Does location affect your chance of acceptance? Yale SCEA

<p>I am applying to Yale with a 33 on the ACT (is this okay? I got M:36 E:35 R:35 S:27 so my reading and math scores are good but my science is not..)
Should I apply early action because I think I may be one of the only people (if not the only) to apply there from my state. I live in a state that doesn't send as many to the Ivy Leagues. </p>

<p>Does where I live help me for Early Action? </p>

<p>I can post my other stats if you need</p>

<p>Colleges do consider geographic diversity in assembling a class, and being from a sparsely populated state can provide an advantage in the admissions process. If possible, illustrate the diverse life experiences you've had because of where you live.</p>

<p>I was just reading a thread you'd posted in wjb! Would my location help in early action though?</p>

<p>What's your location?</p>

<p>Geographic diversity plays a role in both the SCEA round and the RD round.</p>

<p>Oklahoma. So it's different than the east coast where almost every student applies to an ivy league.</p>

<p>Yes you'll benefit from geographic diversity. However, you are vastly underestimating the number of people applying to Yale from Oklahoma. The trade-off of geographic diversity is that very few students are actually admitted. A total of 8 students were admitted to Yale from Oklahama this year.</p>

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<p>That's actually better than I thought. Thank you! Do you think a 33 will suffice?</p>

<p>The ACT is only one aspect of your application and there isn't really a "cutoff score" for admissions.</p>

<p>Here’s a link to a thread with a breakdown of Yale’s admitted students by state and country. Oklahoma had eight admits for the Class of 2014. Honestly, when I think of underrepresented states, I don’t think first of Oklahoma. I think of thinly populated states like the Dakotas, Montana, or Wyoming. Or I think of states with large rural populations, like Mississippi. I don’t imagine applicants from Oklahoma are in short supply. There may be fewer admits because there are fewer qualified candidates as compared to some other states.</p>

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<p>Students from rural Oklahoma may get a geographic boost. Socioeconomic diversity may play a role, too. Are you from rural Oklahoma?</p>

<p>Edit: Cross-posted with Jersey13</p>

<p>I'm from suburban oklahoma so no. I guess I'm just thinking of my school when I say maybe not many apply. I was raised by a single mother and that's what I'm focusing my essays on</p>

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<p>These statistics bear out that OK is underrepresented at Yale, but we have no idea if that's because they have fewer applicants, fewer strong applicants, of if Yale prefers to select from elsewhere. I doubt its the last and would expect your location might actually get you a little more consideration no matter the round in which you apply.</p>