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Chances and Suggestions

SRVSRV Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
edited August 2007 in Amherst College
I am considering applying to Amherst during Early or Regular Decision.


GPA: 3.6 at a prestigious private school that doesn't give out A+ grades.
Course-load: Very rigorous -- 7 AP classes

Standardized Tests:

SAT Math: 800
SAT Critical Reading: 700
SAT Writing: 720
SAT Composite: 2220

AP English Language: 5
AP US History: 4
AP Chemistry: 4

Extra-Curricular Activities:

Varsity Tennis: 9 & 10
Varsity Cross Country: 10 & 12
Varsity Track & Field: 11 & 12
Varsity Indoor Track: 11 & 12

Debate Team Captain and Founder
Tri-M Music National Honor Society: 10, 11, & 12
UNITY/Gay-Straight Alliance: 9, 10, 11, & 12
Coalition for Global Change: 11 & 12
Jazz Band: 10, 11, & 12
Guitar Ensemble: 10, 11, & 12


Music Rating (in all likelihood)

This Autumn I'm going to take the Literature and Math II SAT IIs and I am considering retaking the SAT I to improve my Critical Reading and Writing scores. Does anyone have any suggestions for improving my application and if I should apply during the Early Decision or Regular Decision periods?

Thanks so much.
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Replies to: Chances and Suggestions

  • dendankindendankin Registered User Posts: 185 Junior Member
    i see good scores, but a lot of stuff with no commitment to one (e.g sports)
  • SRVSRV Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
    I think on a superficial level, my extra curricular activities are "a lot of stuff with no commitment." However, many of the activities share common themes.

    Running - XC Running, Indoor Track, Track & Field
    Jazz Guitar - Tri-M, Jazz Band, Guitar Ensemble
    Debate - Debate Club

    Tennis is probably pretty haphazard. I had a talent for it going into high school and made the varsity team, but I've since lost interest for the sport. Should I choose not to mention it in my list of sports/ECs?

    The remaing groups are somewhat generic and don't really express very much about me or the fields to which I've dedicated myself. UNITY, Gay-Straight Alliance, and the Coalition for Global Change simply speak for my interest in promoting awareness about contemporary issues. Should I choose not to mention the aforementioned three?
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