I am an International student, currently studying 12th Grade in a school which follows Indian curriculum CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education).
I just wanted to know what my chances are in getting admission for Mechanical Engineering.
I don’t have GPA grading in my school. The grading is purely based on marks obtained:
9th - 85% (maths-A, science-A, social studies-A, English-B, Hindi-B)
10th - 90% (maths-A, science-A, social studies-A, English-A, Hindi-B)
11th – 72%(maths-C, physics-A, chemistry-B, computer science-A, English-A)
I had also received a scholarship in grade 11.
I have been selected to attend the Global Young Leaders’ Conference (GYLC) in Washington/New York this year.
Made Robot for science exhibition which uses sensors to travel through a maze and then using LED’s to show the intensity of the light in its path.
Made a presentation on Periodic Table for the Science Exhibition in Grade 9 and a presentation on Tessellation for the Maths exhibition.
Helped the team in coming 3rd in an inter-school robot competition
Information Head in the school Anti-Smoking Committee in which a presentation is going to be made to the Grade 9 and 10 students on the Harmful effects of smoking, why we smoke, how to stop smoking and the harmful chemicals present in cigarettes and cigars.
Participant in the Duke of Edinburgh Scholarship Program
Certificate of distinction in the Green Olympiad which is an Olympiad based on knowledge of the environment.
I have been learning Indian Carnatic Music vocal for over 10 years and have given a 2 and half hour concert. Apart from this i have also received the First Class Distinction in the Carnatic Music Vocal Junior Exam (which is pretty tough to get).
I have also been learning Carnatic Music violin for over 4 years and have recently won 3rd place in the Inter-House Talent contest held in my school.
MATH - 730
CR – 600
W - 640
Gave the give SAT II's in November. Will get 700+ in Physics, Chem and Maths and hopefully if all goes well 750+.
Teacher Recommendations are good and the Guidance Counselor Recommendations are excellent. Read all of them.
Can't say much about the essays because i feel they are good but it depends on the adcoms view point.
I am not sure whether it is worth applying to Carnegie Mellon or not because i am not sure whether it is a reach or a super reach.