My chances for ESIA?

<p>Hey guys, I'm a rising senior, I'm very interested in international relations, and I hope to become a foreign service officer one day. I'm applying to the big 3 DC schools and a bunch of others, and I was wondering what my chances are for GW.
I know GW's IR program is very well-established and very well-respected, and its location at Foggy Bottom is incredible for IR internships, so GW is very high on my list. My GPA is a bit low because of freshman/sophomore slacking, but in junior year I really buckled down, and now I have a HUGE upward trend if that helps. Let me know what you guys think!</p>

<p>Middle Eastern male, school doesn't rank, but top 10-15%, very competitive high school, in the top 30 in the nation, famous for grade deflation.</p>

<p>GPA: 3.7
WGPA: 4.2 hopefully 4.3 by the end of first semester (out of 5.0)</p>

<p>SAT: 2180 (retaking in October)
710 Math
670 CR
800 Writing</p>

<p>SAT IIs: taking World History, Biology, and Spanish in November
ACT: taking in September</p>

<p>APs:
Sophomore year - Gov/Politics, 4
Junior year - Environmental Science, Spanish Lang, 5's on both
Senior year - Psychology, Spanish Lit, Micro/Macro Econ (also taking honors English and honors Calculus)</p>

<p>ECs:
-Founder/President of the Global Students Association
-Officer of Spanish Honor Society
-Model UN
-National Honor Society
-FBLA
-Key Club
-German school on Saturdays</p>

<p>Honors:
-Maryland Commended Scholar
-NMS semi-finalist
-German language diploma (this would let me study at German universities)
-Black belt in Taekwondo (though I got this before high school so I don't know if it counts)</p>

<p>Internships:
-Internship at Global Media Trail, foreign media analysis company
-Internship at Radio Free Europe, contributed significantly to (name will also be published on it) a think-tank presentation/report for foreign policy makers regarding the threat of Islamist militancy in Central Asia
-Internship at the Office of Rep. Chris Van Hollen</p>

<p>Recommendations:
One from my English teacher, one from my Spanish teacher. Both should be very good (I hope), as I am very close with both. Also getting one from my boss, the editor-in-chief of Radio Free Europe.</p>

<p>Language:
-Fluent in Farsi (Persian)
-Fluent in Spanish
-Fluent in German
-Fluent in Portuguese, completely self-taught
-Learning French/Italian
-Completed intensive German language course at Goethe Institute in St. Peter-Ording, Germany
-Presented the International Declaration of Human Rights in Spanish and Portuguese at the International Human Rights Day Rally at GWU in 2010</p>

<p>So yeah, as you can see, International Relations is and has been my dream field of study for quite a while. I'm very into politics, and very into foreign cultures/languages, so naturally, I was drawn to IR. If you guys could give me some feedback on what you think my chances are, that would be great.
Thanks to anyone who took the time to read all of this!</p>

<p>Yes! Not a question IMHO.</p>

<p>CJ</p>

<p>Yes. Also consider hopkins columbia and tufts</p>

<p>thanks guys, and GWAlum, I am applying to Hopkins and Tufts as major reaches, so we'll see. Also, do you know if GW looks at your GPA as the total of all your classes, or just your core classes. I ask this because I got a D in health for some complicated reasons, and with only academic classes, my GPA is higher. Do you know what GW's policy on this is?</p>

<p>In without a doubt. Probably get into tufts too</p>

<p>zoidberg, do you really think so? I'm applying there but I'm pretty doubtful. besides, Tufts doesn't have the internship opportunities that GW has.
But I can't afford GW, and I don't think I'll be getting any financial aid. do you think there's any chance of getting merit aid here?</p>

<p>So I got my SAT scores back, 2280, 1480 M/CR. Do you think there's any chance for merit aid? Also my weighted GPA is now a 4.3, it turns out there was a past grade that was entered incorrectly.
Thanks!</p>

<p>Absolutely! Bet on a Presidential Scholarship. Amounts vary year to year, but I bet at least 30K.</p>

<p>CJ</p>

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<p>CJ is right. Kids with lower stats than you from my school considered GWU a safety and got in.</p>

<p>2280, 4.3? </p>

<p>i'd apply to honors. just make sure they don't "tufts syndrome" you. interview if you can.</p>

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i'd apply to honors. just make sure they don't "tufts syndrome" you. interview if you can.

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<p>That's a great point; they can be prone to that...</p>