While compiling my college lists, I’ve found that I have very few match schools. I’ve been checking out some LACs, but most of them seem selective enough to still be considered a reach for me. I’d appreciate any suggestions for match-level schools to look into that I have a decent shot at. :-) Here’s my current list of schools I’m interested in applying to:
* ED: Stanford
* MIT (my dad wants it more than me :P)
* Georgia Tech (again, my dad :P)
Safeties (auto admit):
* UT Austin
* UT Dallas
Now comes the time for judgment. Here are my stats and some info about me.
Income Bracket: ~$150k
State: Texas (but international status)
School Type: public. above average but by no means very competitive
Class Rank: 12/600ish (would be higher but moving caused problems
SAT: 1590 + 18/24 essay
ACT: 36 + 9/12 essay
SAT II: 800 Math II ; 750 Physics (planning to retake)
AP Tests: 5s on WHAP, APUSH, Lang, BC, AB Subscore, Chem, & Stats ; 4s on Physics 1 & Human Geo
Senior year course load: Multivariable Calculus/Linear Algebra, Organic Chem, AP Physics C: Mech, AP Physics 2, AP Gov/AP Macro, AP Bio, AP English 4
I don’t want to disclose too much about myself but here are some of my ECs and awards as well:
- HOSA (I achieved mastery level in an event at Internats this year!
- Art (local + state recognition for artwork. I also attended a 5 week art school program this summer on a full scholarship!!)
- Taekwondo (I’ve done it for 9 years and compete well for fun. I’m a 2nd degree black belt.)
- Youth & Government (state level + leadership position)
- Research with university professors (started pretty late in HS, but I enjoy it so it’s fine)
- Comp Sci Club & learning Python
- National AP Scholar (meh)
- Possible NMSF, at least commended
- School student of the year awards in Physics, Stats, and English 3
I’m not putting any of my honor societies or clubs with minimal involvement on apps because that’s not an accurate representation of me.
My essays are going to be about my diverse life experiences (living in both farm & city India, South Africa, and many US states) & tying that to my diverse academic interests. Another potentially unique topic is how I developed alopecia (incurable) & other autoimmune disorders as a freshly immigrated child and the decade-long impact that had on me, as well as how reading books, fanfiction, and creative writing helped me bounce back from that and eventually develop into who I am now.
My ideal setting would be a suburban/more natural campus with a safe city environment easily accessible.
I’d prefer schools that have a few thousand undergrads or less, but I know some bigger universities can also provide that communal feeling while having dozens of thousands of students, and that would also be acceptable.
Obviously, I want to go some place with high-level academics, but even though I’m a STEM-leaning kid, I don’t think I’d enjoy the type of school where 99% of people are math and physics nerds. I enjoy meeting and being around people with a diversity of academic interests, since I’ve always had those as well.
Along with being strong in STEM, I would love it if my college or university promoted and placed value on participation in the arts.
I’m also not super decided on what I’d like to do as a major or a career, so universities that don’t make you declare your major for a year or two are definitely a preference for me.
Another note: I’m an international student because of my citizenship status despite the fact that I’ve lived in the US for all of my formal education. So financial aid and admissions processes for international students are also a big component (the reason why UCs aren’t on my list
Sorry for the long post, but if you have any suggestions at all (or just want to talk, I’m here to make friends lmao) hit me up!