Chance my kid at University of Texas and Rice


  • US domestic
  • State/Location of residency: Texas
  • Type of high school Normal?:
  • Gender/Race/Ethnicity White female:
  • Other special factors n/a:

Intended Major(s) Biology

GPA, Rank, and Test Scores

  • Unweighted HS GPA: 3.77273
  • Weighted HS GPA (incl. weighting system): 105.87273
  • College GPA (for transfers): n/a
  • Class Rank: 7.5%
  • ACT/SAT Scores: SAT 1470

(AP/IB/Dual Enrollment classes, AP/IB scores for high school; also include level of math and foreign language reached and any unusual academic electives; for transfers, describe your college courses and preparation for your intended major(s))

Took every AP class offered, including AP B/C Calculus, AP Physics, AP Biology, etc. Took them all.


National Merit Commended, Duke TIP Grand Recognition, NASA High School Scholar graduate

(Include leadership, summer activities, competitions, volunteering, and work experience)

VP of Debate Team, Editor of Yearbook. Worked as volunteer at local hospital.

(Optionally, guess how strong these are and include any other relevant information or circumstances.)

Really strong, Most dealt with the challenges of being in high school while her mom is at home dying with Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS) and having to help as a caregiver.

Cost Constraints / Budget
(High school students: please get a budget from your parents and use the Net Price Calculators on the web sites of colleges of interest.)


(List of colleges by your initial chance estimate; designate if applying ED/EA/RD; if a scholarship is necessary for affordability, indicate that you are aiming for a scholarship and use the scholarship chance to estimate it into the appropriate group below)

  • Safety (certain admission and affordability) Texas A&M (already auto accepted)
  • Likely (would be possible, but very unlikely or surprising, for it not to admit or be affordable)
  • Match
  • Reach

Congratulations on her accomplishments and so sorry to have to be dealing with ALS - such a terrible disease. I would say she should get into UT, Rice I think is a reach.

Terrible a lot your mom. You helping her is the most important thing you may ever do so college is a breeze. A&M is great. Congrats.

Isn’t UT auto accept at your rank ?

Rice a reach but you never know. What you’ve done is amazing.

Good luck to you. You’re doing a fantastic job.

UT Austin is automatic admit for top 6% rank in Texas. Since the OP has top 7.5% rank, that makes UT Austin a reach, since most admission places are taken up by automatic admits.

Other Texas public universities are automatic admit for top 10% rank in Texas, and may have additional tiers of automatic admission.

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Got it. I thought it was 6% major. I get all the #s confused. Thx for clarification.


She would definitely get into my university if I had one. I’m sure she will do well no matter what happens, good luck!


Both are difficult admits but sometimes compelling stories/essays can push the odds in your favor. Good luck!!!

Thanks all. About what I figured. She is hoping to get into UT to stay close to her mother, but it may not be possible I guess.