Interesting Case for college admissions

<p>I am a decent student 3.945 GPA from 4.3
I have had all Adv. and Honors courses my first 2 years of HS
my soph year I had all A's and a 4.05 GPA
my junior year I went abroad with AFS to France
I can speak French very well, got an 800 on the SAT II exam
my other SAT II's will be mediocre, but not stellar considering I have not had a second year of US history (this could hurt me big time)</p>

<p>this year, senior year I have 5 AP courses, and I am doing fine 3.7-3.8 GPA</p>

<p>my SATs are:
740 Verbal and 650 Math</p>

<p>I have 1 very, very excellent teacher reccomendation (French teacher and 1 good one
my essays should be fine, they will describe unique experiences blah blah</p>

<p>heres the thing:
Im applying to YALE early action, and I am a legacy (father 79')
I have contacted a professor in the French Dep't and he was impressed with my French, and he will write a supplement letter to my application. I will major in French fa' sure, and something else (Economics)</p>

<p>MY EC's
Basketball 1,2
Soccer 1,2
French H.S 3,4
International Club 2, 4
Concert band 1,2
French Club 4 (currently working on big project-will explain in App.
Award from French cultural institute for achievemt in French
BEst French student in School 1,2
Went to France and hosted exchange students with my school...only Freshman to do so .
hosted French students several times...<br>
in france i played soccer competitively and played in the school orchestra...had a grand old time</p>

<p>worked 40hrs/ wk. in summer at local Bakery
also in my second year of it very much and will expand upon that in app.
take japanese at community college </p>

<p>What do my chances look like? What if I applied to Cornell w/ ED with my mom's legacy? What about at Yale?
Thank you</p>

<p>Better shot at Cornell..Your SAT seems too low for Yale, especially with the competition out there. I doubt the legacy will get you in, but you still have a shot, especially with the French professor. Good luck!</p>

<p>Like Harvard, Yale takes 15% of its freshmen class as legacies. Your chances are good.</p>

<p>I'm not sure, but isn't the Cornell ED deadline Nov 1?</p>

<p>I ended up doing Yale's Early Action Program last week anyway. I know my SAT is a little weak for Yale, but Cornell's Arts and sciences median SAT is probably higher than its overall one i took this into consideration.<br>
I was thinking; wouldn't applying to a minor department such as French help me alot, because I am otherwise a very average Yale applicant? or does it mean little?
in addition, I dont know what my impression upon the french professor will have with the admissions decision. it could great or trivial.<br>
would it have been wiser to apply cornell ED? what is their policy in regard legacies? My parents have given NOTHING to their colleges.</p>

<p>does anyone else have an opinion about my chances? I would like to hear what schools value the year abroad.</p>