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Chance me for Duke Early Decision

milag5050milag5050 4 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
edited September 17 in Duke University
Black Female From Maryland
Income: “Middle class”
GPA unweighted: 3.96 weighted: 4.46; no rank
10 AP Classes: AP Bio, AP Calc, AP Stat, AP Gov, AP Chem, AP psych, AP Lang (I and II), AP Spanish, AP United States History
SAT: highest attempt 1460; 1480 superscore
Subject Tests: 740 bio, taking math in October
Extracurriculars:
Speech and Debate (Captain; have won national, state, and regional awards)
NHS Member and President
Founder and President of the “Mental Health Club”
Leader in my Campus Ministry
Over 100 volunteer hours at my local hospital and food centers
Worked as a tutor
Was part of a group (not mentioning name because it is distinctive to my school) where top students engage in outside learning

Awards
-Two time national speech and debate finalist
-GW Book Award
-First place at New York speech invitational
-Named “Top 5 in Maryland” for speech
-AP Scholar With Distinction

Recommendations:
(8/10) from biology and literature teacher
Essays :
(9/10) Talked about how speech has helped me grow as a person, why duke essay focused on scientific research, lemur center, a blog I want to join, and duke engage

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  • PublisherPublisher 8029 replies82 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited September 17
    You are a strong candidate.

    But why Duke & not Northwestern or another major debate school ? Are you being recruited for debate ? Do you want to continue debating while in college or university ?

    Best college debate teams appear to be: Northwestern University, Harvard, University of Kansas & Georgetown University. Nevertheless, debate may not be your main focus in college. And Duke's campus culture may be appealing to you, while others less so.
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  • milag5050milag5050 4 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Thanks for your response! Although I do plan to continue a form of speech in college (though not as competitively as I do now, and not as a recruit) , I am aware that it is not available at Duke. I plan to create a Speech club, which is something I also emphasize in my why duke essay. This would be an extension of what I do now, excluding the competitive aspect of it.
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  • milag5050milag5050 4 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Any response would be much appreciated :)
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  • PublisherPublisher 8029 replies82 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    "Speech and Debate Captain; have won national, state and regional awards."

    Very impressive activity & accomplishments given high value in the real world.
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  • socaldad2002socaldad2002 1437 replies29 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Just a guess, but I think you have a pretty decent chance in ED, maybe 30-40% of either being accepted or at least deferred to RD and will get another bite of the apple.

    Pros: Strong GPA, National awards, and black female. Cons: SAT of 1480 is in the bottom 25% of accepted students (Class of 2022 Median 50% was 1490 - 1560).

    Good luck, even if you don't get into Duke, I'm sure you will have some great college acceptances.
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  • milag5050milag5050 4 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Thank you!
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