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what do my chances look like at NYU

shinobishinobi - 96 replies59 threads Junior Member
edited August 2005 in New York University
Afro-American

class rank: 18/ 435 (top 5%)
w: 4.12
uw gpa: 3.45
sat: 2030 (v/m/w730/690/610)

FRESHMAN
English I AG
Freshman Seminar
Geometry AG
Biology AG
ELP (Economics, Law, Politics)AG
Health/PE
Drafting I
Spanish II

SOPHMORE
English II AG
Algebra II/Trig. AG
Health/PE
World History AG
Chemistry AG
Arch. Drafting II
Spanish III
Sports Medicine I

JUNIOR
English III AP
Pre-Calculus HN
Physics ADV
US History AP
Sports Medicine II
Spanish IV
Arch. Drafting III
Economics M&M AP

SENIOR
English IV AP
Caluculus AB AP
Spanish 5 AP
Human Geography AP
an art class and 3 other classes


my school works on an A-day/B-day block schedule so we take all eight classes all year long - finals usually hurt my year grade

ECs- Varsity Tennis, Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society), Junior Class Council, National Society of Black Engineers, HOSA(won 1st place in sports medicine regional competition, 3rd place in state competition), Unity Club, Outward Bound alum, athletic trainer, Junior Marshal (reserved for top 5% of class), National Honor Society, founder of Campus Greens chapter at my school (organization associated with the Green Political Party), Spanish Honor Society, Muslim Student Association (I am not a Muslim but I like helping the Muslim members of my community, especially here in the south) – I am obviously not active in all of these right now - this is a list of the clubs that I have joined and been active in over the past 3 years

hoping to go into urban planning/revitalization and so i'd be applying to nyu's metropolitan studies program
edited August 2005
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  • jwbluejwblue 1016 replies12 threads Senior Member
    Your UW GPA seems to be on the low side, but your rank is fine, so I figure you go to a high school that's not very competitive...am I right? I'd try to get the SAT writing score up and take some SAT II's (they are technically not required, but almost all sucessful candidates have took a few and done very well). Your ECs look good. Obviously be sure to write a great essay and get strong reccs.

    And yes...being an african american will help your chances, and a lot more so if you apply ED.

    Good luck, and keep us posted.
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  • shinobishinobi - 96 replies59 threads Junior Member
    thanks, i'm really excited about nyu
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  • VanessaAnneVanessaAnne 269 replies19 threads Junior Member
    the african american part will definitely help
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  • dilo2330dilo2330 139 replies6 threads Junior Member
    did u really need to go there
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  • VanessaAnneVanessaAnne 269 replies19 threads Junior Member
    is that offensive? i didnt think it was. im just stating the truth. i know i got into a lot of schools because im Filipino.
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  • dilo2330dilo2330 139 replies6 threads Junior Member
    no its not offensive its just a tad ridiculous that this thread first says that his grades and SAT are not up to nyu standards, but because he's african american he has a good chance.
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  • jwbluejwblue 1016 replies12 threads Senior Member
    "no its not offensive its just a tad ridiculous that this thread first says that his grades and SAT are not up to nyu standards, but because he's african american he has a good chance."

    I don't think I was being offensive. The reality is that a 3.45 UW is on the low side for NYU and that AA does bolster's one shot at getting in. Nobody is insulting the OP (he has never expressed such a sentiment); the very point of these threads is to give uncandid assessments, and whether you like it or not, ethnicity is a factor in admissions, which is why many people include it when asking for "chances".
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  • nirvana33nirvana33 357 replies24 threads Member
    You'll be applying to CAS, correct? I think you are definitely in, provided you write a decent essay. I got into NYU for journalism, and my unweighted GPA was about the same as yours, I had far less impressive extra-curriculars, and I'm not an URM.
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  • jwbluejwblue 1016 replies12 threads Senior Member
    I would not go so far as to say he's "definitely in", unless of course you sit on the NYU admissions board. Of course he has a great chance. There is no question he is a strong candidate and the URM status gives him a crucial boost.

    Something to note here is that URM status ususally helps MUCH more in the ED round than the RD round. The reason for this is that colleges strategicially play the admissions game just like students do. Thus, if NYU already gets enough URMs in the ED round, URM status might not help much in RD for simple reason that they don't covet you as much anymore. This is the very reason to apply ED if NYU is your first choice.
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  • shinobishinobi - 96 replies59 threads Junior Member
    NYU one of 3 top choices but if I get in but don't get sufficient fin. aid (as in grants not all loans) and I have to go there then I would be taking on a crap load of debt...that especially sucks when I could get a better deal somewhere else.

    btw, what can schools do if you apply ed and don't go even though the ed admissions at that school is binding
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  • jwbluejwblue 1016 replies12 threads Senior Member
    "btw, what can schools do if you apply ed and don't go even though the ed admissions at that school is binding"

    That's called applying EA, note that ED is ALWAYS binding. Harvard, Yale, and Stanford have it. Brown might have it as well, but I'm not sure.

    Also, at NYU, the ED admits get the best finaid since more scholarship $$$ is available early in the game.
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  • nirvana33nirvana33 357 replies24 threads Member
    "btw, what can schools do if you apply ed and don't go even though the ed admissions at that school is binding"

    Schools can basically legally force you to pay the tuition anyway, because when you apply ED, you sign a contract binding you to commit to the school if you get accepted.
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  • shinobishinobi - 96 replies59 threads Junior Member
    bumpetybump
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  • shinobishinobi - 96 replies59 threads Junior Member
    bumpetybump
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  • jasmine117jasmine117 23 replies9 threads New Member
    I think you have a really good shot, and your urm helps you a lot :)
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  • shinobishinobi - 96 replies59 threads Junior Member
    thanks jasmine117...are u a student at NYU? What has your time been like?
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  • shinobishinobi - 96 replies59 threads Junior Member
    bumper bumpit
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