Hi! I’ve had my sights set on Northwestern for quite some time now, and just visited the campus a few days ago. I fell in love instantly, but I am really worried that I’m just not a candidate for acceptance. I would really appreciate some feedback, and steps I can take to heighten my chances, if I have any. Been reading other people’s high school records and been discouraged at how accomplished they all are compared to myself.
Tests and School Info
-GPA (4 point scale): 3.8 UW, 4.3 W
-No class rank at school
-Very competitive and highly ranked school
-ACT: 30 (looking to retake in september, shooting for a 32. My first try was the 30, and I didn’t study, so hopefully I can raise it by studying)
-No SAT, but should I take subject tests?
-Taken/Will Take 7 AP courses (Human Geo, Lit and Comp, World History, Bio, Environmental Science, Psychology, Calculus)
-Taken Honors and Advanced whenever available
-Placed 4th in the world in International DECA Conference junior year, and looking to place higher senior year
-Varsity Tennis 3 years, top playing spot
-Nordic Ski Team JV racer and now team manager
-Vice President of National Honor Society
-Volunteered over 300 hours since 2011 at Sustainable Educational Working Farm as a Junior Educator teaching kids where food comes from and leading summer camps
-NHS Service hours adding up to 100 by end of year
-News and Copy editor for school newspaper, written over 30 articles for online and physical copy
-Worked a consistent job for 5 years centering around environmental sustainability, taken up another summer job as well at country club
-Raised chickens since I was 9, and have an egg business which I promote at my school
I’m a good writer, always excelled in essays and creative projects, and I am sure my essays will be strong. But are my academics and extracurriculars? I want to know if it is realistic for me to work for this. If I have a chance, I’ll go ham on ACT studying, SAT Subject tests, and whatever else I should. And please, serious answers only.