Chance a low-income Asian to ivies

<p>GPA 3.56
Rank 12%
ACT 33
SAT II Biology 760
SAT II Math I 720
AP US History 4 </p>

<p>Applying to:
Johns Hopkins
Penn State Direct Medical Program
University of Pennsylvania
Carnegie Mellon University
Stanford University
MIT -- Biology</p>

<p>Extracurriculars </p>

<p>Internship -- I assisted the director of neuro-oncology in writing a science publication which I co-authored </p>

<p>Internship -- I applied to a science Academy and I was one of the few selected to conduct research on cancer.</p>

<p>Internship -- I assisted the chief technology officer in implementing fiber tracking algorithms in medical devices</p>

<p>Internship -- I served as the youngest board of directors for organization and peer tutored students in math and reading</p>

<p>Internship -- I worked with the director of neuro-oncology in developing Electromyography protocols during surgery</p>

<p>Hospital Volunteering -- I had direct contact with cancer patients and was involved in assisting with day-to-day activities</p>

<p>Internship -- As an intern I learned about neuroanatomy using a fiber tracking software</p>

<p>National Honors Society </p>

<p>Key Club (raised money for disaster)</p>

<p>I won a significant scholarship and position in my community as well </p>

<p>I will be able to get a letter of recommendation from the director or neuro-oncology and a PhD scientist as well as two teachers and guidance counselor </p>

<p>I wanted to know what my chances at the schools would be and if I should considering ED to any of them to increase my chances. Thanks =]</p>

<p>I will chance back also! =]</p>

<p>Low income doesn't mean much, a 3.56 ain't gonna cut for these schools unless there is a good explanation. How do colleges know if you can handle their school unless you have the academics to prove it?</p>

<p>I was hoping my test scores would reflect that, but I understand.</p>

<p>anyone else have any thoughts?</p>

<p>ACT is good but GPA is obviously low for those schools. I can see you getting into Penn State, and maybe CMU. But the others are serious crapshoots, and your GPA will hurt you with those schools. Consider BC, UNC, UMich, and other similar schools.</p>

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<p>thanks Patriotsfan1 anyone else?
I'll chance back!</p>

<p>Penn State, you could probably get in. Penn State accelerated, no. Academics are of utmost importance for med programs.</p>

<p>too many reaches! at least 1 or 2 safeties and a match. Those are all reaches!</p>

<p>It's conceivable that you could get in to none of those- it's an unrealistic list.</p>

<p>An relatively average profile as an Asian candidate at the Ivies. Try to improve your ACT score and look into the "Hidden Ivies"</p>

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<p>Considering your class rank I assume that your GPA is incredibly good for your school and I assume that you have been taking the most challenging courses available to you, which is really what they want to see! If there's one place you love above all else, apply ED and you can apply MIT EA (I think)! Best of luck!</p>

<p>It seems like you have all reaches pretty much on your application. There are many other schools that are almost as good that have much higher acceptance rates that would give u a better chance. Unfortunately your gpa is one of the most important things a college looks for. <a href=""&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>My advice is to apply to some midwestern schools.</p>

<p>They are easier to get into.</p>

<p>Such as Wash U or Michigan.</p>

<p>Although your GPA is low, your rank is 12% which shows that your school is pretty competitive.</p>