I’m a rising senior and I’d like to know how you think my chances for admission at Amherst are shaping up. Any tips are appreciated. For clarification, I’ll be a freshman in college for the fall of 2016. I go to a small public high school in a small town in Rhode Island.
Academic details: So far, I have a cumulative GPA of 3.95. I’ve taken AP courses since my sophomore year, and i’m taking 4 for my senior year. My GPA will likely go up because AP courses are weighted at my school.
As of right now, I have a combined SAT score of 2030. I’ve taken it twice. Reading 710, Math 610, Writing 710. I plan on taking the SAT again (as well as subject tests and the ACT, to see which I do better on) fall of my senior year. I know Amherst requires SAT subject tests (if no ACT) - any advice on how heavily these are considered?
My class rank is definitely in the top 25%, likely in the top 10% (I haven’t checked since beginning of junior year).
Extracurricular details: I’ve played football for one year, tennis for three, and done cross country for one year. I’m Vice President of my student council, President of our Mock Trial club, and President of the Lions Club (volunteer organization) at my school. I’m in both NHS and the NHS for French language.
I’m also attending a summer program for a week at Amherst College (Amherst Great Books). While I know this isn’t officially considered in admissions, I thought perhaps I could establish communication with some professors or something of the sort. Any advice on this? Is it useful to admissions or not?
I understand this is all prospective, but I’d still appreciate any input. If I’m shaping up well, let me know, and if not, let me know what I could be doing better!