Chance me for Columbia Please!

<p>Objective:</p>

<p>SAT I (breakdown): R:760 W:730 M:800 (sent already)</p>

<p>ACT: Composite:36 E:35 M:36 R:36 SR:36 Writing:9 (sent already)</p>

<p>SAT II: Physics:800 Math 2:800 Lit:740 (all sent)</p>

<p>Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.82/4.00</p>

<p>Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): Prob top 10%</p>

<p>AP (place score in parenthesis): AP Calc BC (5), Stats (5), Physics Mechanics and E&M (4's)</p>

<p>IB (place score in parenthesis): N/A</p>

<p>Senior Year Course Load: (Not slacking off) Multivariable Calc, Diff. Eq., Lin. Alg. etc.</p>

<p>Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): ISEF Finalist, International Math Modeling Award, National Merit Semifinalist, AP Scholar,</p>

<p>Subjective:
Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Student Research (nano-tech and financial modeling), M.U.N (board), Student government (board), Entrepreneurial Club (board), Swimming, Tennis</p>

<p>Job/Work Experience: N/A</p>

<p>Volunteer/Community service: Tutor at locations like Sylvan and through a peer tutoring program at school</p>

<p>Summer Activities: Research and volunteer</p>

<p>Essays: Common App was very unique and everyone loved it, all my supplements are quite strong</p>

<p>Teacher Recommendation: Pretty good</p>

<p>Counselor Rec: Very Strong</p>

<p>Additional Rec: From professor who I worked with for nano-tech research: Very strong</p>

<p>Interview: N/A yet</p>

<p>Other
State (if domestic applicant): Illinois
Country (if international applicant): USA
School Type: 800 students, public, extremely competitive and many Ivy-caliber students
Ethnicity: Chinese
Gender: Male
Income Bracket: $80,000+
Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): None</p>

<p>Strengths: Rigor of curriculum, scores, essays, recs
Weakness: Low GPA</p>

<p>Note: I am applying for the Fu school of engineering since I am interested in their nanotechnology research facilities and their financial engineering program
I got into UChicago early and I'm wondering if the chances are about equivalent.</p>

<p>Thanks!</p>

<p>You stand a great chance! But the ivies are a crap shoot for everyone so I can't say for sure. As you said, the only setback is your GPA but that is still a solid GPA. SATs and ECs look great!</p>

<p>Thanks!
I'm hoping that my strictly upward gpa slope will also help.</p>

<p>Definitley a good applicant</p>

<p>thank you!</p>

<p>great applicant! but ivies seem to hate asians :( so don't draw conclusions yet :(
Your ecs are really strong, SAT scores slightly above average. ACT pretty boss.
The professor rec letter really helps.
chance me back?
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thanks :)</p>

<p>thanks a lot!
yea im kinda worried about asian :(</p>

<p>bump? or too early</p>

<p>I think you'll get in. Your 36 ACT will definitely give you the edge. Chance me back? <a href="http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/what-my-chances/1260881-chance-me-brown-harvard-amherst-dartmouth-middlebury-unc-chapel-hill-tufts.html%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/what-my-chances/1260881-chance-me-brown-harvard-amherst-dartmouth-middlebury-unc-chapel-hill-tufts.html&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>Although admissions is usually arbitrary, I say you have a good chance. Definitely be proud of your accomplishments.</p>

<p>thank you
can anyone accepted ED into columbia provide additional insight?</p>

<p>While the UChicago and Columbia are sorta similar in terms of the actual school, the acceptance rates for Columbia are lower. Not only that, being an Ivy-league school, Columbia can be very random. </p>

<p>I don't know much about Fu, but your GPA seems subpar. Your major EC seems to be your research, which I can't really judge. However, I do know that Columbia's app has 4 mini-essays and 4 interest questions. This gives you a great chance to really distinguish yourself and make yourself into more than just stats. I think a lot hinges on how well you wrote your essays, and if you are what they are looking for. For example, you being Asian and applying to the Engineering school will hurt you (I know your pain). </p>

<p>You have a shot though, without a doubt. I think the best thing to do now is just forget about it till later. This is going to sound hypocritical, but I'm horrible at following my own advice. Chance me back :)?</p>

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<p>Ivies are quite random when it comes to acceptance, but your ACT, like others have said, make you stand out. Also, your GPA is great for the rigor of your course-load. My guess is you'll get in to at least 1 ivy. </p>

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<p>thanks a lot for the responses everyone!</p>

<p>very very nice. based on the info I think I even know who you are (3 of my friends qualified for Intel ISEF they told me about someone who matches your description)
ECs are definitely good, I think the Sylvan thing can also count as work experience since it's a corporation.
Standardized scores are very good as well, though the writing could be a bit higher (though it's by no means bad, they're great scores).
You've definitely got a really good shot, but I've seen people get turned down from ivies for no good reason before so I won't give definite statements.
If you have any artistic ECs, even just taking art or music in school or doing a play or something you should include that. I know Columbia loves that stuff, my older brother got accepted with lower scores in everything, but he had qualified all-state, all-eastern, all-national, and all-world in music. So if you've got that it can't hurt.
But yeah, you're probably getting in no problem.</p>

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