Chances at MIT? might look familiar

<p>Been reconsidering about majors in college and thought i would go for engineering, SO....</p>

<p>What are my chances at MIT (be nice, even if it doesn't look good)</p>

<p>Boy scouts of America- life scout- eagle scout project in progress
symphonic and marching band-4 years- section leader 2 years
All-shore band 2 years
cross-country 3 years
varsity track and field 3 years
varsity math team 3 years
National Honor Society 3 years
Mu Alpha Theta 3 years- treasurer
Junior Classical League- 2 years
National Latin Honor Society- 2 years
Academic team- 3 years- Regional Champions 3 years
Debate Team- 2 years
Key Club- 4 years
Rock and Roll Revival (school wide music show, provides PTA with $30,000+ money annually)-3 years
Chemistry Club- founding member, treasurer- 2 years
Presidents Award
Outstanding Academic Achievement Award
Minds in Motion (Scholar Athlete Award)
Islamic School Student- Outstanding Student of the year award
Battle of the Bands- participant- Head of Sponsorship committee 2 years
8 AP classes- Chemistry-3, Physics-3, Calculus AB-3, US history-3, English lang and comp-3, Government-3. Going to be taking Biology and Calculus BC this year.</p>

<p>My SAT score for math and reading is 1370, total is 2010 (i know, what a drab)</p>

<p>weighted GPA- 3.96 unweighted- 4.4</p>

<p>Also, if you would be so kind as to posting some good engineering schools that i might have a chance at getting into</p>

<p>Carnegie Mellon perhaps? I would suggest cutting down on that huge EC list and getting some leadership in a few. Your g.p.a is good, just raise your SAT as much as you can and take some subject tests.</p>

<p>I think you need to focus your ec's/getting some leadership. I think you shoudl also raise your ACT to 2200 ish, and take some subject tests. As it is now, though your gpa is quite solid, your ec's and tests are weak.</p>

<p>Hard to chance for any of the top schools, so I'll just give you some advice and comments.
1. focused + leadership in several EC's > many random ones
2. Play to the strengths of your EC's on your app. You rank them on the app, so obviously put the ones where you have leadership first. Consider attaching a resume if you end up having even more EC's come applying time, but make sure that you're not wasting the adcoms time by just attaching irrelevant EC's and such.
2. You have average AP scores (If you didn't know, you self-report the scores on your app, so the college will know or it'll look weird if you don't report)
3. Make sure you do well on the SAT II's
4. If not 3, try the ACT w/ writing to see how you do
5. Obvious advice- Your recs and essays will probably be the most important thing since you don't have any EC's that particularly stand out above others who are applying.
6. GPA is comparable to those who are competitive at top schools.
7. You have a good start on EC's, just take everyone's advice on focusing them.</p>

<p>Last note, I don't know much about MIT, but I'd say that they probably won't like your AP Calc and physics scores; therefore, I'd advise you to make sure that you do exceptionally well on your math SAT II.</p>

<p>Thanks peeps. I do have a lot of leadership positions I just didn't really specify in this (for example I've had 3 or 4 leadership positions in boyscouts for 6+month periods each). Thanks for the input and I'm takingthe ACTs and sATs again</p>

<p>Blarghle, you literally said exactly the same thing as me. ._.</p>

<p>Way too many EC's. How can you really devote time to doing a good job at all of those? OTOH they might all be really weak and you can therefor participate in all of them????? It looks loke they are interfering with your ability to prepare for AP exams. If you weren't applying to college wich ones would you still do? Stick to those.</p>

<p>For MIT you should read a good article by one of their adcoms (MITChris) who is on CC
Applying</a> Sideways | MIT Admissions</p>

<p>also, check out the EC's of some of their recent admits; their lists are more focused.
L@@K</a> at the Class of 2015 | MIT Admissions</p>

<p>Colleges that you could try:
Georgia Tech - Reach school
Columbia - Aim school
UPenn - Reach School
Brown (I'm not too fond of it)
Duke - Aim School
Northwestern - Aim school</p>

<p>If you can push your SAT's to maybe a 2150 atleast, you've got a decent shot at these universities. Remember, you need stellar essays to get you in.
But good luck : ) !</p>

<p>^any of the ivy leagues will be reaches. You would have a better chance at GA tech than Columbia, UPenn, Brown, Duke, NW, etc. </p>

<p>Okay, you need to slim down the EC's (not to be repetitive ahaha)
1) treasurer chem club, varsity math team, mu alpha theta, debate team, academic team look good, but did you win awards in any of them? I find it hard to believe you could be active in all these clubs and be a two sport varsity athlete, and be in band, but hey, more power to you if you can
2) Boy scouts leadership, leadership in this band thing, sports, member of school band- these look good, they show you're more than an academic machine type
3) AP scores are really low, they make it seem like maybe your school's AP classes are not up to par (and maybe that's why you have such a high gpa with low test scores?). You need to raise SATs so that your scores can at least somewhat match your gpa and make it look more credible</p>

<p>I agree with the previous poster about Carnegie Mellon. Maybe look into Cal Poly SLO but it would probably be expensive if you're out of state. Georgia tech, Virginia tech, Caltech (MIT of the westcoast!), UC Berkeley, and Cornell are also strong engineering schools. The first two would be more matches, but I think you have a good shot at Berkeley too. Caltech and Cornell would be reaches (especially Caltech) but I think they would be worth an application. </p>

<p>Focus on slimming down your ECs A LOT. If you didnt play a significant role, consider not mentioning it. You look like you're spread so thin you don't have time to focus on anything in particular.</p>

<p>Thanks again for the responses. @limabeans01 - i will definitely check out those two links thanks so much. Now to be nitpicky, @alwaysleah- im only on varsity track i do cross country more as a personal fitness gain, @everyone else lol- i would consider mu alhpa theta, NHS, latin honor society as more of awards than EC's (i took the leadership positions in chemistry club and mu alpha theta cuz hey-another leadership position couldn't hurt could it?). NHS, etc. doesnt really require any devotion, just keeping up with my grades, paying dues, etc. Also, I know my AP's are really low but i only had 2 good teachers (calc and eng), the others were horrible. To put it into perspective, i was one of maybe 4 people that even passed physics B (maybe that can answer the questions about my academical prowess? lol). Finally, my varsity math team has been regional champs for 3 years, forgot to include that AND i will take debate team and key club off the list because i joined them under the illusion that colleges liked people that had lots of EC's. THANKS ALOT PEEPS I REALLY APPRECIATE IT</p>

<p>BUT, don't get the wrong idea, I am 100% devoted to everything else (especially my grades) and love every minute of it, whether it be music or boyscouts or track(not cross country lol</p>

<p>Excellent EC's and GPA. Work on your essays. If you write great essays and raise those SATS you're in.</p>

<p>SAT too low :(</p>

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