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Chance Me for Smith College (Early Decision II)

rw14745rw14745 Registered User Posts: 18 New Member
edited November 2016 in Smith College
I am in the top 5% of my class (38/762)
I have 3.88UW and 4.13W
I have taken 2 APs/2 Dual Enrollment Classes from 9-11th grade
I have taken 5 Honors Classes

SAT: 1270 (650 Math 620 Reading) w/o essay (I visited Smith College and the Dean told me that scores are the last thing they look at and that they don't really do anything for your application.)

I was the president of Knitting Club in 10th grade. I have been the president of Ethiopian/Eritrean Club for since junior year. I have had a job from the beginning of my 10th grade year. I just recently quit because it took up too much of my time. I am a member of the National English Honor Society and HOSA.

I am applying for Early Decision II.

Replies to: Chance Me for Smith College (Early Decision II)

  • odannyboySFodannyboySF Registered User Posts: 435 Member
    Since Smith's average SAT is 1410 and they are test optional, I suggest you don't submit your scores. You're probably a Target without the scores, a Reach with your scores.
  • rw14745rw14745 Registered User Posts: 18 New Member
    itll be really helpful to get opinions on this! thank you :)
  • odannyboySFodannyboySF Registered User Posts: 435 Member
    Based on the ED1 decisions (good and bad) reported on CC this last week, I think my recommendation still stands. Good luck!
  • rw14745rw14745 Registered User Posts: 18 New Member
    I got in! I applied regular decision because of family reasons, but yeah :)

    I did submit my scores because they were okay for Smith. In my opinion, I think my essays and recommendations really helped.
  • twobugstwobugs Registered User Posts: 94 Junior Member
    Congratulations!
  • odannyboySFodannyboySF Registered User Posts: 435 Member
    You were right not to take my advice. In the info session I attended, they said don't submit any SAT scores that start with a 5, otherwise you're in the ball park. So congrats!
  • CrewDadCrewDad Registered User Posts: 1,721 Senior Member
    ^^
    Rw24745 had SAT's that began with a 6. ;)
    Had she not submitted them, I can assure that the AO would have assumed one or more of her scores started with a 5.
  • SFLmomSFLmom Registered User Posts: 68 Junior Member
    edited April 2017
    congrats. Glad it worked out.
  • hollymmhollymm Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    Congrats on getting in! If you don't mind, could you elaborate on your EC's? Smith is my top choice but I'm worried about my weak EC's... you didn't list as many as some people do so I was wondering if there was anything else that you didn't mention that might have increased your chances? Thank you!!
  • rw14745rw14745 Registered User Posts: 18 New Member
    edited May 2017
    Unlike most Smithies, I did not have a lot of time to participate in ECs. I mostly worked after school. My advice to you is to just work on your grades, essay, and supplement. Your essay and supplement are so important. Smith really cares about your writing abilities. Also, please establish some sort of relationship with the admission officers and students that go to Smith. The admission officer that represents my state knew me by my name and I made sure she knew how much I loved Smith. Smith really pays attention to your individual interest. Make sure to schedule an interview and visit if you can--they really pay attention to these details. Remember that they're taking a chance when admitting you, if they don't feel wanted then they're less likely to take that chance.

    There is this one student that goes to my school that is EXTREMELY involved and did not get into Smith. This student was class vice president since freshman year! But, she did not take challenging courses and that really hurt her in the admissions process.

    My best friend also got into Smith :) . Her ECs, GPAs and SAT/ACT scores are like mine. She spent months writing her essay and has taken 10 APs over her high school career. I am not saying you need to take 10 APs to get into Smith, but she challenged herself and that's important.

    I hope this helped.
  • soobbesoobbe Registered User Posts: 31 Junior Member
    My daughter would also echo the importance of good writing. She believes that her essay and the connection she made with the admissions person during her interview were what got her into Smith. While her gpa, act, and EC's were strong, she did not have a lot of individual awards or original research or anything like that. Look at Smith's common data set, if you match, make sure to show interest (interview) and write good essay's. Good luck!
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