Please Chance me for Princeton Engineering! Thanks!

<p>I know it's difficult to predict with HYPS but please chance me as best you can for Princeton engineering, specifically ECE. Thanks!</p>

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<p>I am a rising senior attending a public school in California
Ethnicity: white
Male</p>

<p>Academics:</p>

<p>GPA: 4.0(unweighted)/4.58(weighted)
Rank: My school does not rank</p>

<ul>
<li>= Honors/AP Class</li>
</ul>

<p>Freshman Year:
*Honors English
Geometry Accel.
World History
French II
*Bio honors</p>

<p>Sophomore Year:
Drivers Ed./Intro to law
*Honors English
Chemistry (No honors offered)
French III
Algebra II
*AP Computer Science</p>

<p>Junior Year:
*AP English Composition
*AP Chemistry
*AP Physics
*AP US History
*Honors French IV
*Honors Trigonometry/Pre Calc.</p>

<p>Senior Schedule:
*AP English Lit.
*AP Comparative gov./Econ.
*AP Calculus AB
*AP Biology
*AP French V
Art (level I)</p>

<p>AP Scores:
Comp Sci: 5
English Composition: 5
Chemistry: 5
Physics: 4
US History: 3 (I'm not really a history person)</p>

<p>SAT I Scores: (I have taken it once and plan to take it again in October)
Reading: 710
Math: 760
Writing: 760
Total: 2230</p>

<p>SAT II Scores:
US History: 730 (Probably won't submit)
Math II: 760
Chemistry: 760</p>

<p>Awards:
AP Scholar with distinction
National Merit Commendation
My high school's Excellence in Chemistry Award (1 of 10)
My high school's Science department award (1 of 3)</p>

<p>Extra Curriculars:</p>

<p>-I have rowed on my local nationally-ranked club team for all 4 years of high school.
I have dedicated 20+ hours per week each year and have have rowed at the varsity level for the past 3 years.</p>

<ul>
<li>I have volunteered over 100 hours to helping kids learn to row at my club during the summer</li>
</ul>

<p>-I volunteered to teach autistic children how to row (4 hrs) This summer</p>

<p>(I'm hoping all of this shows my passion for crew)</p>

<p>-I volunteered at local homeless shelters (20hrs)</p>

<p>-This summer: 3 week engineering course at Brown University</p>

<p>Essays:</p>

<p>My essays are very good. One is about growing up with gay parents and the other is about rowing.</p>

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<p>Would applying early action help my chances at all at Princeton?... I know it's not early decision and therefore not binding. Thanks for your time!</p>

<p>Your test scores are fine; you don't need to take them again. I recently interviewed with an admissions officer at an Ivy League who said that if your test scores fall into the range, aka SAT >2150, they don't hurt your chances and higher scores >2300, don't really help. In the end, most students applying have high test scores, so they look more to extracurriculars, your high school transcript and especially your essays. I think your passion for rowing will definitely set you apart if your essay can convey that well. Honestly, being from CA doesn't help your chances, as you are not in the "geographic minority" (like from NC, SC or MI). </p>

<p>I think you have a good chance because you appear to have a passion and follow that passion, and your scores are good. BUT, like everyone else, Princeton should be considered a reach school. If you are really interested, you should contact the crew coach and provide him with your transcript and test scores, as well as your crew accomplishments. If you can get on the radar for athletic recruitment you will get a big advantage. Good luck!</p>

<p>Thanks for the feedback!</p>