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how much of a reach is it...

sahil.patel89sahil.patel89 Registered User Posts: 180 Junior Member
edited August 2006 in Harvard University
I'm a rising senior in Texas and I want to know my chances at Harvard RD

School: Normal public school
GPA: 3.92 UW (out of a possible 4.0)
Rank: 7/400
ACT: 33
SAT II's: Math II: 800, USH: 790 Science: Taking in November
SAT I: 1400/1600 and 2100/2400 (Harvard will consider my 33 ACT)
Courseload: Hardest classes in all areas (Will have 7 AP classes by graduation)

ECs: Volunteered at a retirement home for 200 hours
President of two clubs
Captain of the Golf team
Journalist for the newspaper
President of my Junior class
Member of Amnesty International
National Honor Society
National Spanish Honor Society
Worked for a year
Spent the month of July 2006 in a summer program (something like governor's school)
Interned in the month of August 2006 at a corporation


Intended major: Economics
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Replies to: how much of a reach is it...

  • The Ace is BackThe Ace is Back Registered User Posts: 797 Member
    Looking good I reckon. I don't subscribe to this 'reach/match/safety' business - I honestly believe it's up to your essays and how you tailor your application.
  • sahil.patel89sahil.patel89 Registered User Posts: 180 Junior Member
    typo: my SAT is a 1420/1600 not a 1400/1600 (not that it makes much of a diff)
  • stanford 2008stanford 2008 Registered User Posts: 97 Junior Member
    pretty big reach, but not impossible
  • AdmiralAdmiral Registered User Posts: 720 Member
    It's definitely possible, the stats are good enough. Out of curiosity, (same question I ask everyone who wants to estimate their chances), how many people get into Harvard from your school each year, on average? A lot depends on that.
  • sahil.patel89sahil.patel89 Registered User Posts: 180 Junior Member
    no one applied
  • AdmiralAdmiral Registered User Posts: 720 Member
    That generally makes it much more difficult- remember that every year, thousands of valedictorians are rejected by Harvard, Yale, and Princeton. In many schools, even being ranked as the best isn't enough.

    On the other hand, here's a counter-example: My mom went to a public high school in Texas where no one had ever applied to any Ivy League school. She applied and got into Harvard (yeah, I'm a legacy, crucify me.). She did have an 800 Verbal SAT and various other excellent statistics, and it was easier to get in thirty years ago, but what was important was that Harvard saw an opportunity to improve diversity- not many students there come from public schools in Texas (nothing against you or your school).

    On the Harvard admitted students board, a really common statement is "I only applied for fun" or "I was positive I wouldn't get in." You really can't predict- but no matter how much forum members here shout "Stats aren't high enough, stats aren't high enough," the fact is that it's almost impossible to predict.
  • ppierce34ppierce34 Registered User Posts: 87 Junior Member
    camche bhai
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