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Chance Me Please!!!

marisa123marisa123 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
I'm an incoming senior and I just got back from a visit to DC to look at schools and I absolutely LOVED gw. I think its my #1 so far but I haven't visited any others outside of DC.
My gpa is low (3.86 W) Dont know UW
I have taken honors classes since freshman year, my school only allows AP classes junior year and above, and since its a small school we dont have a lot of options, so I've taken honors biology, Spanish 3 honors, and precalculus honors and next year will be taking AP Government, Honors Econ, AP calculus(highest possible math) and physics which is extremely difficult but not weighted (but my counselor said that would be in her LOR)
Since it is a religious school we have to take a religious class each year and an art is required so they're isnt that much flexibility in my schedule
SAT: 2040
ACT: 31
but I didn't study for them so will hopefully retake one of them in the fall to get it higher.
Varsity cross country and track all four years and will be captain of both this year (only seniors are captain)
Academic league since sophomore year
volunteer at freshman orientation
peer tutor
I've had 2 internships, the first at a non-profit that helps low income kids after school, and i also helped with a camp done every year at a college for low income kids put on by the non-profit
The one im doing now is at a political consulting company which is working on a congressional campaign and a lot of local city council campaigns.
I've had tons of service hours that include
-every year going with my family and other people and building houses in Mexico
-Lots of other stuff in Mexico, mainly clothing drives and fundraisers and then bringing them down to Mexico
-working with rescue dogs from mexico and helping them get adopted
-50+ hours serving food to homeless
-counselor at a camp for disabled kids, will be assigned a girl with down-syndrome and i will have to be her "buddy" for the weekend
And others that I''m probably forgetting

Anyway this is my dream school but I'm really scared that I won't go in, especially because all of the other people asking to be chanced seem so much more accomplished then me!

I would love to major in either polysci or international affairs, but is one harder to get into then the other?

Last thing: should I apply ED or RD? does it make a difference?

Thanks so much!!!!
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Replies to: Chance Me Please!!!

  • ram0276ram0276 Registered User Posts: 497 Member
    Apply ED if it's truly your top choice. In the RD round, your GPA will be a lot more of an eyesore than if you apply early. Your SAT and ACT are both in range, right in the middle so don't worry about that. Your EC's are pretty good too. Focus a lot on your "Why GW?" Essay. It makes or breaks an application regardless of GPA or score.
  • marisa123marisa123 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    Thanks so much!

    Also, does applying to one school over another make a difference or is it all the same? For instance, is getting into the ccas easier than elliot?
  • ram0276ram0276 Registered User Posts: 497 Member
    Yes and no, Elliott is GW's trademark school so there is a bit more competitive of an acceptance to get. However, it doesn't really make a difference since the university in general is extremely selective. If you're looking at Elliott make your political interests very clear. You're in good shape.
  • ram0276ram0276 Registered User Posts: 497 Member
    Your EC's actually look really really good for Elliott! I'd say apply there if you want to be an IR major. Definitely stress your awesome EC's.
  • marisa123marisa123 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    Thanks so much! That was confusing me. Also, how much of an advantage is there in applying ED? Is the acceptance rate higher?
  • ram0276ram0276 Registered User Posts: 497 Member
    GW ED has a lot higher of an acceptance rate. That's why the RD round is a lot more competitive and renders a vastly lower acceptance rate. I believe 2,200 people were accepted RD out was allegedly 23% while the ED
    I + II acceptance rate was 37%. Please don't quote me on this. However, ED is a lot easier to get in.
  • marisa123marisa123 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    OK unless I completely fall in love with the other schools I tour (which isn't very likely) I think I will do that, does I vs II make any sort of difference?

    And thanks so much for your help! I really appreciate it! :D
  • ram0276ram0276 Registered User Posts: 497 Member
    Nope, not really. ED I is generally for kids who arebent on GW. ED II is generally for those who didn't get into their first choice EA school. There are less applicants ED II, but it is also more competitive.
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