Cummulative GPA: 3.55
2 Honors courses, Geometry and Bio
JV Crew, JV Ski Team
204 PSAT, without studying
2 Honors Courses: Analysys 3, Chemistry 3,
Varsity Crew, Varsity Ski Team, Debate Team, Boy Scouts, Volunteer Hours
SKI Team Class S State Champions
2 AP's: AP Gov, AP Environmental Science, 5 on both Exams(Likely)
3 Honors Courses: Spanish, Latin, Great Works(English),
Varsity Track, Varsity Cross Country Varsity Debate, Varsity Ski Team, Co-Founder of school hiking club,
Ski Team Class S State Champions again, and third in Entire State(As a team)
5 AP's: AP Spanish, AP Euro, AP Lang, AP Calc AB, AP Economics, independent study in physics
Varsity Cross Country, POTENTIAL CAPTAIN, Varsity Track, Varsity Debate, Varsity Ski Team,
Co-Founder of Hiking Club,
School doesn't release class rank, but I'd say top 10 percent. 3.55 gpa as of right now
2310 SAT's: 750 CR, 760 Math, 800 Writing
5 on AP Government AP Test, 4 on Environmental Science(Still not sure if I should submit the 4)
Taking ACT in September
730 Math 1, 740 Literature, Taking both again in October + 1 additional SAT ii.
Thanks for your help! I would appreciate any advice you could give me to make my application/resume better, and increase my chances. Thanks!
^^ I second that question. OP, after reading Yale's website, what do you think your chances are?
What Yale Looks For | Yale College Admissions
"While there is no hard and fast rule, it is safe to say that performance in school is more important than testing. A very strong performance in a demanding college preparatory program may compensate for modest standardized test scores, but it is unlikely that high standardized test scores will persuade the admissions committee to disregard an undistinguished secondary-school record."
Everything seems to be okay... except for your GPA. While your SAT score is good, at top schools, a high SAT score is expected. Your GPA makes you less competitive. I'm not saying it's impossible. However, I'd apply to other schools, and work my butt off on applications to try and make up as much as possible for your GPA. Try and stand out and possibly your Yale dreams might come true.
Hmm your GPA is really low for someone applying to ivies...it certainly makes you less competitive. Why are your standardized testing scores so high even though you have a low gpa? It shows schools that you're not working to your fullest potential
Largely unimpressive GPA, subpar SAT II scores, and few AP courses taken junior year make Yale a very high reach for you.
Unless of course you're Hispanic or Black... Then I'd say your 2310 gets you in regardless.
You're GPA could be a lot better. When it comes to write your essays pick a topic that you are really passionate about and pour your heart out. I'm not saying it's impossible but Yale is a slight reach for you and have some backups just in case. chance me back ? Chances for Harvard, yale, uva, and VA tech
Retaking standardized tests at that level or taking the ACT is pointless. Why are your junior year AP "5's" only likely? Didn't you get them back? As others have said, your GPA will be a challenge and the transcript is really the most important piece of your application. Your target schools need to be a notch lower leaving little room to do those apps well and still apply to 8/8 Ivy's.
"GPA wouldn't make so much of a difference bundled with good scores" Hunh?
When Yale is admitting under 8%, anything that is amiss is potentially a knock out blow. Not excellent GPA is definitely a disadvantage unless it can be shown your top kids in the HS have similar GPAs.
Another way of putting this is that Yale (and schools like it) are able to fill their classes with people who have excellent GPA, excellent scores, AND excellent ECs. If you're only pretty good in one (or more) of these categories, you aren't going to have a strong chance of admission unless you have something else to counterbalance that. This could be a hook--you might be a legacy, or an underrepresented minority (URM), or a recruitable athlete--or it might be some really impressive achievement, like winning a major prize, starting your own successful business, etc.
Looking at the OP's information, we see a GPA that is good, but not excellent. ECs are strong, but is there one that shows extraordinary achievement by OP as an individual? It's not clear--are you a good enough skier to be recruited at a college that has a ski team (I don't know what Yale has in this regard)? Eagle Scout is an excellent EC, but there are many Eagle Scouts. Is there another hook? Do you come from, say, Idaho?