<p>I go to a rlly competitive school in NYC and i have a 3.61 GPA</p>

<p>A 1950 on the SAT</p>

<p>I am a really active judo player/wrestler</p>

<p>I am also the head of my school chess club/ team and I am nationally ranked in the top 50.</p>

<p>I have volunteered at churches and done community service.</p>

<p>If i apply ED, what are my chances?</p>

What do you and your guidance counselor think of your ED chances? You know the class of '15 profile, about past admits from your school, your class rank, something about your recommendations and the quality of your essays.
In any event, if you are a senior you will know soon enough if your SAT scores are high enough, all things considered in terms of your application and the other ED applicants.
Best of luck with Colgate and your other choices!</p>

<p>I go to a really small competitive school, Browning in NYC, that only has 28 kids in a grade. So, we don't have class ranks. Also, Colgate isn't an entirely popular choice for kids in my school to apply to. I think Colgate is a reach, but at the same time I think i still have decent chances of being accepted, especially if I apply early.</p>


<p>Thanks for the additional information which helps frame your situation.</p>

<p>I think you would have a good chance and for now stress the importance of your essays. They should show how much you know about Colgate and why you believe it's a fit in terms of what you plan to do there in your studies, study abroad, early thoughts on extracurriculars etc. Be sincere and true to yourself. </p>

<p>Best of luck, Ace!</p>

<p>Can you just talk about the rushing process. What exactly is involved? Is there hazing/excessive drinking during the initiation process?</p>

<p>Rushing, hazing, drinking? What do these matters have to do with your plans for admission to Colgate and your ensuing freshman year? The answer is nada since there is no freshman rush at Colgate and among sophomore males only 175 or so of 780 of your classmates typically choose to join the 6 fraternities. And for those that do I trust that none of them will engage in the hazing nonsense. Think about it- why would anyone do so? The antics represented in Animal House were played out at Colgate a long time ago. Good riddance!</p>

<p>For now, and in consideration of the dialogue we have established, I suggest you visit the colleges to which you are applying asap and evaluate what your priorities are in terms of the what's on offer inside and outside of the classroom. </p>

<p>And with that suggestion I hope you are successful with your college search!</p>

<p>I realize that rushing only happens sophomore year, but let's me honest, the social scene at Colgate revolves around greek life. I spent an overnight a week ago, and my host said the exact same thing. And when he did talk about the initiation process/ rushing, he did mention that people did have to do crazy things to be accepted into a fraternity. I still am applying to Colgate EDI, but I just have some reservations about greek life, especially because not joining is a very limiting experience socially.</p>

<p>Your host is certainly entitled to his opinions about what constitutes social enjoyment during one's sophomore year. It will be up to you to decide if you want to participate in one of the 6 fraternities. In my opinion there is the good side- belonging to a living unit that governs certain aspects of its routine as a unit, intramural team sports, social and charity events etc. On the other hand I view hazing and drinking by minors in violation of the university's clear policies on residential life as foolish and detrimental to a student's health, character and welfare, to say nothing of the possible impact on academic performance. Fortunately, you will have freshman year to see for yourself what all this means and indeed whether you choose to make your social life revolve around fraternities.</p>

<p>Moving along, Colgate offers several options for sophomores, juniors and seniors in addition to Greek units such as several themed houses (some converted fraternities), traditional dorms, 3 apartment complexes behind the fraternity/themed house row, the townhouses (each for a group of 16 students) and a number of off campus permits for living in town. I hope you make it a point of making friends in these places during your freshman year so you can learn what's especially attractive in each of these choices.</p>

<p>Good luck with your application!</p>