Please help, do I have a chance?

<p>I am currently a junior at a private high school in Southern California. As an asian, I am raised by strong willed parents that have very high standards. I must excell academically and ultimately get into an Ivy League school so I am striving for Stanford University, U Penn, or UC Berkeley.
I am the only junior of my class to take 2 of the most rigorous course together, AP U.S. History, and Trig/Pre Cal Honors along with this, I am also taking Chem Honors, French III Honors, and English Honors. I have a weighted GPA of 4.42 this semester and am in the top 5% of my class. I don't have much extra curriculars except for being the vice president of the Latin Club, and volunteering at our city Youth Court where we go to the court house and become jury members for first time offenders. I am also trying to start a National Honors Society at my school and hopefully becoming president. I was on varisty track last year, but I was unable to join due to a problem in my foot.
I also would like to add, I am not a citizen and therefore would be considered international but I have studied in the U.S. since 7th grade, and I speak fluent English and Mandarin. I am also living in the United States without my parents or any relatives, so I have to take care of my own problems myself and be independent. Would this benefit me by being an international student, or is it not significant at all? Do I have a chance into getting into a very competitive university?</p>

<p>People like you and your parents anger me. Also, it's a bit weird that you are the ONLY person to take AP US History and precalc together...neither is insanely difficult...anywho, I'm guessing you would have a high chance for Berkeley and good chances for Stanford and U Penn.</p>

<p>is your school not competitive. cause then if you are taking the hardest schedule colleges consider this. international wise i'm not sure but i think you have good chances</p>

<p>also, are you not a us resident??? cause i'm not a citizen but i am a resident</p>

<p>haha yea ur school must not be difficult at all. im a junior and im taking AP US, AP language, AP Chem, Pre-Calc Acc (a prep for AP BC Calc next year), Spanish 3 acc, Science Research
And my course load isnt nearly the most difficult in my school</p>

<p>Hmm, I guess it isn't as difficult compared to others, but it is college prep and our teachers are ridiculously hard.</p>

<p>Um, I have a student F-1 Visa. So does that make me a resident?</p>

<p>you have a chance.. SAT above 2200 or ACT above 32 and you are a sure bet for Berkeley.</p>

<p>I taking that your school uses the block system?</p>

<p>No, a F-1 visa does not make you a resident; you are still considered an international.

SAT above 2200 or ACT above 32 and you are a sure bet for Berkeley.

Maybe true for CA residents, but certainly not for international students.</p>

<p>so as an international, SAT above 2200 is not high enough??
should i be getting a perfect score? i thought 2200 was already outstanding. i doubt if i'll even be able to get a 2100. do SAT scores outweigh your extracurriculars, GPA, and your character when it comes to admissions? because i do well in schoo, but not at taking tests</p>

<p>who knows..maybe it will help that you went to a school in california..apply for residency (you can if you lived there for a year or longer) then you will be fine!!!</p>

<p>hmmmmmm those are pretty low level courses for a junior at a private school, i don't know maybe the curriculum is different.</p>

<p>One cannot establish residency in California while on a temporary student visa:

Unfortunately, the following visa status holders cannot establish residency regardless of the length of time in California: B-1, B-2, C, D-1, D-2, F-1, F-2, H-2, H-3, J-1, J-2, M-1, M-2, O-2, P-1, P-2, P-3, P-4, Q, and TN/TD.


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<p>coolmetallic, 2100 on the SAT is fine, but it's only one piece of the puzzle. You will have to be impressive in other areas as well to stand out in the international pool (especially if you are Chinese or Indian).</p>