I know Amherst is definitely a big reach for me, but I'm just taking a shot at it.
I'm a Jewish male from a very competitive high school on Long Island. Rankings arent given out, though I'm in the top 10% of my class.
Freshmen year (my worst) - app 92 average UW/ 97 weighted
Sophomore year - app 95.6 average UW/ 100.2 weighted
Junior year - 96 avg UW/ 101.12 weighted
Senior year schedule:
AP French, AP Environmental Science, AP Calc AB, AP Government, Economics, AP English, Symphonic Orchestra
I've taken nearly every AP or honors class offered in my school (that my schedule allowed).
ACT Composite: 30 (only taken once) and early decision deadline doesnt allow me to take it again.
Not sending SAT I scores, and my SAT II's were mediocre...but I don't think they're required if I took the ACT.
-Volunteer at a camp for children and adults with special needs (all four years of high school, approximately 300 hours worth)
-Member of a renowned youth orchestra since sophomore year (I play viola)
-Travelled with the youth orchestra during the summer of 2005 to South/Central America for a month, giving charity concerts. Did the same this past summer in China and Southeast Asia.
-Played in All County on viola
-President of French Club since sophomore year
-Tutored a middle school student in French for one year (probably not that important)
-Treasurer of Best Buddies since sophomore year
-President of my school's Chamber Orchestra since sophomore year
-Natural Helper since freshmen year
-Member of the National Honors Society since junior year
That seems to be about it. I won't be offended at all by any criticisms/critiques. My top choice as of now seems to be Vassar College, followed by Wesleyan. Amherst is definitely a far reach, but I was wondering if I had any chance...also considering early decision. Thanks :D