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Chance me for Duke ED please? I'll chance back!

jkim853jkim853 Registered User Posts: 26 Junior Member
edited November 2016 in Duke University
I'm way too nervous... Can someone chance me please?

Asian, intended major is Economics.

GPA: All A's throughout high school, 2 APs sophomore year, 4 APs junior year, and now 5 APs senior year.
New SAT: 1540/1600 (24/24 essay)
ACT: 34 with 36 essay, 35 if superscored
SAT II: 800 Math 2, 780 Korean, 720 US History

Activities:
- ASB (Freshmen Class Rep, Sophomore Class President, Junior Class President, now ASB President)
- District 9 Youth Commissioner of San Jose (Works closely with city council)
- Liberty in North Korea (Club founder and president)
- Varsity Volleyball (Few, small awards)
- Korean Community Service Organization (just various things)
- Drummer/Guitarist for Church Band
- Junior Statesmen of America Club (Politics and debate)
- Blue Crew Leader (Student Section Leader)
- Work Experience: Mathnasium Instructor
- Internship: Salesman for a solar company

Essays:
Common App: 9/10?
Why Duke?: 8/10
Optional: 9/10

Rec Letters:
They should be pretty good... I'm pretty close with the counselor too.
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Replies to: Chance me for Duke ED please? I'll chance back!

  • allnighter21allnighter21 Registered User Posts: 119 Junior Member
    edited November 2016
    Academic performance is solid, however ECs are a bit typical. I would waver 50-50 between defer and accept for Duke ED. It all depends on your essays and teacher recs. Good luck!
  • jkim853jkim853 Registered User Posts: 26 Junior Member
    @allnighter21 Thanks for the reply! Just crossing my fingers now.
  • ivyleaguedreamenivyleaguedreamen Registered User Posts: 62 Junior Member
    Academics are solid. I think you did a nice job of distancing yourself from the 'typical asian' with the inclusion of humanities.I'd say you have a good shot. Good luck!
  • jkim853jkim853 Registered User Posts: 26 Junior Member
    @ivyleaguedreamen Thanks so much!
  • sgopal2sgopal2 Registered User Posts: 3,071 Senior Member
    Whats your class rank (if school doesn't rank, then what is your estimated)?
    How many APs offered in your school?
    How do you know that your essays are 9/10 and 8/10?
    Are you ethnic Korean? if so did you take another language class besides Korean in high school? How did you do ?
  • jkim853jkim853 Registered User Posts: 26 Junior Member
    @sgopal2 Hi! My class rank is officially 1 out of 328. But it's weird because it ranks from unweighted GPA. So there are like multiple people who are ranked 1.

    My school now offers 15 AP courses.

    I don't LOL. I just label my essays those scores, mostly out of hope.

    I am ethnically Korean. I took Spanish all the way up to Junior year. Got all A's on them.
  • sgopal2sgopal2 Registered User Posts: 3,071 Senior Member
    Ok one last question: how many valedictorians will there be in your graduating class (approx)?
  • jkim853jkim853 Registered User Posts: 26 Junior Member
    @sgopal2 One valedictorian, one salutatorian
  • JonathanChangJonathanChang Registered User Posts: 39 Junior Member
    Since you ED Duke, and both your extra and statistics are extraordinary, I think you have really good chance!!!
    Since you plan to major in Economics, your internship as salesmen definitely helps a lot. Did you mention it in you ECs? If you mentioned, you are definitely very strong applicant !
  • jkim853jkim853 Registered User Posts: 26 Junior Member
    @JonathanChang Yes I did mention it! Thank you very much!
  • soyunchicosoyunchico Registered User Posts: 525 Member
    I think you have a good chance and applying ED I'm sure helped. Sorry I'm not to familiar with Duke. Your stats definitely out you at the top so hopefully they like your essays. Good luck
  • sgopal2sgopal2 Registered User Posts: 3,071 Senior Member
    You said there would be more than one person with a rank of 1. Then later you said only one valedictorian. Which is correct?
  • oceanblue92oceanblue92 Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    I think you have a great chance of getting in! Those test scores are WOW, and I actually like your extracurriculars. With the extra push ED gives you, I think you have a good chance. Keep in mind that Duke strongly favors legacies, and may lessen your application chances because of that. I almost applied, but didn't because of that high legacy ratio (more than 40% of accepted students are legacies).
  • jkim853jkim853 Registered User Posts: 26 Junior Member
    @sgopal2 Rank of 1 is based on unweighted GPA. Ergo, there are a handful of students at my school with a 4.0 unweighted GPA. Valedictorian is based on weighted GPA and extracurriculars and such. That is chosen by the counselors at the end of the year.
  • jkim853jkim853 Registered User Posts: 26 Junior Member
    @oceanblue92 Thanks a lot! My father almost went to Duke MBA, but he couldn't last second due to work... Oh well. It is what it is haha.
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