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IMSA Applicant Class of 2021

mk3655mk3655 Registered User Posts: 21 Junior Member
Hello future applicants to the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy,
This forum is for discussion relating to admissions for the class of 2021. The discussion can involve chances, questions. etc. I wish everyone good luck with admissions for this school!

Here are the forums for previous years applicants:
2020 -> https://talk.collegeconfidential.com/prep-school-admissions/1905540-imsa-applicant-class-of-2020-p1.html
2019 -> http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/discussion/comment/19793213#Comment_19793213
2018 -> http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/prep-school-admissions/1684628-imsa-applicant-class-of-2018-p1.html

Replies to: IMSA Applicant Class of 2021

  • romalex4romalex4 Registered User Posts: 56 Junior Member
    Hello, how is IMSA?
  • romalex4romalex4 Registered User Posts: 56 Junior Member
    Not a lot of replies at all, huh.
  • jellyrajahjellyrajah Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    edited December 2017
    wow this chat is dead
  • 0chotona1liensis0chotona1liensis Registered User Posts: 47 Junior Member
    Hi! I'm a current IMSA junior. I don't know too much about chancing, but I'm willing to answer questions about academics, res life, and life at imsa in general!
  • shield878shield878 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    I was wondering my chances of getting accepted
    Ethnicity: Asian
    Region: Chicagoland
    GPA: 3.85 (4.0-6th Grade - 4.0 - 7th grade 3.85 - 8th grade)
    SAT: 690 Math and 520 Reading
    ECS (I lack a lot in this)
    Swimming (8 hours weekly)
    Math Team (2 hour weekly)
    Band (5 hours weekly)

    Awards (I lack a lot in this):
    2nd Place team contest Latin School
    9 Noetic Medals
    Honor Roll 7th-8th

    I will probably do 2-3 more math contests and get regional times in swimming before I apply.
  • tiredandhangrytiredandhangry Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    Hi! Could anyone tell me if i have a shot at IMSA or not?

    Ethnicity: Asian
    Region: Central
    Grade: 9th
    GPA: 4.0 for the past 3 years
    SAT: 750 math and 660 reading

    ECS: (most of these extracurriculars I just joined freshman year of high school)
    Math club
    Girls Who Code club
    Robotics club
    Science club
    Speech club
    A selective orchestra that meets once every week
    40 hours of volunteering at the food bank and at soup kitchens

    literally have nothing except for one or two really small awards because I'm pretty average at everything... yikes

    High School Course Load: Honors Geometry, Honors Biology, Honors Literature, PreAP Spanish 2, Band, and two required classes

    Would appreciate anyone telling me what they think! Thanks! =D
  • dolphindogdolphindog Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    I would say @tiredandhangry your chances seem very high, I would not stress about getting in, however @shield8788 your chances seem very high as well, but to secure a spot I suggest to try and bring up the math into the 700's, I got in with a 690, but I had a lot of out of school awards and activities. I believe in both of you!!!!!!!!!
  • blazearcherblazearcher Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    I'm wondering what my chances are:
    Ethnicity: Asian
    Region: Central
    Grade: 9th
    GPA: 4.0
    SAT: 790 Math 680 Reading

    Science Fair
    Programming (hobby)

    Best in Category Health Science at IJAS Region 1 Regional Science Fair
    Selected to compete in Broadcom Masters (national science fair)
    Final Four at Mathcounts Mathletic Tournament
  • mrcw42mrcw42 Registered User Posts: 41 Junior Member
    I'm wondering what my chances are of getting in:

    Ethnicity: Caucasian
    Region: Chicagoland
    Grade: 9th
    GPA: 4.0 9th grade, 4.0 8th grade, 3.87 7th grade
    SAT: 660 Math, 670 Reading

    VEX Robotics: 6 hours per week
    Robotics mentoring: 4 hours per week
    Ultimate Frisbee: 3 hours per week
    Boy Scouts: 1.5 hours per week
    Science Olympiad: 1.5 hours per week
    Piano: 4 hours per week
    Scratch-building remote controlled airplanes/aerodynamics (hobby)

    2016 Illinois Middle School VEX Robotics State Championship Tournament Finalists and Amaze Award
    2017 Illinois Middle School VEX Robotics State Championship Tournament Champions, Excellence Award, and Robot Skills Winner.
    6-9th grade honor roll
    3rd place from 3 separate piano competitions

    I will be participating in more high school robotics tournaments and Science Olympiad competitions and will probably be getting some more awards from those. There is also a balsa wood bridge competition that I am considering participating in.

