Just looking for some feedback on my chances of going to my dream school

The bulk of my application so far. What do you guys think?
SFS (School of Foreign Service), I want to study international relations and get a minor in US History

GPA: 97.64 we’re a really weird school with a 100 point scale
SAT: 1440: 700 R&W 740 Math (yeah I get it’s a little on the lower side}
SAT II: Biology E freshman year (770) US and World History next week
APs: World History (4) (5) {I retook it, I know it’s sort of stubborn) Self-studied Comparative Government (?) Psychology (?) US History (?) Biology (?) Scores come out July, but I’m feeling optimistic.
Senior Year Course Load: AP European History, SUPA (Syracuse University Project advance; college course with more limited credit opportunities) Sociology, SUPA Economics, AP Calculus BC, SUPA Public Affairs, AP Latin, our Chorale (Tenor 2’s baby!), Advanced Journalism, Facing Genocide (fun class which I’m only taking since it’s the last social studies class offered by my school I haven’t taken and none of the other AP classes would fit my schedule)
Just for a look at the rigor. That schedule is about as rigorous of a course load for anyone interested in social studies at my school. I declined to take AP Physics since AP Euro is offered only as an elective and I’d prefer to take all my AP Histories. Side note: Is that a good idea? I still have times to change it and I already have my usual 4 years of science complete.
Awards: Maureen O’Donnell Award (4 Summa Cum Laude’s in a row on the National Latin Exam) Only among 200 people in the world. Honorable Mentions at MUNUC (UChicago), BUSUN (Brown), CNYMUN (Syracuse University) High likelihood of at least AP Scholar with Distinction


Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Multiplex Politics. A political debate club which tries to detox the toxic nature of politics and just focus on the issues We’ve organized voter registration drives and held a mock debate during 2016 (co-founder and current President) International Education Club Junior Classical League (Consul aka President) SHS International Thespian Society Model United Nations (Club VP and Director of Crises {a crazier form of MUN} for our conference we run, CNYMUN, two years running) Mock Trial (Witness on our trial team, 3rd in the state this year and State Champions 2 years ago) Student Council (Site-base team representative: pretty much I run town halls for the school every month) School Newspaper (Opinions Editor and Columnist) YMCA Leaders program member High School Ambassadors ‘Link Leader’ Some promotional work for a few campaigns Local town Republicans member Fall Play (Our Town:Howie Newsome, Hamlet: Guildenstern) Women’s History Month Assembly (Main planner)

Job/Work Experience: Tutoring Latin to middle schoolers. Camp Counselor at a YMCA camp. On-and-off volunteer at our local public library since 6th grade. Brief stint as a mascot for a Credit Union school outreach program. Pretty thin in this department overall

Volunteer/Community service: Helped organize a couple of voter registration drives in my area (BOE said I got the most they’ve ever seen in one drive) Volunteer through YMCA Leaders program about 10 hours a month. Tutor struggling Latin students in the middle school. Volunteer at Public Library

Summer Activities: Worked as a summer camp counselor the past summer at a camp I’ve gone to since I was 8 years old. This summer, I’m going on a road trip across the continental US. Hopefully increasing my awareness of the various issues faced by those in our country. And may have a job lined up shadowing my neighbor, a Public Affairs and Law Professor at Syracuse University. In talks to help out the Representative Katko re-election campaign

Essays: Still spitballing ideas. Probably something having to do with my deeply unsettling obsessions with either RFK, Rand Paul or Emmanuel Macron lol. But all of my english teachers have said I have one of the most distinctive writing voices they’ve ever read.
Teacher Recommendation: My MUN coach, Psychology and Econ teacher, and politics club advisor. I spend almost everyday after school with him debating policy. He’s gotten progressively liberal since 2016, and I’ve grown more classically liberal (read: libertarian) 10/10 (I forecast)
My student council advisor and APUSH teacher. Had a rough start to the year but have earned each other’s respects and wants to help me convey my opinions in the most constructive outlet. 8/10
Counselor Rec: We’ve been fast friends since she started this school year; so I’m expecting great things.
Additional Rec: I have a lot of people I could ask. Haven’t thought that hard about it. Is it necessary/advised?
Interview: I either come off as a charming intellectual or a bit of a social clutz. Truly a toss-up so fingers crossed.

