I am an international student (Indian but not living in India) who needed almost 100% need based financial aid. I am first gen and from a low income family.
I have 800 in Math section of Sat, 800 in Math II, 780 in Chemistry, 770 in Physics(All first attempt).
7 years of student government.
Best C++ programmer in the country in Google Kickstarter and Hackerrank. (Won various national level awards)
Partnered with the biggest multi billion dollar bank in the region to develop an app that helps thousands of people in poverty.
Interned as Data analyst for a multi billion dollar MNC.
Two times winner of International Mathematics Olympiad, Regional round.
Representing the country at an international level for quizzing.
3 sports varsity.
4-5 amazing recommendations.
In spite of all these I was rejected from Caltech, MIT, UofChicago, Bowdoin, Grinnell.
I thought it was my low EBRW that will result in rejection from most universities, but I was rejected from universities like UofChicago and Bowdoin where I didn’t submit my SAT score.
I still have to hear from 9 universities ( 6 Ivies and Colby, Colgate and Williams) but all of them have my low EBRW score(530-One attempt w no preparation/tutoring) and will probably reject me based on that.
I have given up at this point. I do have back ups in India, but I don’t want to study there. Any suggestions?