What are my chances in Harvard University/other IVY Leagues?

<p>i have a 4.3+ cum GPA
im in all activitites:
band, choir, NHS, recycling club, soccer, basketball, volleyball, tutor, and more. </p>

<p>i have taken 6 APs and gotten 5 in all of them</p>

800 in math II
800 in biology m
800 in English Lit
800 in Chemistry </p>

Math: 800
CR: 800
Writing: 750</p>

<p>wow i'm excited to see some feedbacks on this too cuz ur like me with better ecs and less aps</p>

<p>Brownies4life, it'll be hard to chance you unless you elaborate on what courses you took as well as on 1) how long you've been doing your ECAs and 2) what role you play in them (e.g. any leadership roles or not). Your SAT scores, however, are excellent.</p>

<p>brownies, you may want to move this thread to the "What are My Chances" section, which can be found on the discussion home page where all subsections of this site are listed, if you want to get more responses.</p>

<p>Why did you capitalize every letter in the word "Ivy?"</p>

<p>I vote to waitlist, then reject in late August.</p>

<p>To kwu:
I'm sorry that was an error on my part, but I feel like you needn't be so rude. I'm just asking a genuine question and you choose to nitpick on something that silly
Anyway, I apologize if I offended you</p>

<p>-Also, your "vote" doesn't mean anything, because I did get in - not even waitlist!</p>

<p>Your comment is ridiculously pointless</p>

<p>brownies4life: Your test scores are excellent, ditto with your EC's. However, Harvard Admissions is not a meritocracy; sometimes students with very top scores get rejected because of other "subjective" factors. See: Harvard</a> College Admissions § Applying: Freshman Application Process</p>

<p>As admissions officers read applications and discuss them in the admissions selection meetings, many questions are on their minds:</p>

<li>Has the candidate reached her maximum growth?</li>
<li>Has the candidate been stretching himself?</li>
<li>Has the candidate been working to capacity? In his academic pursuits? In her full-time or part-time employment? In other areas?</li>
<li>Does the candidate have reserve power to do more?</li>
<li>How has the candidate used her time?</li>
<li>Does the candidate have initiative? Is he a self-starter? What motivates her?</li>
<li>Does the candidate care deeply about anything—intellectual? Personal?</li>
<li>What has the candidate learned from his interests? What has she done with her interests? How has he achieved results? With what success or failure? What has she learned as a result?</li>
<li>Will the candidate be able to stand up to the pressures and freedoms of Harvard?</li>
<li>What choices has the candidate made for himself? Why?</li>
<li>Is the candidate a late bloomer?</li>
<li>What is the quality of the candidate’s activities?</li>
<li>Does the candidate have a direction yet? What is it? If not, is she exploring many things? Or is he just letting everything happen to him? Where will the candidate be in one year? Five years? Twenty-five years? Will she contribute something, somewhere, somehow?</li>
<li>What sort of human being is the candidate now? What sort of human being will she be in the future?</li>
<li>Will the candidate contribute something to Harvard and to his classmates? Will she benefit from her Harvard experience?</li>
<li>Would you or other students want to room with this applicant, share a meal, be in a seminar together, be teammates, or collaborate in a closely knit extracurricular group?
In terms of extracurricular, athletic, community, or family commitments, has the applicant taken full advantage of opportunities?</li>
<li>Does the person appear to have a genuine commitment and leadership role or does the participation appear to be perfunctory?</li>
<li>If a candidate has not had much time in high school for extracurricular pursuits due to familial, work, or other obligations, what does she hope to explore at Harvard with her additional free time?</li>
<li>How open is the student to new ideas and people?</li>
<li>What about the applicant’s apparent maturity, character, leadership, self-confidence, warmth of personality, sense of humor, energy, concern for others and grace under pressure?</li>

<p>Those kinds of questions cannot be measured from test scores and EC's alone.</p>

<p>If MIT is to be believed, students there get rejected most often because of lackluster teacher recommendations. See: Writing</a> Recommendations | MIT Admissions. I imagine it is the same at Harvard. </p>

<p>Bottom line: No one on College Confidential can give you a realistic assessment of your chances, other than to say "You have a good shot -- just like 80% of the other students who apply."</p>

<p>This is a two year-old thread... She got in...lol</p>

<p>She responded saying she got in. That's good advice, though. When you say "Has the candidate reached his or her maximum growth?" would this be a good thing or a bad thing? Candidates obviously have to have high test scores and demonstrated growth in a lot of areas. If they have reached thier maximum growth, would that be good or bad? (Since everybody, as stated, already has to have high test scores and credentials to be considered.)</p>