I am strongly considering applying ED to Brown as it is my top choice school. My other top choice school is a competitive liberal arts college that I believe I have a strong chance of acceptance if I apply ED there. I want to get a feel for how competitive I would be and whether I should use my ED for Brown (in immunology) or not.
4.0 UW GPA, 4.25 weighted. My school does not offer honors, only AP and regular. Top 4% of class.
One SAT attempt, awaiting score. Going off of practice tests and how I felt on test day, probably 1500+.
No hooks besides maybe small geographical boost.
EC’s (Freshman to Junior year)
- Multiple varsity letters, three sports
- 3 years in Boy Scout like national organization. Gained “ranks” and leadership positions. One of few members nationwide who trained alongside crew on US Coast Guard ship.
- Selected for USNA STEM camp freshman year
- Co-founded HOSA chapter at my high school. Helped lead meetings and set up speakers.
Roughly 50-60 hours of volunteer work
- Science award from school
This is the unique part:
I became very ill two years ago and had to miss many classes fall of then Junior year. I finished the semester, but as the illness had worsened I did not start the next semester. I have not been in physical school since (I’ve taken online classes, separate from the online school everyone did for covid). I would have graduated this year, but the illness pushed graduation out to 2022. Also, I have traveled multiple times across the country to receive medical treatments, and have a unique perspective on medicine. I plan on taking an EMT certificate course this fall.
Here is the problem: My high school will only accept one AP class from the offerings my online school provides (through a university) so I’ve been taking mostly regular classes. Hence the lower than competitive weighted GPA and rank.
On the plus side I believe I can write a very strong essay(s). So how would you rate my profile? Are situations like this more common than I think? Do I have a strong enough shot that I should use my ED on Brown? Thank you!