Come in this thread and tell me how small my chances are! :)

<p>Schools:</p>

<p>Harvard
Cornell CAS
JHU
NYU (both NYC and Abu Dhabi campus)
Lafayette
Lehigh CAS
Boston University (maybe, not sure)
PennState</p>

<p>Background</p>

<p>Race: White
Gender: Male
Location: Eastern Rural Pennsylvania
Socioeconomic: Low-Middle Class
Parent's Status: Divorced
Hooks: None</p>

<p>-Unweighted GPA (4-point scale): 3.56</p>

<p>Freshman Year UW GPA: 3.42
Sophomore Year UW GPA: 3.27
Junior Year UW GPA: 4.00
Senior Mid-Year UW GPA: 4.00</p>

<p>-Weighted GPA (5-point scale): 3.95</p>

<p># of AP/IB/honors courses:</p>

<p>8 AP classes</p>

<p>-Junior Year: US History (5), English Lang. & Comp. (5), Psychology (4)</p>

<p>-Senior Year: European History, Microeconomics, US Government, Literature, Statistics</p>

<p>My school only offers 14 APs and does not allow you to take them until Junior Year.</p>

<p>7 Honors classes</p>

<p>-Freshman Year: World Honors, Biology Honors</p>

<p>-Sophomore Year: English 10 Honors, American History 1 Honors, Chemistry Honors</p>

<p>-Junior Year: Pre-Calculus Honors, Physics Honors (AP wasn't offered at the time)</p>

<p>Class Rank/Size</p>

<p>-Rank: 33/424 (Top 8%)</p>

<p>SAT/ACT scores</p>

<p>-SAT I Superscore: CR - 690, M - 790, W - 740 (2220/2400, 1480/1600)</p>

<p>-Highest Single Score: CR - 690, M - 680, W - 740 (2110/2400, 1370/1600)</p>

<p>-SAT II scores: Literature - 660, Math II - 740, US History - 720</p>

<p>ECs</p>

<p>Marching Band: Lead Tenor (6 years)
-USSBA National Champions 2007, 2008, and 2010
-Highest score in USSBA history
-Many other notable awards</p>

<p>Percussion Ensemble: Member (5 years)
-Performed in the off-season of marching band</p>

<p>Wind Ensemble: Member (2 years)</p>

<p>Scholastic Scrimmage: Varsity Member (2 years)
-2nd place in our conference in 2010 and semi-finalists at IU tournament
-1st place in our conference in 2011</p>

<p>ArtsQuest: Volunteer (1 year)
-One of the first volunteers after its completion in early 2011. I usher concerts and help out in other various ways
-100 hours</p>

<p>Interact Club: Vice President (2 years)
-Raised thousands of dollars for local charities through school events</p>

<p>Young Republicans: Founder/President (1 year)
-First subjective political organization in my school</p>

<p>Creative Writing Club: Officer (3 years)
-Creates an annual book composed of our members' works
-One of the founding members</p>

<p>PMEA District Band: Percussionist (1 year)
-4th best percussionist in the district my sophomore year</p>

<p>Fellowship of Christian Students: Member (3 years)
-One of the founding members</p>

<p>Blue Eagle Ambassadors: Member (1 year)
-Student Government</p>

<p>Principal Student Advisory Board: Member (1 year)
-Student Government</p>

<p>Philosophy Club: Vice President (1 year)</p>

<p>Other Random Volunteering:
-Church Volunteering
-Performed at Concert for Cancer to raise money for cancer treatment</p>

<p>Honors/Awards</p>

<p>-2007 USSBA Grand National Champions
-2008 USSBA Grand National Champions
-2010 USSBA Group IV National Champions
-AP Scholar
-National Honors Society
-High Honor Roll
-2nd place in Scholastic Scrimmage Conference 2010
-1st place in Scholastic Scrimmage Conference 2011
-Semi-Finalists at IU Tournament 2010 (Scholastic Scrimmage)</p>

<p>Recs/Essays</p>

<p>Recommendations: From the three best teachers I know (my three AP teachers junior year). Also, I'm expecting a good one from my counselor.</p>

<p>CommonApp Essay: About my marching band experiences and what I learned yada yada...</p>

<p>Harvard Supplement Essay: This explains how my parents separated a week before my freshman year, how it turned me into a cynical, unmotivated kid for a few years, and how I got over it and now have a more positive perspective on my parents' divorce.</p>

<p>All Other Supplement Essays: Haven't started >.<</p>

<p>Additional Information</p>

<p>I have an extreme upward trend from a 3.3 GPA my freshman/sophomore to a 4.0 GPA my junior year. I'm anticipating a 4.0 senior year. </p>

<p>Also, I'm sending in an Arts Supplement to show my percussion and composition skills.</p>

<p>I got rejected from Penn ED, so I'm assuming my chances are dim for Harvard and Cornell.</p>

<p>I wouldn't bother applying to harvard or cornell the scores are just not there</p>

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<p>The scores?! You mean my GPA, right? I think my SATs are standard for Ivy League...</p>

<p>Bump.Bump.</p>

<p>Bump.Bump.</p>

<p>Final Bump</p>

<p>Actually your one-sitting score is below average for most Ivy League schools, maybe with the exception of Cornell. But even then the score has to be compensated for an extraordinary EC or some such special thing.</p>

<p>NYU (both NYC and Abu Dhabi campus)
Lafayette
Lehigh CAS
Boston University (maybe, not sure)
PennState</p>

<p>you'll get into a few of these^ (definitely BU and Penn State, probably Lehigh and Lafayette, maybe NYU) but honestly Harvard and Cornell are sorta out of the question :(</p>