Chance a senior for Georgetown?

<p>Please bear with me on the length of this post; I greatly appreciate anyone who will take the time to help me out and give me some advice.</p>

<p>Stats:</p>

<p>SAT: 2080 (730 CR, 640 M, 710 W)
SAT Subjects: 780 US HIST, 600 Lit --- (I can't take a 3rd subject test because I work for a newspaper and they were so impressed with my work they're sending me to Thailand and Laos through January 25 to Feb 1 to do a series of articles on a medical team going over there from my town - should I send them a letter letting them know this or just leave it alone and let them make their decision based on what I give them?)</p>

<p>GPA: 3.9 (unweighted, my high school doesn't do weighted but I have 3 AP Classes and lots of accelerated/honors)</p>

<p>I also take college courses at my community college as an early admissioin HS student. I'll have like 24 credits by my senior year in HS. My school did not offer AP which is why I was accepted into this program, but they just recently added AP Calc BC which I am now taking and have an A in.</p>

<p>My college GPA is a 4.0</p>

<p>ECS:</p>

<p>Journalism/Media:</p>

<p>Wrote for my local community newspaper, the Gettysburg Times - Youngest Columnist ever, also did monthly blogging</p>

<p>Intern for another paper called Evening Sun Newspaper that has a circulation of 20,000 and is an award winning newspaper in the community, as a newsreporter and video editor, also their youngest reporter (first person to do videography for their website ever and the first 5 videos on their site were all mine)</p>

<p>Began my own business at age 16 (still running, its a multimedia, family history dvd business, has turned profit, and been recognized by local media) As a part of this business, I have interviewed many WWII vets, some Holocaust survivors, and other very interesting individuals. I have donated some of these to the local historical society to preserve our town's history. I also won the Girls Going Places National Award in recognition of this accomplishment. The profit from my business allowed me to become the youngest ongoing financial contributor to NOYS the National Organization for Youth Safety (something I am passionate about)</p>

<p>Presented to many businesses in support of my own business, including the Veterans Affairs department in Washington DC, United Way, and College Business Seminar. I was recently asked to present to the Young at Heart group at a local church.</p>

<p>Washington Journalism and Media Conference (includes meeting with local congressional rep, maintaining a blog, and learning about the field of journalism)</p>

<p>I began my own blog that had 2,000 hits within first few posts. Was such a success that my newspaper editor decided to add it as an addition to our websites blog, and I now make money off of my posts.</p>

<p>Political:
Videographer for the local democratic AND republican committees
Founded community chapter for teen politics
Participated in local elections with 50+ hours of volunteer service, handing out literature, going door-to-door, etc.</p>

<p>President of the National Honor Society (we are a very active group with many service projects and activities). As President, I organized a book drive that collected well over 1,500 books, and have given speeches for new inductees at the induction ceremonies.
Volunteer service:</p>

<p>Volunteer:</p>

<p>Penn - Pal to prison inmate program
Volunteer service at United Way and YWCA
Began community/school supply drive titled Students Helping Students, collected and distributed 100 full supply kits to associated charities</p>

<p>Awards/Other Achievements:</p>

<p>Student Presenter/Guest Speaker at community college
Principal's award at HS
Dean's List at College
First in 2 of my college classes
Student of the Month by Evening Sun
Phi Theta Kappa Nominee</p>

<p>I plan to studying political science/government, and participate heavily in journalism and political related activities in college. I would love to either go directly into politics or report on them. </p>

<p>Thanks!</p>

<p>The only reason I could see you not getting into Georgetown would be the 600 in Lit SAT II, 640 in Math SAT I, or the fact that you only took two SATs and Georgetown likes to see three. Your interest in journalism is a clear hook, but Georgetown has a competitive polisci undergraduate (I think). Best of luck! </p>

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<p>Thanks do you think I should write them a letter explaining why I can't take the third subject test in JAN?</p>

<p>I would definitely explain to them about the subject test as stated previously, besides that, you seem to have great qualifications and your ECs that clearly demonstrate your passion. I think you'll be accepted :)</p>

<p>Okay, I don't know a lot about Georgetown, but here's my opinion based on stats from Collegeboard...</p>

<p>I guess your math score is a bit lower than the middle 50% of first year students, but I don't think that's too bad (seeing how your CR score is great).</p>

<p>The fact that you do journalism and started your own business would really boost your chance.</p>

<p>So overall, I think you have a good chance of getting accepted. [:)] And about that subject test thing, I think it'll be good to mention your problem.</p>

<p>Okay awesome; thanks so much! How does this letter sound addressing the issue?</p>

<p>To the admissions office:</p>

<p>I turned in my application to Georgetown University and submitted my SAT scores with two subject tests this December. However, I was unaware that Georgetown required three subject tests until recently.</p>

<p>As it is already past the December date, I had made arrangements to take the Spanish subject test in January. However, I was recently invited to Thailand and Laos through the dates of January 25 and February 1 to cover a medical team going over there from my town for the Hanover Evening Sun Newspaper. I covered a story for the organization a little while ago, and they were so pleased with my work that they arranged for me to come along.</p>

