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Chances at Colgate?

COlsen573COlsen573 Registered User Posts: 881 Member
edited May 2007 in Colgate University
My GPA is about a 3.43 UW, but it was because of only one year that brought it down due to family issues which will be the heart of my essay. Following that one semester, my grades shot back up. By the time i apply, my GPA will be about a 3.61 UW.

I know my SAT will be >2100 I dont know what though, and if it's lower I will take it a second time, as well as the ACT in the 30's
I will do well on the SAT II's as well - especially French

I went to a large public school in 9th and 10th grade.

I go to a private school (11th and 12th) which i think helps because of the competitive curriculum

Sports :
Freshman Basketball Team (9th)
JV Basketball Team (10th)
JV Soccer (9th,10th)
Snowboarding through a school program (11th,12th)
Varsity Baseball (11th,12th)
Varsity Soccer (11th, 12th)

Other Extracurriculars :
Math Team (9th,10th)
Quiz Team (9th, 10th)
Speech and Debate (9th)
HMMT Harvard-MIT Math Competition (11th,12th)
High Scorer from the Darrow School team
Core Leader (12th)
Math Prefect (12th)
Science Prefect (12th)
Computer Prefect (12th)
Possibly an RA for the dorm and a peer counselor but maybe not (12th)

Volunteer Work :
200 + Hours of Volunteer Work
Habitat For Humanity - 30-50 hours
An additional 200 hours will be done this summer at a local animal shelter (SPCA) and a local hospital.

AP Tests :
Calculus AB - 5
AP European History 3

Any classes that offered honors i took.
My current private school does not offer any honors or AP classes, but is a "college preparatory" school.

Getting a job this summer as well...40 hours a week.

My essay will be phenomenal.

On my regents finals for NewYork
Biology - 94
French I - 97
French III - 99
Math II - 98

Ive taken 5 years of French and will have taken 2 years of calculus by the time i graduate.

There might be other stuff that I missed.

8th Grade
French I - A+
Math I - A+

9th
Money Management - A+
Biology - A+
English 9H - A+
French II - A+
Global Studies 9H - A+
Math II - A+
Studio in Art - A+

Summer 9th grade - Field Biology - A

10th
Chemisty - WF (Withdrawn Fail)
Physics - D
AP European History - C
French III - A-
Math III - B
English 10H - B+
Health - A+

11th
Philosophy - A-
American Literature -B+/A-
Calculus I - A-
Chemistry - A/A+
US History - B+/A-
French IV - A

12th (My planned classes) (With projected grades)
Calculus II or Statistics - A
Russian Literature A/B - A-
Evolution -A+
Physics -A
Geology - A+
French V - A
Painting - A+
Economics - A-

Oh and I'm a lower class white male.

My sister graduated from Cornell
My brother currently goes to Cornell
My mom was a high school drop out
My father is a Russian Orthodox Priest

What do my chances look like?
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Replies to: Chances at Colgate?

  • KingofliteratureKingofliterature Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    i think youre looking pretty solid. but when it comes to college admissions, no one ever knows :-(
  • zilongzilong Registered User Posts: 27 New Member
    Your numbers pretty much slaughter mine. And I got in.

    Make sure you write a solid essay that will show the admissions board who you are. That's pretty much all I can say.
  • COlsen573COlsen573 Registered User Posts: 881 Member
    Should I consider it a low match? Safety? Match?
  • zilongzilong Registered User Posts: 27 New Member
    I think it could be considered a match IF you can explain yourself well to the adcom
  • GateNY09GateNY09 Registered User Posts: 66 Junior Member
    I think you might also want to explain the w/f, D and the C on your transcript. I am not criticizing you, because we all struggle at one point or another, but obviously an admissions officer is going to see those when they look at your application.

    Also, you said you would write a phenomenal essay - quite assuming of you - but be sure not to just tell a difficult story, but also show how your grew from it and why you are different now because of that experience. Show, don't tell.

    Also, where are you from? How many kids from your hs are currently at Colgate?
  • COlsen573COlsen573 Registered User Posts: 881 Member
    Im from NY, and we send quite a few to colgate.
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