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can i get into GRINNELL?

lazyboylazyboy Registered User Posts: 137 Junior Member
edited April 2010 in Grinnell College
I am applying for the RD, and I am a bit worried if I can get into grinnell or not...also, i am applying for financial aid...do I have a chance of being in?

Here is my stats...
ACT-29 (math-35, english-32, science-25, reading-25)
ACT writing-10
Math IIC-800

counselor-highly impressive
teachers reco- math (super), physics (good)

gpa- not a GPA system: my percentage is 85.4%

essays--i have worked really hard on them...so, they are not bad!

-selected to participate in the international physics olympiad (IPhO), mexico, 2009, but could not participate for domestic reasons.
-regional inter school computer programming--first
-regional speech competition-first
-participated in a lot of quiz programs--first, second, or third
-president of ECO club
- active member of red cross

-mathematics teacher for grades 6 and 7
-private tutor
-organizing inter school science quiz competition
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Replies to: can i get into GRINNELL?

  • M's MomM's Mom Registered User Posts: 4,562 Senior Member
    You sound like an impressive candidate and I think you have a good chance-however, given the recent hit to the endowment at Grinnell and elsewhere, you will need to apply to a number of schools to make sure you get accepted somewhere. Good luck!
  • ChongShuChongShu Registered User Posts: 134 Junior Member
    it is said that Grinnell gave very limit money to internationals. if we apply FA, it will big hurt our chances
    I am not sure it is true or not?
    anyone can answer me?
  • lazyboylazyboy Registered User Posts: 137 Junior Member
    Thanks M's mom! By the way, i am applying to 11 colleges...and, i have also applied to gettysburg as a safe landing (is it a safe landing?)...and one more thing, is my ACT score going to hurt me? i am an international, though...
  • lazyboylazyboy Registered User Posts: 137 Junior Member
    You are right ChongShu, but when I did an extensive research about grinnell, i found grinnell has placed my country (NEPAL) in the list where Grinnell provides special scholarships...i still dont know...yeah, forgot to tell you guys...my mascot essay for grinnell has been the best of all the essays that I have written...by the way, where are you applying?
  • M's MomM's Mom Registered User Posts: 4,562 Senior Member
    No school is a safety if you are an international applying for a lot of financial aid-especially after recent economic events. Gettysburg is a lot safer than Grinnell, but no guarantees. And yes, your combined ACT is low for an applicant who wants a lot of money. However the criteria for judging international students may be different than for domestic applicants-I wouldn't know. Have a Plan B.
  • ChongShuChongShu Registered User Posts: 134 Junior Member
    hope Grinnell know that the internationals are reasonable to have inbalanced SAT

    my Math is 800. Writing is 710. But, i had a horrible Reading. it is 530.

    I just want to know does Grinnell look applicants' wiring sections.
  • kevintoykevintoy Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    Well good lucky for you,lazyboy. I am also a international student from China and was admitted by Grinnell in the early decision. I was awarded a 32800$ per year financial aid. Still, my family needs to pay a large amount of money for my tuition.

    Grinnell has admitted at least 7 Chinese students in the early decision. To tell the truth, RD is a lot harder than ED.

    but....since Grinnell offer special scholarship to Nepal....you still have a good chance.

    BTW, where are you from, ChongShu? Sounds like an Asian name.
  • lazyboylazyboy Registered User Posts: 137 Junior Member
    I guess ChongShu is from China! at least, the name is Chinese...hehe...right ChongShu?
    If you send your scores, they will be interseted to see, but i guess, writing scores dont hurt much...considering that you are an international, they will not expect you to have your writing as a native speaker! anyways, where else are you applying? good luck dude!
  • lazyboylazyboy Registered User Posts: 137 Junior Member
    congratulations kevintoy! by the way, what are you planning to study? and, can you please post your stats here? I would get a good hint of where I stand...and, how much did you assure to pay to grinnell at first? i hope my financial need is not going to hurt me much!
  • kevintoykevintoy Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    ah...I intend to study biochem and psycho...My stats?

    Toefl 104
    SAT 1 CR 670 math 800 writing700
    SAT 2 math 800 physics 770 chemistry750

    As for other materials, I do not think it's a good idea to compare. I live in a very small town in China so I don't have so many chances to take part in activities. I am rather poor in my ECs, really.

    In China, financial need really matters. Grinnell is generous to international student; even so, the competitions are rigorous. I have to say it's my unusual personality that makes the admission officers pick me.

    Again, good luck.

    Oh, and the money thing. At first my family contribution is about 11000$ per year.
  • lazyboylazyboy Registered User Posts: 137 Junior Member
    your stats are pretty good as an international...congrats once again dude!

    and, yes, how were your essays? especially the mascot essay? i guess that essay makes a huge difference because it is related to grinnell very closely! I hope I can meet you in Grinnell...(grinnell is my first choice, actually!)
  • lazyboylazyboy Registered User Posts: 137 Junior Member
    anyways, i am also applying to the following colleges:

    can you please chance me for these, too? i am really worried......:(...i really need your comments, no matter how harsh they are!
  • ChongShuChongShu Registered User Posts: 134 Junior Member
    I know who you are.

    the same name in TS
  • kevintoykevintoy Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    Yeah ChongShu, I use the same name everywhere...
    And...you were admitted by Grinnell? Why not contact me? Several of 2014er are going to Beijing to study the AP course.. What about you?
  • kevintoykevintoy Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    And lazyboy, it's unnecessary to worry...Just do your work and enjoy your life now.

    I do not believe the mascot essay is that important. The admission officer want to know your unique opinion so as long as you can give a reasonable one and explain why you choose the mascot...That's good enough.

    As for your other choices, I would say in China, it is extremely difficult to get an offer from Caltech, dartmouth, Duke or Williams. I don't know the situation of your country so I cannot chance you...sorry.

    And..you should have finished all your application, right? Do not worry anymore, dude. you will get offers.
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