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abgunner5abgunner5 Registered User Posts: 24 New Member
edited November 2007 in Georgetown University
am a caucasian male from new jersey applying regular decision for fall 08
i come from a fairly large public high school

GPA: (low, probably the weakest part of my resume) 3.69
School doesn't rank but i would assume i am in at least the top 15%, most likely top 10%, ill have to ask my guidance counselor
SAT I: 2290 (780 CR, 710 Math, 800 writing; 12 essay)
SAT II: 800 Lit, 760 USH, 700 Math 2 (plan to retake math 2 and take french in october)

APs: Junior Year: 5 USH, 4 Statistics
Senior Year: Lit, French, Psychology, Biology, Calculus AB, European Hist

The rest of my courses are and have been honors courses (excluding gym, which is mandatory)

4 years of soccer (3 on varsity) I also play for a club team that is one of the best in the state and goes to a ton of national tournaments

Interact Club- 4 yrs, VP
Academic Decathlon- 3 yrs; alternate in competition soph year, regular junior yr.
Mock Trial-2 yrs, Co-pres (my friend and i started the club in our school)

State Finalist for Gov. School in International Studies

Volunteer at blind center in my town
Volunteer soccer coach 2006-07, about 250+ hrs in total
Tutored my neighbor's son in english

Math honor society
French honor society
Soc Studies honor society

(There are a few other small academic awards that i won but they are probably irrelevant)

I have always been an excellent writer (not to sound arrogant) so i think my application essays will be beast

Some other big name schools i am applying to are: Wash U in St. Louis, UPenn, Boston College, UNC-Chapel Hill, Wake Forest (these are my reach schools)

I was hoping to explain my low GPA and admit that i havent worked as hard as i could have in the past. I also plan to try to work my ass off and get all As senior year to prove that when i put my mind to something i can do it (usually)

I know Gtown is a reach school at best, but i would appreciate any insight. (Btw i am not applying for fin. aid, if that improves my chances)

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  • abgunner5abgunner5 Registered User Posts: 24 New Member
    no one?????????
  • abgunner5abgunner5 Registered User Posts: 24 New Member
    hey guys thanks for taking the time to help out a fellow naive student. no but seriously i LOVE georgetown and would really like to know if i have a realistic chance or not
  • parentstwoparentstwo Registered User Posts: 187 Junior Member
    No one can say for sure. If you've been following the admissions data, then you know that Gtown is super competitive. Should you apply? Why not? Will you get in? Your GPA won't be a big help, but an oustanding rec may make up for that. Work hard this year and see what happens. Good luck.
  • NewJerseyMomNewJerseyMom Registered User Posts: 775 Member
    My son's first choice is Georgetown as well. He has a higher GPA and slightly lower SAT scores. Frankly, I do not think he will make it - it is very competitive. You may not make it either, but you both should try if you love the school. Just make sure you have some safety schools as well.
  • DuckPondParentDuckPondParent Registered User Posts: 137 Junior Member
    Frankly, I think you have a very good shot. While its all a crapshoot, your profile is very good. Very good scores; I wouldn't bother retaking the Math SAT2 (JMHO). Your gpa is actually very good, even if it's not a 4./0.

    The thing I would do is make sure that that inner writer in you shows in the essays. This can be your distinguishing point.

    I agree that you should be careful to chose someone who will write a dynamite rec for you, but I think that your essays will be the make or break for you. Be creative and show who you are and why GU is for you.

    Good luck.
  • abgunner5abgunner5 Registered User Posts: 24 New Member
    thanks for all the feedback, it is greatly appreciated. i actually recently found that my gpa is higher than i thought (i didnt understand the conversion to the 4.0 scale) so hopefully that might make a difference. it's still a little low for g-town standards though. do you think my chances will improve if i apply ea or even ed? (im very naive about this whole game of college applications)
  • bigp9998bigp9998 Registered User Posts: 774 Member
    You actually can't apply ED to Georgetown, only EA or RD. And supposedly chances are fairly equal between EA and RD.
  • cmcrusader11cmcrusader11 Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    Hey abgunner: I applied to Georgetown last year (School of Foreign Service). I had a higher GPA and I was third in my class. I had slightly lower SAT scores. I was extremely involved inside and outside of my school, and I thought my essay was pretty good because I won a scholarship for the most creative admissions essay (I'm not trying to sound arrogant). My alumni interviewer said that I was a systematic candidate to get in. I got rejected in the end.

    But, I know a lot of other different stories; some had lower GPAs and test scores than me, and they still got in. I think you're at least a competitive candidate, but I'm not sure if you'll get in or not. And it is pretty equal between EA and RD.
  • innocentbystandeinnocentbystande - Posts: 404 Member
    If you are attracted to Georgetown, Holy Cross (1 hour west of Boston) is very similar but easier to get into. The reason for the similarity is that Holy Cross was founded by the Georgetown Jesuits in 1843 and in fact during the first couple years HC graduates received Georgetown degrees because Massachusetts was slow to grant a charter because of strong anti-Catholicism at that time in history. One big difference is Holy Cross is strictly undergraduate so there are no grad students teaching. Small class sizes and lots of access to the professors. (Many large universites use grad students for teaching and access to full professors are extremely limited.) Also at Holy Cross SAT scores are optional. Holy Cross is #33 on the US News and World Report Rankings for top liberal arts colleges.
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