Another "Chances" Thread

<p>Hey everyone!</p>

<p>I know these friends come up on CC all too often, but my dream school is UNC Chapel Hill. I know it is a reach for me, you don't have to tell me that much. However, I was wondering if there's any realistic hope that I may get in. Here's more about me as a student - academics, extracurriculars and leadership.</p>

<p>Status: Rising Senior (Fall 2010)
State: Maryland
High school: Prestigious all girls Catholic high school;
Caucasian, only one parent graduated college; My dad went to UNC Chapel Hill on an athletic scholarship but when he was hurt he dropped out. He always told me how much he loved it, so I got really interested. Not only do I love everything about UNC (my room is painted Carolina blue and we have a Tar Heel flag hanging from my garage), I'd love to "finish up" for my dad.</p>

<p>GPA: 3.66 in sophomore year (I'm pretty sure it'll go up to 3.7something because I've had really good grades in junior year; )
SAT SCORES (only taken them once; taking them again in a few days; )
CR: 630
M: 560
W: 650
(Combined CR+W=1190, all three=1840)</p>

- 9th/10th grade school chorus
- 11th/12th grade Chorale
- School Chamber Choir
- Peabody Childrens Chorus at Johns Hopkins University
- Varsity Theatre Letter from a high school theatre program
- National Music Honor Society
- Chorus Rep. for the National Music Honor Society
- National Science Honor Society
- National Thespian Society (apprentice)
- Involved in 2-3 theatrical productions a year
- Participate in a lot of community service
- Began a campaign at school called "Peace Love Africa" to support African women (and their children) who were victims of rape/poverty/etc.
- Student Writers Workshop (3 years attendance)
- Italian Club
- French Club
- Cultural Awareness Club
- On the Editorial Staff of the school literary magazine</p>

<p>CLASSES TAKEN (Will take for senior year - 9 honors, 1 AP; all other classes are "College Prep" level):
Freshman Year: Algebra I (honors), Religion, World Cultures, Biology, French II, English, Health, Chorus;
Sophomore Year: Geometry (honors), Religion, US History I, Chemistry, French III (honors), English, Chorus;
Junior Year: Algebra II (honors), Religion, US History II, Environmental Science (honors), French IV (honors), English, Chorale;
Senior Year: Precalculus (honors), Religion, Economics (AP), Forensic Science (honors), Creative Writing (honors), Chorale, Community Service Seminar;</p>

<p>I want to get into some sort of journalism/communications/media. Hence the low math score.. If accepted, I also plan on being in the Chorus/vocal ensembles at UNC as well as on stage for theatre.</p>

<p>Hopefully I will raise that SAT score. But, what do you think? Do I have any chances? My teachers describe me as diligent, always prepared, very organized, a "firecracker" (in reference to how ecstatic I was about the Peace Love Africa campaign), etc. I think I'll have good recommendation letters and what not. But do I stand a chance?</p>

<p>If you have any advice for admissions, I would love to hear it, whether it be a positive outlook or constructive criticism/advice.</p>

<p>Thanks again!</p>

<p>If you were from North Carolina, I'd say that you were in. However, I'm sure you've read in these threads that getting in from out of state is "Ivy league" hard--everything you do has to be exceptional.</p>

<p>Your extracurriculars are great; however, your GPA isn't top-notch. Also, you've taken honors classes, but only 1 AP. If your school offers more than just this 1 AP course, UNC will know (your counselor has to tell the college how many AP classes are offered). If you haven't pushed yourself and taken advantage of the hardest classes available, your chances will be greatly lowered.</p>

<p>Also, you really need to get your SAT score up. A while back, I believe there was a thread for OOS students who got accepted/rejected where everyone posted their stats. Go check this out and see what you will typically be up against.</p>

<p>Though you seem like an extremely sweet girl, I'd have to say no for admissions if I'm being honest. However, if you could revamp your schedule for your senior year--more APs--and explain in your application why your classes weren't all that difficult in the past, you may up your chances. Also, study for the SAT and work on your score there.</p>

<p>Is your GPA weighted or unweighted? If it is weighted I'd say you don't have much of a chance, since it is tough for an NC resident to get in with anything less than a 4.0.</p>

<p>If it is unweighted, please give the weighted using the NC weighting system (Regular 4.0/Honors 5.0/ AP 6.0) because thats the GPA that UNC reports when it releases its admissions facts, and it would really put your grades in perspective.</p>

<p>Also, I would try to raise your SAT scores. If you were in-state, you'd be fine, but they are a bit low for OSS.</p>