My S is in The middle of the college application process. He selected his safe abs stretch schools, but was wondering if he should invest time applying to any of the top 10 schools.
He is applying as a business major and His CV looks like this.
International student fro Saudi Arabia.
GPA 4.0 unweighted. Ranked 1-2 in his class through high school.
English AP (5)
Unfortunately, No SAT or ACT (tests were cancelled in the country due to COVID)
UCLA college credit (post 10th grade): Molecular Biology ©, Psychology (A)
One of 40+ kids (nationally) selected to the Saudi Research Science Institute (SRSI) at KAUST university.
Selected to the Saudi gifted student fellowship program
School student council president, Captain of the soccer team.
School tutor (offers free tutoring and academic support in his school); especially during school COVID remote operation
Goes to a private school that repeatedly sends 2-3 kids to top 20 schools in the US, including the big ones.
I feel that without the SAT and AP scores (plans disrupted due to COVID), it would be unrealistic to target top 10 schools.
He does come from an underrepresented country, but very few students get picked anyway, and not everyone is applying without SAT scores. So, it may come down to essays? and his ability to present himself without some essential indicators.
Your thoughts and wisdom will be greatly appreciated.