chances at top schools (stanford, yale, columbia, USC, etc)

I am currently a junior enrolled at a large public school (2500+ students) and would like to know my chances at some top schools :smiley: (sorry for long post in advance)

SAT I (breakdown): taking in december (expecting 1500+ based on practice tests and PSAT)
ACT (breakdown): taking in the spring
SAT II: will be taking biology, math II, and literature in spring/summer
Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 4.0
Weighted GPA: 103.8 out of a 110 scale
Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 1/~647
AP (place score in parenthesis): Human Geography (5), Biology (4), Microeconomics (5), European History (5), Lang (5), Psychology (5), World History (5)
IB (place score in parenthesis):
Senior Year Course Load: AP Macro, AP Gov, AP Calc BC, AP Latin, AP Physics C, AP Statisics, AP Lit, AP Research
Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): lol!


Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis):

HOSA (Founder of school’s Chapter and President) (2015-present)
Organize and plan meetings, instruct and lead officers and 100+ members, plan events (Health Fair, Blood Drives, Fundraising, Conferences, etc)

Cross Country (Varsity and JV) (2014-present)

Track and Field (Varsity and JV) (2014-present)

Science Olympiad (Team Captain) (2014-present)
Plan meetings and study sessions, lead members, compete in competitions (2 first place regional medals)

Science Bowl/Club (Assistant Team Captain)
Help plan meetings, serve as second seat for Team A, help plan study sessions and lead Exploravision Research Competition team

Korean Club (Founding Member and Vice President )(2016-present)
Learn about Korean language and culture, in absence of president, lead meetings and teaching basic korean

GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) (Vice President)
Helped revitalize and expand the club, as well as organize events and meetings based around LGBTQ+ issues and other social problems, advocate, and provide a safe space for marginalized groups.

Latin Club (2015-present)

Honor Societies (Science National Honor Society, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta) (2016-present)

Beta Club (2015-present)

self study languages on my own (Korean and chinese), currently applying to a few summer abroad language immersion programs)

Job/Work Experience: babysitting last summer (2015) never again… just never. again.

Volunteer/Community service: AP Biology Tutoring, miscellaneous club stuff
Summer Activities: studying languages, volunteering at nursing home, babysitting, (next summer in 2017 i might be at a summer abroad program, Governor’s Honor Program, interning at a doctor’s officer or doing hosa stuff.)

Applied for Financial Aid?: yup! (gonna try for questbridge)
Intended Major: biochemistry, may double major in korean or chinese
State (if domestic applicant): in the South
Country (if international applicant):
School Type: very big (2500+ students)
Ethnicity: black/asian (im 1/4 or 1/8 asian, should i mention this? idk because its on my dads side)
Gender: female
Income Bracket: ~60,000
Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): URM, 1st Gen, single parent house hold (father got deported), gay


Strengths: i have a lot of leadership i guess and my background is pretty unique (gay blasian buddhist lolz), my grades
Weaknesses: havent done much outside of school, no test scores as of yet

Schools I plan to apply to:

Stanford University
Emory University
University of Southern California
Columbia University
Cornell University
UGA (safety bc of rank)
Yale University
Harvard University
Princeton University

thank you so much in advance!!!

You are a strong candidate for admission to these selective schools. But, this still means your chances are low. I would imagine acceptance into at least one of Har, Yale, Prin, UChic, Cornell, Colum, USC, Emory, or Stan…Though it is possible to be rejected by all even with your accomplishments. Lol have fun with the writing supplements!! They are terrible I’m doing them now.

My only piece of advice for you is YES! Study abroad Summer 2k17! I feel that study abroad is a major plus to an application especially if it involves meaningful service. I went to Thailand summer 2k16 to volunteer with elephants for a week and explore the culure afterwards and it was so amazing. I’m now planning Europe summer 2k17 with the amazing friends I made in Thailand.

@silas1829 thank you so much!! Yes I’ve looked into YES! and am very interested in applying to it, it seems very worthwhile


It’s almost impossible to chance for these top schools Emory is a lock for, everything else is really a coin toss.

Bump! And if anyone could recommend me some good schools based on my info, that would be so so so helpful.