Columbia, Cornell, Amherst, Tufts, BC?

<p>Hi, just wondering if anyone could give me a rough estimate as to my chances at those schools</p>

<p>Currently a junior at a competitive private school, in top 20% seeing as how my school does not rank numerically</p>

<p>White Male, (but I'm also a first generation Croatian national, so dunno if thats worth anything)</p>

<p>Freshman Year: Took most competitve schedule offered to freshmen (Alg. 2, Honors and some seminar classes)</p>

<p>Sophmore Year: Took most competitve schedule offered to sophmores: (Honors English II, AP Stats)</p>

<p>Junior Year: I'm in all honors or AP's w/1 study hall (AP US, Honors Spanish IV, AP Chemistry, Honors PreCal, Honors English IV which means I'm taking the AP English Language test, and Honors Green Campus which is an application class that deals with environmental issues affecting our school)</p>

<p>Senior Year Schedule (tentative): AP Euro, AP Spanish, AP Comparative Gov., Political Issues, Honors Physics, AP Calc. BC, AP English, and a Study Hall</p>

<p>GPA: About a 4.4-4.6 W, 3.8 UW</p>

<p>SAT: 680 M, 700 CR, 760 W (taking 2 more times)
PSAT: 219 selection index, so possible National Merit
Taking ACT in April and SAT II's in May</p>

-Member of 3x State Champion Varsity Wrestling Team
-2x State Qualifier in Wrestling, took 4th this year
-Freestyle+Greco State Champion
-Member of NC Jr. National Freestyle+Greco Team, Member of NC East Coast Duals Team, Member of NC Disney Duals Team
-Competed at Junior Nationals for Team NC
-Volunteer/Shadow at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center doing research in Plastics and Reconstruction
-Tutor Hispanic children at local elementary school
-Member of NHS, Mu Alpha Theta, Spanish Honors Society
-President/Co-Founder of Film Club, Scientific Theory Club, and Badminton Club
-Member of Enivornment Club, Democratic Student Union and Celebrate Diversity Club (hold positions but didn't found or anything like that)
-Class Secretary Freshman year
-Honorable Mention in Toshiba Exploravision Contest
-Chemistry Olympiad
-Have a steady job if that counts</p>

<p>Summer Plans: Living with a host family in Argentina for a month, working, probably going to Junior Nationals for wrestling again</p>

<p>Will probably have solid Recs from good teachers who know me and I can usually write a good essay when it counts</p>

<p>Just wondering what my chances would be at Columbia, Cornell, Amherst, Tufts and BC. I've visited all of the schools and gotten in contact with all of them to show interest. I would apply to Columbia ED and have visited there about 4 times and sat in on classes and done the student lunch etc.
Thank you for reading and giving feedback if you did!</p>

<p>no takers?</p>

<p>Your app and schools you are looking at are very similar to mine ... I would say you're almost definitely in at BC. You have a good shot at Tufts, too. Cornell and especially Amherst/Columbia would be a bit reachy but you have a shot for sure. If you can bump up your ACT/SAT and do well on the SAT II's, they would complement your GPA very well.</p>


<p>does reach imply that assuming i get ACT/SAT/SATII stuff together and work some essay/reccomendation/application magic that i have a chance?</p>

<p>In a reach school, you still have a chance, it's just not a big one. Bumping your scores could definitely help, but you can never be sure with Ivies or even Amherst. I'd say if you bumped up your SAT to 2220+, I wouldn't be surprised if you got into at least 1 of the 3. But that's just my opinion ...</p>

<p>I'm not really familiar with the chance threads, but I would like to comment that your athletics EC's are exceptional. That will be a big plus for you, as it seems that the majority of people on here are involved with non sports EC's.</p>