Chance me on Merit Aid please? Or Chance me!(Northeastern Schools)

<p>CT Resident</p>

<p>SAT (after only taking once): Reading is 600. Math is 650. Writing is 670.
which means Combined is 1250 or 1920.</p>

<p>In the top 5% of my class as of the end of sophomore year, so would expect to graduate in the top 5-8% according to my guidance counselor.</p>

<p>Weighted GPA is 4.3
Unweighted GPA is 3.93</p>

<p>4 high school years of every subject, except for foreign language, which I completed through Advanced Year 4.</p>

<p>Participated in JV Volleyball. Chorus for 4 years. Volunteer hours at various local park and rec programs (both academic and athletic), as well as a nearby hospital. Have work experience.</p>

<p>By the end of senior year, will have completed 3 AP courses.</p>

<p>Schools I am looking at:</p>

<p>UCONN (target)
Central Connecticut State University (major safety)
Quinnipiac University (safety)
Marist (safety)
Roger Williams (safety)
Syracuse (target)
Connecticut College (reach)
Trinity in Hartford (target)
Duke (reach)
Northeastern in Boston (reach)</p>

<p>thanks for any info you can give me for any of these schools!</p>

<p>i'd like to maybe teach high school history, so any additional suggestions you have would be much appreciated!</p>

<p>Let me go in depth:
SAT is okay, (similar to mine)... I thought it was horrible, but nothing I can do about it :(
Rank: GREAT... I'm top 11% which really ****ed me off -__-
GPA: GREAT!
Course Load: lack in depth from what I understand (3 APs...)
EC's: lack in quantity AND quality... My EC's were probably the only thing on my application that stood out.</p>

<p>Syracuse is a definite.... Northeastern (which I also applied) is a 75%</p>

<p>and DUKE (my dream school... which is a crapshoot for me :( ) is a 10-15% </p>

<p>GOOD LUCK! :DDDD</p>

<p>I didn't list every single EC. Here are the rest: I'm in a more select choir. I participate in a club that runs freshmen orientation and does activities with them throughout the year to make them feel comfortable in their new school. I am part of the club that organizes and runs our school's blood drives. Volunteered with a local candidate for town council. Relay for life team member. On prom committee. Write for school newspaper. Was in environmental club. Take piano lessons for the last 5 years. </p>

<p>As far as APs go, I don't see how 3 is lacking?? Yes it isn't a schedule of only APs, but considering I have a job, I don't have time to take 5. The rest of my courses are higher leveled, just not AP, but they are the tier beneath AP. We have 3 to 4 tiers including AP depending on the department. I only took AP courses that were topics I was interested, each in a different subject by the way.</p>

<p>And thanks for calling my SAT scores horrible. Really made me feel good. At least those are only from my first time taking them without studying, and I am taking them at least 2 more times.</p>

<p>For those schools, your SAT is fine</p>

<p>*except for Duke</p>

<p>I just wanted to say that colleges do take into account having a job during the school year. That can almost be considered another EC.</p>

<p>Just to temper your expectations of Duke, I was deferred early decision with a 2260 SAT. Unless you're a URM, the SAT score virtually excludes you from admission there. 3 AP courses isn't very much if your school offers many of them, because it means you aren't challenging yourself academically enough. If they only offer like 5, then I can understand. I'm juggling a part-time job (15h/wk) with 6 AP's and many extracurriculars, so it can be done. The reality of admissions to extremely selective schools is that this is the way it is. I bet you'll get into your target schools and maybe Northeastern/Connecticut College, you have the credentials!</p>

<p>Thanks. I always seem to have this battle with people, but it's just opinion. I know that college admissions wants to see rigor and my non -AP classes are still rigorous. But what I can't understand is why people take AP classes in subjects that they don't even like, just because they can. But I guess their reason is just that: because they can. Still, I do understand where you are coming from. It is the college admissions that puts pressure on students to take all AP courses. To some extent, I would say they are unrealistic in that demand, but they are allowed to require it. Doesn't matter so much, I guess. Any of those top notch places would be too expensive anyway.</p>

<p>Then again, I like to have occasional social time and not be working into the wee hours of the night. If I was willing to give both of those up, maybe I could take more AP classes. But I like my sanity. LOL. That's just me.</p>

<p>If you end up with a 640 and a 680, for example, I don't think Northeastern is a reach at all. Conn college and Trinity would be slight reaches, so make sure to show your interest---interviewing, visiting etc. You might want to consider a few Pennsylvania liberal arts colleges if you like Trinity----Franklin and Marshall and Lafayette, for example. If your scores go up you might be able to eliminate a safety or two. Duke is what I would call a big reach. What about University of Rochester if you want a place that's slightly larger than Trinity and less of a reach than Duke.</p>

<p>I'd like to major in history education I think. At least that's the plan right now. I am only a junior so I still want to find some more places I'm interested in. If like to be somewhere that has 5000 students as a bare minimum. Something Syracuse or uconn sized is better and I don't want to be anywhere urban really. I only threw Northeastern out there just to see what my chances are.</p>