Chance me?

<p>REACH COLLEGES: University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, John Hopkins, Duke
GOOD FIT COLLEGES: Carnegie Mellon University, University of Chicago
SAFETY: New York University, PennState</p>

<p>GPA: 3.72
SAT SCORE: 2365</p>

Newspaper: Editor-in-Chief
Science Club: Vice-President
JSA: Treasurer
Diversity Club: President
Internship under a professor at CMU
International Volunteer Service</p>

<p>National Merit Finalist
National Spanish Honors Society
Womens Engineering Award
and several awards for science projects such as PJAS</p>

<p>What are my chances (honestly) and am I aiming too high? I realize my GPA isn't great but will it still get me in?</p>



<p>sweeeettt. How did you do that!!!?! :O</p>

<p>It's really hard to chance for top schools like you have on your list because it can be a crapshoot, but they are definitely within reach, which is good. I would say U of C would be a reach because they are really looking for a fit with their curriculum rather than stats, so it can be hard to predict. To me it looks like your list is a little top-heavy, but I may be wrong on that.</p>

<p>I was under the impression that SAT scores were multiples of tens, not fives?</p>

Thanks! I took a princeton review SAT course before I took the SAT. I do have more reach colleges than I do good fits or safeties, my reasoning is that it's more probable I'll get accepted to a top school if I apply to more. It's my GPA that I'm worried about most... not sure if 3.7 will get me into my reach colleges. My highschool is pretty competitive but I'm not sure how much the college admissions officers will take that into consideration.</p>

SAT scores ARE counted in multiples of 10. I took the SAT twice (both within a few months of each other) towards the end of this (my junior) school year. My first score was 2360 and my second 2370. My college counselor advised me to submit both scores since they're both very strong. I wrote 2365 because it will be the average that I hope colleges will get out of the two scores.</p>

<p>You definitely have a good shot. haha i just wanted to make sure you knew lol</p>

<p>Are you instate for PSU?</p>

<p>I wouldn't call Chicago a match. The admission rate fell drastically this year; you have a good shot, but I'm reluctant to call a ~20% acceptance rate a match for all but the most exceptional applicants.
Good luck.</p>

<p>Even though your SAT score is fantastic, I wouldn't necessarily classify NYU as a safety. Your GPA is only around the average for them and ECs are decent. I'll agree that you stand a MUCH better chance of acceptance than being rejected, but it's probably more of a low match than safety. It's DEFINITELY not a financial safety. Look at other state schools as safeties.</p>

<p>PS: Why would you retake the SAT if you got a 2360? I don't get it...</p>

<p>Chicago and Duke are low reaches, JHU is a high match. I predict Chicago's accept rate to be a little lower next year (~15%), Duke's will probably be slightly higher (~15%) since they'll be adjusting their acceptance rate due to their unexpectedly low yield this year, JHU's will probably be slightly lower (~20%).</p>

Yeah I live in Pennsylvania... so it makes a good safety.</p>

My parents both graduated from NYU and my dad used to teach there so I think I'm have a pretty strong chance at NYU.
My high school requires you take the SAT at least twice no matter what you score... I guess they think you're sure to improve or something and most do since the majority of the students take the SAT at the start of junior year and at the end. I took it within a few months each because I was sick at the start of junior year... hence the low GPA.</p>

<p>Thanks everyone for all your advice!</p>

<p>^Yes, but unless your dad's still a professor there, you don't get free tuition, which means it's not a financial safety.</p>