Hey everyone! I'm a rising senior from Iowa. I’m trying to finalize my college list, and there’s just so many colleges out there that I’m having a hard time narrowing it down! I prefer mid-size universities, and I would prefer a more urban environment. Neither of those are deal-breakers for me. I don’t qualify for any need-based aid, so I’m hoping to apply to schools that offer decent merit aid. I’m not in love with the Midwest either; I wouldn’t be opposed to staying, but I’m also very open to the idea of exploring a new location! I hope to major in economics or mathematics with a minor in Spanish. A few of my top choice schools right now are TCU and Vanderbilt, if that helps give an idea of the type of environment that I’m looking for.
Here are my stats:
GPA weighted: 4.4 Unweighted: 3.94 (I have gotten 2 B+ but from the same teacher in different classes, I am having this teacher write me a recommendation because I worked super hard in her classes but I am worried that this gpa will make it harder for me to get into certain schools)
Class rank: 1/690 (my school doesn’t officially report rank, which hurts me a bit but I am hoping to have my counselor include my rank unofficially in my recommendation)
ACT composite: 34, 35 superscore (I had Influenza A when I received this score, and I am retaking it in July with hopes to get to a 35 or 36)
I am taking the SAT subject tests for Math 2, Literature, and US History in August
I've taken 8 AP classes, including 5 my junior year. I'm still waiting on those scores, but the scores for the other tests are in parenthesis. Calculus AB (5), Statistics (5), European History (4), Psychology, Calculus BC, US History, Physics 1, English Language and Composition. I’m taking Lit, Gov, and Spanish my senior year and self studying either macro or microeconomics.
4 years of varsity tennis with 3 years at the #1 singles spot, 2 years at #1 doubles, and 3 years (hopefully 4) as a singles state tournament qualifier. Various coaches awards. I have been the team captain for 2 years
3 years of marching band, 1 year as section captain
4 years of mock trial, 3 years as head attorney, 1 year as team captain, 1 year as team state qualifier, and I have outstanding attorney and witness awards
4 years of concert band, 1 year as 1st chair in district honor band, 2 years as an All-State orchestra member (3rd and 4th chair in the state) and hoping to audition again. I've received 1st place awards at various solo contests and many 1+ ratings
3 years of pep band
1 year as an Iowa Youth Congress representative
President of NHS
Mathnasium instructor for 1 year
Waitress at a local pizza place for 4 years, and I received a promotion to a closer which includes the responsibility of closing the store and managing the finances
Business internship with a local startup company for 1 summer
Model UN for 1 year
Tennis instructor for elementary children for 1 summer
Around 200+ Volunteer hours including packaging food for the needy, performing at the retirement home, running tennis tournaments for the USTA (United States Tennis Association), and helping special needs children at my church. I’m also volunteering for my local congressman’s political campaign this summer.
My essays and recommendations should be pretty solid. Any suggestions or thoughts based on my stats and interests would be very appreciated. Thanks!