Do I even have a chance?

<p>SAT I (by section): Should I take it?
SAT IIs: I'm thinking about taking Math II
ACT: 35 (E: 35, M: 36, R: 36, S: 32, Essay: 10)
APs: Calculus AB, Microecon, Macroecon, US Gov't, Comparative Gov't, Human Geography
GPA: 3.75 unweighted, 3.89 weighted
Rank:45/510</p>

<p>ECs: Tennis (Varsity, Captain), National Honor Society (Exec Board), Model United Nations, Student Investment Club (VP), History Club (VP), Student Investment Club, Ping Pong Club, Internship for Rick Snyder's Gubernatorial campaign</p>

<p>Job/Work Experience: ~15 hours a week at a Banquet Hall for wedding receptions
Senior year classes:
AP Calculus BC
AP Spanish
AP Statistics
Honors Physics
Honors Humanities I and II (class on the Classics)
Volunteering: A lot through NHS, 30+ at the Ann Arbor Veteran's Hospital, 200+ hours at Rick for Michigan Campaign Office</p>

<p>State: Michigan
School Type: Public
Ethnicity: White
Gender: Male</p>

<p>You have a chance. It appears that much will depend upon your essays and letters of recommendations, only one of which you can control.</p>

<p>Your 35 on the ACT is fine, so don't worry about the SAT I. If I'm not mistaken, Dartmouth requires two SAT IIs -- whether you submit the SAT I or the ACT -- so you should take Math II and one other one. </p>

<p>What you'll eventually come to realize is that it's impossible to accurately evaluate these chance threads, particularly when all we have access to is a list of your scores and ECs, without even a brief explanation of the latter. The Dartmouth admissions committee will have access to much more information, and will therefore make a much more informed decision.</p>

<p>To improve your chances at Dartmouth -- or at any school, really -- I think you need to fit the school's personality. I've noticed that the vast majority of my classmates are much like me: intelligent, laid back, humble, and socially adept. Few of us are raging intellectuals who only sit in an ivory tower and write proofs. We are, of course, intellectual, but we're also pretty normal, which is, I think, why we produce some of the world's most successful graduates. </p>

<p>So, in your Dartmouth application, try to come across as someone with the aforementioned qualities. If you can do that, I think you stand a pretty good shot. </p>

<p>Best of luck to you.</p>