Okay, so I'm in a rather strange situation...chance me?

<p>Lemme give yall my stats first then I'll tell you what's up:
Just Finished junior year, btw. Ethnicity- Asian (Indian)</p>

<p>SAT- 2250
CR: 790
M: 740
W: 720
SAT II-
US- 720
Latin- 800
Math-800</p>

<p>PSAT- 227</p>

<p>QPA- 3.89
GPA- 96.72
-Attending fairly high ranked public high school</p>

<p>AP's
9th) AP Bio-5
10th) AP Chem-5, AP Euro-5, AP Latin Literature-3
11th)Calc BC, Physics B, English Lang. and Comp, US, Latin Vergil. Pretty sure I got 5's in all except calc BC, which is prolly 3/4.
12th) Taking Psychology, Micro Econ, Gov, Stat, English Lit, APES, AP human geography</p>

<p>Extra curriculars (most important ones)-
High school soccer every year
Model UN every year
Mock Trial every year
Quiz bowl since 7th grade- most notable achievements- on state champion team twice
Part of group that started School's Table tennis club
Won a regional table tennis tournament in my age division
Latin Club/Junior Classical League- have won many awards, including a few 1st places at nationals
Volunteering at local science museum, 700+ hours
Chair of youth volunteer group at district health department (volunteering as regular member since 9th grade, became chair junior year), organized various community service activities
Attended governor's school
-maybe more, all I can think of right now as more important than the others</p>

<p>Alright...so basically my situation is with AP physics. I got a semester average of 88 the first semester (93-100=A, 92-85=B), my first semester average B. Then, in the second semester in AP physics, I got an 81,(84-75=C) as well as a 92 semester average in calc.
So what I'm wondering is whether that 81 in AP physics will really hurt my chances- it's only 1 grade, but it's a C...this was basically due to some problems with my teacher and my own mistakes in the class...ironically, I'm sure I did fairly well on the AP test, but I don't know whether college admissions will weigh that factor in, or just disregard the application when they see a 'C' semester average.</p>

<p>To my knowledge, I haven't come across someone who had a 'C' semester average and got into a higher tier school, but I also haven't come across many who had essentially all 'A's (relatively high As) except for that C...So i really don't know where I stand... With all that said, here are the schools I'm looking at:</p>

<p>Duke
Brown
UChicago
Vanderbilt
Emory
Cornell
Northwestern
Please rate with reach/safety/match, in between, etc.</p>

<p>Thanks in advance, any input is much appreciated.</p>

<p>Are you sure that shows up on your transcript? At our school, only year grades show up on transcripts, and even at schools that show semester grades around hear, they only show the first semester and the final grade (calculated using the first semester, second semester, and final exam).</p>

<p>Yep, both semester averages are shown on the transcript.</p>

<p>Does your school add 3-6 points to your grade as weight?</p>

<p>If so, colleges will probably know and it will end up hurting you</p>

<p>Yes...the school adds 3 points for honors and 5 points for AP to the quarter averages...but the grade boost applies for many students, right?</p>

<p>bumping up</p>

<p>Reach for all with NU and Vandy being the lowest reaches.</p>

<p>Thanks for the input yall...I really want to know the reality of the situation, don't go easy on me, plz let me know what you really think, anything is appreciated.</p>

<p>Anyone? bump again</p>

<p>bumping up</p>

<p>omg the same thing happened to me...the third semester of school, when i had ap physics, cal, and history, i got flippin 83,93, and 87 respectively. it was such a disaster!!!! but i was ill with depersnalization...i just never told my teachers nor will i mention it on college apps. it sucks because then the next semester my ap physics grade went up to a 95, history a 92, and calculus 100. I'm afraid they're going to think i was just slacking.</p>

<p>sorry that i just hijaked this thread, lol
but my point is, i totally feel your pain and im SO scared for what the results will be during college decision time!</p>

<p>Retake the SAT1 in October (aim for a higher score. the higher the better)
Take the SAT Subject Test in Physics in November (aim for a 770+ at least. lenient curve so it shouldn't be too hard)
Apply early to your first choice.
Explain your situation (grade) to your counselor.
Proofread your essays till they're perfect.</p>

<p>^ If you follow this advice, you'll have a great shot at all your listed schools. Good luck!</p>

<p>In your current situation only Vanderbilt, Emory and Northwestern seem like achievable targets.</p>