Hello, I am an Indian student who completed High School in March this year. I had applied ED II to Colgate to the class of 2017 last year but unfortunately, I didnt get in. I'm not satisfied with the colleges that I have been accepted into, so I decided to take a gap year and explore what I plan to study. I'll admit, my application wasn't Colgate-worthy last year. I made the stupid mistake of not reporting many things in my application. This year, I plan to leave no room for error. Anyone at Colgate, or experienced with admissions in general, feel free to comment/advise me on things I could do, criticize my chances at getting into Colgate. I apologize for the long post.
Highlights of my application (which I had sent in last year):
SAT: 2150 [Two attempts. First attempt: 1910, second attempt: 2150 (Math=780,CR=670, Writing=700, essay=10)]
SAT Subject tests: physics: 790
Math II: 800
Essays: average. I would grade them 8/10.
ECs: low. I participated in a few MUNs in 12th grade. I made a CS (Computer Science) Project that I had sent in with my application. I was the president of the school Science Club, and a part of the School's Reader's Club. Didnt report the rest.
Community Service: didnt report any
Recommendations: excellent, got them from the Heads of Departments of Physics, Computer Science, and Chemistry in my school.
Academics: I was always in the top 1% of my class in school. I always ranked first or second in my class from the 9th-12th grade. All our tests and exams were scored on 100, and my scores have always been at least 20 points above the class average. I have received many prizes for excellence in various subjects all through High School.
That was what I had sent in last year. I had applied for CS majors. This year, I plan on applying for CS and Math majors because they both seem to interest me. I am also planning on applying for financial aid. I will be needing around 80% financial aid.
So, here's what I plan to add to my application this year:
Update community service:
1) nearly 100 hours of work in the year 2011-12.
2) I am making a database of blood donors as part of a "Blood Donation Awareness Drive." I am working alone on this project and was recruited by the people in charge of this drive. I started working on this project earlier this month.
1) I took 5 APs in May this year. I didnt take any formal training or course for these. I self studied them. I have taken the AP Chemistry, Computer Science A, Physics B, Physics C: E & M, and Calculus BC exam. I should score a 5 in CS and both the physics, and nothing less than a 4 in the rest.
2) I had not reported that I had participated in an International Math Olympiad organized by the Science Olympiad Foundation in December 2012. I had ranked 491st internationally in the 12th grade division.
3) I am taking numerous MOOCs mainly from Coursera. I am taking a few courses at my pace (so I will not receive a certificate at the end of them) while the rest, I am following the deadlines to receive a certificate from the instructor. From the top of my head, I know I am taking around 6 courses in all so far. By the time I apply ED, I should have completed at least 12 or more.
1) I am learning new programming languages. I have already learned Java as part of my high school curriculum. I now plan on learning C++ and Python.
2) I am planning to start my own youtube channel where I plan on teaching ISC Computer Science (11th and 12th grade computer science) to all those who have pursued CS in high school. I have understood the subject well. I want to share with them the way in which I have understood it.
3) I plan on taking the SAT I for the third and final time in October. I have already started preparing for it. I am looking to do extremely well this time because I know that a 2150 is a very low score for an international student applying to Colgate.
Thank you for bearing this long post. Advice of any kind will be appreciated.
Edit: there are numerous ECs that I had not reported. I will report them this time.