<p>Hey, I'm an Asian senior in California
I have good test scores:
SAT I: 1550 (780 verbal 770 math)
SAT II's :
Math ic: 780
US HISTORY : 790
Writing : 660 (just retook it, this time i expect something closer to my other scores)
math iic: (just retook it, i expect 770-800)</p>
<p>But, my GPA is not too hot...
LAUSD GPA: 3.57 (9-11th)
and my class rank is 143/850
My UC GPA : 4.318 (weighed) 3.6818 (unweighed, didn't know how to round)</p>
<p>(note: UC is approved academic classes in tenth and eleventh grades, 1 pt extra for Honors and APs, right?)</p>
<p>my extracurriculars are so-so:
4 years on tennis team (our school has been LA City Champions for five years now, although I've been fairly useless as a JV team member. I probaly shouldn't share that aspect in my applications.)
2 years in JSA (Junior Statesmen of America. I am minister of public relations right now)
a month of full time volunteer work at a summer camp
2 years in political philosophy club
2 years in chinese school (9 total, 2 while in HS)
3 years in video production class(this is an interest, so I am not sure if it is an extracurricular because I take the class at school too)
3 weeks in a Brown summer program
3 weeks in a cornell summer program</p>
<p>APs: I took 2 as a junior, got 5's on both exams. BUT, I also took the AP English test without taking the class and got a 4, if that means anything.</p>
<p>My current program as a senior is
AP English Lit
<p>I'm thinking about applying to
University of Michigan
U of Chicago
<p>My question is, which schools should I consider as reaches and what as matches? I have looked around the forums and haven't really found anyone with stats similar to mine (weak GPA , but good test scores). And I didn't know if I should apply early decision anywhere, because I'd much rather go to the 2 listed UCs than anywhere else, but I don't know my chances there either. If my chances are good, then I won't apply anywhere early decision. And what should I consider as safeties? NYU? UCSB, UCSD? or is that being overly optimistic?
I figure that the best things going for me are that I have been to Cornell and Brown's summer programs (I figure those ought to help in applying to those two schools) and the way my GPA rose. I was a not very good student in ninth and tenth grades but then went hardcore academic and pulled myself up to having straight A's and 2 AP classes as a Junior.
What are my chances for said schools and how would my chances be for Brown or Yale early decision?
Any other suggestions for safeties, reaches, matches for a guy who doesn't know quite what he wants to study and wants to explore different classes freely, but has a slight inclination towards film, economics, political science and philosophy?</p>
<p>THANKS in advance, and I'd appreciate replies soon because I still need to decide on the whole early decision thing.</p>