Ahhhhh I'm Scared. Chance Me For Competitive Schools Please!

<p>Hey! So I'm a rising senior and I'm honestly pretty terrified about the application process. Please let me know of anything I can do between now and application time in order to strengthen my application. Thanks! :)</p>

<p>Schools:
Duke ED (maybe)
Vanderbilt ED (maybe)--Duke and Vandy are the two schools I'm looking into for ED, so please chance me for both based on ED or RD
Emory
UNC-Chapel Hill
NC State
Case Western Reserve
Georgia Tech
Johns Hopkins
Princeton
UPENN
UVA
Wake Forest</p>

<p>Demographics:</p>

<p>Gender: Male
Ethnicity: Indian-parents from India, second-generation
School: One of the top public schools in NC, 7-point grading scale (We usually have about 40-50 UNC-CH acceptances and 80-100 NC State acceptances per year)
Financial Aid: Parents make >$150,000, but aid will be needed for privates
College Major: Biomedical Engineering</p>

<p>Numbers:
Class Rank: 8/429
GPA UW: 3.86
GPA W: 4.91
SAT: 2160 (CR: 680, M: 720, W: 760, E: 12)--Retaking October
ACT: 32 (E: 35, M: 30, R: 32, S: 32, E: 10)--Retaking October
PSAT: 186 (CR: 63, M: 58, W: 65)
Subject Tests: Math II-760, Biology-680 (may take Chemistry this fall for RD applications)
AP Tests:</p>

<p>APES: 4
AP English L/C: 4
AP Biology: 4
AP Psychology: 5
AP Calculus AB/BC: 3/3</p>

<p>Sophomore Writing Test: 4, 20/20</p>

<p>Academics:</p>

<p>Freshman Year:
Honors English 1: A
Honors Geometry: A
Honors Biology: A
Honors World History: A
Sports Medicine/Athletic Training 1: A
Spanish 2: A
Debate 1: A
PE/Health: A</p>

<p>GPA UW: 4.0
GPA W: 4.5 </p>

<p>Sophomore Year:
Honors English II: A
Honors Algebra II: A
Honors Chemistry: A
Honors Spanish III: A
Honors Civics/Economics: A
Honors Pre-Calculus: A
AP Environmental Science: A
Debate II: A</p>

<p>GPA UW: 4.0
GPA W: 5.0
PSAT: 178</p>

<p>Junior Year:
AP Calculus AB: B
AP Calculus BC: B
AP Biology II: A
AP Psychology: A
AP English Language/Composition: A
Honors Spanish IV: B
Physical Conditioning I: A </p>

<p>UW GPA: 3.57
W GPA: 5.14</p>

<p>Senior Year:
AP Chemistry II
AP Literature
AP Government
AP U.S. History
AP Human Geography
AP Statistics
Honors Debate IV</p>

<p>Extra-Curriculars:</p>

<p>Knights in Action (9-12)
Freshman Year: 25 hours at the YMCA
Sophomore Year: 25 hours at the YMCA
Junior Year: 25 hours in the E.D. at Carolina’s Medical Center
Senior Year: 25 hours in the E.D. at Carolina’s Medical Center</p>

<p>Debate(9-12):
Co-Captain of Debate Team and Public Forum Debate Head Junior Year, All-Team Captain Senior Year </p>

<p>HOSA(10-12):Not an officer, but I partake in the officer meetings and help plan trips to regional and state competitions; aspiring to be President senior year (haven't had elections yet)</p>

<p>Internship:
70-hour academic medical internship at a private neurology practice last summer where I shadowed the head doctor and assisted in the research department. Also, I wrote a paper on the effects of Parkinson’s disease on the body.
Will complete another 70-hour internship at a Cardiology practice this summer where I will shadow the head doctor and write a case study for a medical journal (as planned).</p>

<p>Spanish Club (11-12):
Co-President (12), Vice-President (11)
Help in organizing community service events for Spanish club members (over 100)</p>

<p>Spanish Honor Society (10-12):
President Junior year and will remain President Senior year </p>

<p>Student Humanitarian Organization (10-11):
Co-founder
Secretary 10th grade, President 11th grade, cut 12th grade
Raised money for countries in need of aid who have been affected by natural disasters</p>

<p>Awards:
Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society): 11-12
Spanish Honor Society: 10-12
National Honor Society: 11-12
Junior Marshal
HOSA (10): Placed 9th in Kaiser Permanente Health Care Exam and 10th in Nutritional Knowledge Test at State Competition
HOSA (11): Placed 9th in Job-Seeking Skills (Regionals) and 3rd in Nutritional Knowledge Test at State Competition (Qualified for Nationals)
HOSA (11): Partook in HOSA Nationals for 5 days this summer</p>

