Harvard Chances + Improvements?

<p>Hey y'all, I'm a junior so I was hoping to get some suggestions on what I could improve before applying to Harvard (dream school...but it's Harvard, I know I'm not unique in saying that)!</p>

<p>Thanks in advance! Also, sorry I don't really know what to include, so I'll try to include all I can think of.</p>

<p>I'm a white female.</p>

<p>SAT: 2340 (first time; so so so happy) (800 CR, 800 W, 740 M)
SAT IIs: haven't taken yet, sorry. will take US History and English, predicting 750+
IB tests: haven't taken yet, sorry</p>

<p>Rank: Top ten out of 600-ish
GPA Unweighted: 3.9
GPA Weighted: 4.38 (weird weighting system at my school though, only AP/IB classes are weighted, not honors)
Courses: junior and senior year, all IB classes except my journalism class (not weighted)</p>

<p>Awards: National Merit Semifinalist (predicted...I got a perfect score on the PSATs)</p>

<p>ECs (brief):
- Newspaper! (my passion; have editor position, adviser LOVES me)
- Soccer (hoping for Varsity)
- Varsity Tennis
- On board at local women's shelter, started a club at my school to get more students involved there, volunteer there three times a week)
- Mock Trial (have won a few awards for this)
- Literary Magazine
- Internship at Writing Center at local college
- Debate Institute program-thing at my school</p>

<p>Hooks: legacy, on my dad's side. Not a big donor though, so idk how much that helps?</p>

<p>Overall, I'm really worried I don't stand out much. Any suggestions? I love writing so hopefully good essays! </p>

<p>Thank you so much in advance!</p>

<p>I think your legacy will help a bit, but I still think its a far reach.</p>

<p>Look at the stats of people who got into Harvard, all of them had 4.0 and also either A) started a successful business or B) got some sort of international/national recognition.</p>

<p>I think you will need more to get in because everyone who applies to Harvard basically has the same stats as you.</p>

<p>Chance me back?</p>

<p>actually, that's not true at all.</p>

<p>a kid in my grade got in (SCEA, but still) with ~3.7 UW, 4.7 W, 33 ACT (after a few tries), involved pretty deeply in journalism activities (basically the same ones I did). white kid, no legacy, and his essays weren't anything especially revolutionary or incredible... and you want to say this girl doesn't have a shot?</p>

<p>she has a great chance.....shareezy just made a huge generalization that everyone here knows is false (big donors). you got a chance OP</p>