Help me out Guys

<p>I want to know what my chances are for being accepted at Duke, Harvard and Rice. These are my stats:</p>

<p>SAT I V:710 SAT I M: 710, SAT II Writing: 710, SAT II Math 2C: 720</p>

<p>Rank: 2 of 692; GPA: 3.9808</p>

<p>Senior Classes:AP Physics, AP Eco, AP English IV, AP Spanish IV, AP Art History</p>

<p>Awards:National Merit Commended, Commended Performance on all state exams, National Ventures Scholar, Who's Who and National Honor Roll (are these scams?)</p>

<p>Leadership: President of Computer Club, Treasurer of Future Business Leaders
Also various memberships in other clubs.</p>

About 60 hrs as a volunteer for YMCA and about 240 for my church</p>

<p>I'm worried about my standardized test scores, awards and lack of leadership. Do I still have a chance?</p>

<p>I'm also an African-American male and my dad (who immigrated from Nigeria) makes less than 30,000.</p>

<p>Any reply is appreciated.</p>

<p>Duke and Rice should be non-issues. Harvard is a tough call...The lack of EC's will hurt, but your rank and, parden my bluntess, race may push you over the edge.</p>

<p>Since youre an african american, Id say you have a thirty percent chance. Sorry to be so blunt, but if you were white or asian, youd be an automatic reject. Be sure to demonstrate in your essays the hardship you have endured as the son of an immigrant, as well as the effects of your socioeconomic status. Good luck! (oh yeah, you should get in no problem at Duke and Rice)</p>

<p>Thanks for the advice!</p>

<p>Your test scores are good but not great (similar to mine).. nice rank and all but your lack of involvement will hurt. I was thinking ehhhh probably not until I saw your race which you should definitely "exploit" as much as possible.</p>

<p>Your race will help you. I say, eat a heart and relax.</p>

<p>Additionally, I can get excellent teacher and counselor recommendations and I have written a pretty good essay(in my opinion anyway). What are my chances?</p>

<p>Any advice?</p>

<p>Putting everything together (GPA, Test Scores, EC's, Community Service and Race) I'd say you are pretty good bet at: Rice and Duke</p>

<p>Harvard on the other hand will be more difficult, since your SAT scores arn't very high. Those are the scores that athletics who are admitted usually receive. But never give up and give it a chance. You only get to apply once in a lifetime ;) Percentage wise I'd say 25-35%.</p>

<p>Ouch. I appreciate your honesty and your reply hit me with a huge dose of reality. Thanks a lot.</p>

<p>hey what did you get that B in?</p>

<p>My idiot commapp teacher. And yes it was a 3.0 on my transcript.</p>

<p>One day...I will seek vengance.</p>

<p>did you have Lazarou?</p>

<p>No I didn't. I had Ms.(or Mrs.?) Harrision, a decript, senile old woman with a life goal similar to that of a squirrel-womping mallet;taking out anyone who sticks out their neck too far.
By the way, thanks for bumping my post.</p>

<p>Your chances at Duke and Rice are good, while at Harvard you have an okay chance.</p>

<p>I would not mention Who's Who on you application. NHS is okay. Make sure that your essays and recommendations are excellent. Keep your chin up and focus.</p>

<p>Good luck, hope this helps.</p>

<p>Thanks. I appreciate it.</p>

<p>Any ideas or comments?</p>

<p>I'm definitely not an expert, but I would have thought your chances at Harvard to be a bit better than the other posters, especially if your essays are good. Certainly go for it, and let us know what happens!</p>

<p>Oh, and drop that Who's Who...</p>