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caronantcaronant Registered User Posts: 138 Junior Member
edited September 2008 in Colby College
What are my chances at getting into Colby? I visited this past fall and I really liked it but i Have no idea if I'd get in or not.

In terms of "standing out", I've definitely spent a lot of time in high school studying global human rights...i'm doing an independent study on it, ive done conferences about it, and i have a huge volunteer job with a biiig national anti-genocide coalition. its something im really passionate about, and I hope to emphasize that in my app...its probably not apparent from this list (sorry its long, you dont have to read the whole thing i know its boring!) but i know its something that my essays and college recs will all mention a lot

**My GPA is lower than one would expect of a student applying to top-tier schools, but that is because my school is incredibly difficult and has absolutely no grade inflation. The GPAs of accepted students from my school are always lower than the average accepted GPA of the colleges because colleges know how rigorous my school is.

Stat profile...sorry its long, its the one that college confidential provides!

Gender: Female
College Class Year: 2013
High School: Private


GPA - Unweighted: 3.50 (upward trend from freshman to junior year)
Class Rank: top 10%
Class Size: 50
I'll have taken 6 APs (pretty much the max for my school) and all the honors classes available for my subjects


ACT: 33 (hopefully 34 or 35 on the second try)
SAT IIs in June, SATs in the fall


Significant Extracurriculars:
-Class president (senior and freshman years)
-Part-time employment at real estate office
-Significant leadership position in prominent national anti-genocide coalition,
-Editor of school newspaper
-Photography Club
-Student admissions representative
-School representative on national diversity conference
-School representative on regional community service board
-Peer leader of Operation Snowball (local youth outreach group)
-Summer internship with an immigration justice organization

Leadership positions:
-2X class president (Freshman and senior years)
-Significant leadership position in prominent national anti-genocide coalition, organizing six states worth of high schoolers
-Editor of school newspaper
-Founder/head of school's first anti-genocide group
-Peer leader of Operation Snowball (local youth outreach group)
-Senior leader (American Youth Foundation)

Athletic Status - list sport and your level:
Field Hockey
JV Captain '07
Varsity Field Hockey '08

Volunteer/Service Work:
-Regional high school leader for a prominent anti-genocide coalition; I organize about a hundred or so chapters within six states
-Monthly volunteer work, serving dinner, at local soup kitchen
-Occasional volunteer work with mentally disabled children
-Community Service Club
-Regional community service board
-Youth outreach program (peer leader)
-Big Brothers Big Sisters (one year)
Honors and Awards:
-Scholarship for Excellence (merit scholarship)
-Academic All-State Field Hockey
-Leadership Award (American Youth Foundation)

College Summer programs:
-Accelerated academic program at Amherst College
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Replies to: Chances???

  • caronantcaronant Registered User Posts: 138 Junior Member
    anyone? please? :)
  • momofddmomofdd Registered User Posts: 103 Junior Member
    I think you have very good chances, I would recommend you do early decision.
    Your human rights activities are a big plus which show focus and passion. Make sure to interview. Best of luck!
  • mountainsmountains Registered User Posts: 756 Member
    I'm with momofdd on the interview. My S, who will be attending Colby in the fall, was not able to schedule an interview (no availability for the day we visited) but we went ahead and he wrote about his visit, mentioned the name of the guide, etc. on his "Why Colby?" essay. He also mentioned he wanted to have an interview, but could not get a slot.

    Here's a link to what Dory Streett, a Colby admissions officer suggested in her blog on what Colby is looking for. This is worth reading; my son followed her advice and got in regular decision. His stats are similar to yours, no sports activities, very focused ECs and he has national and state writing awards. I think you have a very good shot, and ED will help.
    Colby College | News & Events | Read Blog Post

    Best of luck.
  • caronantcaronant Registered User Posts: 138 Junior Member
    Okay thanks! I don't think I will be applying early decision but I'm hoping to get in regular decision if I am deferred or rejected from my ED school.
    I got a 740 on my Lit SAT II and plan on taking another subject or two in the fall

    anyone else have any thoughts? thanks so much!
  • icandoiticandoit Registered User Posts: 126 Junior Member
    i think you are good at social science. I think you should get SAT US history .If you dont like this subject, i would like to recommend SAT MATh 2C . I studied math 2C in a couple of weeks and got 800. So i think SAT Math quite easy 'cos i am not a genius in Math , for sure.
  • oreo-90oreo-90 Registered User Posts: 29 New Member
    I have very simialar stats (3.5, 1410/2090) and got in regular last year. Whats your ED school?
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