    High School Courses: AAA (Honors Advanced Algebra 2), Honors Models of Physics, Honors World History, Principles of Engineering, Honors English, Acting 1, and one other required class (gym)
  • mrcw42mrcw42 Registered User Posts: 41 Junior Member
    I forgot to mention that for awards, I also was one of the two people in my school to receive a parent teacher organization sponsored award ($100 gift card for an art store) for outstanding performance in the applied arts
  • manma11manma11 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    Wondering if I have a chance of getting in @ IMSA?

    Ethnicity: Indian-American (Asian)
    Region: Exempt (I am currently in Canada, but I used to live - and the rest of my family lives - in Northern Chicago (nearby Elgin))
    Grade: 9th
    GPA: 4.0 9th grade, 4.0 8th grade, 4.0 7th grade (basically I have more credits than usual b/c I took HS credits in 8th grade + 10/11 grade courses in 9th now)
    SAT: 680 Math, 630 Reading (but I'm writing the March SAT exam as well?)

    Senior Math Club
    Exec of Kids Lit Club
    Orchestra + Jazz Band (Trombone)
    FLL Robotics
    Library Council
    DECA - HR Management, Orals
    Volunteering at homeless shelters, women in STEM camps, and conferences
    Figure Skating
    Student Council Representative
    School Newspaper (+ a few other publications)
    JA Central Ontario
    Outreach (we do charity funding for the school)

    Awards, Recognition, and Distinctions:
    Outstanding Student Award
    English and Library Award
    Taekwondo - IL State Intermediate 3rd level Sparing/ Weapons/Forms
    Top 15 of Beaver Computing Challenge
    FLL Best Robot Design Award
    FLL Core Values Award
    Honorable Mention in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards 2016-17
    Academic Achievement
    Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge Finalist - 2016-2017
    Perfect Score in Gauss Grade 8 Contest (150/150)
    Top 3% of Caribou Cup Scores
    Top 1% of CNML
    Top 5% of AMC 8 - Honor Roll
    Award of Distinction
    Math Stars 2017 - Top 3 in Team Round
    Math Stars 2017 - Top 10 in Individual Round
    Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge Semi-Finalist - 2017-2018
    Distinguished Honor Roll
    Presented at major conferences such as EDIT, ElevateAI, TakeOverTO, TKS Showcase, etc.
    Invited for ProveIt! Math Academy and IDEA MATH
    CEO of a start-up, a non-profit, and VP of HR in another

    Honours 10th-grade Algebra II + Trigonometry + Geometry
    Honours 10th grade World History (from World War I onwards)
    Honours English
    Honours 10th grade Spanish
    Honours 10th grade Science
    Honours 11th grade Latin
    Honours Drama (Directing and Acting)

    My teacher recs should be pretty good (I got E's and G's for behavior in their courses, and 90%+ on their classes.)
  • mrcw42mrcw42 Registered User Posts: 41 Junior Member
    Dang, that looks impressive. I'm obviously not the most qualified person to say so, but your chances seem pretty high. Good luck!
  • BhattMBhattM Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    Hello everyone, I was wondering if anyone could answer a few questions for me and let me know my chances of getting into IMSA.

    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Asian
    Region: Schaumburg (don’t know what region that fall under, appreciated if anyone knows)
    Grade: 9th
    GPA: 7th-4 8th-3.7 9th-3.7
    SAT: 660 math and 560 reading ( I know I can increase my scores but what would be an ideal score?)

    Math team
    Speech club
    Scholastic Bowl
    Chess Team
    Religious work every week

    Nothing special :(

    High School Course Load: AP Seminar, Honors Biology, Honors English, AP Computer Science Principals, Honors algebra 2, Spanish 2

    Thanks for taking your time and helping me
  • BhattMBhattM Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    One more thing, does imsa take into account the difficulty level of your classes?
  • just_tryjust_try Registered User Posts: 60 Junior Member
    I was wondering about my chances to get in

    Gender: Female
    Ethnicity: White
    Grade: 9
    GPA: 4.0 7th / 8th / 9th
    SAT: 670 math, 670 reading
    Region: Chicago Suburbs

    Model UN
    Cross Country
    Drug prevention club
    Diversity club
    Girls robotics Team
    I mentor a Robotics team
    Medical club
    Student Leadership
    (more that I can't remember off the top of my head)

    Many awards for my robotics team
    many running awards
    many dance awards
    a speech challenge award
    award for extraordinary math and science
    High honor roll

    AP world history
    Honors Biology
    Honors Pre-Calculus
    Honors English
    Intro to Engineering
    Spanish 2

    Thanks for your time!
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