Do I have a chance?

<p>I took the SAT three, the first time I got a 1090/1690 (570 R 520 M 600 W), the second time I got 1240/1840 (670 R 570 M 600 W). I just took them in June and haven't gotten my scores back yet but I'm pretty confident that at least my math score came up.</p>

<p>My GPA is probably my weakest point, I had something like an 84/85 unweighted at the end of sophomore year, which translated to a 88/89 weighted. I think it will come up a little bit by the end of this year but probably won't get higher than a 90.</p>

<p>Honors:
Freshman Year:
World History H B-</p>

<p>Sophomore Year:
English II H B+
US I H C+</p>

<p>Junior Year:
English III H B+</p>

<p>Senior Year schedule:
English IV H
AP Gov
Bio II CP
Public Speaking/Crafts
Newspaper
Calculus CP</p>

<p>ECs:
SADD - 2 years
Newspaper - 3 years (very selective, hold page editor position and hopefully editor-in-chief next year)
Homework Help Center volunteer program- around 30 service hours for this year, will probably participate again next year and get another 30, and definitely do some additional community service in the mean time. This is a selective program as well.
Over the summer I will be volunteering at my local assemblyman's office, so I'm hoping that will set me apart a little bit.</p>

<p>I want to major in Media Studies.</p>

<p>Other schools I'm interested in:
Rutgers
Ramapo
Temple
Chestnut Hill
Drexel
American
UConn
TCNJ
UMD</p>

<p>Thanks :)</p>

<p>You are in.</p>

<p>Wow, really?</p>

<p>I disagree. With that GPA and none too special SAT's I think Fordham is a reach for you. I don't want to sound harsh, but Fordham is by no means an "in" school for you. If you can get your total SAT to the 2000 mark I think you will have a shot though. The volunteering looks really good for Fordham, they put a lot of emphasis on that so keep it up.</p>

<p>Okay that's more of what I was expecting to hear. Thanks for the advice. I think my SAT will definitely improve when the scores come out but I just don't know how much.</p>

<p>Honestly, it's not that much of a reach, nor is it an "in". I just finished my first year and have friends that had lower SAT scores than you. I see that u have rutgers on your list. That is more of an "in" for you already but you should strongly consider private colleges over public and especially for your major Fordham is better.</p>

<p>what are my chances?</p>

<p>College Class Year: 2015
High School: Private</p>

<p>Academics:
GPA - Weighted: 3.03
Class Size: 200</p>

<p>Scores:
SAT I Math: 710
SAT I Critical Reading: 510
SAT I Writing: 640
SAT II World History: 510
SAT II Math Level 2 (IIC): 730</p>

<p>Extracurriculars:
Significant Extracurriculars: school magazine, service on saturday program, table tennis school team, piano- played since second grade</p>

<p>Leadership positions: Asst editor of school magazine</p>

<p>Athletic Status - list sport and your level: Table Tennis, 2 years of "JV", 2 years of "V"</p>

<p>Volunteer/Service Work: 4 years- service on saturday program, 2 years- UNICEF fundraising, 2 service trips</p>

<p>Honors and Awards: NSHSS, Honor Roll</p>

<p>College Summer programs: Columbia SHSP</p>

<p>Senior Yr Classes: AP Hum Geo, AP Stat, Senior English, Chinese Lit, Forensics Science, Human Biology/Sport Science, Creative Writing, PE, Transitions</p>

<p>@cucclater </p>

<p>Your GPA is low and your reading score is low. If you can improve your reading score to at least 620 they can almost look past your GPA. It will probably be much easier to improve you SAT score than your GPA so over the summer study more for the reading section to prepare for the October SATs</p>

<p>Thanks, I got my SAT score up 30 points, Math is now 600.
I'm curious why you say I should consider private schools over public? I am looking into more smaller liberal arts type colleges than I had originally planned, but I honestly can't afford private schools, unless they're total safeties. I'm not in a position to get significant scholarship money and I doubt I'll receive very much financial aid.</p>

<p>In many cases private schools are more respected than public. Not to say that you cannot get a good education at a public school, but if you were to decide to attend any grad school or certain employers, they often consider the fact that you attended a public school which are notorious fo easy grading. People often say you can sleep your way to an A in Rutgers. Other than that class size at most private schools can be much smaller than public. This is important because it allows you to develop a stronger professor-student relationship because they will atleast know your name. All my classes at Fordham had no more than 25-30 students while rutgers has classes with students in the hundreds or something (not completely sure but have tons of friends at rutgers who may have exagerated). Your professor-student relationships will be important when it comes to recommendations. But you can find all of this at a public with the right classes/professors but it is more of a guarentee at a good private school. If money is a problem there are a ton of scholarships and grants that are available for high school students and if you are a minority I have friends that at there are tons of scholarships for that alone. Just get your SATs up because Fordham offers scholarships based on those scores and they also give out grant money which is usually based off the FAFSA.
Good luck and if you have any other questions just ask I'll still be here.</p>

<p>Thanks so much!</p>