I am debating applying single-choice early action to Princeton (and Rutgers, a public school) or applying to a mix of high-low range schools early action (St. Joe’s, Villanova, Georgetown, Marist, and Rutgers). The majority of schools on the second list are my safety schools. It is a question of quantity vs quality- is it better to increase your chances at a myriad of school or a singular, top school? Does applying single-choice early action truly benefit you at a school like Princeton?
Let me give some context as to the type of student I am.
Overall, while acceptance to a top school is improbable, it is far from impossible. I know am a good student. I maintain a 5.3 GPA on a weighted scale. I have taken every AP class offered to me, getting no lower than an A- as any final grade (with the exception of one B+…AP physics was tough!) My SAT reading score is a 760. My SAT math score is a bit lower than I’d like, 670, making my score a bit low- 1430. However, my interests do not lie in scientific or mathematical disciplines. I have had a lot of leadership experience, starting a regional political activism organization, becoming President of a nationally recognized state charter, having lead roles in several shows, winning public speaking competitions, and starting two major clubs within my school. While my numbers may not be very competitive, my resume is where I shine.
While I am a good student, I am not at the “top of the heap.” If single-choice early-action would be my most likely chance of getting into Princeton, I want to take that risk. However, if it will not do much for me, I do not want to scorn myself from getting an upper-hand at a multitude of colleges.