Hi, I've been lurking on CC for some time now and I have been trying to find some advice or help that could be applicable to my situation. I would love any feedback or comments as I am torn between going to my state school and transferring out or taking a gap year to reapply with my better stats.
To keep things brief- I applied last admissions season while I was a senior in High School and I mistakenly applied to only top schools and extreme reaches. When I applied, I had a 3.4 UW/ 4.1 W GPA (taking IB/AP courses at a regular public school in Nevada), a 24 ACT (I know...) and great athletics, EC's and leadership. In conclusion, I was rejected everywhere except for 4 waitlists at T20/30 which I did not get off of. However, since I applied RD in January, I now have a 3.7UW/4.5W GPA (by taking a heavy load senior year and getting straight A's as well as retaking some classes) and a 31 composite on my ACT. I also did not send any SAT subject test scores when I applied but I now have 2 decent SAT subject tests scores, 710 and 750.
If I were to take a Gap Year I would spend July-November on college apps/testing, reevaluating my college choices and applying to schools that did not see my weaker application, as well as working. I've also applied for study abroad volunteering opportunities and I am working on landing a few fellowships in my area. Besides my academic aspirations on my Gap Year (pending) I plan on doing more things I love and gaining some clarity about what I want for myself in the future. I say this because I do not intend to consume myself in a system that didn't work out so well for me the first time.
If you've been so kind to read all of this, PLEASE! give me any advice you have on my situation. Are my stats improved enough that I should try again? Am I wasting my time on a Gap Year? Would a Gap Year be better than transferring out of my state school in terms of getting into a higher ranking university? What am I missing or forgetting or mistakenly downplaying?? Thank you in advance!!!