Chances and Question

<p>Well, let's get this out of the way real quick:</p>

<p>Positives (?):
- Wisconsin resident (male)
- 4.0 uw GPA (school does not weight nor rank, I've taken the most rigorous course load so I'm on track to be co-valedictorian)
- 31 ACT
- State-qualified athlete as an individual past two years (XC running), Varsity all four; Varsity track for three years.
- School doesn't offer very many APs but I self-studied two and got 5's. (I'm taking all APs offered this year.)
- 250+ hospital volunteer hours over past four summers.
- Various clubs
- Bausch and Lomb Award among others (history awards, all-state academic athlete, all-county etc.)</p>

<p>Negatives:
- No paid work experience. (yet!)</p>

<p>I do have a great respect for UMN even though you need to be careful who you say that to where I'm from. ;) </p>

<p>I have a few questions though. On rolling admissions: is it already too late for me since I haven't applied yet? </p>

<p>Also, I got the Golden Gopher Application which told me that there would not be a writing portion, so I was surprised when there was one and I am sorry to say that I was not prepared. It says the "Special circumstances..." question is optional. But, see, I feel like that's a way of saying that it <em>is</em> because everyone else is going to put something down. Your thoughts?</p>

<p>Also, for the "Other special talents..." portion, can I just do a list of my other ECs and awards or would that be the wrong way to approach it (i.e. is it meant to be an essay)? </p>

<p>Thanks for your help. I really would consider UMN if I were to get accepted. Only been out to the Twin Cities once (I live on the other side of Wisconsin.) but I liked it there and I have heard of the school's prestige.</p>

<p>Thanks.</p>

<p>You're in, guaranteed. Don't fill out special circumstances... That's for things which inhibited your grades, and obviously yours are just fine. Honestly, this app took like five minutes to fill out for me.</p>

<p>Oh, and I just listed my stuff.</p>

<p>Did you already get accepted? What were your stats?</p>

<p>I just don't want to leave it blank if everyone else puts in the effort to write something. I guess I could talk about why I put effort into my school work, but I don't really have any family issues or anything.</p>

<p>My son was accepted to Science and Engineering this week, and he left "special circumstances" blank. He also just listed his EC and volunteer activities. He has no "real" work experience, just pet sitting, lawn mowing, etc...</p>

<p>Ok, I applied. Will I get any sort of notification once my test scores and transcript are received?</p>

<p>Yeah, you will I think, and yes, I was accepted with 3.6/4.4/35.</p>

<p>If they don't send a confirmation email about that stuff, then I KNOW you can log on the portal and see it that way... It changes status once app is complete.</p>

<p>Ok, I didn't get an email with a student ID number yet. I can't log onto the tracker.</p>

<p>How long after I apply can I expect to get a student ID number?</p>

<p>I think you get an ID number when you receive the email about all of your info being in.</p>

<p>Also, I got accepted today and didn't fill anything in for special circumstances.</p>