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Chances @ BU?

pumpkinspumpkins 478 replies167 threads Member
edited October 2009 in Boston University
I'm applying as an out-of-state student. Would that affect the outcome by a lot??

GPA: 3.78 (UW) without senior first semester grades
Class rank percentage: top 15 or 20%
APs: Lit (2), Language, US (2), Physics, Bio
SAT: I took the last one in June and got 1530. But during the summer I studied and improved a lot. So i'll get a score in the range of 1800-2000 (I took numerous mini mock tests).

Extracurricular/activities:
-Volunteer @ art museum from July 2009-present
-Volunteer @ elementary school (max 50hrs)
-Piano accompaniment for Sunday services
-Varsity Tennis for last 3 years (Most Improved Award/Letterman)
-World Affairs Club 2 years (served on senior board)
-National Honor Socitey 4 years
-Key Club for first 3 years
-Church Youth Group 4 years (President, VP)

Please be honest! Thanks. I'll chance you if you want me to, just leave a link. :)
edited October 2009
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  • JajFlingJajFling 39 replies4 threads Junior Member
    Your high GPA with low test scores will hurt you. Your extra-curricular is fine, but you need to improve the SAT. As it stands if I were grading you, I'd look at your GPA not as a 3.6 but lower due to it seeming to be highly inflated.
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  • AlectricityAlectricity 362 replies26 threads Member
    Being out of state doesn't really affect your chances in my opinion. A lot of the BU population is out of state and international. Get your SAT up to 1900~2000+ and you should be fine. Don't forget you need to take SAT2's!
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  • pumpkinspumpkins 478 replies167 threads Member
    JajFling, what do you mean by "highly inflated"?
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  • sak09sak09 1020 replies131 threads Senior Member
    BU is a private school-it doesn't matter if you're instate or out.

    You won't get in with a 1530 SAT score. Even an 1800 might not cut it. Try to definitely get above a 1900 and your chances will be good.

    Oh, and by "highly inflated" JajFling meant that your GPA doesn't correlate with your test scores. It seems as if your school/classes are easier and your grades are high, but they don't match up with your SATs or AP scores.
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  • JLiggyJLiggy 15 replies4 threads New Member
    Definitely work on the SAT score. You should also try the ACTs.
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  • JajFlingJajFling 39 replies4 threads Junior Member
    What I mean is what sak09 said, although I shouldn't have called them "highly".
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  • Ju_liaaJu_liaa 556 replies3 threads Member
    Well my sister got into BU with a 1650 SAT and a 3.3 GPA....so your chances don't look as bleak as people are saying
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  • Ju_liaaJu_liaa 556 replies3 threads Member
    Correction, 1690 SAT
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  • AlectricityAlectricity 362 replies26 threads Member
    It also depends on what school she applied to. EC play a good part in the admissions as well as a well written essay. If she applied to CGS, her chances would have increased since they have lower admissions standards
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  • pumpkinspumpkins 478 replies167 threads Member
    Ju_liaa,

    Couple questions here..
    Was your sister applying from out of state or in state?
    What school did she apply to and did she declare her major on her applcation? If so, what was it?
    And was this last year you're talking about?

    Thank you
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  • elizabethhelizabethh 539 replies40 threads Member
    As already stated, in-state or out-of-state DO NOT MATTER because BU is a private school. With the states OP has, CGS is a good possibility, especially if she applies ED.
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  • pumpkinspumpkins 478 replies167 threads Member
    what is OP?
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