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Harvard SCEA Chances?

Tellurium52Tellurium52 0 replies2 threadsRegistered User New Member
(posted this in another subforum, hope this is allowed)
With senior year starting up I'd like to know where people think I stand application wise and where I can improve.
Demographics: White male, live in New England, go to a fairly good public high school (typically sends 5 students to HPYS a year), high income household (combined income >$400k), dad went to Harvard as undergrad and for law school
Intended major: something in social sciences or math
SAT: Math 2 800, World History 790, US History 780
ACT: 36
GPA: 4.0 (school doesn't weigh gpa or hold a class rank)
Got all 5's on APs junior year
Junior classes: AP LangComp, AP Calc BC, AP US History, Chemistry ACC (no AP until senior year + school forces you to take chemistry junior year), French 4 ACC (no AP until senior year), Symphonic Band ACC, Honors Economics (No accelerated option)
Senior classes: AP LitComp, AP Physics, AP Chemistry, AP US Gov, AP French, the world since 1945 honors, American legal system honors, band acc
Play 3 instruments - piano, electric guitar, oboe
First chair oboe in one of boston youth symphony orchestra's ensembles
Cofounded a hard rock band that plays around Boston
Performed several piano concerts at Symphony hall
AIME qualifier
Class president
Quiz bowl team captain
Captain of speech and debate and math team
President of model congress/un
State finalist in Geography Bee twice
Tutoring low-income inner city students
Organized several blood drives / fundraisers
Senior counselor at a summer camp teaching math / music theory to pre-teens
Won an award (not saying so I don't completely doxx myself) for my National History Day paper

I'd be applying SCEA for Harvard next fall. Just curious to know what my chances are and what I can improve upon. Thanks
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  • dropbox77177dropbox77177 263 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    edited September 10
    Decent shot, better than 50/50.

    Your stats put you in the top 10% of Harvard's applicant pool, and there are approximately 50-75 white legacy and development applicants per year in your "group" based on all the data from the classes entering fall 2010 through 2015.

    Of that group of top academic decile white legacy and development applicants, 57% were admitted over that period.

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  • RiversiderRiversider 791 replies90 threadsRegistered User Member
    edited September 10
    High stats+good ECs+ Legacy+ED+ High income = Great odds

    You should ED.
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  • tdy123tdy123 692 replies14 threadsRegistered User Member
    edited September 14
    According to information made public during the Harvard anti-Asian bias in admissions trial (and published by the Harvard Crimson) legacy applicants have a >33% success rate and >21.5% of admitted white students are legacy admits.

    Overall, your chances are pretty good, particularly if your father has been a generous donor to Harvard with some of that >$400k/year.
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