Applying for Financial Aid?: Hell yeah
State (if domestic applicant): New York
School Type: public
Ethnicity: White
Gender: Male
Income Bracket: Just got into the $100,000 bracket! 2 new jobs
Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): Idk. In the process of converting to Catholicism. I’m a center-right, white, male so I feel like I’m actually an anti-hook just looking at the breakdown. I’m for all opening up of diversity and know that white people still make up a plurality of Georgetown students. But still.

Let’s be real here. I’m an alright applicant but not stellar. So be totally honest about where I can improve my application.

You have excellent credentials. Like the other 50k top students out of 2mm grads next year level good. And most of that roving band of 50k students apply to many of the same schools

In reality you are competing for a small number of spots against each other. You must differentiate yourself among peers. Essays ecs and prompt questions and interview are all important.

Chance you. I would say. 20 percent. I would jump on learning or getting involved with ecs related to a foreign language. Every unusual language ec or story that was connected to each other seemed to get i this year. Stats being great but not perfect, like yours. I e. Self taught myself German. Took German and organized a group to assist German relief workers in Haiti sort of thing.

So you’re saying Latin doesn’t matter? I get that a lot. But I’ve talked with their admissions department and they seem fine with my 6 years of Latin experience. And if that’s the case I’m probably the most involved with our school’s Latin program.

Would having learned some French for a weeklong trip to France be a good story? And would taking a French 101 course at the local community college be a good move to round out that foreign language component?
With Latin, I feel I’m set and ready to easily learn any romance language if I get into the SFS.

At this point it’s probably too late to learn another language anyway, and Latin seems fine for a language. If you can do French, that’s great, and it’ll definitely help. You won’t be able to take Latin for proficiency though, so you’ll need to start a modern language at GU anyway, so you might as well. ECs are excellent and very focused for SFS. SAT is a bit on the low side but you do have very good ECs, so that could help round it out. I do agree with your decision to prioritize AP Euro over physics–you’ll likely never take physics if you’re in the SFS anyway, so it’s not really worth it, and taking Euro helps to focus your app better.

You have a very IR-focused app, and from my experience the SFS seems to like that. Like privatebanker said though, you’re competing for a limited amount of spots among a large number of applicants, so keep that in mind and don’t get your hopes up. I do think you have a pretty good chance given your extracurriculars and focus though.

@SirStencil Actually, top colleges look favorably upon latin. Since most high school students take spanish/french, latin is a way to differenciate you from the crowd. I’m serious about this. I took 4 years of latin in HS including AP, and I got into Georgetown last yearr (it was for a STEM major, but still, having AP latin def stands out). Think about this: latin is so unpopular so Georgetown needs to fill their latin classes up with students. Showing an interest in latin (no need to declare major in classics) definitely would help considering G-town definitely needs students to fill their latin classes.

Thanks so much for the great feedback
Taking the ACT in September and the SAT again in August so hopefully I’ll put myself on the other end of the average SAT/ACT score at Georgetown

Another update: I got the internship on my Congressman’s campaign! We’re NY-24, so maybe not as glamorous as NY-14 but idc.
Can anyone speak to the extent a campaign internship goes in admissions? Is it a unique/sought after EC? And if the campaign manager has said he’s going to write me an awesome letter of recommendation how do I submit that to Georgetown?

Have you run the Net Price Calculator? Can your parents afford it?

Yeah we did

Congrats on the internship! While it’s not unique per-say, it isn’t common either. Having a congressional internship will definitely help your chances. As for the letter, I think you can mail it to the admissions office.