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Yes, I know, but... What are my chances?

megapiano17megapiano17 Posts: 20Registered User New Member
edited August 2010 in Yale University
My high school is in rural Illinois, and I'm a white female.

ACT: 33 composite, 35 English, 34 Science, 32 Reading, 29 Math, 9 Writing.
Haven't taken the SAT yet, but I'm intending to this fall.

AP classes: European History (4), US History (4), Eng Lang & Comp (5), Biology (didn't take the test)

GPA 3.76 unweighted, 3.98 weighted.

Class Rank 15 out of 390, so top 5%

ECs: French Club (10,11,12)(honorary president 12), Key Club (11,12), Orchestra (9,10,11,12), Pit Orchestra (10,11,12), String Band (10), NHS (11,12)(committee chair of the GAPS program 12), private piano lessons (since forever), 17th/18th century tunes on tin whistle, self-taught (10,11,12).

This year's schedule: AP US Gov, AP English lit, AP Calculus, honors physics, graphic design, fashion & textiles, symphony orchestra, french IV (I'll be taking the AP test for French)
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Replies to: Yes, I know, but... What are my chances?

  • silverturtlesilverturtle Posts: 12,496Registered User Senior Member
    Not too good of a chance. Your ACT is decent; your grades are below average; and your EC's are alright but certainly not outstanding.
  • megapiano17megapiano17 Posts: 20Registered User New Member
    OOH I forgot some things. Not that it will make much of a difference, but....
    I'm a National Merit Scholar commended student.
    I've taken any and all AP/Honors courses I can with my schedule. Our school doesn't have that many, but it comes out to around 15 or 16, and my math is a year advanced.
    Also, I left out Economics from next year's schedule.

    Thanks for the feedback, silverturtle. (by the way, I think you meant all right, not alright)
  • silverturtlesilverturtle Posts: 12,496Registered User Senior Member
    (by the way, I think you meant all right, not alright)

    No, I meant "alright," though "all right" would have worked as well. I'm not one of those who object to "alright."
  • megapiano17megapiano17 Posts: 20Registered User New Member
    hmm. interesting take.
  • 999999999999 Posts: 129Registered User Junior Member
    I'd say your chances are okay. Make sure you write a great essay and have good recs. Also, ECs are average, I mean, it would help if you have something you're passionate about and can make evident on your application. (I'm not saying you don't, this is just what I've gathered from your post)

    Good luck!
  • x.sunnyx.sunny Posts: 386Registered User Member
    Your chances are quite low unless you can demonstrate your passion better in your application. Best of luck!
  • yale2014yale2014 Posts: 14Registered User New Member
    ECs look like box-ticking the way you've presented them here.

    Don't present a list of all the things you've done but speak with passion about two or three things and how you've excelled at them.

    Any SAT II scores?
  • megapiano17megapiano17 Posts: 20Registered User New Member
    naw, we don't take the sats here in illinois, but I'm taking some this fall. I'm thinking math 1, biology, and us history.
    my main passion is music, and that's what I'm writing my essay about. everything I do, I do it because I love it. showing passion shouldn't be a problem on the application :]
  • silverturtlesilverturtle Posts: 12,496Registered User Senior Member
    naw, we don't take the sats here in illinois

    Some of us do. *raises hand*
  • megapiano17megapiano17 Posts: 20Registered User New Member
    dude, do you even go to yale, or are you just plaguing my thread for no reason? I don't wanna sound rude, but you're kind of asking for it....
  • silverturtlesilverturtle Posts: 12,496Registered User Senior Member
    do you even go to yale

    No.
    or are you just plaguing my thread for no reason? I don't wanna sound rude, but you're kind of asking for it....

    Excuse me? I have no idea what you are referring to.
  • glassesarechicglassesarechic Posts: 5,481Registered User Senior Member
    Out of curiousity, why didn't you take the AP Bio test?
  • NanmanderNanmander Posts: 24Registered User New Member
    megapiano, silverturtle knows his stuff. I haven't really posted here before but from what I've seen he has good advice. I don't think he intended to "plague" your thread.

    Regarding your thread, I think you should apply. Who knows what might happen? No one on here, that's for sure :)
  • megapiano17megapiano17 Posts: 20Registered User New Member
    I didn't take it because I didn't feel confident in my abilities. Science has always been my most challenging subject and my AP Bio teacher was new that year, so she didn't know much about the actual test. I probably could have passed, but I just didn't want to risk my mom's $86.

    @Nanmander: that's really true. However, I've decided not to apply unless my SAT scores are around 2300.
  • wrightmwrightm Posts: 340Registered User Member
    You are worrying too much about tests. Unless you have a really good reason for the GPA, and your E.C. are more than just check boxes, I'd rule Yale out. I mean, obviously there are extenuating circumstances for a lack of E.C. or less than stellar grades, but unless you have one, you should focus on another school. I know this may sound very harsh, but at the same time I'm just trying to be realistic. Please don't feel like I'm attacking you.

    BTW, what grade are you in? You didn't mention this. I ask because some people look to get chanced before they're ready.
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