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Chance Me Pretty Please!

icwest0213icwest0213 54 replies9 threads Junior Member
edited July 2012 in Amherst College
Gender: Female
State: Nebraska
Race: 1/2 Japanese

GPA: 3.96 UW
ACT: never taken
SAT: never taken
SAT 2s: Bio-E: 730, Math 2: 770...going to take french, lit, and chem in june
Rank: NA
Past APs: Euro (5), Bio (5)
Current APs: AP Macro (A), AP Micro (A), AP Gov (A), AP Chem (A), AP Spanish (A), AP Calc BC (A-B)
Future APs: Physics, English, Stats, plus three university classes
Recs: there are two teachers whom I really like (and they hopefully like me!)

Extracurricular:
Violin: 13 years
piano: 11 years
violin group: 5 years
local orchestra: 6 years
community theater pit orchestra:2 years (3 shows)
volunteering at library: 5 years (~500 hrs)
volunteering at nursing home: 4 years (~150 hrs)
volunteering at hospital: 3 years (~100 hrs)
student government (3 years)
student government subcommittee chairperson (planned spirit assembly, prom, and talent show) (1 year)

Honors/Awards:
all-state orchestra: 3 years
statewide piano and violin competitions (performance with local symphony)
masterclass at an international conference
national honors society
numerous community service awards and scholarships

I want to study classics or english along with premed classes
edited July 2012
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  • mcgabbangmcgabbang 9 replies3 threads New Member
    Seems good. What school are you trying to get into?
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  • icwest0213icwest0213 54 replies9 threads Junior Member
    mostly liberal arts schools. amherst, williams, swarthmore, and middleburry are my reach schools, and i'll also apply to public universities as safeties. what part of my stats sounds the weakest???
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  • shootastarshootastar 200 replies71 threads Junior Member
    Your stats sound great, but SAT I/ACT is important--have you planned when you are going to take it? Also, a lot will depend on your essays as colleges get many many applicants with equally strong stats. They want to select students who are interesting persons and who will make up a bright and dynamic student body.
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  • icwest0213icwest0213 54 replies9 threads Junior Member
    thanks!!! amherst is my dream school, so hopefully they'll accept me :)
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  • dcsmissdcsmiss User Awaiting Email Confirmation 216 replies2 threads Junior Member
    Good stats, but there are many more qualified applicants who apply than are accepted. Be sure to focus on your essay in order to set yourself apart. And to reiterate the previous poster's sentiment, SAT I's are quite important.
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  • icwest0213icwest0213 54 replies9 threads Junior Member
    thanks! i'll be taking the SATs for the first time this weekend! hopefully i'll do alright
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  • Publicforum2012Publicforum2012 118 replies3 threads Junior Member
    Looking at your school list, you should consider applying to Dartmouth. It is very similar to the LACs you have mentioned.
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  • dcsmissdcsmiss User Awaiting Email Confirmation 216 replies2 threads Junior Member
    Ehh... I went to visit Dartmouth last week. I cannot say that provides anywhere near the intimate environment available at the LACs.... contrary to what they claim.
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  • icwest0213icwest0213 54 replies9 threads Junior Member
    i just got my SATs, and I got a 2040. this was my first time taking the test...i got around 2200 on two practice tests; i don't know what happened during the real thing
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  • icwest0213icwest0213 54 replies9 threads Junior Member
    hey everyone. i just got my act scores, and i got a 33 (29E, 34M, 34R, 35S). I already signed up for the june test, and i'm pretty sure that i can get at least a 34 because my english/writing score was lower than expected (29/8). do you think that my score is high enough?
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  • andyman344andyman344 85 replies2 threads Junior Member
    So, I probably did so little compared to you and got into Amherst, so...I think a lot of it is chance. But being from Nebraska helps because they like getting everyone from each state, and there less people who apply from Nebraska.

    Classics sounds cool, far better than the standard english major so many people get...
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  • icwest0213icwest0213 54 replies9 threads Junior Member
    thanks! ahh, i just want to graduate and go to college!!!
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  • FoxboroPiperFoxboroPiper 80 replies2 threads Junior Member
    Don't bother with Amherst...come to Williams! The professors in the classics, English, and philosophy departments here are some of the greatest people you'll ever meet. And musicians are especially appreciated at Williams as opposed to at those other liberal arts schools...although UMass Amherst has an amazing music program if you could get in on that. But why dream for only #2? ;)
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  • dcsmissdcsmiss User Awaiting Email Confirmation 216 replies2 threads Junior Member
    I got accepted to Williams and Amherst. I decided on Amherst for its location and perceived priorities of diversity and progress. I really liked Williams, but the location was really a deal breaker.
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  • minoafrauminoafrau 438 replies81 threads Member
    I think a 33 is good, given that you live in Nebraska. If you can score higher, great, but you look like an interesting candidate--focus on your essays!
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  • omarp120omarp120 16 replies0 threads New Member
    Don't go to Williams, you'd end up as someone who has to mention a biased ranking all of the time to make themselves believe that they're going to the best school in the country. It's a great place and all, but there are several other colleges that can be better fits for you (and you won't need a ranking to re-assure yourself of that).
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  • theviolethourtheviolethour 57 replies7 threads Junior Member
    With your stats and ECs, if you can get your SAT score up to 2200 or above, you have a definite chance.
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  • icwest0213icwest0213 54 replies9 threads Junior Member
    just an update. i got a 2140 on my SAT I, and i'll be taking Sat II (chem, french, lit) and act in june!
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  • GDMACKGDMACK 99 replies2 threads Junior Member
    My daughter had the same GPA as you, and scored 2170 on the SAT's, and had a 33 composite on the ACT's, and didn't even make the wait list at Amherst. A lot of it is luck, but if you really want a chance, I would get my SAT's above 2200+, or my ACT up to at least 34. An SAT composite of 2040 probably won't get you in no matter what unless you have some really special hook.
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  • GDMACKGDMACK 99 replies2 threads Junior Member
    If you want a really good look at what Amherst is looking for, Google "Behind the Scenes, How do you get into Amherst College" which is an expose done by NPR on what they are looking for and the admissions process. Click on the "Listen to the Story" link to hear the audio rather than read the transcript. It is very daunting. When it comes to Amherst, I don't think mere mortals should bother to apply.
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