<p>The story is that I'm a current highschool junior at a private Catholic school in the DC area. I've found all these amazing colleges that I want to apply to, but they're all really top-tier and I've having trouble finding ones that are in reach, but are not safeties. My current list of reaches (are they all big reaches?) is:
Stanford (Huge Reach!)
UNC Chapel Hill
UC San Diego
William and Mary
Yale (maybe applying)
<p>I don't think I'm applying to all of those, because that seems a little extreme, but I'll definitely have some tough decisions. *I'd say Rice and Duke are currently my top choices. I'm also applying to Georgia Tech and Wake Forest, which I would probably consider targets, but I wasn't really in love with either one. My brother goes to Georgia Tech...do siblings give you legacy status, or only parents? I have a list of safeties, so I'm fine there.</p>
Graduation Year: 2011
Intended Major: Biology or Ecology, with maybe a minor in English
SAT: 2140 total
<p>I think that 640 in math will definitely hurt me, since I'm applying as a science major. I'm taking it again in June, and I've been studying like crazy. I'm taking the Math SAT 2 in October, I think. I plan to study a lot during the summer.</p>
<p>GPA: Around 4.2, Weighted. I don't know what it is unweighted.
-All honors freshman and sophmore year, and one AP, AP European history. I got a 4 on the exam.
-Junior Year: Honors Pre-Calculus, Honors Physics, Art 1, Spanish 4 Honors, AP English Language, AP US History, Theology 3
-Senior Year: Honors Calculus, AP Environmental, AP Biology, AP Literature, AP Gov, Theology 4, Art 2
-Varsity Cross Country, all 4 years. I'm ranked in the State in the Private league, and possibly in the state as a whole. I think I stand a good change of being captain next year.
-Varsity Outdoor Track, Varsity 3 years. I stand a good chance of being captain next year.
-National Honors Society
-National Spanish Honors Society
-Keyette Club; its an in-school service club where you apply freshman year and are accepted for your sophmore year. I'm an office aide coordinator, which is a leadership position.
-Group Workcamps (2008 and 2009)- We go to poorer areas for a week and help repair homes of those who can't afford to. We fundraise all year for it.
-Virginia Governors School at VIMS (Virginia Institute of Marine Science)(2010): VIMS is associated with William and Mary, so maybe that will help me there. I'm basically going and helping a biologist do real research for a month while living in the dorms with other students. From what I understand its pretty prestigious, not to sound arrogant. I don't know how highly states outside of Virginia think of it.
I think they'll be excellent, but I guess it depends what my teachers think. I'm getting them from a History and a math teacher. My guidance councilor sort of loves me, also, so i should be good there.<br>
Essays: I'm a good writer, so I think I should be able to come up with something.
-Cross Country MVP
-2nd Place in School Science Fair
-Award from the science fair from the Naval Society of Engineers
-Won a regional Essay contest, honorable mention at the state level</p>
<p>I don't know if I've left anything out, but if I did, please let me know. If you just want to chance one school, or just chance my list in general, or suggest a possible target school, any help would be really great. Hopefully I haven't come off as being really full of myself. Thanks! :)</p>