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Should I even apply? sub-par SAT and GPA

slapshot101slapshot101 Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
edited April 2010 in Princeton University
Well I am 1/4 Spanish (Puerto Rican) and attend a typical NJ high school. I am also first generation so I think I have a pretty good hook. Anyway, do you think I even have a chance of getting in?

SAT- 2150
M-770 CR-710 WR-670
SAT II's- Math IIc-740 Biology- 780
Rank: 34 out of 750 (My rank was completely killed because I didn't take honors classes freshman year)

Freshman year (3.54)UW No honors classes

English B+
Geometry B+
History A-
Biology A-
Latin A-

Sophmore year(3.85)UW 2 Honors classes though.


Honors History A
Honors English A-
Algebra A-
Chem A+
French A- (Latin was cancelled)

Junior Year All honors classes. (most rigorous possible)

Honors English- A-
Honors Pre-Calc- A-
AP US History- A
Honors Physics- A
AP Economics- A
French II- A-

Senior year schedule (Most rigorous)
AP Physics B
AP Lit & Comp
AP Calculas
AP Biology
AP Euro
French III


EC's-
President of cadet corps of first aid squad
Certified EMT-b
200 hours volunteered at hospital
Health Careers club
Chess Team
Math League
Science League
Octagon club
National Honor Society
Peer tutoring 100 hours
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Replies to: Should I even apply? sub-par SAT and GPA

  • christiansoldierchristiansoldier Registered User Posts: 1,342 Senior Member
    If the application fee and the essay-writing time doesn't mean that much to you, I don't see why not.
  • MSauceMSauce Registered User Posts: 675 Member
    Honestly 1st gen latino from NJ? They'll look for every excuse to let you in. If you pull some good grades your Senior year and maybe take some leadership positions in some clubs you stand a pretty fair shot, I'd say. At worst youll have a great shot at some schools on the next tier like Columbia, Penn or Duke.
  • ChairmanGuoChairmanGuo Registered User Posts: 240 Junior Member
    Yup you're in
  • ansroxansrox Registered User Posts: 2,054 Senior Member
    nope ur out
  • J'adoubeJ'adoube Registered User Posts: 2,133 Senior Member
    Read "Outliers: The story of success" by Malcolm Gladwell. I think the AdComs do. In the meantime look up this article. I think it applies to all highly selective schools, not just UChicago. To me it should be required reading for all college applicants:

    Newsweek.com: Society: Inside The Admissions Game
  • MonochromeAddictMonochromeAddict Registered User Posts: 860 Member
    Hope this help:

    Twenty years from now
    you will be more disappointed
    by the things that you didn't do
    than by the ones you did do.

    So throw off the bowlines.
    Sail away from the safe harbor.
    Catch the trade winds in your sails.
    Explore. Dream. Discover.

    - Mark Twain -


    Give it a shot. Maybe you can get in, maybe not.
    But at least give it a shot.
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