NYU too reacheriffic? hellllp

<p>I posted this on the transfer board but they ignorrreeeed me. Alas! Help?</p>

<p>Hi, I'm currently a freshman Classics major at the University of Maryland, College Park. I’m looking for urban, northeastern schools that are relatively prestigious. NYU is my dream, but someone on CC told me that it’s a reach for me, sooo my little dreams have been smooshed. Anyway, I’m looking for other people’s opinions, as well as other schools I should apply to (BU, BC, Tufts? Hellllp.)</p>

<p>I took the hardest courseload available in all subjects, except math, at a competitive private school. </p>

3.6 UW
4.0 W
(If it helps any, my GPA was brought down by consistent B's in math and the math-related sciences ((physics arrrrgh)). My GPA in purely liberal arts courses stands at about a 3.9)
Top 15% of a class of 250 at a competitive private school</p>

<p>AP Scores
English Literature and Composition-5
English Language and Composition-4
US History-4
US Government and Politics-4
European History-4
Spanish-2 (d'oh)</p>

500M (d'oh)
Should I get math tutoring and retake it as a college freshman?</p>

US History-660</p>

Presidential Award for Academic Excellence (bestowed at graduation)
Honor Roll Freshman, Sophomore, and Senior Year
AP Scholar with Distinction</p>

Varsity Indoor Track-9, 10, 11
Varsity Outdoor Track-9, 10, 11 (had to stop due to injury)
Newspaper-10, 11, 12 (World News and Politics Editor 12th grade)
Literary Magazine 11, 12 (Editor in Chief 11th and 12th)
Congressional Seminar on Constitutionality of Guantanamo Bay-12th (only 2 people from school were chosen to go)
100+ hours of community service; I acted as a caregiver for a severely handicapped child, as well as volunteering at various soup kitchens.
Worked 20-25 hours a week during the school year in 11th and 12th grades</p>

<p>I know this list is weak, but it's because track was such an all-consuming thing for me. I was a member of several top-ranked relay teams, and basically that killed all my free time, until I got injured senior year and was able to take on some more academic EC's. Should I mention this? Or should I just shut up about it, since although I don't have a huge amount of EC's, I was in leadership positions for all the ones I participated in?</p>

<p>College EC's
Literary and Arts Journal Staff
College Democrats</p>

<p>I’m a good writer; I got a mega scholarship to SUNY Purchase for their creative writing program after sending in work samples. I’m considering sending in work samples to the schools I apply to, just...because. It could be my "hook" or whatever you crazy kids call it. Even though it has nothing to do with my major.</p>

<p>I had very, very strong recommendations from teachers in my AP classes. And I write good essays, so that should help me as well.</p>

<p>As a first semester freshman, I'm currently taking three 100-level courses, as well as 200 level and a 300 level. As of midterms, I have a 4.0, which I expect to carry through the rest of the semester. Next semester, I'm planning on pulling 19 credits, again with a few upper-level courses thrown in (argh), but only one math class (yay), so my GPA should remain intact.</p>

<p>Any help on getting me out of here would be awesome.</p>

<p>bump, help please?</p>

<p>Your SAT is below average for NYU; while the SAT is extremely important even when applying as a transfer, it will matter less than for freshmem admissions, so your score is not fatal. Also, it doesn't make any sense for you to retake the SAT as a college freshmen, because I can tell you that for NYU, that score will never even be considered in the admissions decision. </p>

<p>Your hs gpa seems very competitive, but what is your U of Maryland GPA??? College GPA is the most important factor when you are applying as a transfer.</p>

<p>Good luck!</p>

<p>-NYU class of '00</p>

<p>As of midterms, I have a 4.0. I'm pretty much projecting that short of getting hit in the head with an asteroid or kicked in the face by a wayward horse, that will stay about the same. There will possibly be some fluctuation next semester when I take a math class (DOOM!), but I shouldn't get below a B in it. Do you think I should attempt to explain my asymmetric abilities (there's really no explanation other than the fact that I'm good at English and bad at math, but I can be...clever or creative or self-deprecating or what have you.), or just try to distract them with the shininess of the other parts of my app?</p>

<p>SAT is too low. you are trying too hard to "make the grade." instead, be yourself and then youll have a shot. why do you want to go to nyu? thats the most important part of it all. </p>

nyu 2006</p>