I wanted to apply ED to Columbia but my parents will not let me due to financial aid. This school is by far my first choice (I have gone on a lot of college tours) and I wanted the boost that ED gives in admissions. If I apply RD how can I show my extreme interest in the school among 30,000+ applicants vs 3,000 in the early decision pool. I'm really worried that I will not be accepted through the RD round and I need to find a way to maximize my chances.
4.00 UW GPA (4.69 W)
32 ACT ( 33 superscore)
Black female from Georgia
Strong interest in research and STEM (specifically biochemistry and genetics)
Intended Major: Biochem or neuroscience
Misc: I'm currently planning to pursue the pre-vet track and I also have an interest in dance and music
Thanks for any help you can give!!