S21 is a really good test taker and has perfect scores and grades so far (should have 9-10 APs by graduation, assuming he gets the ones he wants). Fortunately he was able to take the SAT, ACT, and subject tests by October.
You hear stories of kids JUST like him getting rejected from top 10-20 uni. and slac… I feel they are very holistic and probably get tons of similar apps so it’s still a crapshoot as it comes down to other factors. How true is this?
Some more info, for context:
Asian male from a competitive CA high school- tons of NMSF
as of today, undecided major but thinking of a double major in an undecided STEM field (not CS!) and pre-law
has a couple of in depth ECs, nothing earth shattering compared to many high achieving CC posters but very genuine and time-consuming - one of them involves academic competitions and shows a ton of growth, maturity, and leadership over 6-7 years- he has several regional and national awards- minimum 10 hours a week, not inc. the time spent reading articles and watching documentaries lol
the other is a pt job tutoring math and other subjects, since 9th grade- 10 hours a week (only 2 online at the moment, due to covid), more in the summer - his boss loves him
He also did an environmental volunteer internship one summer.
No sports in high school but enjoys nature/hiking
He will have fabulous recommendations.
Writing skills are great and I think his essays will be quirky and humorous.
He will apply to slac, larger privates, and the UCs.
Also, what’s an academically challenging safety in CA for someone like him?