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chances for Elon ED?

ilovecoleggeilovecolegge 161 replies30 threads Junior Member
edited November 2009 in Elon University
I visited Elon earlier this month and I fell in love with it. Unfortunately, though, I'm not the ideal student. I'm absolutely terrified that I'm not good enough to get in. Please chance me/

Backround and info:
-white
-female
-junior
-Central NJ
-will be applying for financial aid
-Intended major: History

My Stats:
-GPA: 3.56

-SAT: 1680 CR:550 W:670 M:460
(I will retake. This score was my first time taking the SAT)

-RANK:150/338

-Essay will be good, I'm a decent writer.


Extracurriculars:
-100+ hours volunteering at a Preschool
-Fund raising with my Church
-I volunteered with Habitat for Humanity
-I have a part time job. I work about 20-30 hours a week.
-I have played guitar for the last 6 years.

Also, I played softball for 8 years but I suffered from a debilitating shoulder injury one month before my freshman year started. Therefore, I was not able to participate in high school even though I intended to. I know that I should only be mentioning extracurricular activities that I completed while in high school, but do you think if I used the personal statement to let Elon know why I couldn't play they would consider me any more?



Thank you so much for any input. I truly appreciate it
edited November 2009
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  • John2698John2698 361 replies22 threads Member
    Have you considered taking the ACT? You may do better on it, because it has a science section and not a math section.

    As you know, your GPA could be higher. 66% of Elon's students are in the top quarter of their class, and 93% are in the top half. Whatever you do, you must stay in the top half of your class.

    Applying ED will help, of course, but be careful if you have financial need. Only about 75% of their students receive any financial aid, according to nces.ed.gov. You can get out of the ED agreement if the financial aid offer is inadequate, but if you need to compare financial aid offers, ED is not advisable.

    It's also a little tougher for females, because they are approaching 60% female enrollment. 60% is seen as something of a tipping point, and they do not want to be at that point.
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  • ilovecoleggeilovecolegge 161 replies30 threads Junior Member
    thanks for the honesty =/ and yeah i was gonna take the ACT. I'm terrible at math, I have been since elementary school. But am i like hopeless? I feel like I have no shot of getting in.
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  • John2698John2698 361 replies22 threads Member
    No, you're not hopeless. In fact, if you add the CR + M of your SAT, you are right at the 25/75 percentile. Take the ACT, keep your grades up, and put together a good application your senior year. But I would caution against falling in love with ANY school, because they could turn you down or worse, you could get admitted and the finances may not work out.
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  • ilovecoleggeilovecolegge 161 replies30 threads Junior Member
    Thank you =)
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  • iadorkingiadorking 167 replies12 threads Junior Member
    It would be a good idea to take the ACT because you may do better with it's format but it does have math.
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  • BobbyCTBobbyCT 1074 replies61 threads Senior Member
    Also keep in mind that Elon superscores your standardized test results and will "mix and match" your best scores from both the ACT and SAT. If you do well on the math section of the ACT but not the SAT, they will consider your ACT score but use your SAT score if it is higher in other areas. John2968 gave you the best advise when he cautioned you to be careful not to fall in love with one school. You need some backups. Good luck
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  • ilovecoleggeilovecolegge 161 replies30 threads Junior Member
    well i do have back ups. I've been considering University of Delaware and Saint Joseph's University in philly
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  • ncmentorncmentor 1330 replies16 threads Senior Member
    "Also keep in mind that Elon superscores your standardized test results and will "mix and match" your best scores from both the ACT and SAT. If you do well on the math section of the ACT but not the SAT, they will consider your ACT score but use your SAT score if it is higher in other areas." - BobbyCT, Are You Sure???

    Normally superscoreing means taking the best section of a SAT score from more then one SAT test. Never heard of it being mixed and matched with the ACT/SAT as described above. --- But I could be wrong, I was once before but I don't remember when :)
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  • DougBetsyDougBetsy 5578 replies252 threads Senior Member
    ncmentor, yes, I believe this is true. Even more interesting, when I look at the scores section my Son's online application status I see that they convert ACT to an SAT equivalent. So, for example, Son's highest SAT in math was 590. However, Elon takes his ACT math and converts it to 620 SAT.

    Then, going the other way, Son's ACT English converts to a 640 SAT. However his "real" SAT CR is 740. So, they say, they'll use that.
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  • lderochilderochi 1968 replies67 threads Senior Member
    DB is correct. I also never heard of it until my son applied to Elon. They convert ACT Math and ACT English into SAT Math and SAT CR, and then superscore.
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