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Chance a First Gen w/ low GPA but great leadership?

mike25mike25 Registered User Posts: 77 Junior Member
edited April 2013 in Stanford University
Some of this is pure estimation. I'm just curious to see if I should bother applying seeing that GPA is all that matters.

GPA:
9th: 3.3
10th: 3.4
11th: 3.7
SAT: 2350
ACT: 33
Hooks: First gen college student, low income

Schedule:
9th:
Geometry
Geophysical Science
World History
English 9
Spanish 1
Health/PE
Summer: A2w/Trig
10th grade:
AP US History
Honors Precalculus
Honors Biology
Spanish 2
American Literature
PE/Computer programming
11th grade:
AP Calculus BC
Spanish 3
Chemistry (honors level but school won't say so :()
AP Micro/Macro
AP English Language
Accounting I
12th grade:
AP Statistics
AP Spanish Language
AP Chem
AP Psychology
AP English Lit
Honors Financial & Managerial Accounting

AP scores: Some 5s but more 4s

ECs:
Board of a non-profit charity (11)
President of NHS (11)
Worked with the Senator (10)
Varsity Track (11)
Key Club member (9,10)
Key Club Treasurer (11)
DECA (11)
Science Olympiad (11)
250+ hours of community service

One recommendation is from a Congressman.
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Replies to: Chance a First Gen w/ low GPA but great leadership?

  • HelenstreetHelenstreet Registered User Posts: 55 Junior Member
    What are your SAT and/or ACT scores? What portion of your statistics is "pure estimation"? Stanford absolutely does not just consider an applicant's grades.
  • mike25mike25 Registered User Posts: 77 Junior Member
    SAT and ACT are estimated. I took the PSAT and scored a 235 (out of 240). I took the PLAN and scored a 32 (out of 32).
  • AustroHungarianAustroHungarian Registered User Posts: 346 Member
    Depends on where you rank in your school.
  • HelenstreetHelenstreet Registered User Posts: 55 Junior Member
    AustroHungarian is absolutely correct. It also depends on your SAT or ACT scores, how GPA scores are weighted in your school, if you are an ORM, (Asian), and the quality of your application essays.
  • HelenstreetHelenstreet Registered User Posts: 55 Junior Member
    With a 235 PSAT score in your junior year, you should be a NMSF. Keep in mind that a 235 doesn't necessarily correlate to 2350 on the actual SAT. You need to also take at least 2 SAT II tests unless you are submitting ACT scores, if I am not mistaken. I would also recommend being really involved in a few of your EC's to show your long-term passion for something.
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