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Help please

guitarguy258guitarguy258 Registered User Posts: 17 New Member
hey guys.. i was wondering what you thought my chances were to get in
white/male
out of state (maine)
3.8 GPA
680 on math
670 on reading so 1350 total
Eagle Scout
Varsity Volleyball and Tennis
Ambassador
Habitat for Humanity volunteer
President of the Cultural awareness club
vice president of the mock trial team

Thanks for your input!
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Replies to: Help please

  • DatkidDatkid Registered User Posts: 594 Member
    It's hard to say. Have you taken the most challenging course load and are you ranked top 10%?

    1350 is not a particularly strong SAT score for an OOS candidate but I think some of your ECs will help make up for that. I think the adcoms will really like your Eagle Scout status and HFH volunteer work... You're not a shoe-in but you have a decent shot. Best of luck.
  • anxmomanxmom Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    My son is a Junior. He has very tough course work. All honors. So far 5 APs completed and taking 4 APs senior year.

    3.5 GPA. 2150 SAT - Reading 670; Math 740; Writing 740; Will take again in Oct 2008;

    ECs - Debate nationals; tennis team; Its Academics captain; National Merit Scholar; NIH Internship
    Movie - State award

    Subject SATs
    World History - 670
    Math 2C - 750
    Biology - next week

    VA resident; Wants to try for William and Mary ED.
    What are his chances?

    Major - Premed or BioChemistry; Minor - Film Study
  • frazzled1frazzled1 Registered User Posts: 5,658 Senior Member
    guitarguy, I agree that your ECs will boost your chances. I hope you'll do the optional essay, which will provide a nice opportunity for you to show admissions why you'll be an asset to W & M. Also - are you scheduled to do the optional interview over the summer? I think that can make a positive difference, as well. Being a male from a state that isn't PA/NY/NJ doesn't hurt, either. :)

    amxmom, your son's chances look quite strong to me, particularly for an in-state resident who wants to go ED. In the RD round, a lot seems to come down to where in VA you're from (NOVA makes it tough!).
  • DatkidDatkid Registered User Posts: 594 Member
    anxmom, your son has a good chance if he does ED. He will probably get in ED.
  • SquiddySquiddy Registered User Posts: 332 Member
    anxmom: I take it the GPA is unweighted, right? AP Courses usually provide a bump, useful for calc'ing class standing, the only thing missing from your son's stats.

    I'd guess his SAT and other honors (I assume the NM is 'Commended') would almost certainly merit admission, and possibly a Monroe offering.

    (The Monroe scholars program is offered primarily on SAT and class rank, basically the top 5%, which I think is around 2100+)

    Pre-med isn't a major; Bio-chem and Film Studies are both minors in the ID program. The suggested pre-med course selections will tend to cluster around biology and chemistry majors. If his interest is in chemistry, a chemistry major with an ACS biochem track (not to be confused with a 'minor') would be a solid choice; the chem department is quite good, and not as 'crowded' as bio. Assuming good results on the AP exams, he should earn enough credits to leave room for that film study minor.

    (For those who might sometimes wonder if those AP courses in high school are worthwhile; with a good AP exam result, you can save yourself a semester or two of introductory courses, and in multiple subjects, I've heard of kids granted a years' worth of course credits. This can free up your schedule for more interesting courses.)
  • mer0723mer0723 Registered User Posts: 139 Junior Member
    anxmom, i had an almost identical resume to your son. 4.02 GPA, 2150 on the SATS, all honors and AP courses, debate team captain (nationals), national merit scholar..etc etc. we differ though in that i am an oos female. i applied regular, was waitlisted and was offered a place from the waitlist. i would think that as a VA resident and an ed applicant, your son would have an almost certain acceptance to W&M.
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