Chances at Rice, Duke, Cornell...

<p>I live in Texas and am considering psychology, engineering, political science or liberal arts as a major. I would like know what my chances are at the following schools and also which schools are good for which majors. </p>

University of Texas Plan II Honors
UC San Diego and Berkeley </p>

<p>Test Scores:
SAT-1500 (780 verbal/720 math)
PSAT-215 (National Merit Commended)
SAT IIs: Writing-800 Physics-780 Math IIc-770 </p>

<p>AP Scores:
Eng: 4
Psych: 5
Comp Sci:4
US History: 5
Spanish: 4
AP Scholar</p>

<p>Class Rank: 16/493
GPA is 4.0/4.0 and 5.46/6.0 </p>

<p>Freshmen Course Load:
Study Hall
English Honors
Bio. Honors
Spanish II
Geometry Honors
Speech </p>

<p>Sophmore year:
English II Honors
Spanish III
World History Honors
Algebra II
Chemistry Honors </p>

<p>Junior Year:
English III AP
Spanish IV AP
Comp Sci I AP
Soccer one semester
Psychology AP
US History AP
Pre Cal Honors
Physics Honors </p>

<p>Senior year courseload:
English IV AP
Physics II C AP
Calc. BC AP
Spanish IV AP
Humanities (Decathalon prep class)
Gov/Eco AP </p>

<p>All A's in all classes so far </p>

I think these may be my shortcoming because other than soccer I do not have anything really outstanding and I haven't volunteered a great deal. </p>

<p>I have been playing club soccer competitively for 10 years now, have done well in many tournaments and during league play, and this takes up approximately 8-12 hours a week during the fall and spring.
I also played high school soccer during freshmen and sophmore year at the JV level.
Track during 11th grade just to stay in shape </p>

<p>Spanish Honor Society 10,11,12-reporter
Science National Honor Society 11-treasurer, 12
English National Honor Society 11,12-Vice President.
Key club 11,
11th grade-received outstanding History and English Student awards </p>

<p>NASA Aerospace Scholars Program-11. My team placed first at the summer workshop.
NASA Mars Settlement Design Competition-11,
Counselor in training at a camp during summer between 10 and 11, received a leadership award.
Went to Turkey during the summer before 9th and 10th to improve my Turkish speaking skils (I am fluent)
I went to UC San Diego this summer to participate in the Academic Connections program and took a class on neurons.
Sixth place in Regional Editorial Writing Contest
I helped rebuild a house this spring and I will be doing Habitat for Humanity in the fall
First place in school catapult building contest. I also spent approximately 25 hours developing a potato cannon with a friend, which was an interesting experience. </p>

<p>Recommendations should be very good and essays will be either good or very good. </p>

<p>Thanks for your help.</p>

<p>comments welcome</p>

<p>ur basically set</p>

<p>You = accepted. Nice job on the physics SAT II btw. The difficulty of that test scared me away.</p>

<p>I think the people who have commented are being too optimistic. Does anyone think that I'm right or that I'm just being overly pessimistic? Thanks again for your comments.</p>

<p>What I would really like comments on is if my strong academics will make up for my average extracurricular activites. Thanks.</p>

<p>Comments anyone?</p>

<p>Comments anyone?</p>

<p>Your goals are all within reach. (Aka nothing like MIT or Caltech or Harvard :P) I'll give out percentages of acceptance just in my opinion:</p>

<p>University of Texas Plan II Honors (Don't know about this one :()
Northwestern 50%, 70% with ED
Reed 60%, 90% with ED
Swarthmore 45%, 65% with ED
Dartmouth 45%, 60% with ED
Duke 50%
Cornell 65%
UPenn 30%, 55% with ED
UC San Diego 95%
UC Berkely 45%</p>

<p>thanks for your comments anthony</p>

<p>The only two schools of the ones you mentioned above that I am familiar with are the Plan II Honors at UT and Rice. Those are the ones my daughter has been looking into.</p>

<p>I'd say your chances are better than my daughter's and she's still applying to both. I do know that the Plan II program puts heavy emphasis on the essays and the senior schedule.</p>

<p>Good luck.</p>

<p>im in the same situation at u, my coursework is awesome like urs but my ecs are kinda lacking (none of those all state piano/ varsity football, stuff like that). </p>

<p>Ive also been pessemistic due to ecs. So im wondering why so many of u all are optimistic about his app. </p>

<p>Btw im from Texas, and im bettin ull probably get into UT Plan II HOnors with ur coursework and academic stats. Good Luck</p>

<p>Thanks nkgoyal 87. Where are you planning on applying?</p>

<p>Duke ED and then Columbia, carnegie mellon, wash u, yale, upenn, and UT Honors Engineering or HOnors business Plan II (havent decided).</p>

<p>Does anyone have any comments on what's been said so far? Do the opinions of the people who have posted seem overly pessimistic or optimistic?</p>

<p>Does anyone else have any comments on my chances?</p>

<p>you'd better get more specific on your interests cause thats a huge range to be considering from the colleges' perspective. BTW, I bet that study hall in freshmen year was real hard...har har</p>

<p>University of Texas Plan II Honors (Don't know about this one )
Northwestern 70%, 90% with ED
Reed 80%, 95% with ED
Swarthmore 60%, 80% with ED
Dartmouth 60%, 80% with ED
Duke 75%
Cornell 80%
UPenn 50%, 60% with ED
UC San Diego 100%
UC Berkely 90%</p>

<p>Study hall is going to hurt you very badly for college admissions. I say you forget about these schools and drop it a notch. At least be in AP Study Hall.</p>

<p>I think your record is outstanding but I have heard so many weird stories... such as girl at my daughter's HS who had very similar, excellent stats. Applied to 10 schools. Was WL or denied at all but one.... Harvard! So go figure, you can be strong enough to be admitted at Harvard and still be denied or WL at 9 other schools. So-- I would identify a few "sure things" -- solid matches & safety schools. Maybe somewhere in D3, where your soccer skills would be useful to a team? Somewhere offering merit aid to kids like you? Somewhere with EA option or rolling admissions? You will probably get in to some or even most of the list above, but you will have a back up in your pocket and you will sleep better from Dec through April.</p>