For the discouraged...
These boards are a great way to receive feedback from likeminded students all over the nation. But at the same time, they can be very discouraging, as I have often felt inferior because of others' impressive stats.
I just thought I'd provide the statistics of a friend of mine.. A graduating senior, who was accepted at Dartmouth ED.
For those of you who tell other people that they have "no chance" at the schools they want, maybe you should be more lenient.
I wonder what you would have considered my friend's chances to be @ Dartmouth:
GPA: 98% (unweighted)
Rank: Top 3%
SAT I: 1420 (V 680 M 740)
Unsure of SAT IIs
National Honor Society
Social Studies Club
(No leadership positions)
Minimal volunteer work
Probably a few other minor community activities
Placed well in state Science Olympiad competition
Silver, County Interscholastic Math League
Honor Roll all marking periods
Probably a few other minor awards from school
School Type: Very prestigious Catholic HS / All-Male
He was the only one from my school to apply to Dartmouth ED.
Maybe that helped? I have not a clue.
There were about five or six more qualified applicants (not only better ECs, but even higher scores and grades) who were rejected RD.
I know that everyone on here would say Slim to No Chance.
I have no idea how he did it. His essays were probably good. Could great essays make up for subpar ECs?
Could ED play that much of a factor? Did being from an elite parochial school help?
Admissions is very strange...