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What are my chances?

unobtaniumunobtanium 27 replies17 threads Junior Member
Hello everyone! I am applying for dual degree Engineering and Music. So what are my chances?

SAT I (superscore 2 sittings): CR 720; M 800; W 780
SAT 2: 800 M2; 800 Ch; 780 Phys
GPA: 94/100
Rank not available in my school
Honors: Third prize in National Chemistry Olympiad (Equivalent of USACO);
Third prize in a national Math Competition in 9th grade.
EC: Hours practicing piano; some local prizes and one ASEAN prize since junior high
Work in the lab with my chemistry teacher
Vice president of Science club; organized school science fair
A bunch of local charities
Essay: Main essay about my experience with Organic chemistry

Anyway, should I apply dual degree or McCormick alone? Of my two major interests, I think my interest in engineering/science surpasses that in music and piano.

Thank for reading!
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  • HeisenbergykHeisenbergyk 258 replies3 threads Junior Member
    Your stats to get in are about right, but they definitely play in favor of a science/engineering major over a music one. Your lack of ECs outside your two major ideas might hurt you a bit, but what you have is really strong so with the right essay stressing your passions I don't think you would have to worry about that too much. I'm not sure if applying for the music degree might hurt you, but I know once accepted you can take classes from any school you want so you might be able to add that interest on in some form later even if you don't directly apply for the dual degree. Good luck you have a decent shot, but this is going to be a hard year to get in RD so make sure if your serious about applying to put a lot of effort in!
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  • unobtaniumunobtanium 27 replies17 threads Junior Member
    @Heisenbergyk‌ Why is this year hard in particular?
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  • HeisenbergykHeisenbergyk 258 replies3 threads Junior Member
    edited December 2014
    This is probably the hardest year yet because 49% of the class was admitted ED (compared to only 28% a few years ago in 2010). With so many applicants (maybe like 30,000 for RD?) the acceptance rate for the regular decision round is going to be under 9% (it could even be around 5%!) with many normally qualified candidates left out.
    edited December 2014
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  • unobtaniumunobtanium 27 replies17 threads Junior Member
    Hell, I so should have ED Northwestern. 49% is definitely nuts!
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  • NorthwesternDadNorthwesternDad 538 replies17 threads Member
    This is the trend in most of the top schools, though.
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  • queserrvaqueserrva 88 replies9 threads Junior Member
    ^^^yup, as much as it hurts RD admissions, it benefits the ranking of the school and ED applicants.
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