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Help! Please chance me! I am freaking out right now

fortuna16fortuna16 Registered User Posts: 73 Junior Member
edited September 2009 in Amherst College
Ok, so Amherst for the last 3 or so years has either been my number 1 or number 2 choice but with severe insistance from my parents, they advised (more like ordered) me to apply regular decision to amherst. The other school that I am applying early action then is to Georgetown but I need to know now if I can still get into Amherst regular decision bc I know the acceptance for early decision almost doubles (around 30ish%) so if you guys think I can still get in regular decision, it will de-stress me a lot!

99.4 weighted average on a 100 scale
Ranking: Top 3 % (out of 500+)

Grade trend: more rigorous courses every year, grades consistent

Standardized test score
ACT: 32

4 English courses
4 Math
4 Science
4 Foreign Language (Latin)
4 Social Studies
3.5 Religion
2 Art

I have taken a total of 8 AP Courses:
art history
us history
environmental science
psych
latin 4:vergil
lit
calc: AB
us gov&comp gov

I'm taking 5 AP courses this year (my senior year) and the 3 I have taken so far, I have gotten all 5s. All my other courses are honors except for studio art and the religion classes(these classes are mandatory and no honors are available for these)

Extracurriculars:
School Tennis Team: 4 yrs (1 varsity letter)
Yearbook: 3 yrs (Editor)
Art Club: 4 yrs (Vice Pres)
Latin Team: 4 years
Liturgy Leadership: 3 yrs
National honors society: 1 yr
Communtity service: 4 yrs (over 112 hrs)

Awards:
1. Accepted into art exhibition that selected students' works from various high schools
2. AP Scholar
3. National Latin Exam: Gold Metal - 3 yrs
4. Latin District Exam: Superior (highest rank)-2 yrs
5. IL State Latin Tournament: Superior-1 yr
6. 2nd Place REgional IL Certamen League- 3 yrs
7. Ignation Medal of Service (at school level)
8. Writer of the Month (school level)

Extra: Attended Illini Girls State this summer
Planning to submit arts supplement

Race: African American

I greatly appreciate you guys taking the time to read this!
Post edited by fortuna16 on

Replies to: Help! Please chance me! I am freaking out right now

  • mythmommythmom Registered User Posts: 8,305 Senior Member
    I think you have a very good chance. The higher number often includes recruited athletes, so it doesn't necessarily mean that it would be easier for you to get into Amherst ED.

    Good luck.
  • fortuna16fortuna16 Registered User Posts: 73 Junior Member
    THANK YOU! I don't know exactly what started it, but I have been extremely (to the MAX) stressed out today but your reply really helped me, thanks again!
  • 'rentof2'rentof2 Registered User Posts: 4,327 Senior Member
    I think you have a very good chance, too. You grades, AP, ACT, all the Latin... very impressive. I think ED can be a great option, but your RD chances aren't too shabby either!
  • sptchsptch Registered User Posts: 170 Junior Member
    D just graduated, and she applied RD, because we were worried about FA. She even recieved an Early Write and her stats were not much idfferent from yours. Just make sure your essays show who you are. BTW, they need ancient language scholars, so that could surely help you.
  • fortuna16fortuna16 Registered User Posts: 73 Junior Member
    thank you for all that responded! all your comments really have helped me in the college process
  • hgates92hgates92 Registered User Posts: 58 Junior Member
    I'd say you have very, very good chances RD! Definitely no need to stress.
  • lmpwlmpw Registered User Posts: 617 Member
    Are you going to the Diversity Open House?
  • fortuna16fortuna16 Registered User Posts: 73 Junior Member
    I was planning to but my tennis season (weekend of sectionals) conflicted with it
  • fortuna16fortuna16 Registered User Posts: 73 Junior Member
    edit: ACT is now 33 :) does this slightly help?
  • kwukwu Registered User Posts: 4,759 Senior Member
    Your score is fine: it's above the mean of accepted students (32).

    If you had attended the Diversity Open House, it would have given you a significant advantage, but that's no longer relevant...

    Relax, and don't feel compelled to apply to a school Early for a competitive advantage.
    You are already very competitive for both schools. Good luck.
  • flufflyoneflufflyone Registered User Posts: 16 New Member
    I think it isn't advisable to say "you have a very good chance." It's really a crap shoot when you have the requisite stats/grads. Too many great students are applying, so don't count on anything...that's just the reality.
  • The GovernmentThe Government Registered User Posts: 695 Member
    The OP is a URM...

    Good grades + good ACT score + decent ECs + URM = very good chances at Amherst
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