Quick questions for a potential RD applicant?

<p>What are NW's science facility and research opportunities like? How do they compare to other top-tier research universities, such as Johns Hopkins?</p>

<p>What is the social life like?</p>

<p>How will NW look at the SAT (do they mix & match and what about the writing)?</p>

<p>I will probably have more questions very soon! Thanks for your time!!</p>

<p>Social life here is vibrant and what you make of it. Want to drink and party whenever you can? There are people like that here. Want to go out to see every play and concert possible on and off campus? You can do that too (and there are lots). Want to go into Chicago every weekend and explore the Magnificant Mile? That's an option. Want to hang out in a small group in someone's dorm and discuss Shakespeare? That happens here. Want to just grab a few friends for a late night coffee or ice cream cone? Go for it. Anything you want to do, you'll find others who like it too.</p>

<p>I believe NU mixes and matches best SAT scores...I don't see why they wouldn't. </p>

<p>I don't know a ton about the science department, but I've heard good things. :)</p>

<p>That definitely sounds awesome!</p>

<p>I'm under the impression that NW has an excellent science department (I believe they have a 7-year med program), but when I checked CB's website, there was no class percentage for those who major in biology. Is it safe for me to say that there is a good handful of students who are also pre-med students as well?</p>

<p>Is there a specific pre-med program at Northwestern or do you take the required classes for med school and take the MCATs?</p>

<p>A senior from our school last year is now attending NW. I'm assuming he's there for humanities or some sort of writing, because he was an excellent writer and one for our school's paper.</p>

<p>I'm skeptical about my chances though. I don't want to turn this into a chances thread, but if anyone can give me some sort of evaluation on my chances, I would be most appreciative:</p>

<p>PA Asian Male
GPA: 4.35 out of 4.6
Rank: 22 of 650 (Top 5%)
SAT I: 650 CR/ 750 M/ 710 W (this is my best combined)
SAT II: 760 Chem and I took Math 2 in Nov. (will be getting this score back soon)
ECs: Varsity tennis & commitment to a few clubs over the years
Recs: 1 from a guidance counselor and 2 from math and science teachers (is it bad that I'm not getting a humanities teacher's rec. I got a B in both English and History last year!)</p>

<p>Thanks for your time!</p>

<p>P.S.- Does NW accept rushed scores?</p>

<p>There is a pre-med program here, and I believe that it functions as a sort of double major to whatever you like...I know one girl in my hall is a Performance Studies major in addition to being pre-med (but she's definitely a rareity)...many pre-meds major in bio or chem. There is a 7 year med program (look back at some of the NU CC threads...there was a discusssion of it's pros and cons recently). </p>

<p>Your chances are definitely plausible. When I applied, I was #25 in a class of 360, 800 V/660 M old SAT, with 3.9 weighted GPA. I also had decent ECs...so with some strong essays and letters, you definitely stand a chance.</p>

<p>Thanks rocketpixy. What are some major differences between your application and my potential one (if I do decide to apply)?</p>

<p>How many SAT IIs do they require (or <em>strongly</em> recommend)? Do they accept rushed scores? I understand NW has a gorgeous campus that's right next to a bay of some sort (not sure on this, but feel free to correct me). I'm already applying to 8 schools (1 is ED), and I feel as though a 9th might be overdoing it (especially another reach).</p>

<p>I don't have a solid, solid safety school, so I thought that if I was going to add another school to my list, it should at least be a safety not a reach. Here's the list of colleges I'm applying to, by the way: Penn (ED), Johns Hopkins (2nd choice), Cornell, University of Michigan, Carnegie Mellon, Lehigh, Vanderbilt, UVA.</p>

<p>Thanks for all of the advice! I'll have to ask my guidance counselor for some insight on my decision before I make anything final, but the advice I'm getting so far is great!</p>

<p>P.S.- rocketpixy, do you mind telling me which other schools you applied to and which field of study you are pursuing? Thanks man!</p>

<p>I'm not going to go too deeply into how our applications may differ...I just provided some stats to let you know that you have a chance. There's no real "formula" at all at NU, it's very holistic and ultimately a crapshoot. Just do your very best and see what happens...</p>

<p>NU does have a gorgeous campus right on Lake Michigan. NU doesn't require any SAT2s, but I'd take a couple in subjects you excel in. </p>

<p>I'm a theatre major, and I also applyed to Vassar, Fordham(audition), BU(audition), USC (audition), Skidmore (safety), and Drew(safety)...that is, I began the applications. I got into NU ED, so I never actually had to complete any of them, but they were all in the works.</p>