Chance me for HYP + Amherst?

<p>Asian male in a small competitive Massachusetts public school</p>

<p>Academics
SAT I: Math 800, Reading 800, Writing 730 (Essay 8) <--these are for my second time;2240 the first time
SAT IIs: 800 US History, 780 Math IIC, 770 Biology (M)
GPA: 4.06 Freshman and sophomore year, 3.99 Junior year, so 4.04 avg (unw) 4.88 weighted
Class Rank: Top ten in a class of 300, not sure about exact rank
APs: European History 5, Biology 5, US History 5
Senior Classes: AP Psych, AP English, AP Calc AB (School cut the BC class, but I was recommended for it), AP Econ, Chinese 4 Honors, Neurobiology Honors</p>

<p>ECs:
School Newspaper (Co-editor with two other students)
Theatre (mostly ensemble parts, some tech work, but consistent throughout high school)
Class VP Junior Year
School rugby team (4 years)
U-19 rugby team for one of the leading rugby teams in the country
Guitar (since freshman year); might submit a jazz recording
Improv Club
Assistant teacher at a Korean school
Contributed in translating the RMV Driver's Manual into Korean</p>

<p>I'm interning this summer at a biology lab.</p>

<p>I'm an international student, but have been a US resident since I was 3 (no green card)</p>

<p>I had really good relationships with the teachers writing my recs, and I suppose my essay will be decent.</p>

<p>Also, should I apply EA or regular?</p>

<p>Everything looks solid; good chances at all. </p>

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Also, should I apply EA or regular?

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<p>Only one of those four schools (Yale) has EA, and that flavor of EA is restrictive, meaning that you can't apply early anywhere else if you apply early there. There is no harm in applying early.</p>

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<p>Well, your stats are certainly good enough for Yale in either the RD or EA rounds. However, it has already been mentioned that Yale has restrictive EA; you may want to look into your other EA options if having a lot of safety schools is one of your concerns. While there is no compelling reason to believe that a HYP acceptance will not come through, I would advise you to hedge your bets.</p>

<p>In the end, though, follow your gut, not advice on an anonymous online message board.</p>

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In the end, though, follow your gut, not advice on an anonymous online message board.

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<p>Contradiction? :)</p>

<p>^ My specialty.</p>

<p>Yeah I know my scores are pretty good but do you guys think I stand out among other asian male applicants? That's my primary concern...</p>

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Yeah I know my scores are pretty good but do you guys think I stand out among other asian male applicants?

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<p>It's up to your essays to convey your originality by this point.</p>

<p>Well, it's almost impossible to truly be outstanding among the amazing international applicant pool. But your EC's don't seem too terribly typical to me, and all the objective stuff is great; so you're in good shape.</p>

<p>And ksarmand is right about the essays. Write good, not bad, ones.</p>

<p>I'm guessing international student = Korean pool? If you are not a citizen then that's where you'll be. And I have to say that when compared to other Koreans, you're okay, not great. Quite a bit weaker when compared to the people who got in Yale EA last year (I think there were two, PM for details).</p>

<p>Then again, I'm talking in relative terms. Objectively I'm echoing the above sentiments. And chancing only goes so far, so good luck. ;)</p>

<p>Do you stand out? How can any of us really tell you? You'll be compared with a pool of other very top quality applicants like yourself. </p>

<p>But why should you need the back-pats from strangers? Be confident in your accomplishments and know you'll have a successful collegiate career: Yale or otherwise -- whether Yale accepts you or not.</p>

<p>"do you guys think I stand out among other asian male applicants? That's my primary concern... "</p>

<p>No, I do not think so. First, ask yourself what it is you see in Yale that might compel you to apply SCEA. Then, I would suggest that you look at other schools with ED or EA in mind.</p>

<p>Good luck to you in your college search!</p>