
APs: World History(5), Psych(5), US History(5) and Eng Lit(4)
Subject Tests: World History(720), Math1(690) - I'm retaking this, US History(760)
Current Courses: AP Stat, AP French, AP Environmental Science, AP Gov, AP Eng Lit
GPA: 4.17 Weighted 3.95 Unweighted. My school's weighting sucks; my gpa doesn't do me justice because I've taken lots of AP/Honors classes and have all As on my transcript except for 1 B in 8th grade Algebra 1
Rank: Top 3% about 20/650

Recs: Teachers like me pretty well, my History teacher loves me
ECs: Model UN 2 years, volunteered at my school's health department 3 years, school newspaper 3 years (editor this year and had my own column in every issue for 2 years), president of msa, Young Democrats, Obama Campaign, French Honors Society and a couple others (im blanking)
Awards: Distinguished Honor Roll every semester All 4 years of high school, AP Scholar w/distinction, Dartmouth Book Award, and Outstanding Achiever in the National Merit Scholarship Test (PSAT)

Other:
Majors: 1st choice is Psychology, 2nd is History/Gov
State: VA, public school
Gender: Female
Income: low (30-40,000)
"Hooks:" I'm an URM; my parents and I immigrated from Africa when I was younger (I consider myself African-American) & I'm a first generation college student (my mom has a hs diploma, my dad started but didnt finish hs)

Thanks in advance for advice! :)
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Replies to: If you had my stats, where would you apply?

  • AnchserAnchser Posts: 134Registered User Junior Member
    I would apply to Brown, Dartmouth, Williams, Pomona, CMC, Wesleyan, William and Mary, and Middlebury.
  • CatriaCatria Posts: 9,670Registered User Senior Member
    Reaches: Tufts, Cornell, Princeton, Columbia

    Matches: UVA, W&M

    Safeties: JMU, GMU
  • ipodlover88909ipodlover88909 Posts: 167Registered User Junior Member
    @thebestattest I don't know I'm not planning on going there :P
  • lovenerdslovenerds Posts: 161Registered User Junior Member
    thebestattest is obviously a troll.
    I would early decision (which is, of course, too late) Cornell, Dartmough, or Brown.
    For regular decision: apply to anywhere that you wanna go! (yes- even HYPS). The top 10 colleges are reaches, but I would be surprised if you don't get into any of the top 25 colleges (you have great hooks!)
  • UNIVELOCITYUNIVELOCITY Posts: 201Registered User Junior Member
    UC Berkeley is a match but sort of safe... Claremont McKenna, Harvey mudd, Pomona, will and marry, Umichigan?, uchicago.... Idk what ur gpa is exactly but top 3 percent sounds like you should apply to a broad range among the top 25-30 colleges on USNEWS.
  • ecouter11ecouter11 Posts: 1,396Registered User Senior Member
    ^+1

    You have great stats and a great profile + hooks so you have a good chance almost anywhere. HYPS (obviously reaches) I think have your desired majors. For matches, I think Ansher has a good list. Also, if you get into one of HYPS or another school that meets full aid (google for the list), college might be almost free for you.

    I think most people use their state university as a safety but UVa is somewhat competitive. If you post this thread in the "College Selection and Search Forum", I think you'll get better answers than you would in this one.
  • ipodlover88909ipodlover88909 Posts: 167Registered User Junior Member
    I don't really like UVA because it's so big, but I visited W&M last month and liked it a lot :) I still wouldn't pick it over UChicago or Dartmouth (if im lucky enough to get in). And there's no way I'd apply to HYPS, but I might apply to a couple other Ivies.
  • CatriaCatria Posts: 9,670Registered User Senior Member
    UCB can be a low match if one was full-pay...
  • ipodlover88909ipodlover88909 Posts: 167Registered User Junior Member
    Since I live in VA, I don't really wanna go that far away from home. Definitely not to Hawaii or Cali, but maybe as far west as Illinois maximum. I wouldn't mind going far up the east coast though (but not south).
  • MarceloSanchezMarceloSanchez Posts: 285Registered User Junior Member
    I'd apply to Princeton, UChicago, UPenn, Duke, Virginia Tech, Colgate, Trinity and JMU. Good luck.
    Chance me if you can:
    http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/what-my-chances/1415591-my-final-chance-thread.html
  • ipodlover88909ipodlover88909 Posts: 167Registered User Junior Member
    UChicago is my dream school. I never really thought I was competitive enough though.
  • MarceloSanchezMarceloSanchez Posts: 285Registered User Junior Member
    Yes, you are competitive just pay attention to your essays and answers in the supplement, Uchicago gives a lot of importance to those. Good luck.
  • intparentintparent Posts: 10,339Registered User Senior Member
    Univelocity, why would you recommend Harvey Mudd for this student? No apparent interest in STEM majors or EC activities, 690 SAT II on Math I... and student wants to major in Psych or History/Gov. That recommendation is nonsense...

    Agree with other posters that you are a competitive application for some very good schools. Good luck!
  • ipodlover88909ipodlover88909 Posts: 167Registered User Junior Member
    Thanks for the advice! bumppp anyone else? :)
  • MarceloSanchezMarceloSanchez Posts: 285Registered User Junior Member
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