Am I on track for the Ivies?

<p>I'm a high school sophomore and I'm currently planning on attending an Ivy League school; however, I'm not sure if my EC's are up to an Ivy League standard. If anyone knows more about Ivy League admissions, I'd love your input.</p>

<p>My classes so far in high school:
PE: A
Chorus I: A
Earth Science Honors: A
Spanish II: A
Algebra II Honors: A
Bio Honors: A
English 9 AP Prep: A
World History Honors: A
AP Psychology: A
Chemistry Honors: A
AP Earth Science: A
PreCal Honors: A</p>

<p>PSAT: 211
Predicted ACT (based off of a dumb pre-ACT test we were all forced to take): 32-35</p>

<p>Awards:
Academic All-Conference Award (school)
All-Conference Team (county)
Scholar-Athlete (school)</p>

<p>EC's:
I work with a nearby church preparing beds and supper for the homeless every other Saturday night. I sometimes bake dessert as well.</p>

<h1>1 on Varsity Tennis</h1>

<p>I attend as many leadership conferences as I can, just because I think they're fun...
Environmental Club
Beta Club
I spend every summer at this tiny beach town where NO ONE recycles, so this summer I'm going to set up recycling bins in as many public areas as possible and take them to the island recycling center once a week. (Since I'll have my license this summer! Yay!)</p>

<p>That's all I can remember for now.. Any help would be greatly appreciated! :)</p>

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PE: A
Chorus I: A
Earth Science Honors: A
Spanish II: A
Algebra II Honors: A
Bio Honors: A
English 9 AP Prep: A
World History Honors: A
AP Psychology: A
Chemistry Honors: A
AP Earth Science: A
PreCal Honors: A

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<p>Your GPA would have sufficed. Good work, though.</p>

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Predicted ACT (based off of a dumb pre-ACT test we were all forced to take): 32-35

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<p>Its prediction is actually somewhat accurate but needs a larger range.</p>

<p>You're definitely on the right track with your academics and standardized tests. Make sure to continue doing well in school, do well on the tests that actually count, and continue taking lots of AP/Honors classes.</p>

<p>As for ECs, you have a good start for a sophomore, but should look to deepen your commitment in those activities that are most important to you. If possible, doing so through leadership would be especially helpful.</p>

<p>It's too early to give you useful chances, but you're on the right track.</p>

<p>Remember, though, that the Ivy League is an athletic conference, not a club that only schools that meet certain academic standards get to join. There's plenty of schools that are just as good as (or better than) Ivies but that aren't in the Ivy League.</p>

<p>Do something fun and amazing with your ECs and make sure you don't end up becoming a serial joiner (which you seem to have avoided).</p>

<p>One question though...what on earth is beta club?</p>

<p>You're doing great as a sophomore, however, you shouldn't get your hopes on just the ivies. If you continue to develop these ECs through your junior year, you could also show a higher level of leadership (state or national level is higher than your town or beach town). While attending those leadership conferences are nice, one of those on your app is enough, because what's more important is what you and how often and how broad your leadership roles are. So, you academic stats are great, keep it up; develop your leadership broader than impacting just your local area (think big ... that's what the people who you are being compared are doing).</p>

<p>Thanks for your help! @Heartist, haha, Beta Club is a club for sophomores with 4.0 GPA's</p>

<p>There are many outstanding universities not within the ivy league that offer fantastic education. Ever heard of Stanford, MIT, or Williams? They eclipse the lower ivys in prestige and educational value. Don't set your heart on an athletic conference, because that's what the ivy league is.</p>

<p>You're definitely looking good. My sister had nearly identical academic stats and scored a 2150 on her SATs, and she now attends GW. She didn't have quite as many EC's but they were decent. Just maintain your grades and scores, and look to deepen the involvement in the EC's.</p>

<p>Thank you for the advice! Yeah, I figured I needed more actual deep involvement in my EC's... </p>

<p>And just to clarify, I mostly meant Ivy League-type schools, not absolutely positively ONLY Ivy League or I will just DIE! Haha but I love the New England area and that was my main reason for only mentioning the Ivies.</p>

<p>New England has lots of great schools. Tufts is another school up there you might want to consider, depending on what you're interested in studying. The Boston area, specifically, is one I personally am very fond of.</p>

<p>I don't know much about Tufts, but I'll definitely look into it. Boston is beautiful.</p>

<p>My S graduated high school last year. He had a very high GPA, well over 4.0
Great SAT score and great EC's, lots of AP classes, lots of leadership positions.</p>

<p>We looked at a bunch of very high level schools, including two ivy: UPenn and Cornell. He considered CMU, Hopkins, Northwestern, etc.,etc.,etc. but fell in love with Tufts and is now a very happy freshman there. LOVES being so close to Boston and the school has @5,000 kids, just the size he was looking for. </p>

<p>He did not even want to consider Harvard or MIT....so even though they are in Boston, we never visited! Our tour guide said she turned down MIT to be at Tufts......well, that's what she said! :)</p>

<p>Please keep an open mind and just concentrate on doing well in high school. Everything usually falls into place the way it's supposed to.</p>