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Chance me for Stanford and other similar schools!

ilovebooks14ilovebooks14 Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
Wondering if anyone on here will take a look at my odds to get into Stanford, MIT, or Ivy League schools.

Willing to do early action application for a school if that increases odds of acceptance.

Current junior in high school, white male
Planning on biochemistry major

ACT composite: 33 - retaking, should get 34 (first time: 35 reading, 34 writing, 32 math, 31 science)
Taking subject tests soon, expecting 790 on math and 780 on biology
Class rank: top 6% out of class of 850
Unweighted GPA (4.0 scale): 3.90
*unweighted 4.0 GPA in all science and math courses
Weighted GPA: 4.93
Did UC GPA calculator online and I have a 4.38, not sure if this matters or what it means
AP taken so far: Spanish (4), World History (5)
AP currently: Biology (expecting 4), English Lang. (expecting 5), Physics (expecting 4)
AP senior year: Macroeconomics, Government, English Lit., Environmental Science, Calculus AB
Total of 10 AP classes by the time I graduate, all with passing scores

1420 on PSAT, 99th percentile nationally, index score of 213, should get National Merit Commended Scholar


Work Experience:
-2014: started fence refurbishing business (power washed and stained). Marked to homeowners directly, obtained about a dozen customers over the summer, average project grossed $850.
-2016: tutored 5 weekly clients in the fall, grades 6-9. Tutored in math, biology, and Spanish. Made $10-$20 per hour.

Baseball:
-Started on varsity team since freshman year at Texas 6A school (largest class of schools)
-Awarded all-district honors as a freshman
-Planning 1st team All-District award this year
-Helped lead team to district champions as a sophomore, made deep run in the UIL state playoffs
-Competitive baseball since age of 8 (started playing at age 4), have played on a top 10 team in the nation for its respective age group
-Interest from D1 schools but I do not plan on playing in college

Clubs:
-National Honor Society (NHS)
-Science National Honor Society
-Spanish National Honor Society
-GT club
-Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
-Philosophy Club
-A Career Experience
-USA Biology Olympiad Club - participant, took USABO test last month
*Founder and current President of Future Professionals Club. Hands on learning for attendees in the fields of medicine, law, and engineering. I mainly oversee the medical aspects of the club and assigned leaders/officers to run engineering and law. Students in medicine primarily learn how to suture (on skin pads and fruit) and take vitals. Beginning group of 50 with 30-35 regular attendees. Club fees to pay for equipment, teacher sponsor, registered with school.

Other:
-Nominated for and attending Boys State this upcoming summer. Leadership, citizenship, and political program held at UT Austin for a week sponsored and paid for by The American Legion.
-8th grade Spelling Bee Area Champion and Regional competitor
-Volunteering for organizations such as Operation Kindness this summer (50+ hours)
-Looking for summer internship in medicine
-Planning on running a website this summer, either to open up a business or create a running feed for something such as a teen news website (very interested in and knowledgeable about politics)

Essays should be 10/10. Having a dad that is an author always helps.
Rec letters will be 9/10. From AP Spanish teacher, baseball coach, and one other AP teacher.


Thank you!

Replies to: Chance me for Stanford and other similar schools!

  • Multiverse7Multiverse7 Registered User Posts: 551 Member
    If you change your mind about playing baseball in college and you are recruitable, your chances obviously go way up. Otherwise, you look like most other applicants who are competitive but nothing stands out. You won't get much credit for your baseball achievements if you're not going to be playing. It will be viewed as just another EC.

    Good luck!
  • riley2riley2 Registered User Posts: 56 Junior Member
    I think your application looks very strong. They want to see dedication and deep involvement in an interest, and your success in baseball shows that. Plus a lot of other impressive stuff like Boys State and starting your own business. Your academic course is rigorous. If you can make your personality shine though in your essays you have a fair shot at the most selective schools.
  • sweatearlsweatearl Registered User Posts: 89 Junior Member
    im not gonna chance you cuz that's stupid and no one knows what they're talking about. But I WILL say that you look like an amazing applicant for anywhere you apply, a shoe in!
  • Multiverse7Multiverse7 Registered User Posts: 551 Member
    edited March 2017
    ^^ Haha. First you say that you're not going to chance because it's stupid and no one knows what they're talking about and then you end by saying that they are a "shoe in!". (It's shoo-in, btw.)

    As I said above, you are a competitive applicant but I don't share the above poster's blanket enthusiasm. Your ECs outside of baseball are good but not particularly remarkable, your ACT score is about average and your class rank means there are 51 kids in your school ahead of you. It's anyone's guess whether Stanford will choose you or others ahead of you. All we can do is wish you good luck!
  • gr8pl8gr8pl8 Registered User Posts: 105 Junior Member
    Check out the profile of accepted students last year from Stanford site. You will be a strong candidate for admissions but they have a choice of thousands of other more accomplished students then yourself. A lot of HS valedictorians get rejected but it looks like they look for students that are passionate and dedicated to making an impact locally, regionally and/or nationally.
  • googledronegoogledrone Registered User Posts: 163 Junior Member
    I agree with Multiverse you are a well-rounded and competitive applicant but none of your ECs stand out above the crowd. My suggestion is your essay should be outside the box to increase your chance of getting into your intended schools. You will be successful whatever college you attend.
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