Chance me at USC, NYU and UMich [CA resident, 3.95/1440 for Poli Sci or Public Policy]

Demographics - (indian American)

  • US domestic (US citizen )
  • State/Location of residency: (CA)
  • Type of high school: (public)
  • Gender/Race/Ethnicity: female

Intended Major(s)
Poli science
Public policy

GPA, Rank, and Test Scores

  • Unweighted HS GPA: 3.95
  • Weighted HS GPA (incl. weighting system): 4.3
  • College GPA (for transfers):
  • Class Rank: top 9% of a large public
  • ACT/SAT Scores: 1440

(AP/IB/Dual Enrollment classes, AP/IB scores for high school; also include level of math and foreign language reached and any unusual academic electives; for transfers, describe your college courses and preparation for your intended major(s))

5 in 3 APs
4 in one AP
5 more APs in senior year

State level choir

(Include leadership, summer activities, competitions, volunteering, and work experience)

Student government VP
Political campaign internships
Research scholarship with ex-Yale prof
Office of Sustainability internships
Grassroots sustainability organization volunteering
Global citizenship certification

(Optionally, guess how strong these are and include any other relevant information or circumstances.)

Cost Constraints / Budget
(High school students: please get a budget from your parents and use the Net Price Calculators on the web sites of colleges of interest.)

(List of colleges by your initial chance estimate; designate if applying ED/EA/RD; if a scholarship is necessary for affordability, indicate that you are aiming for a scholarship and use the scholarship chance to estimate it into the appropriate group below)

  • Safety (certain admission and affordability)
  • Likely (would be possible, but very unlikely or surprising, for it not to admit or be affordable)
  • Match
  • Reach


Your title asks for chances at USC, NYU and UMich. Are you also looking for chances at UCLA and UCB? If so, would you please calculate your UC GPAs?

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And what’s your budget? Do you qualify for and and need need based financial aid to attend some of these school?


I think the above schools would all be in the reach category. Where else are you planning to apply?

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UC GPA: 4.4

Thanks… but do not qualify for financial need.

And to the other part of @thumper1 question are you parents willing to pay what will likely be about 360K before travel, etc. for 4 years at USC, NYU and Georgetown?

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If you would like to explore ideas for your greater college list, these sites may be helpful:

So…if you don’t qualify for need based aid…it’s very possible you will be a full pay student at Georgetown and NYU and very possibly USC as well.

All are reaches.

And pricey - the non UCs? What is your goal /outcome for after ?

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Right if you are considering law school after graduation that is another potentially expense proposition

You are a very competitive applicant but you also only have Reach schools listed. Have you identified some Match and Safety/Likely schools?

UCLA College of Letters and Sciences does not admit by major and the admit rate for the College was 10%

UCB College of Letters and Sciences does not admit by major and the admit rate for the College of 12.9%.

Best of luck.


Before you apply to all highly competitive reach schools, please read this thread I’m about to link. It’s older…but admissions have become even more competitive since it was written. No one expected a NMF, class val, excellent ECs, high GPA and SAT scores, excellent LOR, etc…to not get accepted anywhere but that’s what happened. This kid didn’t really have a sure thing for admission the first time he applied to colleges. I won’t give away the happy ending, but after taking a gap year, he did land on his feet. BUT he had a really lousy ending to his senior year in high school.

You need some sure things for admission. Places that are affordable and that you will be happy to attend. Find two. These are the hardest to target. It’s easy to find reach schools. Do these sure things…and start looking today.

Here is the thread:


you need some target and safety schools. You have good stats, but my cousin last year was rejected by USC with a 1500 SAT and 4.98 GPA. You don’t want to just roll the dice on high reaches

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Agree with others that your current list as presented here leaves the distinct possibility of getting shut out. Hopefully not, but you don’t have a single sure thing…And you need one.

If this officially becomes top 9% ELC than you will have UC Merced (and last year also UC Riverside) as auto-admits. Would you be happy at either of those? If so, then you might be OK. If not, then you need to start looking beyond you current list of reach schools.


All of these are reaches because their acceptance rate is well below 20%.
Add Davis (close to Sacramento for experience) for an instate likely that’s better for your goals than Riverside or Merced.
AU would be a match. Dickinson also.