chance me for ivys? Will chance back.

<p>First and foremost, I know I may not be the "best" applicant out there. Thus, I know my chances at getting into HYP are slim to none. Still, I think I have a decent shot at the other IVY league schools. If you could tell me which ones I have a chance of getting into, I would be very appreciative. Thanks! Here are my stats:</p>

<p>my GPA is a 4.0 unweighted and is a 4.19-4.2 Weighted (took too many regular classes freshman and sophomore year). For senior year I am gonna take AP English Lit, AP Calc BC, AP Stats, AP Psychology, AP Chem and AP Human Geo (so, I think my course load is somewhat rigorous).
I just took the SAT and am expecting at least a 2150 if not a 2230ish.
Took the ACT and got a 30...I did retake those and am awaiting my scores. Though I kept practicing on tests and got 34s, I feel like I bombed this one and got a 32ish....
Also got a 780 on Bio sat 2 and 740 on math level 2.</p>

<p>Extracurricular wise, I am doing a ton of volunteering. This year I decided to do hospital volunteering and so far I have around 90ish hours at the hospital(doing 4 hrs a week). Freshman and sophmore year I did volunteering at the school and at the library. Also, the summer after sophmore year, I helped out at a bball camp and helped kids read at a local library. Overall, I probably have around 200 + hours.</p>

<p>As for awards, freshman year I won the all A's award, geomerty student of the year, and communication applications student of the year. Sophmore year (at my new school), I recieved the principals honor roll. This year, I won the Discus Award, an academic letter (for receiving a high GPA), and the prinicpal's honor roll. I will also be awarded several awards for the congressional award (probably bronze, silver, and gold certificates).</p>

<p>As for clubs, freshman year I was part of the student council (student ambassador). Sophomore year I was part of the spanish club, red cross club, and model UN. I couldnt become anything too big (i.e. president) because I left my old school when I moved to colorado springs. This year, I will be part of the national honor society and hopefully, soon, I will be part of the teen council for volunteers at the hospital. As for next year, I will be a member of STAH, Link Crew, and NHS. I am also going to make my own club and will be the president of it (Cricket Club---the sport). Finally, I am an ambassador for NSHSS (organization on web for scholars)</p>

<p>I am an American born Pakistani that can speak urdu quite well (not fluently). I can also read Arabic (haha kind of weird thing about me).</p>

<p>I will, hopefully, be a sports writer for Bleacher Report next month. I also have created 2 websites throughout my high school life. One was on education in Africa (isnt up any more). The other one is It basically shares alot of info about the heart and heart disease (I would like to be a cardiologist when I grow up). I also have a donation button in order to send money to the American Heart Association. </p>

<p>Thanks everyone! I think those are most of my stats. As a side note, I will major in Biology. Again, please chance me for all of the IVYs except for HYP (unless u want to). I have really taken a liking to Brown and it has gone to the top of my list with Duke and Rice. If you want me to chance back, just give me the link to your thread. Thanks again!!</p>

<p>I think your EC's are somewhat scattered and don't have a clear focus. It'll be tough to get into an ivy league unless you can at least stand out in some area. I'd cut out all the stuff you plan to do or haven't committed much time to and really see if you can focus on a few things that you like the most.
The 4.0 is nice but the weighted GPA shows not much of a challenge in courses, so your stats could be better too.</p>

<p>Yeah, as I mentioned before I moved and, thus, didnt get a chance to move forward in a certain club. Thus, my EC's are all "scattered" =/.... so, you dont think there is any chance-- not even at the lower Ivy leagues?</p>

<p>apply ED to cornell or penn, and I think you'll have a good shot if your ACT is at a 34+/SAT at a 2300+</p>

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<p>Tough to know without the SAT. Many of the ivies will require you to send the ACT, which won't exactly stand out in their pools. Upward grade trend is nice, but more challenging classes are important. Also, how competitive is your school? Not a lot of leadership in ECs...I would say consider some of the public ivies, or the "next tier" of private U's. Certainly worth applying to Penn, Cornell but don't count on the ivies. Then again, no one should count on the ivies. Write good essays and make sure you apply to schools all across the selectivity spectrum, you have a great academic future ahead of you!</p>

<p>@Myname2- Upward grade trend? What do u mean by that? And I thought that colleges dont require me to send ACT if I have the SAT and SAT subject tests??</p>

<p>I agree with the previous posters. Even with the higher SAT/ACT scores, though, your application may still lack focus.</p>

<p>So, say I dont change anything with my ECs. Should I put down all these clubs or just name a few?</p>

<p>I have to agree with Seahawks506. Looking over your stats, I couldn't quite get a clear picture of you and I have heard that is very important in the admissions process. As a student who truly does enjoy everything, I know it can be hard to limit yourslef. However, I think it would be more impressive if you were more devoted to a few activites than to a wide variety. Your grades and classes sounds decent, and good luck on your SAT retake. My only advice is to try to find where your really stand out and throw yourself into it. Best of luck to you!</p>

