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IMSA Applicant Class of 2021


Replies to: IMSA Applicant Class of 2021

  • BhattMBhattM Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    @birdie02 that's pretty large. Thanks
  • mrcw42mrcw42 Registered User Posts: 41 Junior Member
    1 month down, 2 more to go...
  • theonesun333theonesun333 Registered User Posts: 44 Junior Member
    I was wondering if someone could let me know my chances of getting into IMSA this year

    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Asian
    Grade: 8th
    GPA: 4.0, all A's
    SAT: 670 math, 590 reading *I am taking the SAT once again in March 2018 and hope to get a 770 Math and 670 English*
    Region: Chicago Suburbs


    Debate club
    STEM volunteering
    AMC 8 Math Club
    Orchestra (Cello)


    Robotics state award
    Math club awards (regional)
    Debate award
    Leadership award from STEM volunteering


    Essays: All pretty good
    Teacher Evaluations: I think I got great recommendations
    Optional evaluation: Got it from robotics leader, I think that is also pretty good.

    *On another IMSA forum, I heard that for 8th graders they focus more on SAT scores & GPA, while for 9th graders they place a lot of emphasis on essays*

    Thanks :)

  • theonesun333theonesun333 Registered User Posts: 44 Junior Member
    edited March 1
    We can't change any award or activity information now. IMSA sent out an email to applicants that said, we are evaluating you based on who you were as of February 1, 2018.

    From stats, it seems that the number of boys & girls accepted are similar (like 130). But, more boys apply, so it is more competitive for boys to get into the top 130.
  • birdie02birdie02 Registered User Posts: 56 Junior Member
    I think your application is pretty strong if you do get those SAT scores this March. Good luck!
  • theonesun333theonesun333 Registered User Posts: 44 Junior Member
    @birdie02 Thanks for your feedback! If I don't get accepted this year, as an 8th grader, I hope to at least receive an 8th grade interview. I heard that if you get this, you have a very high chance of getting in, in 9th grade. BTW, are you applying this year?
  • birdie02birdie02 Registered User Posts: 56 Junior Member
    No, I’m a current IMSA student. Sorry for my short response before, I was replying during lunch (aka rush hour at IMSA).

    I actually applied during 8th grade as well, using the application more for building experience in applying than seriously wanting to get in during that time. My chances were slim then lmao, even if for some reason I got in then I would've deferred for a year and applied again during 9th grade, which I did, and got in. Speaking from my experience, I would say even if you didn't get an 8th grade interview, chill (in which I didn't get lmao). Just work hard and continue to aim for IMSA. But this is speaking from my experiences, as I dunno how it works for other 8th and 9th grade applicants.
  • theonesun333theonesun333 Registered User Posts: 44 Junior Member
    @birdie02 Do you mind sharing some of your application stats? Also, do you think that trying in 8th grade helped you get accepted in 9th grade? Thanks :)
  • birdie02birdie02 Registered User Posts: 56 Junior Member
    Copying my app stats from my post in the class of 2020 forum (I'm a sophomore) lmao:

    - asian freshman girl from Chicagoland
    - don't believe anyone will apply from my school.

    SATs - math is 760, English is 630
    GPA - classes are all high honors, when unweighted is 3.6-ish...

    ECs/AWARDS (not listing all awards though)
    - SciOly: 7th-8th; multiple medals at regionals/sectionals and a 4th place at state in 8th
    - mathcounts/math team: 5th-9th
    - compsci club: 9th
    - FLL: 6th grade
    - FTC: 8th-9th grade; went to state last year
    - cross country 8th-9th
    - orchestra 5th-9th (violin)
    - piano since I was 4; multiple local awards

    Lmao looking back at my GPA idk how I even got into IMSA.

    Moving forward, question about trying in 8th grade helps getting into 9th y/n - I would say it's pretty good for filling out app experience (e.g. I knew what kind of essays to write, as they were similar), but that's the only thing I can say about it. As you said before, the only way for 8th graders to be accepted (at least for the most part, I believe) is to have the 8th grade interview.

    Pro-tip: If you don't get in or don't get as high SAT scores as you wanted, try doing SAT this coming June. That way, you don't have to stress it over during your freshman school year. **cough that's what I did lmao**

    Hopefully this is helpful? Lmao. Don't stress about it too much (imo).
  • mrcw42mrcw42 Registered User Posts: 41 Junior Member
    I play piano, and I was wondering if anyone knows whether or not there are practice rooms or something equivalent at IMSA. I mean, I'm pretty sure that there are many people there who play some sort of musical instrument, so wouldn't there be something of the sort?
  • birdie02birdie02 Registered User Posts: 56 Junior Member
    Yes, there are! I play the piano myself, and there are multiple piano rooms for students to use to practice any instrument :)
  • mrcw42mrcw42 Registered User Posts: 41 Junior Member
    @birdie02 Good to know. Are they open whenever, or do you have to schedule a practice time prior to using the room? If you do have to pre-schedule anything, how difficult is it to secure a spot? Thanks.

    Oh also, what are the pianos like? I'm not really talking about the brand or anything like that, I'm just wondering if they are bad or not...
  • birdie02birdie02 Registered User Posts: 56 Junior Member

    Practice rooms are typically open from 7am-10pm. No scheduling is needed (that'd be tedious imo) but if all of the practice rooms are being used then sucks for you, gotta try at a later time. In regards to managing your schedule and practice time, I would say if you're persistent and get there right after school, you should be able to procure a spot. If you have a free mod, (my advice to you would be to) practice then, because then you'll save time, and not as much people play during a free mod, so more pianos open for you! imo, (by my logic) the best times to play the piano would be during a free mod or anytime after 7pm.

    Pianos have a range of quality. None of them are pristine perfect, not going to lie. One piano has a G string missing, the other's weighting is weird (in which the upper-range is very soft and can't really give much of a forte). The others either have very low-weighted keys (in which you press down soft and they're quite loud already -- not much of a dynamic range OTL) or are kind of out of tune (yikes).

    I believe that coming to IMSA you kind of have to give up a dream of a good piano, because none of them are the best. But anybody who continues to play the piano at IMSA accept that their dedication is valued much more than the quality of the pianos.

    Woooooooo guess who lost track of time bc they're ranting too much and have to get back to an essay ahaha but either way hopefully this was good content and not a waste of time and if you have any other questions ask me! love answering questions and feeling not useless for once ahaha
  • mrcw42mrcw42 Registered User Posts: 41 Junior Member
    @birdie02 Thanks that was quite helpful tbh.
  • theonesun333theonesun333 Registered User Posts: 44 Junior Member
    edited March 15
    I'm not in the advanced program at my school, do you think that will affect my admission decision?
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