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My Chances at Ivy Leagues

padr3rpadr3r Registered User Posts: 28 New Member
half African American, half White, Jewish
live with single parent

Valedictorian, rank 1/370
~4.2 GPA , 8 college level courses (APs, etc.) at a well-known public school

SAT: 2130
SAT II: 610 literature, 630 math II ( I know.. Should have retaken...)
5 on AP Lang & Comp test

3 national academic honors
2 local academic honors

2 years as journalist for nationally-recognized, highly honored high school magazine
3 years high school soccer
5 years high level club soccer, 1 regional championship
NHS Vice president 1 year
NHS 2 years
Octagon Club 2 years
good community service
Jewish Student Union
Black Student Union
soccer referee
3 weeks spent studying at local hospital/university
month spent studying microbiology at big university across the country from me

Strong essays, Strong recs I hope... Think I'll get into any? Thanks

Replies to: My Chances at Ivy Leagues

  • outlookeroutlooker Registered User Posts: 774 Member
    I think you have a decent chance for Dartmouth, Brown, and Cornell. HYP is crap shoot for basically everyone so it's hard to tell. Your SAT is a weakness so consider retaking if you have time. I think you have a good shot for making it into at least one of the ivies. Good luck ;-)
  • padr3rpadr3r Registered User Posts: 28 New Member
    thanks for responding . is Columbia also a crapshoot in that respect? it's my #1
  • PianoMan21PianoMan21 Registered User Posts: 18 New Member
    Any of the Ivy's are, to some extent, a crapshoot. When acceptance rates are 15% or lower, they are going to end up turning away some high-powered kids. I'm not trying to be discouraging - your stats are extremely strong and I think you have a very good chance - it is just my opinion that you need to keep in mind that you may be rejected. Just my 2 cents
  • Chanceme31415Chanceme31415 Registered User Posts: 78 Junior Member
    I believe you have a good chance at Cornell and maybe UPenn. Low SAT Is and IIs won't help, but maybe your background and GPA will make up for that. I'm sure being the valedictorian will help! Good luck!
  • Tperry1982Tperry1982 Forum Champion Yale Posts: 1,574 Forum Champion
    Don't know why you pulled out Dartmouth, Brown and Cornell. I know for a fact that Brown has rejected students that ultimately got into either Yale or Harvard. Your scores are good and competitive. But all the Ivies are a long shot for everyone. Go to the Decisions threads and see the stats for the kids that were deferred or rejected. Look a lot like yours. Find the school that is the best fit for you and good luck!!
  • sgballstasgballsta Registered User Posts: 132 Junior Member
    edited December 2014
    I think HYPC are going to be tough. But you should apply. You were valedictorian and have some good hooks (URM), plus you clearly overcame difficulty and worked pretty damn hard to achieve what you've achieved. I would be careful with those SAT 2's though. A 630 on Math 2 is really bad for the Ivies. Most kids applying have 800's. Good luck man.
  • Tperry1982Tperry1982 Forum Champion Yale Posts: 1,574 Forum Champion
    A 630 in Math may be low but not the kiss of death depending on his intended major. Now if he wants to major in a STEM area, it may be problematic. But, if he wants to major in Classics, Literature, History or a variety of subjects that don't have a heavy math concentration, it is not a major problem. That is why these schools have a holistic approach to admissions. No one factor makes or breaks the application.
  • padr3rpadr3r Registered User Posts: 28 New Member
    for what it's worth my SAT I math is 780, possibly makes up for the 630?
  • Much2learnMuch2learn Registered User Posts: 4,762 Senior Member
    URM status may help with weaker test scores. Math 1 score will definitely help.

    I think HYP are not likely to happen. Some chance at C, P, B. Best chances at Dartmouth and Cornell.
  • padr3rpadr3r Registered User Posts: 28 New Member
    how about Stanford? (they don't require subject tests and say they won't affect applications so I'm not submitting)
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