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Match Me/Chance Me: Smith vs. Wellesley

calltomustercalltomuster 8 replies3 postsRegistered User New Member
Hello everyone!
I'm looking for some help in choosing which school of these two would be the right to
apply to. I'm a rising senior with a 4.16 GPA, a 1500 on the SAT (and I got a 1490 on the PSAT so I'll probably be a National Merit Semifinalist), and a 4 on the APUSH exam. I go to a boarding school (on an almost full scholarship) where I'm a prefect (like an RA) in my dorm. I'm also the student body president, editor for the school newspaper, a member of the Student Investment Committee, the varsity softball manager, stage manager for most theatrical and dance productions, and have studied abroad over the summer in Guatemala speaking Spanish.
I visited Smith earlier this year and loved it; I'm definitely going to apply. I won't have the chance to visit Wellesley before application season (I live in Ohio), so it'd be great if you all could help me decide whether it's worth it to apply to there. I know it's a good school, so I'm worried I won't get it. I'm very interested in international relations, Spanish, and film. I like small schools with big resources and a strong sense of community. Should I apply? Is it feasible?
Thanks!
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  • ItisatruthItisatruth 278 replies22 postsRegistered User Member
    You seem like a strong applicant for both schools. Why is it either/or? Are you asking about applying ED to one vs. the other? Since you mention having a scholarship for your current school, you should know that Smith has a robust merit aid program while Wellesley has none. Both have strong need-based aid, though. Have you & your parents run NPCs for both? One last comment: Both schools will look for demonstrated interest, so visiting and interviewing can make a difference. Also be sure to put thought and effort into the "Why us?" supplements (e.g., the Wellesley 100 prompt if it still exists).
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  • MassmommMassmomm 3859 replies79 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    Apply to both. Since you already know you love Smith, apply there ED. You can always withdraw your Wellesley application if you get into Smith in the ED round, but you're certainly a candidate for both.
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