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Please Chance—NYU CAS

newBeginningnewBeginning Registered User Posts: 47 Junior Member
edited July 2011 in New York University
Hi, everyone! =) This is another one of those "chance me" threads. I will be applying for the class of 2016. If it makes any difference, I'd like to major in mathematics.

GPA:
Unweighted: 3.496 (9.4894/11)

Weighted: 3.6241 (9.8723/11) --> 11-point scale weights are much weaker than 4-point scale weights.
There is a clear upward trend from freshman year

Rank: 32/246

Percent Rank: Top 13.008%

Course Rigor:
I'm from a pretty rural town in the mid-west (35,000 people), so my high school doesn't offer an abundance of honors or AP classes (and, wth is IB? ha ha). I didn't take any honors courses freshman year, but there were only two available (Honors English I and Honors Geometry). Looking back, that was a huge mistake. Additionally, because my school is smaller, weighted classes are often only offered at one time and taught by one teacher. This causes scheduling problems, and this will cause problems for me particularly next year when two different AP classes are inevitably scheduled to be taught during the same hour.

Taken:
AP U.S. History
AP Chemistry
Honors Algebra II
Honors Chemistry
Honors Spanish IV
Honors Trig/Pre-calculus
Honors English III

Plan to take as a senior:
AP Calculus AB
AP Biology
AP Physics
AP Spanish V

Standardized testing:
First ACT: (Sophomore-no writing) C: 25

Second ACT: (This April) C: 28 Writing: 9

Super-scored: C: 29

I have plans of taking the ACT again in September--the prep book is actually open in front of me as I write this.

ECs:
I started working in the middle of the first semester of my freshman year at a local fast-food restaurant. I have progressively been given more hours (same job), where I was eventually working 30 hour weeks toward the end of April and May of this year.

Music: District Honor Orchestra [Violinist] 8th, 9th, 10th grade years (chose not to participate 11th grade year). I have gone to state 9th, 10th, and 11th grade years earning 3 II's, and 1 III. (I being phenomenal, V being very poor.) These scores are very subjective, as they were judged by one individual in one setting. Private lessons from 6th grade year to the summer going into my junior year. I also had a paid position helping younger players in a group setting every Saturday my summer going into my junior year

Volunteer: Over 420 hours at a local hospital working directly with patients--this is a cumulative statistic from the past summers. I also performed violin pieces regularly for the orthopedic rehabilitation patients during portions of the summer. Those old ladies are so cute. =)

School: Representative of Spanish Club and I'm a member of NHS.

Religious/Community: Musician and Cook for Celebrate Recovery, an organization to help struggling drug addicts resolve their addictions. This is ran through our local church. Services were/are every Friday night, 5:45pm to 9:45 (church service and meal is served). I started this the beginning of my Sophomore year, and resigned this May.

I feel like I am listing things others might deem as obsolete, but a 25-30hr/week work schedule doesn't leave much room for other co-curriculars. Working wasn't/isn't optional

Thanks for your time!
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Replies to: Please Chance—NYU CAS

  • SeattleBulldogSeattleBulldog Registered User Posts: 1,152 Senior Member
    Your GPA is low :( Retake your SAT, and shoot for a 31< On the bright side, your Extra-curricular are phenomenal! Don't worry about not taking honors courses during Freshman year( college don't really focus on that much). I would apply to NYU early decision, and work really hard on your essay. Also try to get find a teacher who can write a fantastic teacher recommendation. Have you also considered taking the SAT Subject test? GOOD LUCK!!
  • MonoclideMonoclide Registered User Posts: 972 Member
    I think we see more about your ECs than we do with solid data.

    How did you do on the APs? Scores?

    How did you calculate your GPA? If you did a 11 to 4 conversion, then it is wrong.

    Given that it isn't optional to work, do you have any hooks? Are you an under represented minority (URM) or first generation to go to college? Those will also help you.

    Echoing the SATs. Get a 2K+.
  • ambiguouswalrusambiguouswalrus Registered User Posts: 55 Junior Member
    You're good w/ the 29 ACT. I'd say right now you could go either way with your scores, It's probably a low reach
  • newBeginningnewBeginning Registered User Posts: 47 Junior Member
    Hooks: Monoclide, you mentioned first generation as a hook. I would be the first person in my immediate family to obtain a degree from a university.

    AP Scores: I didn't take any AP tests.

    Oh, and perhaps this will help the GPA:

    A: 11: 96-100
    A-: 10: 92-95
    B+: 9: 89-91

    About GPA calculation: According to the counselors office, calculating from an 11-point GPA to 4-point is as follows--

    (x+1)4/12

    Setting up a simple proportion (4x/11) isn't supposedly accurate.
  • MonoclideMonoclide Registered User Posts: 972 Member
    It says you took two APs so far. Did you not receive scores yet? No APs will hurt you.

    Not 100% on the conversion, but I'm sure your guidance office has thought it out. And, by the sounds of it, a 3.3 is (generally) a B+ (87-89), so a 9 would be above 3.3, but below 3.3. A 3.5 is a B+/A-.

    Either way, a little on the low side for NYU, but you are fine.
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