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ED Chances

nealemerynealemery 20 replies13 threads Junior Member
edited August 2007 in Amherst College
Alright well... I'm going to be a senior from Pennsylvania. I really like Amherst. I want to apply early but if I don't really have a good chance then I may apply somewhere else. I am going to visit in October and then we will see where I end up applying early. However, I really would like to know what my chances of admission ED are.

I have...

GPA (Unweighted) 3.92
QPA (Weighted) 4.82 (My school operates on a system so regular classes are out of 4, Honors are out of 5, and AP are out of 5.5)
Class Rank - 10th/500
Taken hardest classes offered each year.
Attend a large, very competitive, suburban public school (usually gets a student or two into each of the following: MIT, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Brown, Stanford plus a couple students into the likes of Northwestern, Tufts, JHU, and Emory. Not too many kids go to LACs but one student did get into Pomona a couple years ago I think...)

Senior Year Schedule:
AP BC Calculus
AP Chemistry
AP English Literature
AP US Government
AP Biology
2 Honors levels history electives taught by the two best teachers in the school
Concert Band during Lunch

Math - 760
Critical Reading - 740
Writing - 700

Math IIC - 780
US History - 760

-4 years of Percussion Ensemble. We played at the Music Educators National Convention my Sophomore year (one of 30 groups nationwide, one of only 15 highschool groups, and the only percussion ensembe) and the National Percussion Festival my Junior year (one of 12 groups nationwide) and will probably play at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association my Senior year. Keyboard Ensemble Senior year (group made up of the 3 best players out of the 60 in the program)

-4 years marching band in the Percussion Front.
Senior year Percussion Front Captain

-4 Years concert band - Senior year Principal Percussionist

-District Band Junior Year (hopefull regional or all-state senior year)

-President of the Chemistry Club Senior year

-3rd place in a Western Pennsylvania Chemistry Competition Sophomore year

-Ultimate Frisbee team Junior and Senior year

-Volunteer once a week at a local hospital for about 4 or 5 hours

-Started a program in a local middle school that monitors the students' activity, gives them chances to play sports after school/be active, brings in a nutritionist to talk to them about eating correctly and teaches about how rewarding an active lifestyle can be.

-Every summer for the past 5 years have traveled for at least one week to another city to work at homeless shelters or on Habitat for Humanity-style trips.

-Attended Governor's School for Health Care summer between Junior and Senior years
edited August 2007
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  • ejr1ejr1 1119 replies9 threads Senior Member
    None of the elite schools are a slam dunk anymore. Your stats are within range, it will just depend on what they need next year. Your chances for ED are as good as anyone else's, I think, and that stil will be determined by your essays, since there are no interviews. Put everything you have into those, and good luck! (Have you contacted the music department????) Will you continue with the drums in college? That might help, you know.
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