<p>Summer Programs:
Attending Summer Ventures in Science in Math this summer, which is a state-funded month-long program where I stay in a college dorm and study science and math. It's prestigious in that only 300 students get selected out of the 1500 that apply (this is what a rep told me). This summer, I studied Flight Science in which I built rockets from scratch and launched them 300 meters in the air while studying the logistics behind achieving maximum flight time and the physics associated.</p>

<p>Hey Mr. M it's Daniel. Is that your official class rank after junior year? Because I have the same weighted GPA as you.</p>

<p>Most likely rejections at Johns Hopkins BME and Duke ED</p>

<p>I would recommend ED at Vandy given current stats.</p>

<p>Thanks!
Anyone else?</p>

<p>Bump?
I'll chance back anyone who posts a link!</p>

<p>GPA is pretty decent, ACT/SAT could use a little work. Your EC's look solid, but as a potential biomedical engineering student, you will want to make yourself stand out maybe a little more. Quick question, what is HOSA?</p>

<p>Duke- don't apply ED, just my advice, reach
Vanderbilt ED- ED-in, RD-low reach
Emory- don't know much, but I'd say in
UNC-Chapel Hill- in
Johns Hopkins- reach (but still within grasp)
Princeton- reach (I hate it when people say reach for everyone. You have a pretty solid shot in my opinion)</p>

<p>I only chanced for the once I knew about. I live in WI, and while I'm not applying to Madison, I too have a great interest in biomedical engineering. Madison has a great program and I'd say you'd get in if you tried. I don't know if you want to leave the warm confines of NC however!</p>

<p>Thanks! And yeah, Calculus isn't my strong suit haha. I'm retaking both ACT/SAT this October for a 33+/2200+. And HOSA stands for "Health Occupations Students of America", so it's pretty much a medical club as I want to pursue medicine after undergrad.</p>

<p>Bump please?</p>

<p>I would say your chances are pretty low for Princeton, John Hopkins, and Duke. I say go with Vandy for ED. Solid chances for Emory, UNC, and UVA. Most likely in for NC State. Also you have an alright shot at UPenn, I'd say.</p>

<p>Can you please elaborate on why my chances are low for Duke? I know my scores aren't "amazing" but they're pretty up to par, and my ECs are pretty solid, right?</p>

<p>Good luck getting your SAT's to 2200+. That'll help you out a ton.</p>

<p>NC State is a safety. I have a lot of experience with UNC from an in-state perspective...you'll get in there as well.</p>

<p>Duke ED is an uncertainty, but at this point I'd say deferral > rejection. Not too many people realize that Duke is incredibly demanding and competitive for admission.</p>

<p>You have a good shot at Emory, Vanderbilt, Case, GT and Wake Forest.</p>

<p>UVA is very difficult for out-of-staters. You might get in, you might not.</p>

<p>Most likely a rejection from Hopkins since you're interested in biomedical engineering.</p>

<p>Rejection from Penn and Princeton. An SAT boost will help, but there's still no way to know for sure.</p>

<p>Thanks!
Anyone else pleaseeee? I'll chance back if you post a link!</p>

<p>Bumpppppppppppp</p>

<p>Can I not get any love? :(</p>

<p>Don't ED at Vandy. You can probably get in RD at that school.
Is there any particular reason why your grades fell Junior year? If yes, make sure to explain it to your GC. This is very important.
Retake either the ACT or the SAT (btw, without 2250+ Duke ED is a serious reach) not both, because you need to get your subject tests in order too. Take one or two more that you're slightly familiar with and try for 750+ (aim for 800 and you'll probably get it) in both.
If you can get everything in order you have a great shot at Emory, Vandy and Wake Forest.
Look into schools like Northwestern and Tufts (around that level) as well and keep a couple of safeties.
Good luck!</p>

<p>When looking at medians for Duke you need to factor in that it's a big sports school and they bend big time for athletes. They do for legacies too. When you get to the unhooked, most will have stats above the 75th percentile.</p>

<p>Getting an extremely high score is not as important as many people seem to think. If you have a 30+ ACT or a 2050+ SAT and a 3.75+ GPA, you can be considered a competitive applicant. It becomes luck from there. The best thing you can do is write a really strong essay. Duke has a relatively high ED acceptance rate. If that is your top choice, I would definitely go for it. Good luck!
Chance me?
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<p>^^ That's incorrect. A 2050 SAT score is only competitive for applicants with serious hooks (URM, Athletic Recuit, Development Case etc.).</p>

<p>I think Vandy ED is your best option. And yea Princeton Dreams is right you need at least a 33+ ACT or 2200+ SAT to be a "competitive" applicant at Duke. Good luck</p>

<p>chance back plz
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