I am a Russian female high school student, currently in my senior year, and I only decided to apply to American university last August. My dream school was Duke and I hadn't done any research on other unis.
In September I learned I had to take the SAT, so I prepared for a month and took the test in October. My score is 1920:
CR - 670
M - 610
W - 640 (My essay score was 6)
I did much better on practice tests (2000+), so that score was an unpleasant surprise. I will re-take the SAT in December.
Also, I took two subject tests (B/M and Literature). The results haven't come yet, but I'm quite pessimistic about these. I expect something like 600-650 on both.
My TOEFL iBT score is 115.
I do not need any financial aid. My essays aren't stellar, but quite solid. ECs are nothing special: Duke summer college, student exchanges in the US, volunteering. I don't do sports due to health issues.
Russian schools don't repot students' GPA, but I've been getting straight A's on each subject for the last 3 years and I expect to graduate with honors.
I applied to Duke ED anyway, though I do realize my chances are slim. At least I won't be asking myself any "What if..?" questions.
My current list for RD:
UNC Chapel Hill
Wake Forest University
College of William and Mary
UMich Ann Arbor
I haven't decided on my major yet, but most likely I will major in Business/Economics and minor in French and Biology.
My question is: do I need to make any changes to the list? My goal is to receive at least 2-3 acceptance letters. I'm not restricted geographically and I'm willing to attend a decent school at pretty much any part of the country, though I really love NC.