WashU Early Decision Class of 2016

<p>So I saw threads like these on other schools' forums so I thought I'd start one here.</p>

<p>The Early Decision deadline is next month, so is there anybody here looking to apply ED to WashU? WashU is my first choice and hopefully I be able to apply ED as well! We can discuss pretty much anything here regarding ED and other questions/comments/support etc.</p>

<p>Good luck to all!</p>

<p>Good luck all! I applied and was accepted ED last year, so I know what it's like. Didn't realize it was that time of the year yet though. I guess you don't really pay attention if it doesn't concern you...</p>

<p>does anyone know if it is allowed to apply to Wash U early decision and also early action to a school like University of Michigan which is non-binding?</p>

<p>Yes. You can apply to as many early rounds as you would like as long as only one of those is binding.</p>

<p>I'm applying early decision (hopefully, if my parents decide I can, cause they're a little worried about not getting any financial aid)! I'm so excited, I really want to go to WashU, I hope I get in :D</p>

<p>@Torchwood</p>

<p>That's exactly what my parents are worried about! But I just recently met with a financial aid officer (at WashU) and he said that WashU does everything it can to make it affordable. If the FinAid offer isn't enough, he made it very clear that they will let you out of the ED agreement. I feel a little better about it now.</p>

<p>Hey RyanMK,
I'm planning on ED-ing to WashU this november, but I'm really curious about whether my stats are on par with those that get in. Could you let me know some of your stats/ECs?
I'd really appreciate it.</p>

<p>Thanks,
Alexa</p>

<p>Yeah, of course!</p>

<p>Let's see...</p>

<p>White male from Iowa public school
No need-based financial aid
UW GPA 4.0
W GPA 4.6ish (unofficial salutatorian)
AP Calc AB (5 on BC test)
AP US Gov (3 on test)
AP Physics B (5 on test)
AP Spanish (5 on test)
AP Lit (no test)
Calculus 2 through Iowa State
Linear Algebra through Uni. Iowa
SAT - 2170
M - 800
W - 650
R - 720
SAT II
Math II - 800
Physics - 800
Bio M - 740
ACT - 35
M - 36
S - 35
R - 35
E - 35
NHS Member
Debate club co-founder
Lax club member
Soccer - about 15 hours/week avg.
- multiple awards school/conf.
100 volunteer hours (mentoring, coaching soccer)
School award for science/math
State award for math and ACT score
NMS finalist</p>

<p>Recommendations - Great! I'm good friends with both of the teachers. Bio teacher says I'm the best student she ever had, and my English teacher really knows me personally. Guidance counselor - pretty good, but less personal probably.</p>

<p>Essay - Um, I don't know. I don't think it was good, but my English teacher complimented it, so I'm not sure.</p>

<p>Took a tour and went to an info session. Requested material about WUSTL.</p>

<p>College of Arts and Sciences</p>

<p>Did I leave anything out? Let me know if there's anything else you want to know.</p>

<p>@Ryan, what is your major at WashU?</p>

<p>Well, I haven't declared yet, I'm still trying to decide. Currently I'm leaning toward double majoring in math and some combination of biology and chemistry. I was thinking about minoring in Spanish, but not anymore after attending the first two classes of Spanish 307.</p>

<p>I was thinking of majoring and minoring in Spanish...</p>

<p>Did you feel that ED affected your chances of getting in? (I know you can't really tell)</p>

<p>Also, did you apply for/win any merit scholarships? I am worried ED might affect my consideration for some of these.</p>

<p>Don't get me wrong, it was a very good class. I just realized I wasn't actually interested in learning it any more fluently than I know it already.</p>

<p>I do think that applying ED helped my chances. It usually tends to be a weaker applicant pool because many people with high stats apply ED to an ivy or not at all, and they tend to have a higher admit rate ED to increase yield.</p>

<p>I did half-heartedly apply to some merit scholarships (other than the automatic NMS finalist one), but didn't receive any. They are extremely selective, but I don't think ED or RD provide an advantage either way.</p>

<p>A little more about me:
I'm gay, I play soccer on the school's club team, I live in a modern double, I'm taking gen chem, chem lab, psych, calc 3, and writing, I don't drink, but do party, and I've stepped on the university seal.</p>

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I've stepped on the university seal.

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<p>Lol, I have heard that that is a big no-no. College students can be very superstitious.</p>

<p>Yeah, I know, I'm not going to graduate in 4 years, haha.</p>

<p>Ryan, could you tell us a little more about the dorms? How many types are there, exactly? And did you get your first choice? I've heard a myth that the modern dorm floors are less communal than the traditional dorms due to the layout and door pattern...any truth to this? And, finally, how is your roommate? Did the survey you filled out earlier help with the decision, and do you think you two are a good match?</p>

<p>Thanks!</p>

<p>The dorms are amazingly nice. My son is in a modern dorm and was very lucky in getting a great roommate. The one benefit of the modern dorms is that there is one bathroom shared by two doubles. As a result, you not only have a roommate, but two "suitemates" so you have an immediate connection to 3 students, not just one.</p>

<p>When I did an overnight visit, I found the dorms to be awesome. The entire atmosphere of the South 40 is very appealing and welcoming. I did hear that many students in the traditional dorms like the communal feeling, and I met many sophomores who requested traditional dorms for their second year for this reason (sophomore dorms are set up a little differently, though). I really liked the modern dorms myself, for reasons that 2135ar mentioned.</p>

<p>There are two types of dorms: modern and traditional. Traditional are your well, traditional, style dorms: Share a room with one roommate, and a communal bathroom. Modern are much newer, and they are set up so that you share a "suite" with 3 or 5 other students (there are also one or two suites with only 2 students). They are arranged so that either 4 singles, 2 doubles, or 2 triples share a common area in addition to a bathroom. I did get my first choice - modern double - and absolutely love it. My roommate is great, haven't had any problems since we moved in; I'm not sure how much the 7 question survey helped, or if it's just the fact that students here are pretty chill for the most part.
As to the "traditionals are more social" myth, that is a load of bunk. It entirely depends on the people on your floor. Everyone on my floor is really good friends with each other, but I've heard that the floor below us doesn't bond much if at all. Similarly, there are traditionals that are social, and those that aren't social. It's all what you decide to make out of it. All I can say is that substance-free floors tend to have far fewer parties, for obvious reasons, and partying has been a great way for us to form relationships with the other people on our floor, even for the 5-10 of us who don't actually drink.
Personally, I would recommend a modern as it's newer, has more convenient showers/toilets, and the temperpedic mattresses.</p>

<p>Just to clarify, ED students apply for housing at the same time as everyone else, correct? Or do EDers get "first dibs" on housing?</p>

<p>Nope, no first dibs or anything like that. Just a random piece of advice: if you will be a student in the college of arts and sciences, I would highly recommend attending an art sci weekend over the summer. You meet with advisors and register for classes earlier than the art sci freshmen who don't go. It's really really annoying not knowing your classes until a couple days before they start, and you may miss out on the better professors/class times/ and in rare cases, courses.</p>