What could I do to improve my chances/can I get in to Yale?

<p>I'm only a sophomore...but here's my credentials so far...What else could I do to improve my chances? Do you guys think I've got a good chance at the moment?</p>

<p>I attend a prestigious college-preparatory all-girls academy (- they accept students based on scores on a high school placement exam)
I was admitted with distinction (top 7%)</p>



<p>I can't think of any other criteria at the moment, but if there's anything else that would go into it I would love to add extra details! I'm just looking to see if I have a good chance of getting in, or should I not get my hopes up? Is there anything I should really be doing to help/increase my chances? Thanks in advance!</p>

Classics Club (I'm Historian) 2 years
EARTH Club 2 years
SUATTeam (technology team, only some are accepted) 1 year
World Affairs Club 1 year</p>

<p>I also was on the Mock Trial team this year, though we didn't win anything.</p>

<p>I don't have any awards or such for community service, but I run clothing drives for my parish and volunteer at a nursing home. Do colleges consider that enough, or do they want more than that?</p>

<p>I was also accepted into an Honors Seminar class at my school. It's purpose is to increase PSAT + ACT scores & essay writing. They accept about 1/5 of my class.</p>

<p>Work on getting high test scores. Those are very important for admissions.
Take challenging courses.
Find and do things you are passionate about.</p>

<p>You need to increase your standardized test scores. Independent study (not preparatory classes) is most effective.</p>

<p>Aside from achieving high standardized test scores as the other responders said, you should find your niche and do something unique; in your personal essay when you apply to Yale, write about something you are passionate about.</p>

<p>Community service will also be a huge asset to you when you apply - they absolutely love community service and volunteer programs!</p>