Hi! I’d like some opinions on my chances of getting in to Carleton. I am a white, male with a family income of around $140,000 a year. Both of my parents went to college, and my mom went to Carleton.
My statistics are somewhat confusing, mostly because of the high school I go to. It is a highly competitive one, and so my GPA is low, but my standardized test scores are quite high.
GPA - 3.702 weighted, don’t know unweighted
SAT I - 1570 (800 math, 770 r/w), 21 on essay
SAT II - 780 on math 2 (a bit low but I took 3 on the same day and this was the last), 760 on chem, 740 on lit
AP - 5 on com sci, 5 on lang, currently taking psych and enviro (very probably going to get 5s)
I do have a fair amount of extracurriculars, specifically those related to computer science, which I am very passionate about.
Captain and head coder for robotics team which ranked 3rd in the state
First job was tutoring middle schoolers coding for a week
Volunteered to teach basic coding to underprivileged kids
Written around 15,000 lines in Kotlin (a Java derivative language) for a game (still in progress, has been for 2 years), and also proficient in 3 other languages (Java, Python and C++)
However, I am not entirely focused on computer science, as I think balance is important. I have had some interesting experiences:
Volunteered on an organic farm in rural Montana for a month
Moved from NJ to Maine for a year with my family to live in the wilderness, off the grid, just for the experience
Interned at a charity, did data analysis on rural Indian villages
My first language was Vietnamese, because I lived there for the first 2 years of my life (for parent’s jobs). Then I moved to Australia for 3 years, and then to the US (both of my parents lived most of their lives in the US). I’ve taken 5 total years of French (3 in middle school, 2 in high school) and 1 year of Latin.
I applied to the Carleton Summer Computer science program and didn’t get in. However, this was before I got my SAT results and my essays were somewhat lacking. Right now, I consider myself a good writer, (mostly thanks to my wonderful AP lang teacher), but that was my first experience trying to ‘sell’ myself–I focused way too much on my computer science stuff.
Sorry if this is a whole bunch of text Carleton is in my top 3 choices if not the first, and I’ve heard great things from everybody. Thanks!