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What are my chances for Emory?


Replies to: What are my chances for Emory?

  • CaptainFalconCaptainFalcon Registered User Posts: 17 New Member
    Thanks for the response bernie! If it helps here are my following AP scores:
    AP Human Geography: 5
    AP English Literature: 3
    AP English Lang: 2
    AP World History: 4
    AP European History: 4
    AP U.S. History: 5

    As you can see, history is my strong side. In terms of GPA, I want to say my GPA would be a lot higher if I had not have had a terrible freshman year. Out of 12 semester grades, I received only 3 A's and the rest B's. I have an upward trend on my grades, as after my freshman year I started gaining more A's (which looks good since my classes became more rigorous through the years). Unfortunately I don't know how to reflect that on my application unless I write about it on my Common App, which I have not. Again thanks for the reply! :D
  • CaptainFalconCaptainFalcon Registered User Posts: 17 New Member
    Thanks for the consideration aigiqinf! I'm planning at looking more into Oxford first! I'm glad I see everything in multiple perspectives. Thank you for you input aluminum_boat, it was very insightful. Your comments help me keep grounded and remind me of my obstacles. Again, thank you everyone for your knowledge and advice! :)
  • bernie12bernie12 Registered User Posts: 5,328 Senior Member
    Send scorees for all histories but Human Geography (they can't offer any credit for that, and probably not world either, but that's probably more substantive than a good performance on HG). Do not send lit and lang if you don't have to (I forget if you can select or if they send them as a package. If a package, just send them all as it'll show you can score 4s/5s).
  • LanessaLanessa Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    I have a GPA of 3.85 and have taken every rigorous course that my high school offers and an ACT score of 24
    National Achievement Academy award winner for Leadership and Service
    National Achievement Academy award winner for English (twice)
    National Achievement Academy award winner for Science
    All American Scholar At Large for Science
    DECA regional first place winner for Principles of Business Administration
    DECA state first place winner (for same category)
    DECA international competitor
    DECA Chairman of Community Service Board
    DECA Chairman of Fundraising Committee
    Mock Trial Captain
    Best Witness Award
    Bowling Highest Series Award
    State track champion for 4x800m relay
    McComb Exchange Club Student of the Month
    Salvation Army Service Award
    Mayor's Youth Council Member
    Superintendent Advisory Board Member
    National Honor Society
    National Technical Honor Society
    Marching Band Trumpet Section Leader
    Symphonic Band Section Trumpet Leader
    100+ hours of community service and about 10 more awards



    Black female with financial need
  • aluminum_boataluminum_boat Registered User Posts: 1,539 Senior Member
    CaptainFalcon, if RD doesn't work out, you should definitely apply as a transfer. I think you'll get in.

    The only question is whether you'll want to leave your college for Emory at that point.
  • bernie12bernie12 Registered User Posts: 5,328 Senior Member
    Lanessa: Your ECs are great, but even though you have URM status, the ACT will hurt a lot. I'm going to be honest about that. You may want to consider Oxford (you're low there score wise, but your GPA helps some, and the ECs shine). I think even a URM (I am one as well) applying to Emory should have near the 25% of enrolled (not necessarily admitted) students which is between 1250-1300 on the SAT which converts to maybe 28-29 on ACT. Ideally, you would have at minimum 27. The chances are really not good for RD and probably just as low or worse for EDII as you have financial need (the best that may happen is that they defer you to RD where your chances will decline dramatically). I could be wrong, but this is mainly what I see from an objective point of view. I can see them maybe letting you in for ECs (which show some academic caliber). Another question may be, did your HS offer APs, and did you take any and do well on an exam? If not, it may have been nice if you self-studied and took some AP exams to show some strength. I'm just sure that they would be concerned if your courses were supposedly rigorous, you got a great GPA, but then scored 24 on ACT (my AP/honors courses probably actually helped me to score well on SAT and I don't consider myself to be among the best MC test takers whether at Emory or before it. My social science and language arts courses helped me kill verbal and writing for example: both 750+. Just damn the math and me loving calculus and hating the simple algebra behind it lol. And despite the math being below 700, I had AP exam scores to suggest that I'm decent at science/math. Scored well on AP biology and chemistry). You may be bad at that type of testing situation, but again, a 26-29 is likely expected.
  • LanessaLanessa Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    Ok, so basically the only thing hurting me is my ACT score. What if I take it again in February, will they take that score?
  • LanessaLanessa Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    And as far as AP's go, my school only offers English, World History, and Calculus. I made a 2 on the English, didn't take the World History but took the class, and plan to take the calculus this year
  • bernie12bernie12 Registered User Posts: 5,328 Senior Member
    Yeah, GPA good, ECs great. Try to score well on calculus if you can (maybe if you are unfortunately waitlisted or something it'll be taken into consideration), and maybe see if Emory will take an ACT score after the app. deadline (try again if you can) because I'm not sure (maybe ask).
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