I'm making this thread hoping to get a lot of constructive comments so that I can send it to my dad and educate him.
SAT: 2190 (670 CR 800 M 720 W 10 E)
GPA: 3.4 UW Freshman Year: 3.0 Soph: 3.51 Junior: 3.61 Senior 1st semester: Probably 3.7. My school does 100 point, but I'm just converting. School doesn't weight. For UW, I'm top 30%, if my school weighted, I'd probably be top 20%
SAT Subject Tests: 800 Physics, 730 Math 2 (Retaking)
APs: Junior Year APUSH (5), Senior year AP Physics 1, AP Calc AB, AP US Gov, AP Comp Gov
Honors courses: Freshman year: English 9 H, Physics 1 H, Global 9 H, Algebra 1 H
Soph: Biology H, English 10 H
Senior: Chem H
I want to major in Physics and Mathematics
All graphs I look at show nobody with my GPA getting in. The only people who get in with my GPA are recruited athletes. On my school's Naviance, 1 out of 70 kids got in in the past 10 years, and he had a 96.61 GPA (Mine is an 89).
I don't have very outstanding extracurriculars, let alone ones that would mitigate my GPA.
Varsity Band 4 years
JROTC 4 years
Elected President of New York State Science Honor Society chapter at my school
Architecture club 4 years (I'm kind of president but not really)
Philosophy Club 2 years
Cross Country 1 season freshman year
3 Courses at Museum of Natural History in Stellar Physics, Geology, and the Solar System
Service trip to Camden, New Jersey
Not sure how many community service hours, probably 100.
Legacy not anything significant, not parents, just an aunt and an uncle.
Applying to Harvard would take a lot of effort for a result that is close to a 100% probability going to be a rejection.
I would like to spend a lot of time on the applications that really matter to me, like Reed College, a school I really really like. The reachiest school I am applying to is UChicago, but my main hope rests on the high emphasis on the essay. I have a good range of schools, from safeties to reaches, and I love them all, so I don't see why my Dad is bent on having me apply to Harvard.
This is also kind of a surprise because my dad never really pushed me academically as a kid, but now he wants me to apply to one of the most selective schools in the country. He doesn't even know that much about Harvard. I also asked him that if I got into both Caltech and Harvard, which school would he want me to go to, and he said Harvard (When Caltech would be a bit better for Physics and Math).