<p>White Male, North Carolina</p>

<p>SAT: 770m 680cr 690w (retaking)
SATII: 790 math2c 790 US</p>

<p>4.0 uw gpa ranked top 10</p>

4 years of ultimate frisbee- nationally ranked (top 10)
3 years of improv comedy- president
2 years of quiz bowl
2 years of venture crew
Editor in chief of newspaper, was section editor last year</p>

<p>working 40 hr/wk internship this summer at a bioinformatics firm</p>

<p>Wow, I didn't know Ultimate Frisbee has national rankings. That's just freakin' awesome. </p>

<p>But in regards to your question, no one on College Confidential knows crap about college admissions. There's the basics that we all know such as maintaining nice grades and decent test scores and doing EC's. But beyond that, we don't know much. Hence, we're all just hypothesizing here. Therefore it is important to take anything written on these forums with a grain of salt. </p>

<p>Generally, each school has its own personality. Admission officers have actually mentioned this, so I'm going to assume its veracity. Consequently, each school looks for different qualities in its students, though a lot of these qualities seem to overlap. Furthermore, a thing to keep in mind is that it's not necessarily about the well-rounded individual, it's more about the well-rounded class. Hence it seems unfair that someone with a 26 ACT score but who's awesome at soccer can get into places like Stanford whereas someone who's got perfect scores across the board can't. But this is done for the sole purpose of creating a well-rounded class. It'll be pretty boring if everyone in a class at a particular school are pretty much the same, no?</p>

<p>So to truly answer your question, I believe you should apply to any school you wish to attend. You never know where you might get in. I know this from personal experience. I got into things that I never would've dreamed of. A friend of mine got into Harvard but was rejected (not even waitlisted) by MIT. And I've met someone who got into Harvard but got rejected by UPenn. You would think that the odds would be more against them at Harvard. (Yes, I do realize that Harvard is not Brown. But the same thing applies to any top notch school) </p>

<p>And If you don't get into a particular school, hey, don't sweat it. Yes, it may seem like the end of the world, but as my dad says, "It's 4 years of your life. So in the grand scheme of things, it represents a rather small percentage of your life. What's more important is how you take charge of your college education. A graduate of a state school can be just as successful as anyone from the ivies." I know this may sound harsh, but sometimes, maybe you're just not what that school's looking for in that particular year. That doesn't make you any less qualified. It's like casting calls for a movie or a show. Though you may have the acting skills, maybe you just have the wrong face for the part. Just be sure to apply to a wide spectrum of schools that you're willing to attend. Otherwise, you might end up very dissappointed with the results. It's not like actors and actresses only audition for one part to earn their daily bread.</p>

<p>So apply to Brown and whatever other colleges you're looking into. I think you're qualified for Brown. But that's just my opinion. :)</p>

<p>I think you have a chance because of your unique EC's.</p>

<p>Wow, thanks for the responses!</p>

<p>Yeah you're absolutely right, it is just college. If a person's identity is based on their success, which many on these boards thinks is directly dependent on the college they end up attending, they are in for a dissapointing 60-80 years ahead of them. </p>

<p>So thanks for the advice I will let the figurative cards fall where they may.</p>

<p>depends how intellectual you really need to look like a scholar. use your essays for that. good luck. where do you go to school in nc.</p>

<p>Take the SATs early, take them often.</p>

<p>If you applied to all 8 Ivies, assuming great recommendations and essays, you'd get into more than 0 and less than 8. :-)</p>

<p>This is also a financial decision. Are your folks loaded? ED gives one an edge in this case. Are your folks poor? Ivies are great. Are your folks in between - the Ivies have no merit aid and an education that is on average, only marginly better than 50 other schools. And in individual cases worse. </p>

<p>Do you need money for professional school post undergrad? Don't spend it all on undergrad.</p>

<p>I go to school in the triangle. </p>

<p>Folks are both doctors, money isn't a problem. </p>

<p>So the question is then where do I burn the SCEA/ED? I was leaning towards Stanford because it is definitelty my first choice.</p>