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Please Chance Rising Senior for Smith

Kalodie1Kalodie1 Registered User Posts: 130 Junior Member
edited July 2009 in Smith College
I never thought I would be considering a women's college at this point but so many things about Smith seems so right for me and I am hoping someone can chance me. I am coming from a very well respected all girls private school and take an extremely rigorous courseload although my GPA has suffered accordingly. Lousy test taker and I know Smith is test optional so that speaks to me as well. I am interested and working towards a film/cinema studies major.

GPA: 3.31 (B+). Two languages, 4 years each incl. Spanish Honors, Honors Pre-Calc, AP English Lit this year. Full elective load too including Film for last three years. Taking AP Calc next year.

SAT: 1950 combined...dismal SAT ii"s and must retake.

Extras: 5 year Varsity swimming, Peer Leader, Section Editor School paper, Founder, Film Society Club. Year round city swim team, community service as swim coach for non-profit swim camp in summer, internship w/media finance firm, Swim camp, Barnard pre-college this year in film and psycology.

Any help would be highly appreciated. Visiting Smith in August and am really excited.
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Replies to: Please Chance Rising Senior for Smith

  • CarolynBCarolynB Registered User Posts: 1,068 Senior Member
    Kalodie1, I think you have a reasonable chance of being admitted, but I'm certainly not an expert at this. It wouldn't hurt to retake whatever tests you think you could improve on. Will AP Calc be your only AP course next year? If you can take another, I'd recommend it. My D took AP Calc this last year (she's starting in the fall) and it was tough, but she did very well. I think your ECs look fine to me. When you visit in August, will you be interviewing? I'd strongly recommend you have one; in my experience, I think interviews are especially important in applying to women's colleges as they want that personal experience to know who you are. Good luck!
  • Kalodie1Kalodie1 Registered User Posts: 130 Junior Member
    Thank you for your advice. THere are not a ton of AP choices for next year but I am continuing with Honors Spanish which will be my fifth year. All girls who have applied from my school in the past have been admitted, some with lower stats than mine. I am hoping coming from an all girls school will help. I did set up an interview during my visit and will retake all tests in the fall although I am not so optimistic at this point. I guess it will really come down to my transcript and the focus of my major which may be a plus at a school like Smith...at least that is what I am hoping...film/media studies.
  • je_ne_sais_quoije_ne_sais_quoi Registered User Posts: 714 Member
    An article that appeared in the most recent edition of "NewsSmith" (Smith magazine mailed to me as the parent of a Smithie) spoke to their admissions process.

    The Dean of Enrollment, Audrey Smith, says, "We take a holistic and individual approach in reviewing applications for admission. We look at every applicant in the context of the opportunities she's had available to her and what she has made of them. We are looking for women of talent, intelligence and promise, and we're confident of our ability to find them."

    I wish I could give you a more specific answer on your chances given your stats. Other Smithie parents are undoubtedly more qualified to judge.

    I can tell you about my daughter, but I don't know if she is typical. She earned all A's in HS in all Honors and AP classes, 34/35 ACT, high 700's SAT IIs, NHS, Cum Laude, Quill & Scroll Honor Society, NM, AP National Scholar, Varsity athlete, All-Academic athlete, Varsity Scholastic Bowl, 1st place genetics in state Science Olympiad, 2nd degree Black Belt/instructor tae kwon do, organized an annual fund raiser for leukemia research, worked in a college professor's psychobiology lab during two summers, editor of and published in school literary magazine, first chair French horn in top ensemble, sang in private choir/toured internationally, self-published novel.

    As you can see, she was insanely busy and highly accomplished. I don't know if her profile is required by or representative of Smith.

    Enjoy your visit to Northampton this summer. Be sure to stop in at Herrell's for an ice cream cone :) The very best of luck to you!!
  • lacy1lacy1 Registered User Posts: 56 Junior Member
    When I applied to Smith, I thought that I had a slim chance of being accepted due to poor test scores. But through many discussions with my guidance counselor I realized that I had to showcase all my abilities. I've been in involved with sports all four years, I am a first chair cellist, student senator, MVP Track athlete, part of my goverance group, I interned in the pathology, cardiology, and radiation departments at a local hospital, I am part of the National Honors Society, National Latin Honor Society, Junior Classical League, Delta Sigma Theta Academy etc.

