Chance pls

SAT I (breakdown): Superscore: 2260 (R770,M740,W750) 2 sittings, plan on retaking in Jan
SAT II: Math II (770), World History (710), Japanese (710)
ACT: 34 (35 M, 35 E, 31 R, 36 S) 2 sittings
Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): school doesn’t do on 4.0
Weighted GPA: see above
Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 8/438 (2%)
AP (place score in parenthesis): US Gov (5), World History (5), Computer Science A (5)

Junior Year Course Load (currently a junior): AP Calc BC, AP Lang, APUSH, AP Art History, AP Chinese, AP Physics 1
Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.):
AP Scholar (most basic one)
2nd place award at an “International” Taekwondo Tournament (the reason I put quotes around International is that it wasn’t really anything super difficult to get…the fact that participants from multiple countries attended really overexaggerates the significance of this award)
JLPT N4 (Japanese proficiency test)
Attended my state honors program over the summer (about 1% of rising juniors and seniors who apply get in every year)
3rd in school science fair
Founder of a tutoring club freshman year
Pres-elect of my HOSA Chapter
Black Belt in Taekwondo
Varsity Quiz Bowl
LEO Club
Key Club
Plan to start a pre-law club next semester
Job/Work Experience:

Volunteered at a hospital over the summer (about 50 hrs)

Essays: N/A
Teacher Recommendation: N/A as of right now, but I’m really connecting with two teachers who I plan to get recs from next year
Counselor Rec: probably generic, as counselor doesn’t know who I am.
Additional Rec: not sure yet

Applied for Financial Aid?: prob not
Intended Major: dunno yet
State: Georgia
School Type: Public
Ethnicity: Asian
Gender: Male
Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): Legacy at Duke, Emory

Please chance for:

Dartmouth (ED)
GA Tech

Not a finalized list. Yes, I will include some match and safety schools, but this is just to see where I stand. Thanks guys

Also Northwestern and Uchicago thanks!!


Why would you go to college if you do not know what you want to do?

I don’t think it’s unreasonable to want to go to college without knowing what to major in. Actually, aren’t most incoming college freshman undecided? Kinda the reason why they give you until your winter of sophomore year to declare your major.

Dartmouth (ED), Columbia, Cornell, Brown you have good scores, but keep in mind they are super competitive and you won’t necessarily get in.
Duke, Emory good chance due to legacy.
GA Tech, NYU you have a good chance.

Any safeties? These are all pretty competitive schools that you seem to be a good fit for, but due to the sheer number of applicants, it’s good to aim for a lower-tier school you would be fine with.

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@ruetherford thanks! The only safety i have in mind so far is UGA…haven’t really looked at other safeties.






Dartmouth (ED)-low reach
Columbia-low reach
Cornell-low reach
Brown-mid reach
Duke-low/mid reach
GA Tech-match/safety
NYU-match/low reach

If you attend GT make sure you want to do something in engineering or Tech.

Emory and Duke is going to be easier for you since you are a legacy and have great stats.

Cornell is on the easier ivies, but with a bigger applicant pool

Have you considered Vanderbilt or Boston University?

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@em1998 Thanks! yea I have considered Vandy, but not Boston.

@yakisoba if you are thinking about applying to these Ivies, Boston University will be a match/safety school for you. It’s in a great city like Emory, and it’s up north like Dartmouth.

You’re only problem is that you an ORM and fairly typical for an Asian. However, your recs and essays can (and will, I’m sure) show them otherwise. So I predict that you will get into Emory, NYU and GA Tech, and probably 2-3 of the other extremely competitive ones on your list. Best of luck!

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@em1998 Thanks again for the wonderful feedback. @ptkid16 I do realize that my extracurriculars seem fairly typical for an Asian…but the thing is, these are the things I truly like to do. Something atypical I would say that I enjoy a lot extracurricular wise is weightlifting, but I don’t really see a way to expand upon that, since it’s more of a hobby.