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India Class Of 2023

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  • Lambda123Lambda123 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    Hello! Any advice would be appreciated
    I am a 12th-grade student from Bangalore

    Chance me for (all RD)
    Yale
    Columbia
    Dartmouth
    Upenn
    Northwestern
    Duke
    Johns Hopkins
    Vanderbilt
    Case Western
    Emory
    University of Chicago
    NUS
    With a lot of financial aid.
    Intended Majors: Engineering and economics

    I know my list is really far fetched and unrealistic but I have applied to the best colleges in America and I haven't applied to safety schools because I have a good chance of getting into Indian Institutions like IITs, BITS, NITs.


    SAT: 1450 ( 790 Math, 660 reading ) Essay 18/24
    SAT Subject Tests: Nil
    AP: NA
    TOEFL: NA
    10th grade: 9.4 CGPA CBSE
    11th grade: 93.6% CBSE
    12th grade Midyear: 96.4% CBSE
    Essays: Decent, put a lot of effort into them
    Recs: Really Good 1.Biology Teacher
    2.School Principal (English Teacher)
    Gender and Ethnicity: Indian Male


    Achievements -
    -Cleared both rounds of KVPY SA (2018)
    -Qualified for INMO (2018)
    -Qualified technothlon (AIR top twenty) (2018)
    -Qualified NTSE (2017)
    -Participated in the National Science Camp at IISc Bangalore (for KVPY Fellows) (2018)
    -International Rank 240 in NSO conducted by SOF (2018)
    -School level gold and silver medals in NSO and IMO (9th, 10th, 11th)
    -Notable Mention VNMUN 2016


    Extra-Curriculars:
    -Planted approximately 10000 trees, the largest plantation in the history of my city. Part of an organisation that regularly plants trees around my grandparents' city (in which I take part only during summers
    -Play Basketball regularly 15-20 hours a week. Part of a club. Participated in State Level tournaments organised by KSBBA. Also a part of the School Basketball Team.
    -Participated in several Swimming competitions and won medals.
    -Organised several events at school level
    -Delegate in MUN Participated in 3 MUNs over e years
    -Participated in 4-5 Marathons and 3 cycling Marathons
  • whatsmypasswordwhatsmypassword Registered User Posts: 112 Junior Member
    edited January 27
    @Lambda123 Don't get me wrong but applying for Financial Aid significantly reduces your chances in almost all schools except Yale.

    I personally think your low SAT scores (especially English) and absence of SAT Subjects, APs and importantly TOEFL might considerably hurt your application.

    Your grades are good, but not excellent. There might be hundreds of students with 10 CGPA applying to these top univs.

    Your achievements in Indian Exams seem good, but to US Universities, it might look very academic oriented. Especially if you wrote your essays on an academic topic, it might not turn out very good.

    As far as MUNs are concerned, they are the most overrated EC for Indians and Chinese. So I don't think that they do well.

    Also, TBH, school level SOF medals are not worthy of being mentioned. Every school, and in that every class gets three. So it has almost zero significance.

    I guess you might have a shot at primarily Arts or Humanities oriented colleges.
  • Lambda123Lambda123 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    My school doesn't organise APs and an international student doesn't need TOEFL if his first language has been English for at least four years.

    I wrote my essays about me which are not very academic oriented.

    Yes, I haven't mentioned school level olympiad medals on my commonapp.
  • whatsmypasswordwhatsmypassword Registered User Posts: 112 Junior Member
    @Lambda123 Good that you haven't mentioned the School Level Olympiads.

    I know. Few colleges don't give much importance to TOEFL if you study in an English school. But your SAT English Score is a bit low for consideration too.

    Top Schools have both scores near 700.
  • merc81merc81 Registered User Posts: 10,052 Senior Member
    edited January 28
    @Lambda123:: It seems that not all of your choices offer direct engineering programs.
  • Lambda123Lambda123 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    Yeah, I know.
    I tried.
    Hoping for the best.
  • Lambda123Lambda123 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    I have applied for comp sci in a few, Biomed in a few and econ in a few.
  • raghavwayraghavway Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    Hello! Any advice would be appreciated
    12th grader here
    Chance me for (all RD)
    Yale
    Columbia
    Dartmouth
    Upenn
    Northwestern
    Duke
    Johns Hopkins
    Vanderbilt
    Case Western
    Emory
    University of Chicago
    NUS
    With a lot of financial aid.


    SAT- 1570 (770 Reading 800 Math)
    SAT Subject test- ( 800 math 2, 790 chemistry )
    10th grade: 78.4% (new-board class) CBSE
    11th grade: 62% CBSE
    12th grade Midyear: 80% CBSE
    12th predicted grades- 70%+
    TOEFL- 103

    I contacted colleges about GPA conversion, ASU responded," they are really great as they are 4 GPA after conversion, according to their admission officers"


    Essays: Decent, put a lot of effort into them, my Himalayan story about blogs and raising money for cleanliness awareness
    Recs: Actually, I am from KV, students does not apply for US uni here, so they wer confused as **** is that

    As I explained they said they will write really great and will do googe searches at home.

    SO really great recs there

    As for ECs

    KV does not allow students to form clubs,
    But I was a House Vice captain (11th year ) and House captain (12th year )
    and have some volunteer services
    Class monitor in 9th grade and 12th grade

    I am right now undecided.

    Any suggestion to do in my remaining year?


  • whatsmypasswordwhatsmypassword Registered User Posts: 112 Junior Member
    Well... Good SAT and SAT Subject scores, but your school grades are a bit too less. So is your TOEFL.

    Also, universities know the Indian Education system. They WILL NOT convert percentages to GPAs.

    I see that your ECs are a bit less as well. House captain might indicate leadership, but class monitor I think will not matter much.

    Remember that as an Indian (one of the most represented country after China), you will be against ISEF finalists, Patent holders, and Olympiad medalists.
  • raghavwayraghavway Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    Thanks for your reply
    A columbia uni undergradate was saying TOEFL does not matter much as they only look at if the applicant got more than 100, they also know that most elite private schools are somewhat corrupt and they kinda don't look at CBSE, that was his saying.

    I think you are maybe right but olympiad, isff finalist and that patent thing is not my cup of tea,

    I mean if every Indian is doing olympiads and other things,THEN how we are unique in the application pool, I think personal achievements also matter like I have raised some money for cleanliness awareness, I have no internships as I live in city (Udaipur) with literally no companies, But I have done a lot of freelance programming jobs online,And I have 3 blogs, one with 70k monthly, one with 30k, and one with 5k readership .

    As for ECs
    I will be adding formed a cleanliness awareness in udaipur club in my school,
    Vice captain of Love Tech club in my school,

    I also think that they will also have knowledge about grade deflation in 11th as the teachers want students to get really gripped for 12th boards.

    Does being undecided will do damage in my application?
  • whatsmypasswordwhatsmypassword Registered User Posts: 112 Junior Member
    Anyone got any likely letters?
  • balamreddybalamreddy Registered User Posts: 25 Junior Member
    @texarishere, I got into Umich Ross and UIUC Gies Hinors.
  • balamreddybalamreddy Registered User Posts: 25 Junior Member
    And UVA too.
  • whatsmypasswordwhatsmypassword Registered User Posts: 112 Junior Member
    I mean likely letters..... The ones Ivies and Stanford send......

    Even I got into UIUC James Scholar Program 😛
  • PM99292939PM99292939 Registered User Posts: 37 Junior Member
    Anyone who got into GeorgiaTech?
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