    Because I was so involved with things that interested me, my test scores did not really bother me too much. Luckily, I am going to Smith this fall. If you think that your test scores need improvement then work hard on bringning up your scores. Make sure you are very involved in extra curricular activities and just try to show them who you are through your application when the time comes.

    oh yea, make sure that you def. get an on campus interview or even a alumnae interview. When you go for your visit at Smith, check out the bathrooms in the art gallery very cool, and the shopping is amamzing. Good Luck.
  • Kalodie1Kalodie1 Registered User Posts: 130 Junior Member
    THanks again. I am really focused on film and to that end I founded my school's first Film Society which I am pretty excited about. I am also taking a film course at Barnard this Summer and have taken production/film studies course in school for three years. I am hoping to showcase my interest in that field despite lousy scores. I have studies and prepped for these tests for months and simply can not ace them but will have a solid B+ GPA from an extremely rigorous school. I also am a competitive swimmer and feel really confident about good recommendations from coaches and teachers. I guess I will never know if I do not try, right?
  • composercomposer Registered User Posts: 68 Junior Member
    Kalodie: I had an A/A- avg but my first round of SAT scores was horrendous. I studied and brought them up by A LOT. Just keep studying hard and show how passionate you are in what you do. Interview is a must in my opinion! I also pm'ed you.
  • Kalodie1Kalodie1 Registered User Posts: 130 Junior Member
    THanks everyone...I am cautiously hopeful.
  • overwhelmedmaoverwhelmedma Registered User Posts: 431 Member
    Kalodie1 SAT scores are optional at Smith :) but my D who is going in the fall has a side interest in Film and when looking at the course listings said that the department at Smith is very small. If film is a major interest you might want to consider that.
  • toadstooltoadstool Registered User Posts: 1,145 Senior Member
    Smith showed up on the NACAC list of schools with openings as still available, so this year's admissions season did not go to well. The few applicants (5) that I spoke to said that Smith's FA package/total COA was the worst of all their choices; they all said no. From these two factors, I would discount any admission stats available on public sources as outdated. In the current economic and competitive environment, Smith is going to have to change their tune to fill seats.

    Really do focus on the holistic aspect of the application process, and retake tests. You'll be fine.
  • overwhelmedmaoverwhelmedma Registered User Posts: 431 Member
    The NACAC list openings were for transfers not reg admissions and that was prior to when Smith notifuies - transfers are notified later than regular admits and FYI the financial aid package for a number of kids we know was comparable to other LAC's maybe not as good as bigger U's
  • Kalodie1Kalodie1 Registered User Posts: 130 Junior Member
    I am pretty convinced that optional means hardly a chance if you do not submit...mine are not horrific and my writing is pretty high and with a focus on film studies I am thinking that may help. I will not be seeking any kind of aid so maybe that will help as well. I think it is important in a film program to have a strong LA base in addition to a school with great alum resources. Some film schools are solely focused on the topic and I think that may not give me the most options post graduation. Does that make sense?
  • CrewDadCrewDad Registered User Posts: 1,721 Senior Member
    TS, facts have never been your forte. Actually, Smith had one of most impressive and largest applicant pools in history.....same for MHC and other elite LACs. As overwhelmedma stated, Smith was briefly listed on the NACAC website b/c as of the May, 1 query, transfer applications were still being accepted. The deadline was May, 15
  • Kalodie1Kalodie1 Registered User Posts: 130 Junior Member
    I thought it sounded too good to be true.
  • Queen's MomQueen's Mom Registered User Posts: 2,198 Senior Member
    Why does toadstool have such a problem with Smith. From everything I read and heard, it is a wonderful place for many students.
  • UESUES Registered User Posts: 26 New Member
    I was wondering the exact same thing, Queen's Mom. Why does Toadstool have such a negative view towards Smith? My daughter is a student and we are all so pleased with Smith.
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