My Chances?

<p>Tell me what you think of my chances of admission at Yale undergrad:</p>

<p>I am a high school senior with a 3.95 unweighted GPA and a 4.22 weighted GPA.</p>

<p>SAT I:
Math 790
CR 690
Writing 800
Total 2280</p>

<p>SAT II:
Math 2 800
Physics 780
Literature 670</p>

<p>I also scored 5s on AP English Lang and comp and AP Physics and a 4 on Ap spanish.</p>


<p>I have played flamenco guitar since I was 7, and have played in several benefit concerts, raising a great deal of money for charities.
I have played baseball since I was 5, have played varsity since freshman year, and have organized two separate gear drives in which I collected used gear from friends and donated it to needy baseball organizations nearby.
Those are my two big ECs but I am also on student government, am an officer in interact, a national honor society member, recipient of the AP scholar award, and am ranked in the top 5% of my class.</p>

<p>Normally I would not think much of my chances for admission, because although my scores are somewhat high, it is Yale. However, I had my interview last month and the interviewer was INCREDIBLY impressed with me. (He told me that he would "do what he could to ensure that Yale will be one of my choices in the spring"). Although this was a rather edifying comment, Yale says that the interview is not all that important. </p>

<p>So... what do you think of my chances of admission?</p>

<p>Your stats are pretty standard for the competitive Yale pool. </p>

Normally I would not think much of my chances for admission, because although my scores are somewhat high, it is Yale. However, I had my interview last month and the interviewer was INCREDIBLY impressed with me.


<p>A bad interview probably matters more to influence admissions than a good one does. That corroborates the adcoms feelings about great candidates but won't get someone admitted who was not even teetering into the admit pile. The RD admit rate this year will likely be under 7% and I wouldn't count on a much higher admissions chance than that with a top 5% rank and a 690 CR score unless you failed to mention that you are being recruited for your sport or are a URM.</p>

<p>I forgot to mention my ACTs:</p>

<p>33 comp (best sitting)
36 on English
35 on math
31 on reading
32 on science
34 writing/English combination</p>

<p>I also forgot to mention that I privately tutor 3 students at my high school pretty routinely, an activity for which I am paid hourly.</p>

<p>One more thing I forgot to add:</p>

<p>Last summer, I was accepted into Stanford's summer college. I took some kind of Calculus and received an A in the class.</p>

<p>Lol @ "some kind of calculus and received an A".</p>

<p>Anyway, you have a decent shot.</p>

<p>How are the essays? What about gender/race/etc.? I dislike bringing that up but it is a factor, to a point.</p>

<p>I like to think that my essays are pretty good; they complement each other well. My commonapp essay is rather artsy and eloquent while my supplement essay specifically details my experience with a certain charity for which I rose money in a benefit concert. </p>

<p>In terms of diversity, I don't have much on my side. I am a white male from a well-off family. I like to think that my odd art of the flamenco guitar brings some sort of diversity to the table. I have won some local competitions for which I received monetary awards.</p>


<p>• SAT I (breakdown): 2260 (best sitting): 670 CR 790 M 800W
2280 (superscore): 690 CR 790 M 800 W
• ACT: 33 comp (best sitting); best single section scores: 36 Eng, 35 Math, 31 Reading, 32 Sci, 34 Combined Eng/Writing
• SAT II: Math Level 2 – 800, Physics 780, Lit 670
• Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.93 (throughout HS)
• Weighted GPA (same as UC weighted) : 4.18
• Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 3/69 (top 5%)
• AP (place score in parenthesis): Eng lang + comp (5); Physics B (5); Spanish Language (4)
• Senior Year Course Load: AP English Lit and comp, AP Calc AB, Contemporary Worldviews, AP Economics (Macro 1st semester; Micro 2nd), Music Appreciation
• Major Awards: National Honor Society; AP Scholar Award; Audience vote award for guitar performance 2 years in a row (monetary prize as well); 1st place in category for tri-valley science and engineering fair and special award from the Institute of Elecrical and Electronics Engineers (won in 7th grade, but I though I'd add it in case); scholar-athlete award 2009, 2011</p>


<p>• Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Flamenco guitar since age 7; I have played in several benefit concerts to raise $ for charities; I have played baseball since I was 5; have played on varsity since fresh. year; have played on club teams during the offseason; Interact club member 11th grade, officer 12th grade; ASB (student council) treasurer 12th;
• Job/Work Experience: Self-employed tutor; on-call worker for electronic recycling company
• Volunteer/Community service: Assistant Little League baseball coach (about 500 hrs since 8th grade); organized gear drive to collect baseball equipment to donate to needy baseball clubs (11th and 12th); every year I volunteer at "Let's go fishing," an event which helps developmentally disabled young men and women go fishing and have fun for a day (this is just once a year, but I thought I'd add it)
• Summer Activities: 2010: Coached little league; played club baseball (52 games over the whole summer) -- 2011: attended Stanford University summer classes and received an A in differential Calc; played on same baseball team; coached Little League
• Essays: Common App: Very artsy and creative, yet still informative (9/10); Short Essay: about delivering baseball gear to underprivileged children; supplement: wrote about my experience raising $ for, and performing for, a benefit concert for a non-profit which rehabilitates burned children in South America
• Intended Major: Econ
• Interview: went as well as it possibly could have gone. The guy told me he will do what he can to "make sure yale is one of my choices in the spring." (I have heard this doesn't count for much. But he was incredibly impressed.)
• State (if domestic applicant): CA
• School Type: Somewhat competitive
• Ethnicity: White as can be
• Gender: M</p>

<p>Thanks for all your help!!!!</p>