I am a senior in high school applying this November 2015. I have been dreaming about Penn since my freshman year of high school and have visited the campus twice. I know that the atmosphere fits what I am looking for but I am extremely worried that my academics are not up to par to have a decent shot. Please give me your best advice and criticism!!
Current GPA: 90.22u—94.07w (I don’t know what this equals on the 4.0 scale)
Demographics: Female, South Asian, US Citizen, from New York. I attend a public high school that is ranked medium-high
I have taken an ACT and got a composite of 30. I will be taking my second and final ACT soon and am aiming for a 33+
I am also going to take the Math 2 subject test since it is recommended however I was thinking I will only take one rather than math2 and another subject. Will this hurt my chances? Should I just study hard enough to get a good grade on another and submit 2 subject tests? On the Penn site it says they don’t require them and it won’t put me to a disadvantage…your thoughts?
H English: B+
H Geometry: B+
H World History: A
H Italian: B+
R Biology: A
Business Law: A
H English: A
H Alg2/Trig: A
AP Euro History: B
H Italian: B+
R Chemistry: B+
AP Language & Composition (English): A
H Pre-Calculus: B+
AP US History: B+
H Italian: A+
AP Physics 1&2: C+ (ouch I know)
12th Grade: Courses I am currently taking
AP Calculus AB
AP Economics (Micro&Macro)
College Business Law II
Another ouch factor: I really do not plan on sending my AP test scores because all of them are so poor. I know they’ll see my final grade but I will most likely opt out of showing them the scores.
Extra Curricular Activities:
JV Tennis (9th) //Varsity Tennis (10-12)
Captain of the Girls Varsity Tennis Team (12)
VP of Italian Club
VP of Italian Honor Society
VP of DECA (business club)
Member of National Honor Society
Member of Italian Honor Society
Applying to Business Honor Society soon
Orchestra 9-12: Nyssma Levels 3-6 (6 is the highest level to achieve)
2nd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Doe
Internship for a local political campaign (12)
Involved in an all-girls charity group. Started a project that helped collect school supplies for local schools. Raised over 200$ in supplies.
For Tennis: All Division (10),
shooting for All County this year (my senior year).
(2x) NYSSPHA Scholar Athlete Award 2014, 2015
2x Regional Winner (for DECA- 9,10)
Hook: this summer I started a charity project over the summer. The goal is 10k but that is just for formality. So far I have collected 1,000$ and all of this goes to building schools in South Gujarat, India. The part that ties this into Wharton is regarding mergers and joint ventures. So far the donations have been from friends and other connections. However, I am trying to reach out to corporations to get that joint venture/merger aspect into it. Any advice?
**I know my only only slightest bit of chance at Wharton is through ED and I was initially sure I was going to to that. But now since I sit down and realize how slim my chances are, I am considering ED-ing another school (after thorough inspection to see if I like the school). Other possibilities: Michigan’s Ross School of Business, NYU-Stern, Cornell (Dyson School of Economics). Any other recommendations? Should I ED Wharton?