<p>Unfortunately, this means I will be out of the United States during January and thus unable to take the test during the January test date.</p>

<p>Thank you for your consideration.</p>

<p>Sincerely,
<em>Insert name and contact info here</em></p>

<p>Georgetown is a longshot for you. You are making it even more of one. While I sympathize because you have a wonderful opportunity, don't expect them to make an exception. Lots of kids have lot of good excuses.</p>

<p>If I'm on the GTown committee, here's what I'm thinking: this kid doesn't want to come here very badly. First, he didn't care enough to read our unique requirements carefully. Next, he chose a one week trip over the chance of 4 years here.</p>

<p>Hmm I see what you mean. But the arrangements have already been made and I have the obligation to my newspaper/the organization :/ Should I just not send any letter at all? Would my letter just make things worse by pointing out that I am lacking in that area?</p>

<p>While not taking a third SATII might lower your chances, I still think you have a good shot. I have a friend who got into a BU (required 2 SATIIs) and didn't take any. And he didn't have a good reason for it like you, it simply wasn't his top choice and he didn't want to take the tests for just that one school. I'd just make sure the rest of your application is really strong with the essays and everything and send them the explanation.</p>

<p>Or how about giving Georgetown a call?</p>

<p>Hm well I emailed them yesterday but haven't heard back yet which is why I'm freaking out a little right now ^_^ </p>

<p>But I guess when I hear back from them, I'll decide whether or not a letter would be a good idea. In my email I gave them a short explanation of my situation basically asking them whether or not my application would severely suffer without a 3rd subject test... Idk if they'll tell me whether or not to send a letter, but if they don't mention anything about submitting a letter or something should I just leave it be and not even bother? Erghhh I'm freaking out.</p>

<p>You have some extremely unique E.C.'s IMO
You are like me with your SAT though, math much weaker than the other areas. It's not all about the numbers though, and seeing as how your lowest is still a good score at a 640, it shouldn't be too big of a deal. I'd say it is difficult to predict, but you have at least as good of a shot for acceptance as for rejection. Talk up your business and newspaper trip and you'll be in fantastic shape.</p>

<p>I don't know much about Georgetown. I do know that colleges like students who can follow directions and requirements, and elite colleges might frown on you not doing so. </p>

<p>However, from your phenomenal ECs I see passion, leadership, initiative, etc. If you managed to capture all of that in your essays, I think you have a great shot (not taking into account the extenuating circumstances of your SAT). Two kids got into Georgetown from my school. One of them, honestly, had really poor essays (at least the ones I read), but he got in.</p>

<p>In short, you have very strong chances at most schools. I honestly believe your ECs make up for your subpar scores (not usually the case). Georgetown might be a bit harder just because you don't meet a requirement, but I'm sure there are ways to work around this issue.</p>

<p>I think you are a superb applicant. Your SATs and GPA are in the general range of the college; taking several community college classes shows that you are dedicated and trying your best to take advantage of your opportunities; and just reading your accomplishments shows how passionate you are about the subjects you want to study. You show a really focused set of activities and honors which is really good for a student who seems sure about their future plans. I really hope your eagerness and excitement was conveyed in your essays. I don't think the SAT II matter will be a problem, but I'm not sure how they will view a 600 in Literature.</p>

<p>I really hope you get in, and you certainly have a great chance. I would suggest applying to George Washington University or American University, but I feel that no matter where you go you are going to be influential in your community as well as successful.</p>

<p>Georgetown is a great school, and it really is a crapshoot like most others high-caliber colleges. You have a lot of positives, but there are a few negatives that may push one candidate over you. The only things I see lacking are more national awards, better SAT I - math, and another SAT II test. </p>

<p>Two of my friends just got deferred ED from Georgetown...they were both qualified applicants. Best of luck to you! And enjoy Asia!</p>

<p>My friend got into Georgetown without stellar SAT IIs(600 range) and SATs(1360).
I think your extracurriculars will really jump out at them. I would say you have above a 75% chance of getting in. Go to Asia instead of taking another SAT 2.</p>

<p>My friend got in, and you are much more qualified. (he had slightly lower SATs, very few extracurriculars, etc) The only thing I got out of your resume that seems suspect is the quality of your high school. I really do not think they put much stock into that anyway.
Have fun in Laos, and you'll be fine if you do not get it. Adapt and overcome. But seriously, I give you ratings. Above 70% sure that you'll get in</p>

<p>Your application will very probably be considered incomplete. The third SAT II is a requirement, not an option.</p>

<p>JW, you're all over these boards incorrectly telling your peers they have a great chance where they don't. I don't think you understand what it takes to get into top colleges.</p>

<p>Your scores are slightly lacking, but given your fantastic extracurriculars, I'd say you have a good shot.</p>

<p>@Waverly</p>

<p>According to GTown's website and collegeboard.org, Georgetown changed their policy. Three SAT subject tests are no longer required but recommended.</p>