Completely disregarding ECs, recommendations, essays etc, is it possible for someone outside of the top 5% to get in? (Not just Columbia, but top schools in general)
My school only does unweighted ranking and my 6 APs this year really hurt me, since most seniors don't take as many.
After first semester senior year, I'm looking at an uw rank of 40/550 - barely within the top 10%. After looking at chance/decision threads, I realize that this type of ranking is virtually unseen on CC.