Chances of getting into Uchicago

<p>Highschool senior and Uchicago is at the top of my list</p>

<p>GPA is 3.7
Currently I am taking:
AP BIO
AP English Lit
AP Spanish Lit
Honors Econ
Dual Enrollment Hon Pre-Cal
Journalism
and World Religions</p>

<p>highlight of my extracurriculars..
-I'm the editor-in chief for both the newspaper and magazine at our school
-co-captain of mock trial team
-dance team since 10th grade
-essay competition finalist 10, 11 grade
-honorable mention speech competition
-"best orator" award at international youth legislative program
-I've been volunteering/participating for the national hispanic institute since 9th grade
-and have over 300 hours of service coaching/mentoring kids
-Worked as swim instructor 10,11 grade
-Also visited the campus</p>

<p>Sadly..I have a very low SAT score CR 550 Math 470 and writing 640 = 1660 overall
I'm hoping my geographical region will help since I live in a border town, and I am hispanic. My essays are also pretty strong,</p>

<p>What are my chances? And any suggestions on how I can improve my chances of getting in will also help greatly!
Thanks!</p>

<p>That SAT score is too low to even be considered for UChicago.</p>

<p>Actually, SAT scores are only one factor in the admissions process. Although they are considered, it's not UChicago's focus in the admissions process. I know it's not my strongest point, but that's why I'm asking for advice to increase my chances. I might not have the sat score, but it doesn't mean I'm not a good fit for the school. They're only numbers. After all schools like UChicago will turn down kids with perfect SAT scores and GPAs if they don't think they're a good fit for the school. So if anyone else is willing to give advice that's actually helpful I would appreciate it.</p>

<p>Don't get defensive on me. It's just advice, take it or leave it. The SAT and GPA are the strongest parts of your application, and with yours, you will get turned down. The ECs are used to differentiate between candidates in a gridlock. And your ECs are not "out of this world". Either way, good luck.</p>

<p>Assuming that you did get in, I would worry about your ability to be able to handle the workload at UChicago if you did have a 1660 on the SAT. The SAT is a standardized test for a reason in that it can be used to compare students from different schools and regions and evaluate the difficulty of their school, what they learned in high school, and if they can handle the work.</p>

<p>^ Complete and utter BS. I've written research papers about standardized tests as well as spoken about their inefficiency. Will it hurt your admission chances? Yes. Will it mean you can't handle rigorous courses or are not intelligent? No. Some people have off days, are bad test-takers, etc. Standardized tests are horrible assessments and are losing their weight in the college decision process.</p>

<p>SAT</a> Scores No Longer Important to Some Colleges
The</a> Case Against Standardized Tests - Article by Chris Carter</p>

<p>You know better than anybody else if you can handle UChicago and other elite schools.</p>

<p>Thank you DRose, I know it will hurt my chances but your post gives me hope!</p>

<p>I'd have to disagree with you DRose, scores do give a good read of whether a student will Su eed at a school. They might not be a good indicator of whether a student with a 750 will do better than one with a 650. But a 550 CR indicates to me that a student may indeed not Su eed at Chicago.</p>

<p>OP, if you look at the common data set you'll see that your scores will make Chicago highly unlikely. Instead of using posts from strangers to cling to hope, I hope you've rounded out your list to include schools you like here you have a reasonable shot. Theres a week to add schools.</p>

<p>Of course I have -.-</p>

<p>It is my recollection that UC does not count the writing section, so if this is true, I would say that without your good writing score in the mix, your SATs are too low. But I would still apply, because you never know. Creating a college class is like casting a play, and you might fit into one of the roles the admission office has created.</p>