What are my chances? Also could you please give ideas for Safety and Targets?

Demographics : Hispanic
Permanent resident

  • State/Location of residency: TX
  • Type of high school (current college for transfers): Public
  • Gender/Race/Ethnicity (optional): hispanic
  • Other special factors (first generation to college, legacy, athlete, etc.):

Intended Major(s)
Unsure: Bioengineering, Premed, Biostatistics

GPA, Rank, and Test Scores

  • Unweighted HS GPA: 3.84
  • Weighted HS GPA (incl. weighting system): 5.5
  • College GPA (for transfers):
  • Class Rank: very competitive school, does not publish ranks, but she is 13 percentile
  • ACT/SAT Scores: 1500 English 720 and Math 780

Coursework
(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))
IB student, only took AP/IB courses. Taking calculus.

Awards
None
Extracurriculars
(Include leadership, summer activities, competitions, volunteering, and work experience)
Poor extracurriculars. She worked as a babysitter, phone baking for a political party.

Essays/LORs/Other
(Optionally, guess how strong these are and include any other relevant information or circumstances.)
My guess is that they will not be very strong.

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 constraints

Schools
(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)

  • Safety (certain admission and affordability)

University of TX at Dallas

  • Likely (would be possible, but very unlikely or surprising, for it not to admit or be affordable)
  • Match
    BU, Northeastern, Boston College, University of Washington, USC
  • Reach
    Rice, Stanford, Duke, Swarthmore, Berkeley

Did she take the PSAT, and if so any chance to be National Hispanic Scholar? National Recognition Programs | SAT Suite of Assessments – The College Board

All of the matches are reaches if applying for BME, although being a URM female seeking engineering I would probably not expect her to be shut out. For some schools she is going to have to apply to a major.

What is she looking for ideally in size, setting, and geographic location? There are lots of schools with BME that would love to have your D. Note that BME is a tough major to get a high GPA in, which is required for med school (and med schools don’t give a break to engineering majors).

For safeties/near safeties…what about Creighton, Iowa, Iowa State, U New Mexico, Arizona, ASU?

Matches: UC Boulder, Purdue, Case Western, U Rochester

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BC, BU and northeastern will be closer to low reach. Their last 2 admissions cycles, in particular, have been extremely competitive.

Yes, she took PSAT, and is College Board Recognition Program (hispanic). Does this help?

It’s definitely an award to put on the app, and will garner her merit aid at some places. So she’s NHRP, but not national merit semifinalist? (The NMSF index cutoff is 220 for Texas)

What is she looking for in a college…size, geographic location, setting (urban, etc.)?

I know you say no cost constraints, so $320K over 4 years is doable?

She is NHRP, but not National Merit semifinalist (English is not her first language and the reading/writing sections had a ceiling). 320K is doable.

She loves STEM but has not idea of major. She is looking for liberal environment and excellent education.

Thank you for your help!

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You should follow the thread College Board National Recognition Program (includes former National Hispanic Recognition Program) Class of 2022 - Specialty College Admissions Topics / Hispanic Students - College Confidential Forums if you are not already doing so.

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