Sorry about formatting. I’m a high school sophomore so I know it’s way too early to chance, but I’m hoping to start my college search and could use some help.
- US domestic
- State/Location of residency: California
- Type of high school (current college for transfers): medium-size high school, not super competitive.
- Gender/Race/Ethnicity (optional): White female.
- Other special factors (first generation to college, legacy, athlete, etc.): Legacy to WashU.
Intended Major(s): journalism, communications, creative writing, English
GPA, Rank, and Test Scores
- Unweighted HS GPA: 4.0
- Weighted HS GPA (incl. weighting system): 4.05. No points for anything other than AP classes and there are only a handful of AP classes at my school. AP classes are given an added tiny fraction of a point.
- Class Rank: I know this can still change but currently tied for 1/100ish.
- ACT/SAT Scores: not taken yet. Consistently scoring 1420+ on SAT practice tests with around a 750-800 English and a significantly lower math.
(AP/IB/Dual Enrollment classes, AP/IB scores for high school; also include level of math and foreign language reached and any unusual academic electives; for transfers, describe your college courses and preparation for your intended major(s)) I am on a very specialized track so I know with some confidence what classes I’ll be taking every year.
Freshman with an A in all:
Honors algebra 2, didn’t learn anything
Honors Spanish 1
Community college art history over the summer
Sophomore with an A in all:
AP world history modern
Honors Spanish 2
Honors precalculus, once again didn’t learn anything. My teacher is interesting…
AP English language
AP calculus although I will fail the exam.
AP U.S. history
Honors Spanish 3
AP English lit
AP Government/ honors economics one semester each
Honors Spanish 4
Honors environmental science
This is one of my strongest sections probably. Almost a dozen national and state journalism awards. Majority of these have <5% rates. Way more local and school level ones. Also a few miscellaneous writing awards, including some local and state poetry contests and a few scholastic gold and silver keys. No medals, though.
(Include leadership, summer activities, competitions, volunteering, and work experience) These get challenging because I don’t want to reveal personal information, but here it goes. These aren’t in a particular order.
- School Newspaper is by far my main extracurricular. I started this year as a staff writer. You can’t be on newspaper in your freshman year but I found a workaround and freelanced for the newspaper. I have already been told I will be the managing editor next year. Senior year I expect to be the editor in chief, but of course I can’t be sure. I spend at least 10 hours a week doing this.
- I have bylines with many prominent publications, including my local newspaper, local broadcast station, a few midsize newspapers, a few small bylines in national newspapers, etc. I freelance and constantly look for opportunities.
- I am the president of my school creative writing club. I was secretary last year.
- I volunteer reading and teaching literacy skills through a library program. I have over 200 hours.
- I have a paid journalism internship at a midsize magazine this summer. Not saying the name due to privacy reasons.
- I am a part of a city-run youth writing program.
- I am in national honor society and volunteer at school events for about 2 hours a week.
(Optionally, guess how strong these are and include any other relevant information or circumstances.) Too soon, but my passion is writing so I think my essays will be solid. I will have had two of my teachers every year of high school. These teachers are my favorites and they like me so that’s pretty nice.
Cost Constraints / Budget
(High school students: please get a budget from your parents and use the Net Price Calculators on the web sites of colleges of interest.) No cost restraints because I am very fortunate to have college paid for.
(List of colleges by your initial chance estimate; designate if applying ED/EA/RD; if a scholarship is necessary for affordability, indicate that you are aiming for a scholarship and use the scholarship chance to estimate it into the appropriate group below) I only know I want to apply to a few schools so far. I would like help expanding my options.
- Safety (certain admission and affordability)
- Likely (would be possible, but very unlikely or surprising, for it not to admit or be affordable)
UC Irvine although it might be a reach I don’t know