engineering schools?

<p>So here's the deal, I recently decided biomedical engineering is my thing, it's what I was meant to do. I really want to go to Vanderbilt or Washington in St. Luis or maybe even Northwestern but when I graduate I will have not taken any calculus or even any AP sciences! I am however doubling up in math next year and taking pre-calc and AP stats...
so basically I need to know if I have ANY chance getting into these engineering schools with my lack of challenging math and science courses.</p>

<p>Background:
White female
GPA (unweighted)- 3.80ish
SAT (bad I know, definitely retaking)- 2020
highschool- private, top school in my city and definitely top 10 in my state</p>

<p>also, something really important is last year I was SUPER sick, like I missed a lot of school and my grades blew so my counselor wouldn't let me take any super challenging classes this year because she was afraid I was too far behind! I literally had to beg her to let me take two science courses. So I'm going to skip over my sophomore grades because they're irrelevant and will just throw you off</p>

<p>Frosh:
Algebra 1- A
Honors English- A
Biology- B+
Latin- A-
Top Orchestra- A
World Civ.- A</p>

<p>Sophomore:
Algebra II
Anatomy
English honors
Latin II
Top Orchestra
U.S. history</p>

<p>Junior:
Latin III- A
Honors English- A
Geometry- A
Newspaper- A
Chemistry- A
Physics- A</p>

<p>Senior year I'm signed up for: Pre-calc, AP statistics, Honors Bio. technology, AP language and composition, AP Gov, AP econ
I'm planning on working my butt off to get all A's</p>

<p>NOTE: I skipped over classes like health, gym, speech, theatre... etc. </p>

<p>EC's:
Student council all 4 years, Secretary 2 years, Vice president 2 years
Varsity dance team all 4 years, captain 4 years
National Honor Soceity 3 years
Rowing team-2 years
Latin Club- 4 years
I started a vegetarian club this year</p>

<p>**I started a HUGE fundraiser at my school for a local hospital that raised over $20,000! Next year I hope to double that.
I play piano and cello at retirement homes
I tutor elementary school kids after school
I helped start a project that raises money for kids in Africa</p>

<p>Oh, also I won some leadership scholarship thing too, I was nominated by a teacher and out of thousands of essays written mine won :)</p>

<p>4 year dance team captain, great hook</p>

<p>good grades and a ton of Ap's senior year!
i would think that you're ecs make up for your soph year. they stand out compared to mine lol i don't really know how the reach system goes, but i think that your stats match up with schools like nyu and bc
that 20k fundraiser is impressive! how'd you do that? :D</p>

<p>especially for a girl (seriously all engineering is dominated by guys) your chances are pretty good, but if you are able to it might be smart to do some ec's around biomed engineering, but in terms of getting into an engineering school i think you should be alright, but i certainly no expert. Some schools you might want to look at if you know you want to be an engineer are Carnegie Mellon and Harvey Mudd (out in sunny CA) both are incredible engineering schoolsbut probably only good if you know thats what you want to do</p>

<p>I wouldn't recommend Harvey Mudd for someone interested in biomedical engineering. The top BME programs are Johns Hopkins (#1 BME, #25 overall engineering), Georgia Tech (#2 BME, #4 overall engineering), UCSD (#3 BME, #12 overall engineering), and Duke (#4 BME, #35 overall engineering).</p>

<p>Of the schools listed, Vanderbilt is #20 BME (#39 overall engineering), WUSTL is #11 BME (#46 overall engineering), and Northwestern is #17 BME (#21 overall engineering).</p>

<p>The only one of those I can really comment on is Georgia Tech. Your SAT and GPA are both below average for Tech, but competitive. The lack of AP Calc hurts, but your EC's look good, so I'd say it's a match.</p>

<p>Two of my friends just graduated from Harvey Mudd and are going to Johns Hopkins and UCSD for graduate school in biomedical engineering. If you plan on going to graduate school there's no reason not to attend Harvey Mudd for biomedical engineering, provided you also want an extensive scientific and engineering background education.</p>

<p>If you attend Harvey Mudd, you have to attend a BME grad school. Whereas at a school with a top BME program, you can find employment after your BS or continue on to grad school. Many students change their opinion of grad school after starting college (it's difficult to judge where you'll be in 4 years if you've never been involved in research and haven't even taken a college class), so why lock yourself in if you don't have to?</p>

<p>It's one thing to be at HMU and then decide to go into BME, but it's a different situation if you're planning to major in BME from the start.</p>

<p>yeah thats why I want to go to Vanderbilt or Washington or someplace where if I change my mind about the engineering thing, I'm still going to a GREAT school with a million other options for me.when I visited Vandy they put a lot of emphasis on how easygoing they are with that kind of stuff. If I go to a strictly engineering school and I change my mind i'm out of luck. Vandy and Washington in St. Louis are just really selective so I'm nervous :/</p>

<p>so do you think being a girl will be an advantage, even for the engineering schools like vanderbilt?</p>

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<p>It depends. If you've generally settled on a technical field (something math/science/engineering or even quantitative business related) a technical school should be fine. If you're trying to decide between creative writing and engineering, maybe you should consider starting at your large in-state option and transferring later.</p>