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please help me i'm indecisive

swampmarshswampmarsh 0 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
Okay, so I need help because I'm planning to apply early to shoot my shot, but I don't know where. I want to do either ED for Johns Hopkins or REA for Stanford, as both of these schools are my top 2 reach schools. I've done my research on both schools, and both of them sound great and it just made me even more torn with this decision. What should I do?

Basic Background:
Vietnamese female born in California, planning to apply as either a public health, chemical engineering, or biochemical engineering major, but I might go in undecided. Also out of these paths, which one is the best path to go to, depending on which to apply early to?

Please help me out, I need input! Thank you for reading this, and helping me out if you do, I really appreciate you :)
edited July 22
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 78247 replies690 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    If you do not have a clear no-regrets first choice that is affordable and which you will not need to compare financial aid offers (check the net price calculator at each college), then it is not a good idea to apply binding ED.
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  • mathmommathmom 32380 replies159 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Since you are from CA, it may be easier to get to Stanford and you might be able to see your family more often. Or you might prefer to explore a new part of the country. The two schools have very different locations. JHU is in the middle of a city, while Stanford is kind of in the middle of nowhere. (Well that's probably not totally fair to Palo Alto, but as an east coast city girl that's what it feels like to me!)
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  • mikemacmikemac 10335 replies150 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited July 23
    swampmarsh wrote: »
    I've done my research on both schools...

    planning to apply as either a public health, chemical engineering, or biochemical engineering major, but I might go in undecided. Also out of these paths, which one is the best path to go to, depending on which to apply early to?
    For Stanford at least, review your research to see how your planned major is used in admission decisions

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  • lbflbf 394 replies0 threadsRegistered User Member
    With no stats its hard to say but I live in the SF Bay Area and Stanford is a beautiful campus and an amazing school. That said their admit rate is 4% which means it is really hard to get into. Have you looked at your schools Naviance to see where you are in the realm of kids admitted to both schools? Have you visited both schools? They are very different schools and I know JHU is more urban but Stanford by no means is in the middle of nowhere, it is in the heart of the Silicon Valley. You also didn't say what your financial situation is and like @ucbalumnus mentioned that would be a factor. It's hard to give good advice without more detail.
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  • ProfessorPlum168ProfessorPlum168 4077 replies87 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    sorry to burst your bubble but it's rare for anyone from the Bay Area to get into Stanford, so I wouldn't hold my breadth on Stanford. Ask your counselor, how many kids from your school make it to Stanford each year.
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  • sushirittosushiritto 4015 replies12 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited July 23
    @ProfessorPlum168 Ain't that the truth. The majority of kids from the Class of 2022 (my kid's class), and there were about 10 +/- students who were accepted to Stanford, had one or both parents working at Stanford.
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