What Are My Chances - Olin?

<p>So I was wondering what my chances were for Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering.</p>

<p>GPA: 10.4 (on a 12 point scale, works out to about a 3.8 according to this <a href="http://i.imgur.com/BqUWJ.png%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://i.imgur.com/BqUWJ.png&lt;/a&gt;). That is weighted for AP's extra. Essentially I've always made A's/A-'s in Math, Science, Debate, Tech and then B+/A- over the years in my History and English classes. Also notable is I go to a small prestigious private school so the classes are /hard/ They don't tell us our exact rankings but I know I'm top 25% out of a class of 100ish (a little more probably like 120).</p>

<p>Exact Class schedule:
Geometry Honors, Biology Honors, Tech Theater, Debate, English I, Latin II, Required School Service. (All A's except maybe a B+ in English, can't find my stupid transcript).
Sports: JV Volleyball, Cardio</p>

Alg II/Trig Honors, Chem Honors, Tech, Debate, English II, Latin III, World Civ. (B+ in alg 2, maybe one in World Civ but unsure. Tell me if you need exact and I'll find it)
Sports: JV Volleyball, Dodgeball (yeah our school has it)</p>

Pre-Cal Honors, Physics Honors, Debate, Tech, English III, CL Latin IV, APUSH. (B+ in APUSH and English III)
Sports: JV Volleyball</p>

<p>Senior Planned Schedule:
BC Calc, AP Stat, AP Physics, English Rebels and Outcast (a regular course), Tech, Debate (1st semester) Econ (2nd Semester).
Sports: ??? Need one credit, probably ultimate frisbee</p>

<p>ACT: Composite: 33 - 35 Math, 35 Science, 33 Reading, 27 English (retaking to bring English up, my SAT was crap)</p>

Junior-APUSH (Took eng lang AP, though our course doesn't give AP credit) and CL Latin (college level that is)
Senior-Planning on AP Physics, BC Calc, AP Stat, and Econ (non-AP but take the AP exam for macro iirc)</p>

<p>EC wise:
Now a senior moderator on a large forum that has 17,000 members with hundreds of those being active daily (been a mod for 3 years).
Minor Volunteering Freshman/Sophomore year. More volunteering (2 hours a week, plus a mission trip) Junior year and this summer doing around 10 hours a week.
Debate (It's a class at my school, but this also takes up many Fridays and saturdays, hence the lack of other activities. Also Senior year I'll be treasurer for the team)
Tech (Also a class, but the shows are entirely student crewed and take 5-6 hours a day during production week with 3-4 shows I'm involved in a year.)
Clubs: None... again due to so much time already taken</p>

<p>I've been in contact with one Olin student who said after the A-/B+ range and 700+ on the SAT it's more about what you can bring to Olin and why you want to go there. Which for me would probably be my Tech skills and debate (research, fast speaking, seeing different sides of arguments) and I want to go there because it's about the same size as my current school which I love for it's small classes and it's program is one of a kind and a unique hands on approach which I love.</p>

<p>Umm any other info y'all might need?
I'm a white male from Houston Texas.... Ummm not sure what else...</p>

<p>(Side note, through naviance our school has the average GPA/Test Scores of previously accepted students and carnegie mellon which is on par with Olin it seems our school has an average of a 10.5 GPA and 30 ACT, whereas mine is 10.4 and 33)</p>

<p>Edit: Wish it was like the forum I frequent and you could edit the title. While I prefer comments on Olin, if you have the time/feel like being extra nice will you respond to my chances (as in High reach, reach, match, etc.) on the following as well or suggest a school you think I would be a good fit for. I'm highly interested in the engineering schools/programs.</p>

U of St. Louis
Washington U at St. Louis
U of Notre Dame
Colorado School of Mines
Carnegie Mellon </p>

<p>Thanks for any responses! I appreciate y'alls help as I nervously go into my senior year.</p>

<p>Bump. Please anyone? I really want to know since this is a really competitive and unique school that I'm highly interested in. Also I'm asking here because it's very hard to find information on this school. Any webpages that list the ACT only list english and math, one of which wasn't my strong point and just have dashes (----) for the reading/science sections :/</p>

<p>(Oh and using a different calculator/conversion, my unweighted GPA is a 3.8 and my weighted is a 4.2.)</p>

<p>If you go here: Olin</a> College : Student Life : Meet Our Students you can click on each year and see the class profiles. </p>

<p>Class 2014:
Middle 50 percent of SAT scores: 2060-2240
Middle 50 percent of ACT scores (Composite): 33-35</p>

<p>Class 2013:
Middle 50 percent of SAT scores: 2130-2280
Middle 50 percent of ACT scores (Composite): 32-35</p>

<p>So it looks like your scores are inline with what they what. I would simply echo what the other Olin student told you, if you meet the general academic requirements it is simply about fit/essays and candidate's weekend if you get that far. I STRONGLY recommend you visit Olin if at all possible as most people can decide based on that if it's good for them.</p>

<p>Remember that Olin is a reach for everyone so you need to make sure your essays lay out a good picture of who you are and what unique niche you will fulfill at Olin. In the long past Olin would sometimes do regional info sessions/interviews that were optional. If they have one near you, you should definitely try to go. There are not an abundance of Olin alumni in Texas but there are some. You can always contact admissions and they can get you in contact with a local-ish Olin student or their parents who you might be able to talk with in more detail.</p>

<p>I can't speak to the other schools with authority though I think most of them will be easier to get into than Olin. Unfortunately being a white male won't give you an advantage at any of them.</p>

<p>PS You might also want to consider Harvey Mudd as it has some similarities to Olin</p>

<p>I wouldn't be too worried about the breakdown of your ACT scores. The total is more important unless you have one score much lower than the others.</p>

<p>Freshman Academic Profile
Admissions Selectivity Rating: 99
% Submitting Score: 88%
Critical Reading Middle 50%: 670 - 750
Math Middle 50%: 710 - 780
Writing Middle 50%: 650 - 730
% Submitting Score: 44%
ACT Middle 50%: 33 - 35
Math Middle 50%: 33 - 35
English Middle 50%: 32 - 35
Writing Middle 50%: 8 - 10
Average High School GPA: 3.9
% with GPA 3.75 of higher: 100%
Students in Top Tenth of HS Class: 95%
Students in Top Quarter of HS Class: 99%</p>

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