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Chance me:UPenn nyu USC uwash

NopejamNopejam 21 replies6 threads Junior Member
Sat score-1560(800 math, 760 writing)
Sat subjects:-
Math 2-800

graduating class of 120 members

*State level elocution participation
* District level debate and elocution 1st place
*Swach Bharat essay 1st place(conducted by the rotary club)
*Honor roll
*Student of the year

Extracurricular activities:-
*President of the student council-10 the grade
*External affairs incharge-9 and 11 grade
*Debate and elocution club president
*Interact club(a ngo associated with rotary foundation) president
*Tech team vice President
*Math team vice president
*Member of soccer club(both girls and boys)
*Model UN
*Young leaders for active citizenship (program to develop critical thinking and leadership skills)

Part time jobs:-
*Receptionist in my father's clinic during summer
*Volunteer to teach soccer to autism spectrum disordered children and adults at Sai kripa autism home.

Community service:-
Did a lot of it through the interact club . Here are the important few:-
*Collected a lot of funds (over 3000 dollars) and items to help the victims of the Kerala , a state in India, floods.
*Dengu awareness campaign
*Collecting funds and volunteering in orphanages
*Volunteered as a listener in 7cups.com , a website which provides support to people who need somebody to hear them

With some killer letter of recommendations (I am sure of it)

Yep that's it. I am an international student from India.

What are my odds at Upenn( wharton) especially.

I have a year left to graduate, is there anything I can do to improve my profile?

I am also applying for need based aid at all the university.

If not Upenn, what school you think I should apply to ?( I am financially restricted. My parents can pay minimum $10000 to maximum
$20000 per annum)

And yeah after converting my board marks (95 % )to gpa , I have a gpa of 4.0

Thank you for reading

I would really appreciate it if you could reply.
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  • NopejamNopejam 21 replies6 threads Junior Member
    Please help me
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  • NopejamNopejam 21 replies6 threads Junior Member
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  • KathmomKathmom 4 replies0 threads New Member
    Hang in there--someone with knowledge will respond--I'm not familiar with the schools you mention or your major in general.
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  • SJ2727SJ2727 2589 replies10 threads Senior Member
    edited February 21
    Your stats/ECs are impressive but so are many applicants at these schools and you have a much reduced admit chance as an international, however, your admit chances are not as much of an issue as funding is. You have some of the most expensive schools in the US on your list to start with, and then:
    - NYU is almost certainly not going to give you enough aid (and it is need aware admissions for internationals). Apply, but be prepared for funding disappointment if admitted.
    - UW is a public school and provides no aid or funding to internationals, so it shouldn’t even be on your list.
    - USC has limited merit scholarships, which are unlikely to be enough, and I am not sure if their new policy of free tuition for <$80k income families (which I believe - but may be wrong - only applies to domestic students) will reduce further any money available for internationals.
    - Penn will provide need based aid if it admits you, but note it is also need aware admission for internationals, and their definition of need may not be the same as yours. So it is the only semi realistic chance, but that semi is tempered by a very low chance of admit in the first place.

    I will suggest you apply to some colleges further down the rankings if you need aid, where your excellent efforts are more likely to stand out, and where there is generally a lower cost of attendance to begin with making the needed aid lower. Two colleges that we have seen reports of good aid (full or almost full freight) offered to Indian students recently are Wesleyan and Ohio State. You may find local Indian student forums have further good info about which colleges tend to be more generous to internationals.
    edited February 21
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