What are my chances to get into University of Michigan?
Hello. I am currently a Junior at West Bloomfield High School. From what I've seen, my school is in the top 5% of high schools in the state and one of the largest feeders to UofM.
-GPA: 3.78 W (my school only reports weighted GPA. Honors are not weighted.). 3.73 UW.
-2 AP's, 11 Honors. (Senior year: 4 AP's and 3 electives.)
-First generation college student (By some schools standards... This is a really confusing title. Neither of my parents went to college, but my grandpa did. He is the only person in my family who has attended.)
- In state
Applying to: LSA
My SAT is a big problem. I got a 1060 (540 M + 520 CR/W). I did not choose to send this to them, thank god. I have a lot of trouble with timing on standardized tests. I am a really slow test taker. I am going to try the ACT in September.
My EC's are really weak due to personal circumstances. I am going to omit a lot of details, but lets just say I have faced a lot in my home life. I grew up around alcoholics, blood all over my house, drug users, etc. I was always expected to stay home because my parents were busy working or drinking with their friends. I have nothing I can put down for an EC, but I can tell you how I learned to be independent, how I saw education as my way out of the cycle, the abuse I have faced from my family, and all the realizations I have come to as a result. I get the impression that adcoms like stories of strength perseverance. I could absolutely give them that. The aforementioned details have made a huge impact on me as a person.
My grades could have been better, but my hyperthyroidism (graves disease) kept rearing its ugly head during my freshman and sophomore years. I'm not trying to make excuses, but putting full concentration into your school work with a resting heart rate of 130+ isn't easy.
I could easily get a teacher to vouch for me in a rec letter.
Here's my main question... What if my ACT score is only marginally better? Would I still have a chance?