<p>Chances for:
Cal Poly SLO and Pomona
UC Davis
Johns Hopkins
Carnegie Mellon
Washington University in St. Louis</p>

<p>Goes to a public school (812 API) in California
Gender and Ethnicity: Male, Indian
4.00 GPA (unweighted) (10-12)
4.83 GPA (weighted) (10-12)
UC GPA: 4.33
Class rank: 1/269</p>

<p>Test Scores:
SAT: 2210 - 680 CR, 750 M, 780 W, Essay:11/12
ACT: 31 composite (35 M, 31 E, 26 R, 32 S, 9 essay)
SAT II Biology M: 790
SAT II Math L2: 760
SAT II U.S. History: Pending</p>

<p>Course Rigor:
Took 4 Honors in freshman year, got all A's (7 total).
Took 1 AP class (AP Biology) in sophomore year and 4 Honors courses (7 total).
Took 4 AP classes and 1 Honor's course in junior year (6 total).</p>

<p>Senior year schedule:
1. AP Physics C
2. AP French Language
3. AP English Lit.
4. AP Statistics
5. AP Environmental Science
6. Econ/Govt.</p>

<p>All A's throughout high school (man, that sounds pretentious =p)</p>

<p>AP Scores:
AP Biology (sophomore): 5
APUSH (junior): 4
AP English Lang. (junior): 5
AP Calculus AB subscore (junior): 5
AP Calculus BC (junior; not offered, so self-studied): 5
AP Chemistry (junior): 5</p>

<p>EC's/Volunteer work:
-Volunteered at Canal Alliance for 2 years; (helping lower-class kids in education).
-Member of Youth Leadership Institute:
-Member of its Marin County Youth Commission and President of its Health Committee (3 years)
-Member of its Healthy Empowered Youth Program. (for 3 years)
-Enrolled in summer classes from UC Berkeley in a program called Academic Talent Development Program (ATDP) for in summer of 2009.
-Selected by UC ELP (Eligibility Local Context) program.
-Member of Link Crew for 2 years (max); (helps high school freshmen to transition into high school life).
-Member of Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra for 3 years.
-Founder of Tennis Club and Cultural Diversity Club.
-Member of Varsity Tennis team (Co-captain).
-Member of California Scholarship Foundation (3 years)
-Peer Tutored kids after school in my high school
-Member of the Big Brother Big Sisters program (2 years)
-Member of Marin Indian American Association: Member in cultural events and youth education programs. Raised Haiti earthquake relief funds. Taught Indian heritage to young children. (2 years)
-Worked as a paid intern at a Kaiser Perm. Hospital Intern for its 2010 Summer Youth Employment Program- lots of medical experience.
-Went to UC Davis COSMOS program for math and science in summer of 2011 for -Biochemistry (200/800 applications get chosen)
-21 Community College Credits</p>

<p>Awards and Honors:
-AP Scholar w/ Distinction
-President of French Honors Society
-MVP of Varsity Tennis team
-Marin County History Day- Won 3rd place
-Successfully completed and honored in Toastmaster's International Youth Leadership program. (2010 summer)</p>

Have a reliable essay tutor and have pretty good essays, in my opinion.</p>

<p>Letters of Rec:
1 Science, 1 US History, and 1 Math, and they all know me well.</p>

<p>Hooks (barely have any, I don't think these count anyways):
-Indian ethnicity, but AA screws me haha.
-Parents studied in India, first gen. in family to study in the USA</p>

I'm thinking of doing a Neurobiology/Cell Biology/Molecular Biology major with a pre-medicine discipline.</p>

<p>Cal Poly SLO and Pomona safety
UCB match
UCLA match
UC Davis safety
UCSD low match
UCSB safety
Rice high match/low reach
Northwestern high match/low reach
Tufts high match
Johns Hopkins high match
Cornell high match/low reach
Columbia mid reach
Brown mid reach
UPenn mid reach
Stanford high reach
Carnegie Mellon high match
Washington University in St. Louis high match/low reach</p>

<p>Your GPA, rank, course rigor, and ECs are impressive. Your SAT I may be a little low for the most selective schools on your list. I think you have realistic shots at most of the schools on your list. I'd be interested in hearing on what your strategy is for applying early to any of these schools and what your fin aid needs are. For example, if you really like Rice (and you should because it is a great school) and you apply ED, your chances of admission are even better than they already are. Personally, I would not apply REA to Stanford but rather save it for a school where you have better chances. Besides, Stanford couldn't care less about "demonstrated interest" anyway, so I'd save it for a school that DOES care about DI-- like Rice, Northwestern, or WashUStL.</p>

<p>Although my SAT I may be a little low, others in my personal life have stated that Rice, NU, JHU, and Tufts are all matches. They've said this because my EC's are apparently "profound." This is just what others have said, like teachers and all.</p>

<p>I'm doing all RD by the way. This is because I've no preference for the private universities, since they're pretty much great for my interests. Sorry for having no ED/EA strategy jshain, lol.</p>

<p>Also, what do you mean by "realistic shots?"</p>

<p>Trust me, Rice, NU, etc. MAY be matches but they are high matches. There are many applicants who are vals and sals, have solid ECs, and BETTER test scores than you whom you will be competing against. IF Stanford is the school you are considering applying REA to, I think you are wasting it. Pick your second choice private and make it REALLY count for something. I use the term "realistic shots" because many applicants don't have very good chances at top-tier schools. You do, with the possible exception of Stanford, that will take a little bit of luck since there are so many well-qualified applicants in the pool.</p>

<p>Thank you for your input jshain. I will take your opinions into consideration.</p>

<p>Since you do not have clear preferences I think you are smart by doing the RD round for all your schools. Cast a wide net, compare all the FA offers, and see what happens. Best of luck to you.</p>

<p>Rice - Target
Northwestern - High Target
Tufts - Target
Johns Hopkins - High Target
Cornell - High Target
Columbia - Reach
Brown - High Target/ Low Reach
UPenn - Low Reach
Stanford - Reach
Carnegie Mellon - High Target
Washington University in St. Louis - High Target/ Low Reach</p>

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<p>Duke and Holy Cross are 2 additional schools that are great for pre-med. Holy Cross has a very high med school acceptance rate and new science building. Duke would probably be a reach but Holy Cross more of a safety. HC has an incredible medical alumni network and is a need-blind school for admissions. Also Holy Cross(don't have to be religious) has beautiful campus about 1 hour from Boston.</p>

<p>Pre-med programs barely differ at any of the schools I'm applying to. High GPA, MCATs, and clinical/research-oriented internships are really all you need to get into a good med school. A simple process, but INCREDIBLY difficult to do. It will be daunting, but doable task.</p>


<p>You will definitely get into any of the UC's, I think your chances at Rice and Tufts are pretty good, Brown/Upenn/Cornell/Johns Hopkins slight reaches, and Columbia and Stanford are probably higher reaches, though I don't think it's impossible for you.</p>

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<p>Btw, I've taken all AP courses offered at my school, except for AP Art.</p>