Recently I selected George Washington University as my top pick for when I apply this fall. My Ivy-attending friends say that GWU would be a match for my stats, but I wanted more opinions. I’ve always wanted to attend a university in D.C. for the obvious political capital of being in the nation’s capital, and I think GWU would be a perfect fit for me!
I plan to apply early decision to the School of Media and Public Affairs at GWU for political communication. What are my chances and should I apply test-optional?
-White, middle class male
-GAY with a nightmare of a coming out story to unaccepting parents (talked about in essay)
-I go to a private high school with rigorous courses in Fort Wayne, IN.
-Very outgoing and have already made in-person connections with multiple GWU admissions counselors
-GPA: 3.90 uw (3.93 w)
-SAT: 1290 (640w, 650m) - I am retaking, but may apply test-optional as it does not reflect my abilities (suggestions??)**
-AP’s: US History (5) English Language (4) - I am taking 5 AP’s my senior year
-Rank: school doesn’t rank (annoying) but I’m probably in top 10-15% of my class (180 students)
-Communications intern (2 years): paid/unpaid intern for school communications office, 20+ hours/week
-Bath and Body Works (2 years): key holder (management position) 35+ hours/week
-Aeropostale (2 years): lead sales associate, 25+ hours/week
-Student Council (4 years): class president 3 years, representative freshman year
-Elementary Immigrant Tutoring (3 years): co-founder and leader of group of 40+ tutors who go to local elementary school
-Honors Academy (4 years): inaugural group, must maintain high academic standards and do 100+ hrs community service
-School Scholar and Ambassador (4 years): one of three in class of, represent school to community, received $2,500/yr
-Students for Social Change (2 years): VP, promote social activism to school administration and student body
-CANstruction (3 years): team captain, helped design and fund-raise for 6,000+ can structure
-Church sound system operator (6 years): ran sound, video, and recording system at church 36+ hours/yr
-Helping Hands (2 years): volunteer across community for those in need
Spanish dialogue (2 years): participate in Spanish conversations at local college to practice skills
-National Honors Society (2 years): participant