Am I competitive for Duke?

<p>I was wondering if people thought I was competitive to get into Duke. I think it is my number one pick!</p>

<p>I'm a white male. Both of my parents attended college. I would be "double legacy" at Duke (both my mother and grandfather went). I am strongly considering applying ED because I have heard that qualified legacies have very good chances of getting in ED.</p>

<p>ACT Composite: 32
(I've taken it a couple times.. I have some very high subscores:
English: 35
Reading: 32
Science: 36
Essay: 10)
I'm taking the ACT again in September. I've been taking some practice tests and have been improving.</p>

*Eagle Scout (Boy Scouts)
*Founded the Student Human Relations Commission (SHRC) at my high school
*Student Ambassador for NCCJ (National Conference for Community and Justice)
*Founded Pulsewyre Custom Computers, LLC (local computer and computer repair company; it is registered through the State of North Carolina)
*Varsity baseball player (2 years on JV, 2 years on Varsity)
*Member of National Honor Society
*Member of Key Club</p>

<p>I go to a VERY competitive public high school. It has an IB program and offers tons of both IB and AP classes. Here is my transcript. I'm sorry it's so long :P :</p>

<p>Class Rank: ~26/400</p>

<p><strong><em>Freshman Year</em></strong>
H. Algebra 2 - A
H. English 9 - A
H. Civics & Econ. - A
H. Biology - A
Spanish 1 - A
PE/Health - A
<strong><em>Sophomore Year</em></strong>
AP World History - B
H. Pre-Calc - B
H. English 10 - A
H. Chemistry - A
Spanish 2 - A
Marketing - A
<strong><em>Summer (online)</em></strong>
H. US History - A
<strong><em>Junior Year</em></strong>
AP Physics B - A
AP Calculus [AB] - A
AP English Lang. - A
AP Human Geography - A
Hebrew 1 - A
<strong><em>Summer (online)</em></strong>
H. Earth/Environ. Science - A
<strong><em>Senior Year Courseload</em></strong>
AP Biology
IB Math HL
AP English Lit.
AP Computer Science
H. Hebrew 3</p>


<p>I don't know a lot about Duke, but I think you have a great shot, especially ED, based on your focused ECs, solid scores, and legacy status. </p>

<p>Just curious, why didn't you choose to to the IB diploma?</p>

<p>Taking the "IB Track" really locks you out of a lot of classes (at least at my school). I couldn't have taken marketing my freshman year, AP World History my sophomore year (my school makes IB kids take Euro History), or AP Bio next year. I really like the flexibility of the AP program and I feel that the IB diploma (with the extended essay and CAS hours) wasn't for me. I wouldn't have had the time. Instead, I chose to focus on my extracurriculars and what I like to do.</p>

<p>I think you are in.</p>

<p>I am very impressed by the Eagle Scout accomplishment</p>

<p>I would like to see your ACT get up to a 33.</p>

<p>Just so you know, my son raised his ACT score from a 31 to a 34, with ZERO studying.</p>

<p>Thanks for the encouragement! I also forgot to mention that Duke pulls 12% from North Carolina, so that is another thing I have on my side.</p>

<p>Just did a tour of Duke and they emphasized that applying ED can significantly increase your chances of admission. Definitely have a good shot. Good Luck!</p>

<p>When I went on a tour, they said the exact same thing. Must be true!</p>