please help: chances

<p>Bi-racial (south american, filipino) Male in highly competitive California public school (top 40 on US News best high school)</p>

SAT: Total:2200, math:800, cr:710, writing:690
SATII: Math IIC:800, US Hist:770, Physics: 730</p>

<p>GPA: 4.3W, 3.7 UW
Rank: 2nd Decile</p>

<p>Awards: National Commended Scholar, National Hispanic Scholar Finalist, CSF, Honor Roll</p>

<p>Courseload (Full IB Diploma):
AP/IB English
IB TOK/Philosophy
AP/IB Spanish IV
IB Global Studies - East Asia
AP Biology</p>

Marching Band, 4 years, 3 years sax section leader
After School jazz band, 4 years
Cal State Fullerton University Band, 2 years
Church Choir-wind ensemble, 4 years (sang and played sax)
Church Phillipine Dance Group, 2 years
community service hours: ~200 hrs
UCI Medical Center Intern (150 hrs) - worked as a nurse's assistant and shadowed a team of doctors.</p>

<p>I'm pretty sure I'll have good recs, I'm really close with the teachers who did them.</p>

<p>Thanks for the help in advance =)</p>

<p>good stuff</p>

<p>what exactly is a "top us news high school"?</p>

<p>you can always transfer</p>

<p>You are in! Being a URM will help your case a lot!</p>

<p>thanks for the help.</p>

<p>does being biracial still count as urm? and does my class rank hurt a lot?</p>

<p>oh top for top us news, i meant the "US News World Report" magazine when they ranked the top high schools in the country.</p>

<p>good chances..and being i think your biracial-ness will definitely help you out.</p>

<p>thanks asianjewel. anyone else have different opinions?</p>


<p>Try to improve your SAT scores, they are a bit on the low side.</p>

<p>1510 is way past 75 percentile at Cornell! Maybe awaiting misread the op's post?</p>

<p>does cornell not place a lot of emphasis on the writing section?</p>

<p>and i think its a little late to improve sat's if the deadline is tomorrow lol. but thanks.</p>


<p>2200 on the low side? Oh come on..</p>

<p>2200 is not on the low side, lol. And I'm pretty sure that Cornell doesn't care that much about the writing section. I would say that you have good chances, but it's no guarantee for almost anyone. That you're not in the top ten percent might hurt you, but judging by your school it might be acceptable. Like someone above said, good stuff.</p>

<p>Why doesn't Cornell care much about the writing section?</p>

<p>because no college cares too much about it. It's still too new and there aren't enough statistics on it in order to factor it into the admissions decision. No one really knows how good a 700 or 750 is. There just isn't enough data from the writing section yet. Also, colleges really don't like to change a lot, especially the tradition-rich ones like Cornell.</p>

<p>thanks for the opinions. do you guys think my rank will affect my chances though?</p>