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What are my chances of getting in?

lazygarfieldlazygarfield Registered User Posts: 193 Junior Member
edited October 2011 in Ithaca College
Hey everyone.

Here are some details about me:

Nationality - Indian
Gender - Male

I went through a CBSE high school. While not as internationally recognized as the IB or not as supposedly tough as the ICSE board, CBSE is supposed to be quite demanding and intense.

Class 10/Sophomore Year - 95.4%
1. English - 91
2. Sanskrit - 99
3. Math - 98
4. Science - 95
5. Social Sciences - 94

Class 12/Senior Year - 87.4%
1. English - 95
2. Computer Science - 95
3. Math - 86
4. Chemistry - 84
5. Physics - 77

SAT Reasoning Test - 2280/2400
1. Math - 780/800
2. Critical Reading - 770/800
3. Writing - 730/800

SAT Subject Tests - English Lit: 760/800 and Math (Level 2): 790/800

TOEFL - 120/120

Extra-curricular activities:

1. A total of 4 first prizes in debate/extempore/speech events in high school.
2. Participated in the school's Table Tennis and Soccer teams. Have certificates.
3. Very, VERY highly ranked in two international-level Olympiads (by a privately-run organization, though.)
4. Doing a writing internship with AOL India at the moment. Will be doing it for some time.
5. Am teaching street kids in an organization. Will have logged in 50hrs by the time applications are due.

I wish to apply to the Film BFA and Communication Studies BA by the way.

So, thoughts? Please be honest!
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Replies to: What are my chances of getting in?

  • lazygarfieldlazygarfield Registered User Posts: 193 Junior Member
    BUMP, PLEASE!

    Also, I have realized that the above post doesn't really present an accurate picture. So, kindly assess my chances based on this refurbished post:


    Hello,

    Here are a few details about me -

    Nationality: Indian
    Gender: Male

    I went through a CBSE high school. While not as internationally recognized as the IB or not as supposedly tough as the ICSE board, CBSE is supposed to be quite demanding and intense.

    Sophomore Year - 95.4% (English: 91, overall school topper)

    Junior Year - 78.4% (Rigor of course increased DRASTICALLY. A dip in the scores in this year is par for the course in Indian education systems) i]Please see the PS to this post[/i

    Senior Year - 87.4% (Topped the high school in English: 95)

    SAT Reasoning Test - 2280/2400 (CR: 770, M: 780, W: 730)

    SAT II - English Lit: 760, Math Level 2: 790

    TOEFL iBT - 120/120

    I already graduated from high school in May 2011 and hope to enroll in colleges from the Fall 2012 session. Right now, I'm taking a gap year. I moved out of my parents' house, came to a new city and started living alone. Basically, my parents were always hesitant about sending me to a far-away country to live by myself at the age of 18 itself. This was sort of acid test to prove my independence to them. Now, while living alone, I am volunteering at a nearby orphanage for street kids. I teach them, play with them and hang out with them. Should have 50 hours by application time.

    I am also writing for AOL India. I don't have to go to office or anything like that. I sit at home, write articles and submit it to them. The articles are posted on their site and I get a stipend + byline credit.

    Here are some other ECs I could put in my application. These are the ones I had in high school:

    1. INDIVIDUAL: Four first prizes in intra-city debate/extempore/speech competitions.
    2. TEAM: Two first prizes in debate competitions (one was Rotary Club's intra-city, one was inter-city)
    3. OLYMPIADS: Ranked 4th Worldwide in International Olympiad of the English Language. Ranked 274th in the country in National Cyber Olympiad.

    I wish to major in English, by the way. With a planned minor/emphasis/concentration is either Creative Writing/Communications or Film (depending on what the college has, among other factors)

    So, please tell me my chances. How much will they be affected if I apply Early Decision/Action? How much will it affect my chances if I ask for need-based aid? (I won't ask for it if the acceptance rate reduces drastically).

    PS - I know my Junior Year grades will raise eyebrows. But, in the Indian education system, it's par for the course for Junior Year grades to be much lower than Sophomore Year (because the school holds the exam in the former, whereas the board holds it in the latter) and the rigor of my workload increased DRASTICALLY. That still doesn't excuse my low score, I know.

    But the thing is, I'm going to address this in my Common App essay. Junior Year started with a death in the family and a fracture in my right (and dominant) hand. Both these things had a huge impact on me. I was meek and indecisive and ended up studying subjects picked by my parents and, surprise, I was neither passionate about them nor talented in them. I'm going to write my essay on how all these things debilitated my performance a great deal and brought me down. But they also taught me life lessons (even if it was the hard way) and how they helped me grow as an individual. And that's how I'm going to find a spot to explain my uptick in Senior Year scores.
  • relativity05relativity05 Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    Judging by the 69% application rate, I think that you have a pretty good chance.
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