Duke Hopeful! Chance Me? (sorry I know these are annoying)

<p>I know this is the Duke 2015 page, but I'm a sophomore in high school right now and Duke is my dream school and I want to know my chances as of right now and what I should add to my resume to get in in two years.</p>

<p>So far, these are my extracurriculars:</p>

<p>9th grade:
SAMS Club Member (students against modern-day slavery)
Student Council Homeroom Representative
VTV crew member (daily student-run video announcements in the morning)
Theatre Crew member during the school's productions of Romeo and Juliet
Golf Team member
National Young Leaders State Conference Attendee
Camp Counselor at my neighborhood club's summer camp
Volunteer Designer and Model for the Tickle Me Pink Fashion Show, which is a showcase of student designers, benefiting the Pink Ribbons Project for Breast Cancer Research</p>

<p>10th grade (I don't have many yet since school just started 3 weeks ago and I'm at a new school, but I'm hoping to start a charity- working for the same causes SAMS club did at my old school- and if I don't do that this year I'll at least start a club or two. I also want to join the National Spanish Honor Society)
Tennis Team
Ambassador Club Member
Yearbook Staff</p>

<p>I received an academic scholarship to my all-girls College Prep high school in Houston; 5 out of around 500 applicants received this, based on their ISEE scores.</p>

<p>My honors/AP courses so far have been: (and our regular classes are pretty hard compared to most schools since I go to a college prep, so I didn't take many freshman year)
freshman: Honors English
sophomore: Pre-AP Geometry, Pre-AP English II, Pre-AP Spanish II, AP World History</p>

<p>I ended freshman year with a 4.14 weighted GPA, 4.0 unweighted, at a very academically challenging school with a great reputation. I moved this summer, though, and am now at a newer college prep school that is easier to get into because it is still growing, and isn't nearly as well known by colleges, which I'm afraid is going to hurt my chances.
My school doesn't rank, with the exception of the top 10%, and I don't know for sure that I'm in the top 10, although I would be at the public school near me, which has a reputation for being very competitive. </p>

<p>I'm planning on taking:
junior year- AP US History, AP English III, AP Spanish III, Pre-AP Physics, and Pre-AP Algebra II
senior year- AP government, AP English IV, AP Spanish Literature, AP Biology, and AP or Pre-AP Pre-Cal</p>

<p>I'm a Hispanic female, and will definitely apply ED to Duke, and won't be applying for financial aid.</p>

<p>Please give me any suggestions you have for getting in! Thanks so much!</p>

<p>I think you have an okay chance of getting in. It’s extremely tough. Keep up your academics. Do not get any B’s! My biggest concern is the fact that you have no leadership positions in your extracurricular activities. You have two years to get some good positions. Take advantage of those two years! Also taking algebra junior year? Not sure if they will like that. How are you doing on the SAT? Make sure you’re at least 2100! I was rejected with a 2260 and a 4.6 UW/3.9 W GPA and leadership positions in sports/political clubs/other orgs and community service and a lot more. My two friends (they were both asian) who got in both had 2300+, nearly flawless transcripts, and LOTS of leadership positions. It’s super difficult! Maybe being an URM will help! Good luck!</p>

<p>You are starting early which is great! :slight_smile: I’m currently a Freshman at Duke University and I LOVE it! My advice to you is don’t worry about the breadth of your extracurriculars worry about the depth. What I mean is figure out what you are passionate about and pursue it like CRAZY! Don’t just be a ‘member’ of a club or team, you need to do more than that (leadership positions, awards, recognition, projects). Focus on your passion and do things that follow it. (If your passions are cats then start a cat shelter or promote giving cats homes…something like that). If you have any other questions let me know! GO BLUE DEVILS!</p>

<p>thanks so much!</p>