So it’s the summer of my junior year and the SAT results for June just came out. I’m looking into some pretty competitive schools for pre-med and was wondering about my realistic chances for each. To start, here are the schools beginning with greatest interest:
Duke, Stanford, U Michigan, Yale, Berkeley, UCLA, Northwestern, USC, U Penn, Princeton
My academic numbers:
UW GPA(9-12): 3.69
W GPA(9-12): 4.56
UC GPA: 4.00
SAT Superscore: 2320 (730 cr, 800 math, 790 writing)
SAT Single Test: 2250 (730 cr, 800 math, 720 writing)
SAT II Bio: 790
SAT II Math II: 800
I’ve taken 11 AP/IB classes (year long) and am going to take 7 more next year. Most of my other classes were honors and weighted at my school. My school is extremely competitive and is in the top 15 public high schools nation wide according to niche.com (ranked 2nd in California). I have an excellent grade trend, beginning with straight B’s in the first semester of my sophomore year and ending with straight A’s (5.0 Weighted) for my entire junior year. My freshman year was a mix of A’s and B’s. My low grades can primarily be attributed to having to deal with a personal medical disorder and attempting to adjust to a large high school from my extremely small junior high (16 graduating eighth graders).
Internship at UCLA conducting orthopedic research (This summer, 200 hours).
Referee for youth soccer games (Since 2012)
Basketball coach at my old junior high (Since 2014)
Weekly landscaping at various properties (Since 2014)
(Hopefully) Volunteering at my local hospital
Varsity Cross Country and Track junior and senior years
I can get great letters of rec from my teachers and even from the UCLA professor who I have been working with over the summer. I am confident in my abilities to write good essays and personal statements.
Overall, my application seems pretty solid, but my lower than desired GPA seems concerning. If anyone could give their opinion on my chances for these schools, I would greatly appreciate it!