Evaluate my chances... Pretty Please?

<p>Hello. I am Korean but I moved to a high school in New Zealand when I was twelve and have been living alone since. I skipped two years so I am a rising senior yet I am only 15. I want to apply to MIT and UChicago, may be Columbia. Do I stand a chance? Here are my statistics....</p>

<p>SAT 1 800M 710CR 650W ... I know my writing is low, working on it but please evaluate my chances based on my current scores</p>

<p>SAT 2 800 Math IIC 800 Chem</p>

<p>TOEFL 290</p>

<p>I am ranked number 1 in my school, we don't have GPA.</p>

<p>I was the treasurer for a fundraising activity - raised 16000 dollars for Worldvision. I played fundamental role in raising that money</p>

<p>I am a prefect and a member of the academic committee - we organized a spelling bee</p>

<p>I went to People to People program this summer and last summer (well winter here) I did a statistician internship</p>

<p>I have been working with Professor Levine (Chair, Mathematical Social Science, Dartmouth) since December 2005 </p>

<p>I study AP Honors Calc at Stanford University's EPGY (Got an unweighted A for Calc A) and will study multivariate calculus in 2007</p>

<p>I study AP Chem at Johns Hopkins University's CTY. </p>

<h2>Let's just assume that my essays will be pretty good</h2>


<p>oh by the way is my age going to help?</p>

<p>no, your age will hurt. at 15, you are most likely immature and unfit to survive and thrive in college with peers three years or more older than you. colleges will hold you to the same standards as all other applicants, but you are at a disadvantage because you are so young.</p>

<p>my advice: stay another year in high school.</p>

<p>yea your age isn't going to help you... it will most likely hurt more than help. what's the normal age for a New Zealand kid to go to college?</p>

<p>but just based on stats alond you look like an excellent applicant... age might keep you out though...</p>

<p>Well I'll be 16 by the time I apply.... if that helps. You think I can make it to MIT or UChicago with the writing score of 650, age thing aside? </p>

<p>Normal New Zealander would go to college at 17/18</p>

<p>Well, if you are taking courses through both Stanford EPGY and John Hopkins CTY, are ranked #1 in your class, and have three 800s on your SATs out of 5 scores, your age is not going to hurt you that much in terms of admissions.
The answer is "Yes, you have a good shot at all these schools." </p>

<p>However, let's consider another topic relating to going to college: These schools are not going to be as worried about your ability to handle the course load as they are going to be worried about your ability to adapt to the campus, a new environment, and, (because you are underage), be worried about your safety. You have a better shot at getting into the schools than getting into the dorms--I know that sounds weird, but since you are under 18, they will worry about what you are going to do about your housing situation. (They don't want to rent you a dorm room, then be sued if something happens to you as an underaged student in the dorm they rented.)</p>

<p>You should consider the same things--where will you fit in best--both in terms of study interests--and in terms of infrastructural support. You've had a mentor at your current school--what are you going to do at the new one? Most importantly, who is going to take care of you at these places? Did you know that is illegal in the US for a minor to be left alone all day without a guardian around or immediately available? Your parents--if they came to visit you--could be arrested for abandonment. Plan this out before you apply--because otherwise you need to wait until you are turning 18 to go to college in the US.</p>

<p>Good luck.</p>