Chances please?

<p>First of all, thanks a ton to whoever chances me. I'm a white male in the Chicago suburbs. Right now I'm a rising senior so I'll be applying soon. I'm either majoring in English, Communications, or Journalism.</p>

<p>Unweighted GPA: 4.97 (5.0 scale)
Weighted GPA: 5.58 (5.0 scale)
Class Rank: 4 of about 430
ACT score: 34 (35 English, 36 Math, 34 Reading, 32 Science)</p>

<p>Extracurriculars:
Newspaper (Editor-in-Chief for 2 years) - 10, 11, 12
Yearbook (Associate Editor of Copy) - 11, 12
Literary Magazine (Editor-in-Chief) - 10, 11, 12
Peer Tutor - 11, 12
National Honors Society - 11, 12
Talent Development Program - 9, 10, 11, 12
Relay for Life - 10, 11, 12
Work on a local fire department's newsletter - 11</p>

<p>AP Tests:
World History - 4
English Language - 4
Calculus BC - 5
US History - 5</p>

<p>AP next year:
English Literature
Psychology
Statistics</p>

<p>Other Information:
Two-time qualifier for IHSA State journalism competition.
My school's newspaper is consistently in the state's top 3 and the nation's top 10 for our # of pages.
I've won several awards from journalism associations like JEA, NISPA, NSPA.
I've taken all honors/AP classes outside of electives.
National Merit Commended.</p>

<p>Recommendations:
I know for sure I'll have awesome recs. One will be from my newspaper adviser and one will be from my AP Calc teacher who is an NU alum.</p>

<p>You have a good shot of getting in - but with acceptance rates these days who knows? You seem to be a competitive applicant who is at least qualified enough to get in. But you seem to be in good enough shape with that great GPA, stellar ACT, and seemingly adequate ECs. If you do end up applying to Medill, the fact that you are editor of a well-established paper and have won awards for such makes your resume all the better. Yet, 82% of people who applied last year were rejected, and 80% of those who apply are qualified. So, nothing is a given these days with that first number bound to trend sharply downwards. </p>

<p>I just had to comment on the fact that you said you want to major in either English, Communications, or Journalism. English is run through WCAS, Comm. through the SoC, and Journalism through Medill. From Medill or SoC, you can major in any field in that given school as well as any field in WCAS. The reverse does not hold true: you can't be in the CAS and major in SoC for example. Another caveat is the fact that you can't major between any two specialty schools. So, in your case, you can't pursue a double major in Journalism and Communications. You would need to choose SoC or Medill, and I personally see a larger interest in Medill, but I also can't presume to know what you are thinking. That's a decision you need to make when applying. As I said though, should you want to major in English from either Medill or SoC (or engineering or whatever), that's perfectly feasible and relatively easy with the flexibility of the quarter system. </p>

<p>You seem like a nice applicant though.</p>