Chance Me for CMU, Cornell

<p>Asian male who immigrated here at age 8
Attends one of NYC's private Ivy League Preparatory Schools</p>

<p>Freshmen year grades
Bad 4 c's
Sophmore year grades
AP AB Cal- A-
chem A-
Game Design and Programming A-
english C+
french C
Speech B-
History B+
Music Theory A</p>

<p>Junior year
AP Physics B B+ Caught off guard at first, also my tutor messed me up, however, got full marks second Semester</p>

<p>AP Computer Science A B+ changed teachers 4 times, including a college student and a c++ programmer, not a java programmer. Really confusing</p>

<p>AP US History C+ ( one term paper brought me down from a b+ to a c+)</p>

<p>English B- - did bad first semester, nearly failed. However, got a B+ second semester by learning from trial and error</p>

<p>French C+ - My teacher taught by speaking, hardest class I've ever taken because I could not understand the grammar rules when she isn't drawing diagrams or writing the sentences on the board.</p>

<p>SAT I: 2080, expecting 2200 or more next time.
SAT II: Math IIc 800, Chem 760, Physics 760 (could have done better), US history 730</p>

<p>Recs and essays are better middle and excellent, leaning more towards excellent
APs are all 5's except for comp sci, which I got a 4</p>

<p>Senior year load
MultiVariable Calc
AP Chem
AP Physics C
AP Stats
Advanced C++ programming
American Politics/Econ (each 1 semester)
Expecting to get all A- except for english, which I'll probably get a B</p>

sports manager for 2 years, quit junior year. It took up a lot of time and I think this is why my grades were so low
school newspaper for 1 year
math team/club for 2 years
peer tutor for 1 year
NYSSMA level 6 piano player
Did 5 years of medical research, but on record it is 2 years due to age restrictions</p>

<p>Planning to Major in ChemE, SoftE, Math/Applied Math, CS, Biochemistry, Business/Finance.</p>

<p>What are my chances for
CMU(CS, Tepper, CIT)
Georgia Tech
NYU(stern or college of arts and sciences)

<p>Applying to UChicago and Caltech, but I have a low chance of getting in</p>

<p>other schools?</p>

<p>You definitely need to bring your scores up.</p>

<p>with 8 c’s, good luck buddy. you’ll need it</p>

<p>Just eyeballing your scores, you will have around a B- average. I wouldn’t even apply to those schools, considering your scores are good enough but not excellent, without at least a B+ average (3.3).</p>

<p>Probably not so great, I would focus on finding some less selective schools that you feel you could be happy at.</p>

<p>My cousin goes to Cornell and she had 4.0 unweighted with 5 APs…
She was in some ECs but Cornell doesn’t care much unless your grades are higher than most.</p>

<p>I think you could try NYU! That’d be a better fit.</p>

<p>asian male with those grades you’re gone in 3 seconds</p>

<p>Your whole list is mega-reaches. Not good, you need to talk to your counselor and get some realistic schools.</p>


<p>If you’re in an Ivy Prep school, I’m going to assume that you have an extensive college guidance group. Have you spoken to them about your list.</p>

<p>As others mention, your grades look low for most of the schools you mention (even taking into account that you come from a competitive school). Still, apply to a couple of these, just so you don’t spend your life wondering whether you could have made it. But perhaps consider them to be your ‘reach schools’.</p>

<p>In your favor, you have taken a highly competitive course load, and your math/science grades generally look good.</p>

<p>So, what you’re going to be looking for is a school that emphasizes standardized scores, and is looking for people who are strong in math/science. </p>

<p>Fortunately, most of the preps have people who have done this work for you.</p>

<p>Good luck!!</p>