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lexiebeanlexiebean Registered User Posts: 154 Junior Member
edited March 2008 in Amherst College
What is my liklihood of getting accepted at Amherst? Also, how likely am I to get fin aid? PLEASE help me, i love Amherst!

I am a high school junior. I have a 4.22 on a 4.0 scale (3.98 unweighted). I got a 28 on the ACT, but I am retaking it soon. I am ranked 20ish in a class of 530. A few of my literary works were published in our school's literary magazine and I am a reporter and HR manager of our school's student newpaper. Also, I am president of our school's Diversity Club, member of NHS, and co-founder/vice president of Creativity Club (formerly the corresponding secretary of History Club and a member of Art Club, but both of them were canceled last year). I participate in competitive artistic roller skating and practice about three hours a day six days per week, with this I have won eight national and regional metals and this year I won Leslie Elder Michigan Skater of the Year. For community service (I do at least 11 hours/week), I work as an assistant for my former chemistry teacher once a week, I volunteer at the Michigan Humane Society every weekend, I teach a roller skating for beginner and advanced classes, and I volunteer and job shadow at the hospital near my house (which is nationally ranked) every Friday. Also, last summer I did a medical program at Michigan Tech, this summer I am doing the medical program at U of MD with the National Student Leadership Conference. This summer I also plan on teaching French to elementary school kids.

Classes: Jr yr: (I took AP US History sophomore year) AP Gov, Honors English, Independent Study: Physiology (ALOT of research involved, plan on getting it published), Genetics/Evolution, Advanced Journalism, Alg 2, French 3, Physics

Tenative classes for Sr yr: AP English, AP Bio, Advanced Journalism, Psychology, Epidemology, French 4, Pre Calc/Trig
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  • 2collegewego2collegewego Registered User Posts: 2,710 Senior Member
    Your grades are good, your ACTs are low , your coursework would have to be seen in context but your math and foreign language probably aren't the hardest in your school. I would definitely try to bring up those scores and ask your guidance counselor what courses the kids take who get into the very top colleges. Best of luck!
  • lexiebeanlexiebean Registered User Posts: 154 Junior Member
    I'm taking the hardest courses possible at my school (we don't have a French 5), except for math because I wasn't invited during Freshman Year
  • 2collegewego2collegewego Registered User Posts: 2,710 Senior Member
    Ah, good.. then I would focus on getting the best grades I can *and* raising the ACTs.
  • lifeisgood360lifeisgood360 Registered User Posts: 99 Junior Member
    wow, you work crazy hard! your ECs are way more impressive than mine...
    just make sure to raise your ACT score and grades

    im excited that you're excited about amherst but keep your mind open for other wonderful colleges! your hard work will be rewarded during your senior year =) good luck.
  • andyman344andyman344 Registered User Posts: 87 Junior Member
    It all comes down to luck. You do a crazy amount; I'm surprised you can actually do it all. It seems like you take 7 or 8 classes every semester unless some of those are one semester classes only. I only took 5 real classes every semester and probably didn't do nearly as much as you and got in. It all comes down to if you fit what they want I suppose. You have a good shot either way.
  • CatfishCatfish Registered User Posts: 725 Member
    Also, how likely am I to get fin aid?

    Amherst will give you financial aid (grants plus a bit of work study) to cover 100% of your demonstrated need, but does not give any merit scholarships. How much FA you get depends on your families financial resources. You'll have to fill out a FAFSA and CSS Profile to determine that. You can use Amherst's Calculator to get an estimate of how much your family will need to contribute.
  • lexiebeanlexiebean Registered User Posts: 154 Junior Member
    I forgot to add that for skating I also received the Michigan National Acheivement Award for Junior Olympic Figure Skating and the Maggie Eng Club Award for Junior Olympic National Championships in 2004, and the Michigan National Acheivement Award for Figure Rolller Skating in 2007. In Diversity Club, this year I organized a Save Darfur campaign, met with Governor Granholm for a Youth Roundtable Program Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr., organized multiple fundraisers for Freedom House (an asylem for refugees in down town Detroit).

    I resigned up for the ACT in April.
    Thankyou everyone for your help!!
  • aznfishyaznfishy Registered User Posts: 543 Member
    i think your skating will prbly help u..i think it sounds pretty interesting from an adcom's perspective..
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