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Amherst chances?

jd1456jd1456 6 replies6 threads New Member
Unweighted GPA: 3.8
Weighted GPA: 4.3
SAT: 1390 (650 Math, 740 Verbal) single sitting. I am retaking in August.
Class Rank: 48/ 490

I am currently going into my senior year in the IB program. My ECs include:
Board Member for Interact (service club, extension of Rotary), National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society), volunteering once a week at a local children hospital (60 hours), and over 200 hours of volunteering at a local food shelter. I have been apart of other clubs but in a less serious way. I plan to join more this next year.

My family has a deep history at Amherst, including my brother and grandfather going, but I'm not sure if that will really be a factor since neither of them donate to the college.

My GPA has trended upward since freshman year, where I had a 3.2 first semester. Since then I have received almost all A's.

Even though I am in the IB program, my school required I take the AP English Language and Composition with no actual class to prepare. I received a 3 on the exam.
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  • DreamforIvyDreamforIvy 480 replies37 threads Member
    Hello! I will be attending Amherst a freshman in the fall, so I will try my best to give a chance:) I believe your stats are pretty great, but just keep working hard through senior year and focus on those essays! Your legacy will be a boost, and if you're a URM, then that'll give you even more of a boost. Good luck with your college process, and I hope you get in!
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  • glittervineglittervine 210 replies9 threads Junior Member
    Being a legacy is a factor, regardless of whether your family donates or not. That will help. Your SAT is low, though, especially the math. Take a look at the admission statistics (https://www.amherst.edu/admission/apply/firstyear/enrollment) and see where you fit in after your retake.

    Amherst uses a holistic approach, so work hard on your essays and get good recommendations.

    Overall, it's definitely a reach for you, but it's a reach for everyone. Good luck!
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