<p>Well, I have a list of about 10 schools right now, and about 6 of them are the highest-end schools in the country, and I was wondering if I am over my league. I want to apply to most of them but I fell like I have too few backup schools and that I will be stuck with the one or two universities that I do get in to.</p>
<p>I'm looking into an engineering program, most likely civil engineering since I possibly want to minor/double major in architecture to become a structural engineer and architect. I am also considering physics programs, or possibly chemistry (with its affiliate programs). Furthermore, I have a bunch of other interests to consider as minors.</p>
<p>So far, my college list is this:
Princeton (I'm applying Early Action since it is most likely my top school, but also because it will allow me to "split the schools": If I am accepted, I'll just go and apply to all the top schools, but if I'm declined from Princeton, I'll apply to the lesser schools and 2 top schools).
Cornell (Engineering first, probably Architecture second, but possibly sciences), Columbia Fu Foundation (definitely applying to no matter what on Princeton)
MIT (my physics teacher is adamant about me applying here, even though I am not hopeful of getting in)
Caltech (only if accepted to Princeton)
Carnegie-Mellon (I used to think this would be a backup, but now I am not sure)
University of Rochester (since it's free...It doesn't have civil engineering)
Colgate or Geneseo
NYU 5-year Poly/CAS program
Yale (if accepted to Princeton)</p>
I have a GPA in the 98.5 area, and I am fairly certain I will be in the top 3 (most likely top 2).
SAT: 660 CR, 800 M, 680 W (1460; 2140) (I have yet to register but I'll take this once more, possibly twice)
SAT II: 800 M2, 800 Physics, 780 Chemistry
AP: 5s on both AP Physics B and AP US History</p>
<p>Senior year courses: AP Biology, AP Calculus (I am not which type we do in our school), AP Microeconomics. I will be taking AP Physics C: Mechanics independently, and possibly C: E&M and Chemistry independently. </p>
<p>Hopefully I can mention in applications my drive in AP courses. I will possibly be doing three AP courses independently, and I have not had a lunch since Freshman year to take a course. (I'm taking a lunch senior year to do those AP courses). Also, for AP US History, I read an entire textbook not required by the class to study for the exam (I used to consider history as my worse subject, and our teacher was not that good...so I read The American Pageant).</p>
<p>Language courses: I will have been studying Spanish for five years, and French for four. (I did French 2, French 4, and French 5 in three years). I am not sure whether to include on the CA whether I am proficient in these, because I am not fluent (I consider myself to be semifluent though), but I feel that I would be able to speak/read/write with accuracy. Hopefully I can do some explaining on this, because I started studying Spanish in 8th grade, but I read a teach-yourself French book in the summer and now can speak French better than Spanish. Along with my independent study (like looking up stuff on websites), I feel I am ahead of my class and I know most of the stuff we learn in class before we learn it.</p>
<p>Extracurriculars: Science Olympiad (multiple medals at regionals, 6th place at States at the very first appearance of our school). (We also have kind of a competition/fun/middle-school mentoring summer camp as well).
Science Bowl, National Honor Society, French Honor Society, editor of the yearbook
I have participated in our school's yearly fall play (once) and spring musical (twice), and have done a summer musical (once).
Math Club (only like a 73 on the AMC though)
I apologize for the poor organization of this, and I am sure I missed some credentials, so if there is anything else I should write down, please tell me.</p>
<p>Thank you for chancing me. I am not sure how I will fare in the Ivies, so I want to make sure I get a few more backups just so I am not unhappy if I only get accepted there.</p>
<p>Also, unrelated to the chancing, but I am not sure if I want to apply to Colgate OR Geneseo. I believe they are on par, and they both offer a 3-2 Columbia Engineering program, but I can't decide to which one I should apply.</p>