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Chance a skeptical URM for Emory?

randomhispanicrandomhispanic Registered User Posts: 130 Junior Member
edited June 2010 in Emory University
I'm a hispanic boy from South Florida.
I am visiting Emory in about two weeks and if I like it, I will apply ED II.
What are my chances?

GPA 3.5/4.0---- competitive private school that doesn't rank.

Freshman year 6 honors, 6 Bs
Sophomore year 6 honors, 3 As 3 Bs
Junior year 4 honors 2 APs, 3As 3 Bs (Bio AP, APUSH)
Senior year 2 honors 4 APs... (AP French, AP Statistics, AP Government/AP
Macroeconomics, AT Microbiology)

SAT: took three times got 1350/2070 E:11
SAT II: Bio-650, Math I-690
ACT: took once got a 30 E:10

Which score(s) should I send in?

Major Extra Curriculars:
-Volunteered at Memorial children's center for 20 weeks, 2 hours a week. (Sophomore) (Junior)
-Went 4 years in a row to Congres (French competition in Orlando)
-Part of Friends of FRAT, went to autistic child's house for 20 weeks, 2 hours a week. (Sophomore)
-Volunteered at Kesher, a program that provides a an education for children with learning disabilities from pre-school through high school. (Junior)
-Head of snack food drive for children at the respite shelter in Women in Distress of Broward County. Collected over 600 individual snacks. (Junior)
-Head of school supplies drive for children from low income families so they can do school work at an after school daycare. Collected over 1000 supplies. (Junior)
-Volunteered for a month in Fiji, heading various projects for rebuilding communities and the environment. (56 hours, 2009)
-President and Founder of HELP Club, for underprivileged children and battered women (Junior)
-Vice President of FRAT (Fostering Relationships with Autistic Teens and Children) (Junior)

Minor Extra Curriculars:
-Treasurer of Green Team (Freshman)
-NHS Member
-National French Honors Society Member
-National Science Honors Society
-NFL (National Forensic League) Member

Great essay
Great recommendations

I want to major in Biology.
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Replies to: Chance a skeptical URM for Emory?

  • bernie2012bernie2012 Registered User Posts: 614 Member
    As a URM (black), I can tell you that SAT IIs don't matter here (you probably need them for the other schools of similar caliber that you are probably applying to). Your GPA may need to go up some. Yeah, but our SATs (Math/Verbal) are pretty close (1380 highest single sitting, 1410 superscore, which they do so take that into account). Though my performance on the writing section makes my 3-way composite score far higher (almost got perfect). I don't know how much the writing matters. Seems that many freshmen here don't write that well (as expected by profs. of political science/history courses) despite their SAT scores on writing or verbal.

    Also, are you skeptical about Emory as an institution, or your chances for admission?

    You need not worry about either. You have decent chances (even though the GPA may be sketch, even for a URM) at Emory and most peers.

    Those great ECs may be able to seal you fate as an admitted student though.

    Ashamed that this process is so formulaic for all top schools except for Ivies.
    (no telling whether someone will be admitted into one of those or not, no matter scores, GPA, or ECs. Plus, many are not as big on admitting URMs as they used to be).

    Your essays need be meaningful. You know reflect someone who has character/heart as opposed to a person simply trying to impress admissions committees with millions of ECs. I hope that's what you meant by great essays.

    If you are applying, you only need to send in SAT Reasoning and perhaps your ACT which is OK. Send in both of those I guess.
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