IB Student Chances at Northwestern

<p>caucasian male, Indiana</p>

<p>Academics -
4.0 GPA unweighted, >4.0 weighted (school does not rank)
34 ACT composite; 35 English, 33 Math, 35 Science, 33 Reading, 31 Combined English-Writing
SAT I - 800 CR, 710 M, 690 W
SAT II - 780 US History; 760 English Lit
IB Full Diploma Candidate
Will probably qualify for National Merit Finalist (I've made my state's cutoffs frrom all of the last 5 years)
I took 1 AP test freshman year (got a 4), 2 AP tests sophmore year (got 2 5s), 5 AP tests junior year (four 5s and one 4)</p>

<p>Most Important ECA's -
I play violin at a serious level and study with a university professor
Teen Court - this is not mock court; more than an hour a week since freshman year
6 week study abroad in France; no English allowed; lived with a host family
Concertmaster of local youth orchestra
Swim Team - 3-4 practices a week
I organized my school's involvement in Race for the Cure</p>

<p>I'm also applying, but you should put a bit more detail down. Your academics look fine, but did you have any leadership positions other than the Race for Cure? What are your major interests/extracurricular/whatever grouped together? A "spike" that sets you apart? Music is obviously one, but the rest looks like a disparate jumble right now. Looking at what you've put, I can't really tell what exactly you care for other than music. My two are music and Chinese. Music I have numerous awards, president of orchestra, principal player for viola, summer camps, etc. Chinese I have awards, officer position in CHS, Go club VP, etc. So list it like that (for the common application too) and I think you'll be a lot more interesting to the admissions officer. </p>

<p>As far as NU, I'd like a "chance" as much as you do... so, sorry about that</p>

<p>Thanks for the advice, I appreciate it. I do have more ECs I just didn't list them all so that it would take less time to read the post.</p>

<p>Sounds good - but don't expect to get much IB credit. Northwestern only takes HL test scores, so you'll only get 3 or 4 max, AND you have to do really well. </p>

<p>Also, no offense, but you sound a little typical. A lot of people at Northwestern might fit that profile - but what <em>else</em> do you do? Remember that Northwestern sees a lot of great students, but to swing the application in your favor, make sure that you are <em>exceptional</em>.</p>

<p>agreed, you're a very cookie cutter applicant. Maybe do some more research about studying abroad opportunities at NU, many students study abroad during their 4 years. Bring out the X factor in your essays. You're academically good enough though.</p>