Chance me! PA resident, 3.73/1380, for Poli Sci


  • US domestic (US citizen or permanent resident) or international student: us citizen
  • State/Location of residency: pa
  • Type of high school: public
  • Gender/Race/Ethnicity (optional): female white
  • Other special factors (first generation to college, legacy, athlete, etc.): none

Intended Major(s)

GPA, Rank, and Test Scores

  • Unweighted HS GPA: 3.73
  • Weighted HS GPA (incl. weighting system): 3.77 (gpa x1.05)
  • Class Rank: no rank
  • ACT/SAT Scores: sat 1380 (710 ebrw/670 math) retaking it in Oct & only submitted to psu

Aps: hug (5), apush (4), eng lang (4), psych (5), calc ab (not submitting…), apes, spanish, stats


  1. Youth & gov best written bill statewide

  2. 3 mun awards so combining them here

  3. bball team: conference sportsmanship award

  4. youth and gov outstanding delegation


  1. Youth and gov: sorta like a yr long mock state govt, 2 elected statewide positions, community service leader in my club, organized drives. I’m running for a big statewide position & find that out mid Nov so I’ll add that if I win

  2. Mun: Prez!! grew the club by a lot & planning to join new confs

  3. national youth & gov: 1 of top 25 selected in my state, placed top 25%, worked with ppl across USA

  4. political advocacy group: working to help fix conditions in local prisons, petitions, talking w officials etc

  5. Camp counselor: younger girls w/ interpersonal relationship probs, help them learn skills they need for ms, piloted new soc media program

  6. academic decathlon: founder prez

  7. Work: foods and retail at big touristy place

  8. bball: team manager in 9th

  9. Spanish club

  10. Humanities club

Essays: 7/10???
Lors: 6/10, 2 humanities teachers & my counselor one will prob be meh

Cost Constraints / Budget
Prob not applying for aid


  • Safety (certain admission and affordability)
  • Penn state
  • pitt
  • Reach
  • Boston college (ed)
  • Syracuse
  • gwu
  • nyu
  • umich
  • unc

Only really applying to reaches bc Penn state is a safety & VERY affordable for me (I get 75% off tuition) :blush:

So then why apply to any reaches?

For SU and GW, you have to demonstrate a ton of interest. Forgetting U Mich and UNC are impossible, you’d never get to cost - unless UNC if you have demonstrated need.

BC is a risk unless it’s your true #1 and your parents can afford it - or you get enough aid to make them say - 75% off tuition at PSU gets you to under $20K total cost vs. BC at over $80K (if you don’t get aid). Do you know if you’d get need aid or if not, would your parents be willing to spend over 4x the cost of PSU?

Otherwise, don’t ED.

Best of luck.