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What are my chances at getting into Columbia University?

FUNdamentalyconfusedFUNdamentalyconfused 3 replies8 postsRegistered User New Member
My dream school is Columbia. And unlike most, it is not for just its ivy league status. I have spent countless hours researching their programs and the school and have fallen in love with the curriculum and the opportunities in Columbia.

As a current high school junior, I'm really unsure of my chances of admission as it is one of the top schools in the nation. A few stats: 1500 SAT, 4.3 GPA (will probably be higher at the end of junior year estimate is 4.6). My area of interest is definitely in the Humanities, something with international relations or political science or something of the sort.

I don't have much leadership as I am currently in a new school, I am the treasurer of National English Honor Society and am running a fundraiser for an organization called Teaching North Koreans English. I am in National Honor Society, Tri-M, Spanish Honor Society, Social Studies Honor Society, UNICEF, LEO club, Diversity Leadership Council. Model United Nations, and History Club.

I started the Model United Nations club at my school and am a shoe-in for Secretary-General next year.

I am currently taking 5 AP classes (us history, calculus AB, biology, English Language, Macroeconomics). Last year, AP European history, AP Physics 1. Freshman year AP world history. Next year 8 APs planned (AP Calc BC, AP stats, AP Spanish, AP Gov, AP psychology, AP Microeconomics, AP environmental science, AP Music Theory).

I have a few out of school extracurriculars, I am a Junior Instructor at my Taekwondo place, at in my old school was the martial arts demo team captain as well as a junior instructor. My team has won numerous first place championships, and individually I have placed in numerous competitions. I am an assistant conductor at my Youth Symphony in which I play cello and flute. I am a state musician for flute and have won a few awards. I am flute section leader at the Korean Learning Institute Symphony. I am also an assistant teacher at the Korean Learning Institute. Head Instrumentalist in the church choir since my middle school years.

As for awards, I haven't won anything of significance. I do a lot of volunteering and have won the gold volunteer award. I have been on honor roll since freshman year. Have lettered in the orchestra since freshman year. Was selected for a program in the University of Tsukuba my freshman year studying robotics.

Some background. I am a military kid, so I move around a lot, I have lived in Korea, Japan, Okinawa, the US (I live in Kansas right now). I am half Asian, half white.

I'm not sure of what could make my application more attractive. An internship? Summer volunteering program? any suggestions for an internship for a high school student in my areas of interest? Any general suggestions?
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  • abc123xdabc123xd 3 replies0 postsRegistered User New Member
    remember you only have space for ten ECs so it already looks like you've hit that. I wouldn't look for new ec's, but check what intership programs are affiliated with your school for next summer.
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