Is it even worth applying?
Hi. I'm a student from a selective private college preparatory school in Florida which usually sends 3-4 kids to Yale a year (even though these kids are the cream of the crop. My school however doesn't rank). Here's the situation: I'm wondering what my chances are going EA to Yale to decide if its worth applying to. I'm not applying to any schools ED (because most of my schools are either matches/safeties and I'm expecting to compare aid packages) and the only school on my list currently that has EA is UNC. Here are my stats/schools I'm planning to apply to:
SAT 2120: 740 CR, 690 Math, 690 Writing. I retook this in June and will post my updated scores when they are release expecting Math and CR to go up.
SAT IIs: 750 Math II, 650 Physics. I'm retaking Math II in October and will take Bio/retake Physics
UW GPA 3.74
W GPA 4.6
Junior APs: Calc AB, Physics B, Euro
Senior APs: Calc BC, Biology, Gov Pol, Comp Sci A, English Lang, Stat (and an online Physics course at UT which is basically Physics C)
I changed schools after my sophomore year from a public school in CT to a private school in Florida. My grades during my junior year skyrocketed. Straight As in all my classes; A+s in my APs.
Varsity Weightlifting 11th grade
Rowing team 10th and 12th grade (skipped a year last year to focus on weightlifting)
Key Club (11)
Science Club (11) Finished 3rd in statewide competition
Spanish Honors Society
Beta Club (Senior year)
Volunteer weekly at the library
Planning on building a tesla coil with my friend this summer
At my old school was a board member/WHIP of the model congress (9-10)
Started a website with my friends; we write about sports
It was difficult for me to achieve leadership positions with switching schools and all. Like I was planning on running for president of my junior class but moving changed everything. I tried fervently to become active my junior year but its hard adjusting yourself to a new environment in the middle of high school.
So my ultimate question, is it even worth applying to Yale? Like what are my chances of admission? If I write a killer essay and have an awesome interview, do I have a shot at getting in? I'm white/don't have any kicks or anything? I'm planning on doing something with cognitive science and computer science. Thank you.