Final Chance Me/Match Me For Business Major w/ Heavy Music Interests [OH resident, 4.0 GPA, 33 ACT super score]


  • State/Location of residency: OH
  • Type of high school: Small private school, ~100-110 kids in HS
  • Gender/Race/Ethnicity: White male
  • Other special factors*: None

Intended Major(s) Business Analytics/Management/Economics/International Business (I’m not sure yet)

GPA, Rank, and Test Scores

  • Unweighted HS GPA: 4.0
  • Weighted HS GPA (incl. weighting system): 4.37 (out of 5.0)
  • Class Rank: 2
  • ACT/SAT Scores: 33 superscore

School only offers 2 AP classes and I’m in both.
Mostly honors classes.
Will have taken 5 or 6 DE classes as well upon graduation.


This is what will be listed on my common app (with a few minor tweaks).

Ministry Resident (11, 12)- Managed 4500-person church database, formed 6 event planning teams, assisted in planning seminars for 30+ pastors, met weekly w/ church leaders

Student Worship Team Leader (10, 11, 12) - Planned weekly worship sets for 150+ students, managed scheduling/practices for 15 team members, upgraded audio systems, led weekly devotions

Music Student (9, 10, 11, 12) - Took weekly piano lessons (7 yrs), tuba lessons (4 years), composition lessons (1 yr), practiced daily to prepare repertoire, accompanied students

Principal Tuba Player (9, 10, 111, 12) - Won principal tuba position in youth orchestra and local college band as sophomore, met weekly for rehearsals, prepared and put on 12-15 concerts/year

Student Body Chaplain (12) - Organized weekly chapel services, started a Bible study and prayer group w/ 25 members, organized 5 service projects, assisted in planning 2 retreats

Class President (9, 10, 11) - Led 50+ meetings over 3 years, bridged administration-student gap, in charge of building teams to plan ~15 social events and fundraisers

Elementary Music Tutor (12) - Provided individual brass lessons to 5 elementary kids, designed lesson plans to boost progress, prepared students for 3 school concerts

Math and Science Tutor (9,10, 12) - Assisted 7th graders weekly in math and science, boosted confidence, helped with homework, collaborated with teach to create custom learning plans

Very strong common app essay and strong essays for my top schools (other essays yet to be written)
Strong Recommendations from chemistry teacher (one of her top students/family friend and I TA for her and help her prepare labs)
Strong recommendation from spanish teacher

Cost Constraints / Budget

Bucknell (Likely + definite apply)
William and Mary (High Match/Low Reach + ED)
Cornell (Reach)
Dayton (Likely + definite apply)
Miami Ohio (Safety + definite apply)
Rice (Reach)
U of Richmond (Match + definite apply)
Washington and Lee (Reach)
Wheaton (Likely + definite apply)

Schools to Maybe Be Cut:
Baylor (Likely)
Rochester (High Match/Low Reach)
SMU (Likely)
SUNY Binghamton (Safety)
Furman (Likely + apply if needed)
Emory (Reach)

If anyone knows how these schools do for people interested in music as nonmajors, please discuss that. Thanks!

You could consider a music supplement with recording/video, music resume and music letter of recommendation (1-2). Talent and accomplishments need to be high enough to justify a supplement but it sounds like you might be able to benefit. You don’t have to be a music major.

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I have recorded my supplement. I’m really excited!

I will really think it will have a huge impact because I play the type of repertoire that college juniors and seniors play, so I’m hoping that counts for something.

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Yay!!! :tada: :tada: :tada:

Are you interested in chancing/matching, or are you seeking more info on what music life is like at these schools for nonmusic majors? If the latter, you may want to change your title & initial post to reflect that so you get the right sets of eyes on this.

A bit of both…hoping to kill two birds with one stone but may not work

Rice has a school or music and also a non-major student orchestra. look up “Rice Campanile Orchestra” and you’ll see videos of their concerts. Rice band, MOB (Marching Owl Band), has a unique reputation. Many members of both groups were all-state members in high school.

@Winsto7 I hope you will post in the music major forum, where schools good for non-music majors are often discussed.

People will suggest schools with “good music programs” meaning BM programs but sometimes you want to avoid those because the best teachers and opportunities go to the BM students. There are exceptions of course.

Your music accomplishments will shine for admission to schools that do not have a BM program.


Sounds good. I guess this thread will be a general one for chance/match, and I’ll create a new one for music questions.