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<p>Yeah, I agree with the previous posts. To be honest, based on your post, all those volunteering hours seems like an "app pad." It didn't quite seem like you had a strong passion for anything. Test scores are on the lower end of the Ivy League spectrum. The 4.0 UW GPA is nice, but 4.2 GPA doesn't show a lot of difficulty in coursework: looks like you were afraid to take the more difficult classes. No major national recognized awards. Any summer activities besides volunteering(e.g. camps)? Did you play any sports at all?</p>

<p>Cornell ED - reach
Penn ED - reach
Duke - reach
Rice - reach</p>

<p>Then again, the application process also strongly considers teacher recs and essays, which could possibly make up for some loose ends.</p>

<p>@foreveralone- I do have a passion for helping others at the hospital.. just never got a chance to join until last year (junior year)</p>

<p>I guess I can say I have no chance at the top tier schools... what a bummer</p>

<p>Since you want to be a cardiologist, I would consider taking AP Biology my senior year. People are saying you don't quite have a focus on one thing. But with what you have listed, it does seem like you have an interest in Pre-med. So, I think you are probably well off with the ECs (don't worry about those).</p>

<p>However, what you do need to worry about in my opinion are your SAT and ACT scores. Your GPA is alright, but try to get near a 4.35 or so. </p>

<p>I would say you have a chance at Penn, possibly Cornell, and probably Duke and if you are considering other top colleges (not necessarily Ivy League) you have a chance at UC Berkley.</p>

<p>You still have hope! Make sure your teacher recs stand out and write a striking essay which will make you more distinguished!</p>

<p>Good luck</p>

<p>Btw, this is a coincidence, I also did Discus, MUN, hospital service, and ECs relating to Pre-med since I plan on being a cardiothoracic surgeon, oh AND I'm Pakistani</p>

<p>@riadapaki95- haha that is cool. What a coincidence! And yeah, I have already taken AP Biology and got an A+ in the class. As for my GPA, I should be able to get all A's which will bump me up to 4.3ish after first semester and close to 4.38ish after second semester. And I am almost 100% sure my recs will be awesome (gonna ask my AP Bio teacher and AP English teacher)</p>

<p>So, I was thinking about my EC's and I feel that they aren't too scattered if u think about it. Here is a break down about my ECs:
Volunteer at Library (9-11.... I love to read/write in my free time)
Will be a sports writer for Bleacher Report (has millions of views each month) next month (11-12 I love to write and love sports)
Volunteering at a Hospital (11-12... I would like to be a doctor-- specifically a cardiologist)
created a website called: (11-12 talks about the heart and heart disease.... I would like to be a cardiologist)
Red Cross Club member (10, I would like to go into the medical field)
Helped out at a Basketball Summer Camp (10-11 Love sports)
Am going to be a cofounder of the cricket club (the sport) and the president of it (love sports)
Student Council Student Ambassador (9... leadership)
NSHSS student Ambassador(11-12... leadership)
Will be a tenn council member next year (12, leadership)
Link Crew (12... help out freshman at school... leadership)
Spanish Club (10)
NHS (11-12)
Model UN (10)
Made a website about education in Africa (9-10)
I know that Spanish Club, Model UN, and even the website on Africa are off, but it seems like everything else revolves around my passions (helping others, writing, sports, medicine). What do u guys think? Still too unfocused? Any suggestions to get me focused? Thanks guys!</p>

<p>If you can get a 35 or 36 on the ACT, and some high SAT II scores then you should have a great shot. You have some great ECs</p>

<p>well you seem pretty competitive, although I wouldn't call you a match. When you get your SAT's back or your new ACT's we can have a better picture, because its very hard to estimate what you will actually get, especially if it was your first time taking the SAT. I'd give you maybe a 50-50 chance at the low ivies, i think the fact you speak another language and are a minority will help you. Also, did you say you live in Colorado Springs? When colleges talk about diversity, they don't just mean race. Geography is just as big. Majority of Ivy league students come from the East Coast or California, so not being from either of these places can help you ever so slightly.</p>

<p>@stewta4- thanks for chancing me. and yes, I am from colorado springs. What SAT and ACT scores should I be aiming for (2300? 34+? or lower?). As u read, I am 100% sure I bombed the ACT and got a 32ish and I think I did decent with the SAT with a 2200ish... but of course that doesn't mean too much until I get my real score =)</p>

<p>Heres how I see it, I'm more familiar with the ACT, so I will speak about that.
A 30 will hurt your chances, or anything below it.
A 31-33 will put you at average, they won't look at your test score and think "that's too low for us" but at the same time they won't think "wow, thats a really high test score".
A 34+, maybe at the higher ranked Ivies, a 35+, will be above average and could help compensate for lower parts of your application.</p>

<p>@stewta4-ok, thanks. I appreciate the help. So, I assume that I should be aiming for a 2300+ on the SATs in October (I believe a 35 is a 2330ish).</p>

<p>Yes, I'd say a 2270+ would do it too.</p>