Not Sure If I Should Apply/More Info Please

<p>Hey there!</p>

<p>I really like the sound of University of Puget Sound. I want to go to either the Northwest or New England area and I love going to Seattle to visit family. The surroundings are GREAT (I love rain.) But I have questions:</p>

<p>1) I go to boarding school now in VA. It's a pretty good one, but it's expensive and since that's the case, my parents want me to go in-state/public so they don't have to pay much. How is your financial aid? Could I get a scholarship for a unique talent? I jump rope competitively at national tournaments (AAU Junior Olympics and USAJR Nationals) but that's really my only sport, so I don't have a chance with the normal school sports. Is this plausible?</p>

<p>2) I have gone to 3 different high schools for my 4 years of HS. Will this affect my chances?</p>

<p>3) I was in EXTREMELY competitive schools for my first two years of high school (Chapel Hill High School, and East Chapel Hill High School [Nationally ranked public schools]) so in turn, my grades weren't the greatest because the schools were so hard. They were mostly B's with a few A's and C's. My GPA was a 3.4 UW and 3.7 Weighted. Now at boarding school, we're on the 100 pt. scale and my grade average is about an 85. Will they take this into consideration? How do my grades stack up? (I am taking mostly AP courses and a few honors and very few regular.)</p>

<p>4) My SAT/ACT scores...which should I submit, or both?
SAT Math: 590
Sat Reading:570
SAT Writing: 570
ACT Composite: 25</p>

<p>Also what is the campus vibe like? I want to be a doctor, but with my grades I'm not sure if I could do pre-med. I have a job at Duke University Medicine doing DNA research in an Alzheimer's lab, doing karyotyping and looking at DNA samples. Will this help me get into pre-med? Should I put that on my application?</p>

<p>I know this is a long message but if you could answer as much as you can, I would REALLY appreciate it. I would really like to hear from someone at Puget Sound or someone familiar with it.</p>

<p>Thanks again!</p>

<p>~Drew </p>

<p>PS- What is Tacoma like? I've been to Seattle many times and know the city well but never have been to Tacoma.</p>

<p>So I am not sure about your financial aid etc info or your other technical questions but I did just graduate from UPS in may so I can give you some insight on the school. We dont have an actual premed major or department so normally premed people major in any of the sciences. your previous experiences working in the lab will definitely be helpful not only in the heavy lab sciences that you will have to do-- the required ones for the medical schools you will be applying to as well as the ones for your major. You can also get jobs as lab TA's after your freshman year as well as assisting professors in their research during your upper years at UPS. I took a lot of science classes and the profs are all great, the largest classes at like 40-50 people and thats only in like intro bio and O chem. And even in classes that have 40 people the labs only have 12 or so so you get plenty of time with your professors. </p>

<p>Also Tacoma is pretty cool. Its a big enough town where there are different areas, such as the large mall, the cute "proctor" area with small shops and the downtown which has restaurants and theater and is right on the water. It also has the t-dome which gets a whole bunch of concerts and is only like 45 minutes form the city which you can get to by car or bus pretty easily. </p>

<p>let me know if you have any other questions that I can answer. </p>