Really random chance one

<p>Okay, so I've got a couple random schools here I'd like to apply to next year, and I was hoping someone would chance me for Dartmouth, Pomona, University of Chicago, and University of Washington. I'm guessing Dartmouth is a really high reach, and some of the others are too. Anyways, they're really random, just to warn you. </p>

<p>Okay, the facts.</p>

<p>Year entering college: 2011 (Junior this year)</p>

<p>GPA: 3.84 (unweighted)
Class rank: top 10%. Really not sure, but I'd put myself at somewhere around 20/450
SAT: 2130 (720 CR, 710 Math, 700 Writing) - retaking in October, probably will do better in math
SAT II: 750 Biology. Will take Math II and US History, and project 700-750 on those</p>

<p>AP scores:
World History: 5
Will hear back in July:
Calc AB: estimated 5
English 11: estimated 4 or 5
US History: estimated 4 or 5
Spanish: pretty bad. In fact, let's just forget about this one.</p>

<p>Next year's classes:
AP Calc BC
Symphony Orchestra
AP Statistics
Human Anatomy/Sports Medicine
AP Gov/ AP Econ
Journalism</p>

<p>EC's:
Soccer - club, school, rec (10 years)
Varsity XC (2 years)
Varsity Track (1 year)
Softball
Church Youth Group (pretty big time commitment)
Violin (6 years)
Horseback riding (a really long time...)
Key Club (4 years)
National Honor Society (3 years)</p>

<p>Awards, etc:
National Merit Scholar - Commemorate
WSYS - Washington State Youth Scholars. Pretty much for doing well on the ACT as an 8th grader
Student of the Month, and other stuff like that</p>

<p>I've got other ECs, but they're just random fun things I like to do, and I don't want to bore you to death with more.</p>

<p>Teacher Recs - I'm guessing they will be good, but not above and beyond. I know at least one of them will be pretty good, though.</p>

<p>Essays - I can churn out some decent prose, but it's not going to be the next Civil Disobedience. These will be all right, I imagine.</p>

<p>Thanks a ton! I really appreciate all the feedback. Goodness knows I haven't been getting any anywhere else. I can give my hand at chancing someone else, but the chances that I know the colleges are pretty slim. Just ask, though. :)</p>

<p>Dartmouth, Pomona - Reach
UofC - Low reach
UofW - Match</p>

<p>You have good stats but your ECs are a laundry list. What are your passions? Why do you belong at a selective college like Pomona, Dartmouth, or Chicago? What makes you special? Also, I would try researching more schools and applying to more than four.</p>

<p>looks solid!</p>

<p>Your senior course load look really light. You may want to adjust if more challenging classes are available.</p>

<p>You really haven't given us enough info to say much. Have you taken your schools hardest classes? Do you rank near the top of your class?</p>

<p>I would also work on the SATl, which will make Dartmouth, Pomona and probably Chicago high reaches alone.</p>

<p>Agreed^^^ </p>

<p>Take a few more AP's.</p>

<p>Dartmouth is a high reach... then again, it's pretty much the same for everyone.
UofChicago is a reach as well, all your stats meet what they usually get. SAT's/GPA good, etc.</p>

<p>I suggest you take your two best EC's and take it further. Perhaps organize some sort of horse riding organization thing, and some leadership in that youth group.</p>

<p>There might be one more AP class I can take next year, and I put it as an alternate. The others don't fit into my schedule. :( I was really hoping to take human bio/sports med, though. I'll have to think that one over. I'm going to retake the SAT I in October, and I'm pretty confident I'll do better in the math section. I suppose I would put my favourite/most-important-to-me ECs as horseback riding and running, but I only really began running this last fall, and I've never achieved many awards or anything as a horseback rider - I don't show, and I'm more of a stable-hand. So I feel like some of the other, long-term things I've done would look better, but they're not as...me. If that makes any sense. </p>

<p>More info -
- Took max number of AP classes freshman/sophmore/junior year.
- Don't know ranking for sure, but I would say somewhere around 20/450. Probably is anywhere from 15-30, though. I really can't say.
- My school's pretty competitive, one of the better ones in Washington. We send probably 5 or 6 to the Ivies every year, but we have a ton of just-below-Ivies. </p>

<p>Anything else you need to know? Thanks a bunch, by the way. :)</p>

<p>5 or 6 to ivies would not make a school very competitive. dartmouth, Pomona and Chicago are big reaches, but just below there you'll find plenty of good choices.</p>