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Duke 2025 ED?
I have recently done a lot of research on Duke and I’m really interested in their economics department. Please be completely open and honest with me! I would prefer replies from those who have gotten in, or are parents/ close relatives of someone who has gotten in within the last five years; however, anyone is welcome to provide some insight. I am out of state and I am applying to Trinity Sciences and Arts.
As far as stats go, I have a 3.65 unweighted GPA and a 3.85 weighted GPA. I have taken no APs, but I will be taking 4 next year as a senior-AP Stats, AP Gov, AP Language and Comp, APES. (numerous APs are offered at my school, but it has taken me awhile to be eligible to take them because of a bad GPA freshman year.) Undoubtedly, this is the weakest part of my app. My ACT score is a 33 with a 9 on writing (34, 28, 34, 35). Since I have no AP scores to report would it be a good idea to take SAT subject tests?
ECS- Tried to take a mission trip to a 3rd world country, but it was cancelled. (will not list exactly where because I don't want anyone to find out this is me). I have played lacrosse all four years (varsity as sophomore.) I volunteer at an organization that works with special needs adults and children. I am president (not founder) of a non-profit. I am a founder and president of a club. I am in the National Honors Society. Lastly, I am taking a class at a prestigious university (top 15 in the country) online; it would have been on campus, but it got moved because of corona.
Essays/ Rec Letters- I am a great writer and I think this is really where I will stand out. I have so many unique things to write about. I have had type one diabetes since I was nine years old which has been a burden, but has allowed me to grow immensely as a person through hardship. (If anyone would like to read this essay pm me!) My recommendation letters should be pretty solid, I have a lot of teachers and coaches that like me.
I will not be applying for any financial aid, my family is higher income and I don’t have any hooks.
I know my chances are quite slim, but this is my ED school. Remember, be brutally honest with me.