Chances at Yale, Harvard, MIT, etc?

<p>Okay, I had promised myself that I wouldn't give in to posting here, but I appear to have failed at that. Anyways, here are my stats:</p>

<p>White male at a diverse public school in California,
GPA: 4.0 unweighted (top 4% of high school class)</p>

<p>SAT I : 1600
SAT II Math 2C: 740
SAT II Chem: 780
SAT II Writing: 740</p>

<p>AP Chemistry: 5
AP Computer Science AB: 5
AP Biology: 5</p>

<p>This year I am taking AP Latin, AP Physics C, AP Calculus BC, and AP Literature and Composition.</p>

<p>3 Varsity years on swim team, captain in 11th grade
3 Varsity years on water polo team, captain in 12th grade
I plan upon joining the tennis team in the spring</p>

<p>Worked as a lifeguard for UC Berkeley two years ago
Assisted the electrical engineers at Lawrence Berkeley National Labs last summer.</p>

<p>Regularly go rock climbing, bowling, juggling, walking.</p>

<p>I am applying to:
MIT (Early, possible recruit for water polo)
Washington University (St. Louis)
UC Berkeley
UC Santa Barbara (Safety)
UC Santa Clara (Safety)</p>

<p>So, what ar my chances? Thanks for your input</p>

<p>Bump, anyone?</p>

<p>dude...great on the sat I, but have you done any research or publications or anything....sports and sat are really typical so they need something else to accept you</p>

<p>how many balls can you juggle, i can juggle four now. thats cool</p>

<p>Well, last summer I interned at Lawrence Berkeley Labs for people who were doing research, which is not doing research myself, but it must count for something. I have also worked on several engineering/building type projects (Coil gun, model of the Colosseum, etc). I am really pushing my interest in science and engineering, especially at Yale, where they have recently poured a lot of money into new facilities. Seeing as they don't have especially large departments in these areas, I figure that they must be looking for people to fill them.</p>

<p>I can juggle four balls, three clubs, as well as bounce juggling, and (my favorite) Mills Mess.</p>

<p>My goodness, if you applied for the UC's, you;d be in all of them
however, the IVy's kind of seem a long shot. well dont trust me, what do i know</p>

<p>bump anyone?</p>

<p>You have perfect scores, which is AWesOme. But, I don't really see a "hook." I mean, when I read the posts from the "Decision Day on 12/15/2003" for the Yale forum, they turned down people with 1600/800/800/800 while people with 1390 got accepted....which shows you that test scores aren't everything.
Your activities seem sort of typical of every other qualified student: good scores, sports, internship. Try to say something in ur application that totally sets you apart.</p>