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Chance Me?

LaLaLaItsAllGoodLaLaLaItsAllGood Registered User Posts: 73 Junior Member
edited August 2013 in Emory University

Going to my senior year of high school


10th Grade:
AP World History-A (4 on exam)
Chemistry Honors-A
Algebra 2 Honors-A
English 2 Honors-A
Spanish 3 Honors-A
Journalism Honors-A
Debate Honors-A
Class Online: AP Micro/Macro-A(3/4 on exam)
I also retook AP Human Geography. When I took it in ninth grade, I got a 3 but I took it in 10th grade and got a 4.

11th Grade:
Class Online: AP Art History-A (5); AP Statistics (4); AP Biology (4)
AP US History (5)-A
Pre-Calculus Honors-A
Spanish 4 Honors-A
Journalism Honors-A
Debate Honors-A
AP Lit-A (5)

12th Grade Schedule:
AP Physics
AP Calculus AB
AP Lang
AP Psychology
AP Spanish
Journalism Honors
Debate Honors

Best Individual Scores: Math-710 Writing-770 Critical Reading-730
Best Total Score: 2200

US History-750

Come from a really competitive public school. It's nationally ranked and is similar to LaGuardia in New York City.

*Assistant Editor for Newsmagazine
*President of Debate Team (also have done well at national competitions)
*Raising Money to Buy Coats for Children Club (Historian)
*Student Government (Treasurer)
*Religious Education Kindergarten Teacher for 3 years
*Therapy Dog Handler. Visit the library and lets little kids read to my dog :)
*President of School's Therapy Dogs Club

Now my main problem is my freshmen year grades. I really messed up and am worried they will ruin my application.

AP Human Geography: B/A (3 on exam but I retook to get a 4)
English Honors: A/A
Spanish 2 Honors: B/B (I had a really hard teacher)
Film A/A
Creative Writing A/A
Biology I Honors A/A
Geometry Honors A/B

So what do you think my chances are? Thanks in advance :)

Oh and I'm just at the Top 10% mark for class ranking
Post edited by LaLaLaItsAllGood on

Replies to: Chance Me?

  • FlyEagle17FlyEagle17 Registered User Posts: 322 Member
    Why don't you just create one chance thread and list the schools that you want to have chanced? You have been posting the same "chance me" thread in multiple college forums.
  • whenhenwhenhen Registered User Posts: 5,641 Senior Member
    None of us are admissions officers. Your stats are in rage for Emory, so if you're interested apply.
  • sergeydgr8sergeydgr8 Registered User Posts: 28 New Member
    >main problem is my freshmen year grades. I really messed up

    As long as you show that you've improved a lot (which is evident by the plethora of A's), then you're pretty much set for any college you are thinking of. Just focus on the essay, and you'll be fine.
  • bernie12bernie12 Registered User Posts: 5,333 Senior Member
    Yeah, if this person is rejected or waitlisted, it's because some schools may be looking for a different type of student (or yield protecting. Okay, actually, a person with a 2250-2300+ is most likely to be yield protected by some schools) and not really stats. Statistically qualified for several/most places, sure.
  • LaLaLaItsAllGoodLaLaLaItsAllGood Registered User Posts: 73 Junior Member
    whenhen-I know but I just want a good idea of where I'm getting in. My parents are only going to take me to two different areas of college to tour, so I'm going to choose the match schools that I like best.

    Sergeydgr8-Thanks! I'm really nervous about that essay...

    Bernie12-Should I retake the SAT to improve my overall 2200 and highest combined 2210 to get a 2250? Do you think it will improve my chances?
  • swimmer24swimmer24 Registered User Posts: 51 Junior Member
    40 points on the SAT is not going to make the difference for you. You have set yourself up really nicely to get into Emory. However, make sure you write a great essay. Really spend your time on the essay because that will make your application golden. A lot Kids with grades and scores lower than you have gotten into Emory, but there are also a lot kids with better stats. Make yourself standout with your essay.
  • bernie12bernie12 Registered User Posts: 5,333 Senior Member
    You are near the top quarter of enrolled students, so you should get in if Emory likes you, so no, that isn't going to help at this point for Emory (It may help for other schools, but I'm sure getting 2300+ would be more worthwhile for those. However, at that point, Emory may expect you to apply to the scholars program if you are truly interested. If you don't think you'll get that, don't even bother and write the best essays you can for such places, and kill interviews if they require or offer them to you). At this point, I imagine that Emory actually starts scrutinizing more heavily as a student approaches the 75% of the last years admitted or enrolled students. I'm sure that it assumes and knows that most of such people don't have it as a first or even second choice, so will look at essays of such regular decision candidates very closely. It doesn't want to admit someone it feels doesn't care and has no chance of yielding. I would say keep your scores, write awesome essays (if there are any optional essays, give it a shot as you may display some features admissions is looking for that year via the prompt). No one cares about the small amount of B's you earned freshman year either. Emory is basically the only top 20 school that is not in the position where it can expect perfection from ideal applicants so much as really solid academic ability and some actual interest in coming (there may be a couple more that aren't essentially expecting perfection, but still...). So far, you have demonstrate the former 2. Leave it to essays, visits, and other forms of contact to demonstrate the latter.
  • LaLaLaItsAllGoodLaLaLaItsAllGood Registered User Posts: 73 Junior Member
    Thanks!! That's really helpful!! I'd love to go to Emory, but it's not my first choice, so I think you brought up a good point in that I have to really talk about how much I love the school in order to be admitted.
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