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Do I even have a shot at Amherst?

oregonman983oregonman983 Registered User Posts: 65 Junior Member
edited September 2009 in Amherst College
About me:
Major: possibly business, but most likely undeclared
Asian-American (Korean)
Live in Southern California

School does not rank
GPA weighted: 4.24
GPA unweighted: 3.76

About my GPA, my sophomore year I was taking 3 APs and I got 4 B's first semester and 2 B's second semester (3.91 GPAW). My junior year I took 5 APs and got straight A's for both semesters (4.8 GPAW). Hopefully, this shows at least an upward trend and that I can handle an extreme courseload.

UC Eligibility in Local Context ELC (indicates top 4% of class)
SAT: 790 Math, 780 Writing, 730 Crit Reading, 2300 overall
SAT IIs: Math 780, US History 720, Chemistry (taking in October, expecting around 750+)
Sophomore year:
AP Calc AB – 5
AP Euro Hist – 3
AP Environmental Science – 4
Junior Year: Again, hopefully my AP scores also show an upward trend from my sophomore year
AP Calc BC - 5
AP Physics C - 5
AP US Hist - 5
AP English Language – 5
AP Chemistry - 4

Senior Year: AP Stats, AP Physics EM, AP Eng Lit, AP Gov, Spanish 7-8 (did all 4 years of HS), Comp Applications(for requirement)

-Math Tutoring Club Secretary (11), Treasurer (12)
-Investment Club founder (12)
-Volunteer at local Hospital (10-12) over 100 hours
-National Honors Society (11-12)
-various local writing and math competition semifinalist
-School JV tennis (9-10), MVP for Sophomore Year
-Piano National CM test Level 10 (9-12)
-participate in city's Youth Symphony (9-12)
-Youth Symphony Marketing Committee
-kiva.org member and participant (9-12)
-smaller school clubs that I might or might not write down
-Stanford EPGY Summer program (11)

Work Experience:
-Internship at IBM Korea and Deutsche Bank Korea (2 weeks each, not sure which one to write down), can get a 3rd optional rec letter from either
-Volunteer work at North Korean refugee camp in rural South Korea (3 weeks)
-Work at UPS for 4 hours per week during the school year

Rec letters:
-pretty sure of 2 very good recommendations, one from physics another from US History to balance it out
-can get a 3rd optional from one of my internships

Essays: I have one very, very unique experience at the North Korean refugee camp and another talks my overarching passion for business that I’ve shown through my ECs and and the different types of work experience.

Hooks: Can pay full.

Antihooks: Asian, Korean, I have alot of ugly B's, upper middle class

Thanks in advance!
Post edited by oregonman983 on

Replies to: Do I even have a shot at Amherst?

  • 'rentof2'rentof2 Registered User Posts: 4,327 Senior Member
    There is no business major at Amherst.
  • The GovernmentThe Government Registered User Posts: 695 Member
    oregonman, you've posted the exact same thread on like 5 (maybe more that I haven't seen) schools' forums... Amherst and Harvard? Do you realize how different these places are?
  • PlainsmanPlainsman Registered User Posts: 1,503 Senior Member
    Maybe Oregonman's goal is simiply an elite school without any regard to fit. Maybe "elite" is all he cares about. That's a shame, but some people are like that. He has good stats, but most importantly (these days) he's full pay. That will get him into a lot of places.
  • cs12345cs12345 - Posts: 632 Junior Member
    I thought amherst is need blind?
  • 'rentof2'rentof2 Registered User Posts: 4,327 Senior Member
    Some people don't believe that. But at any rate, a better way to think of 'need blind' is that having financial need will not be a reason for denying admission. Beyond that you can parse it to death, but since it's all speculation there isn't much practical point to it.
  • hgates92hgates92 Registered User Posts: 58 Junior Member
    They may be need-blind, but I'm sure Amherst (like every other school) needs its quota of full-pay students. All things being equal, a full-pay student will edge out one that can't.
  • mrscollegemrscollege Registered User Posts: 659 Member
    Your stats look great to me. What is your first-choice school?
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