Hi, I’m getting more and more anxiety now that the application notification in less than a month away and I would really like some help about my chances for getting into one of my top schools, Rensselaer polytechnic institute. I want to go to this school because it has a stellar computer science course, one of the best in the country. The only issue is…I don’t know if I can cut it and it really freaks me out. I’m a bit of a peculiar case when it comes to my grades in school as I have a 3.8 GPA weighted (around 3.6 unweighted) and a REALLY bad SAT of 1010. My SAT was really bad as I suffered from a bad headache at the time of the test and my family at the time lacked the funds in order to set up a new one for me to take.
With my GPA I also took some AP and Honors classes, most notably AP computer science A, and I got an A+ average in the class. The thing that’s a bit weird and sets me out from other students is my lowerclassmen grades and upperclassmen grades, as in 9th and 10th I got basic B+ and the occasional A but in my 11th and 12th grade, I got all A’s and rarely a B. In average instances it would seem as if I don’t have much of a chance for RPI but I also have my extracurriculars. In my Junior year, I was both a lead role and a supporting role for my drama club, this was actually the thing that motivated me to apply myself in school. The next thing also in my junior year was a Skills USA computer programming competition, which I placed first in my state and then 14th out of 50 in the nationals. I feel as if this competition alone could maybe help prove that except my poor SAT score I might be worth it to the school. Lastly, for my senior year, I have the lighting head for drama club shows and is the co-founder and vice president of my school’s E-sports league.
I have a good college essay and a great letter of recommendation from my computer science teacher too.
Whether you’ll think I’ll get in or not thanks for your time and your response.
Edit: Sorry I forgot to mention I’m also African American, I don’t know if that will help my application chances though.