Am I screwed?

<p>Hi all,</p>

<p>I am a South Asian senior in New Jersey. I am extremely concerned right now, as I am applying to several top-tier schools with a sub-par CV.</p>

<p>I have applied to, or am going to apply to, the following schools:</p>

<p>University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences (Early Decision)
California Institute of Technology (EA)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (EA)
University of Chicago (EA)
University of Michigan (EA)
UC Berkeley (RD)
Columbia (RD)
Rutgers New Brunswick (RD)
NYU (RD)</p>

<p>I REALLY love Penn. However, my stats probably aren't good enough.</p>

<p>UW GPA: 3.70
W: 4.46</p>

<p>Freshman Year Courses with Grades:
Biology Honors: B
Chemistry Honors: B
Precalculus Honors: B
Language Arts Honors 1: A
French 2: A
World History: A</p>

<p>Sophomore Year Courses with Grades:
AP Biology: B
Physics Honors:B
Language Arts Honors 2: A
Multivariable Calculus Honors: A
US History Honors: A
French 3: A</p>

<p>Junior Year Courses with Grades:
AP Physics C: A
AP Language and Composition: A
AP US Government: A
AP French: A
AP Statistics: A
Journalism: A</p>

<p>Senior Year Midyear Report:
AP Chemistry: A
Princeton University FRE 108 (Advanced French): A
AP Literature:B
Photography: A</p>

<p>As you can see, I have a major upward trend. However, my grades for freshman and sophomore year sucked.</p>

<p>Standardized tests:
SAT Biology M: 790
SAT Physics: 770
SAT French: 800
SAT Math Level 2: 800
SAT Math Level 1: 770 (7th grade)
SAT: 2330</p>

<p>AP Biology: 5
AP US Government: 5
AP Language: 5
AP French: 4
AP Calculus BC: 5
AP Physics C Mechanics: 5
AP Physics C EM: 5
AP Statistics: 5</p>

<p>National AP Scholar junior year</p>

Science Olympiad: Several gold medals at states and regionals
Science Bowl: 2nd place at states junior year
National Ocean Science Bowl: 3rd place at states sophomore year, 2nd place at states junior year
USABO semifinalist junior year
USAPho semifinalist junior year
Tiered in Mandelbrot sophomore and junior year
Placed 7th in our division in PUMaC junior year
Took Princeton course in French
Wrote several articles for school newspaper
Secretary of Math Club junior and senior year
Treasurer of Science Club senior year
Competitive Chess Player: Rating is around 1440
Had lab internship at Drexel University over the summer
Taught Chess at local library
National AP Scholar</p>

<p>Is it possible for me to get into a really good school like Penn? Or do I have to go to a safety?</p>

<p>Let me just say, you're applying to so many schools that it seems like you just want to go to a good school (and likely don't care about any other aspect of the process). The likelihood you'd have a happy 4 years at all of these is very slim, but I wish you luck with Penn (because you obviously love it). Don't hate me, but I think it'd be smarter of you to apply only to schools you love (not schools US News loves). </p>

<p>University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences (Early Decision)- decent chances</p>

<p>California Institute of Technology (EA), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (EA)- unlikely (but still possible)</p>

<p>University of Chicago (EA)- depends entirely on your essays. If your essays were good, you're in. </p>

<p>University of Michigan- likely acceptance</p>

<p>HYPS, Columbia- acceptance very unlikely. But hey; you never know. </p>

<p>UC Berkeley- fairly likely acceptance</p>

<p>Rutgers New Brunswick (RD)- very likely acceptance</p>

<p>NYU (RD)- likely acceptance</p>

<p>You're a good applicant. Best of luck. </p>

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<p>Dont be so harsh on yourself man! Your credentials are absolutely amazing. I have a TON of friends at UPENN, and they all love it. And I know you will too, I honestly think you can easily get in. I'd be extremely surprised if you did not get in. Chance me please!</p>

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<p>Lol thanks for the input, guys!</p>

<p>Ugh, I got deferred from Penn ED. What are my chances RD?</p>

<p>At A & S about 12%.</p>


<p>Judging from your other posts, you seem like a very informed source. Is the college list I have above realistic? My school does not rank.</p>