Chances for Harvard?

<p>Hey guys, this is my first post on this forum. I want to apply SCEA to Harvard. Here are my stats: </p>

<p>GPA: 4.0
SAT: 2100
ACT: 31
PSAT: 190</p>

<p>Schedule:</p>

<p>9th grade:
Geophysical Science
English 9/World Literature
Algebra I
Civics
Spanish I
Health
(Took Geometry over summer)
10th grade:
English 10
AP US History
Mandarin I
Algebra II Honors
Chemistry
PE
(Took Precalculus over summer)
11th grade:
AP English Literature
AP Calculus AB
Drama & Speech
Computer Applications I
Mandarin II
Economics
12 grade:
Finance & Investment
AP Calculus BC
AP Macroeconomics
AP Statistics
Psychology
AP Microeconomics</p>

<p>Small Awards:
Cum Laude honor roll in 10, 11, and 12
Student of the Month in 11th grade (March '11) and 12th grade (November '11)</p>

<p>Extracurriculars:
Member of TASP
Member of National Honor Society
Two years Student Investment Club
Internship at a bank
Currently have a part-time job at 7-eleven. I'm trying to sort out how i could fill in for a managing position. (uncle owns the store)</p>

<p>Backround Information:
- Live in Michigan
- Pakistani-American
- Asian</p>

<p>I'm thinking about majoring in Economics since i enjoy it... My career goal is financial analyst. I'll try to get into a top business school and get an MBA so i could move on to a higher position, such as manager. I'm confident that Harvard is the right university for me.</p>

<p>One more thing... I've realized that some ivy leagues want students to do what they love. But most students go for the rigorous courses that ''look good'' on the application, thus lowering the acceptance rates. Is this true?</p>

<p>It looks okay: you meet the baselines for admission. But nothing is jumping as a special reason for them to admit you. (It doesn't always, from chances threads; a lot of times it only can come out in the application as a whole, with recs, essays, the whole bit.) So your chances are better than those who are not very qualified, but there are a whole lot of more-or-less qualified applicants like yourself in the applicant pool. That's why the acceptance rate is so ridiculously low.</p>

<p>About this, though:

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One more thing... I've realized that some ivy leagues want students to do what they love. But most students go for the rigorous courses that ''look good'' on the application, thus lowering the acceptance rates. Is this true?

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No, Ivy leagues want student who love rigorous courses. They'll probably choose somebody who sacrificed AP Calc BC for AP Calc AB and the school's only intense studio art class, which also happens to conflict with BC, if art is that student's One Abiding Passion, since, in that scenario, taking BC and no art would probably be kinda dumb. That said, that student is challenging his/herself, even if not in a "most rigorous"/"highest APs" way. But usually the two demands that you think conflict actually agree with each other: Ivies like students who like rigorous courses.</p>