What are my chances for ED at Bowdoin, and RD at Williams, Colby, Washington Lee, Pomona, and Dartmouth?
White female from a midwest state, I attend a large and very competitive public high school. I am interested in environmental science and public relations.
UW GPA: 3.8, W GPA: 4.16, 10 AP classes + 2 dual enrollment courses (max offered)
- Elected Speaker for a very large Christian event (I was also the co-director and social media chair for this event. I managed a leadership team of 20 other high schoolers who met weekly for six months to plan the event)
- Editor for an established international academic journal for high schoolers, possibly editor in chief next year(10-12)
- 2x varsity cheerleading captain, placed nationally (9-12)
- Head of 3 successful social media accounts for my other extracurriculars (cheer, the event, and the academic journal)
- Policy Debate, numerous first-place awards (9-12)
- Founded a mentorship program for underprivileged children at a mental health practice I work at, meets weekly (9-12)
- 200+ total hours volunteering (mental health and environmental orgs)
- Backpacked 300+ miles over three summer trips. Did this through an environmental program (9-12)
- Band (5-12), performed with a high school ensemble in Paris for a music festival
- 2 school clubs w/ officer positions (mental health and religion)
- Not sure if this counts, but I have taken numerous Coursera online courses in subjects I’m interested in (evolutionary biology, environmental science, international relations, etc). I have certificates for all these classes
- Leadership award given to me by my cheerleading coaches
- All American cheerleader
- Pin it forward award from the United Cheerleaders Association (given to one girl per team per year)
- Debate Awards (1st place speaker, tournament champion, etc, school does not do nationals or anything like that)
- Cheerleading Coach
- Receptionist and Accountant for local mental health practice, 15 hours per week (10-12)
My major concern is that my GPA is not high enough, but I do have extenuating circumstances that explain it to some degree. Also, my GPA has risen significantly over my high school career (I started with a 3.3 my first semester freshman year). I am also concerned that I don’t have enough awards. Do I have a chance at these schools, or will my GPA count me out? What else can I do as a rising senior to improve my chances?
Please be harsh as you’d like!