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OlascoOlasco Registered User Posts: 191 Junior Member
edited November 2007 in Amherst College
Well this thread is another chances thread. But my own dilemma is a serious one. My stats will show.
Firstly I am an International student. So look at my chances from that perspective.

SAT: 2020
Class Rank: 3/46
Math: 760 CR: 640 WR: 620
SAT 2: Yet to take but expect a 700 on each section
Recommendations I expect to be good
Transcripts well okay

Extra Curricular
Debate Club – Vice President
Maths Club-President
Soccer – House Team regular player
Science Club – Member
Chess Club – Public Relations officer

Represented school in national maths competition and came well 11th in my state
Selected for Global young Leaders conference
Member of one National Honors Society
Schools Quiz and debate champion for three years

I have only worked as a store manager in my moms shop
Don’t have much opportunities in Nigeria

I also need a lot of financial aid.

Well what do u think about my chances
Post edited by Olasco on

Replies to: Do I HAVE A SHOT

  • KamikazewaveKamikazewave Registered User Posts: 874 Member
    Everyone has a shot. On paper you look pretty good, but international applicants have it much harder than everyone else, so most of us here won't be able to give you a good estimate.

    "Public Relations officer"---huh? How big is your school?

    Are you in the states right now? Or still in Nigeria?
  • OlascoOlasco Registered User Posts: 191 Junior Member
    Well I am still in Nigeria. And the PRO job was not only in my school I also helped to source for competitions for my school.
  • JBVirtuosoJBVirtuoso Registered User Posts: 4,579 Senior Member
    Actually my school has a PR officer even though it's really small. It's just someone that advertises about class events and such.

    This is hard to judge. If you were a domestic applicant, you wouldn't be anything spectacular. In addition, their international policies are probably different for every country. I'm not sure how they would rate someone from Nigeria.
  • PTYmanPTYman Registered User Posts: 54 Junior Member
    actually i'd believe int'l students have it EASIER than Americans...
  • CatfishCatfish Registered User Posts: 725 Member
    PTYman, I would doubt that's true. The int'l students I know here are, as a group, probably among the smartest and most interesting.

    To the OP, I won't pretend to be able to guess your chances. I'm friends with 2 guys from Nigeria, and I'm sure there's several more, so the admissions staff will be at least somewhat familiar with the general situation in Nigeria. I'm sorry I don't know their stats.
  • kmkatekmkate Registered User Posts: 38 Junior Member
    Sorry to burst your bubble, but being selected to GYLC really doesn't mean anything. Don't trust the ultra-prestigious invite, many of us international students did. Very average American kids go there, and they know it. Otherwise, I don't think Amherst will mind paying your way. Goodness knows they can. Being from Nigeria is a definate hook. You can mention, or even let them assume, that English instruction there is not up to par with that of US schools, so that they may excuse somewhat average SAT scores.
  • windywindy User Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 157 Junior Member
    Tough year to go to Amherst. Over-enrolled last year so it is likely the incoming class will be smaller. Average (median?) SAT is around 2140 so you are off by quite a bit. Pres. Marx was interviewed during the big big big football game with Williams (Williams 20- Amherst 0) and once again stressed the importance of diversity so URM is a help. Incredible school so good luck.
  • tetrisfantetrisfan Registered User Posts: 11,791 Senior Member
    Good luck. You may be a tad low on the SAT side though.
  • Accl*Mass=ForceAccl*Mass=Force Registered User Posts: 126 Junior Member
    SAT is not an excuse for nigerians.. the official language of nigeria is ENGLISH

    Nigeria - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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