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Chance an AA for next year

cep361cep361 Registered User Posts: 219 Junior Member
edited January 2010 in University of Chicago


Gender: F

State: MA

Ethnicity: African American

GPA (unweighted)-3.7 (although this might be a 3.5 or 3.6)

GPA (Weighted)- 4.56

SAT: Reading, 800
Math: 760
Writing: 800

Extra Curricular Activites:

9th, 10th, 11th, (and 12th for next year) member and violinst of the school orchestra
Copy editor of the school newspaper 10th grade
President and creator of my of high school STAND chapter (Students Taking Action Now: Darfur) 11th grade, and will continue till I graduate
Member of Tri-M Music Honor society- 11th grade, (and continue next year)

Interests in Volunteering:

One of the things that I am most passionate about is increasing the literacy rate for lower-income children across the nation. I am really passionate about volunteering, and am considering entering the Ameri-corps after college graduation for a year. I had tried to volunteer at non-profit organizations that were geared towards my interest in education and literacy, especially catering towards helping lower-income children in inner-cities. It is important for me to help these children, especially since I have a parent that grew up in a very low-income inner-city Boston neighborhood, and came out of the Boston public school system. I also still have family that live in poorer areas in inner-city boston, so it is close to my heart to help many of these disadvantaged children throughout the country.

Volunteer Work: (450 hours and counting)

Registration Coordinator for First Book, a non-profit organization based in D.C, which helps distribute free or reduced-priced books to lower income children across the nation. As a registration coordinator I had reached out to many different Title 1 schools, and after school programs that serve over 80% of low income children. To date, I have helped over 25 schools and after school programs including Washington D.C, New York City, and around the inner-city Boston area in Massachusetts, recieve free or reduced priced books.

Volunteer at an elementary school after-school program in my hometown, (11th grade and continue on in 12th grade)

Volunteer for Student Solutions, a non-profit organization based in North Carolina, which helps increase the literacy rate in children across America by providing literary and eduacational resources to schools in need. As a volunteer, I helped create databases of schools across the country that Student Solutions would reach out to to provide educational resources and materials to.

Volunteer for Nanubai, a non-profit organization based in India, which helps keep women and children in schools and India, and also helps increase the literacy rate among them.


Awards/Achievements:

Winner of First Book Registration Coordinator Challange

Presidents Volunteer Service Award- Gold

Congressional Award- Bronze Certificate

Congressional Award- Silver Certificate

Congressional Award- Gold Certificate

*The only problem is that I go to a really competitve high school where most people do well,( I have a class of about 360) I'm probably not going to be in the top ten percent of my class, bt maybe the top quarter, I'm not sure yet. Do you think I still might have a chance?

*I am also about to start my own non-profit organization called "Change for Changing Lives" that helps benefit low-income children in inner city schools and will raise money to help provide educational resources.

*Does it also help that my school is not diverse at all, and I'm one of the only African Americans at my school? Do colleges pay attention to that?

* I'm flying to chicago in Feb and will visit the campus, and I'm thinking that I will most definitley apply there early next year

Do you think I could possibly get in?

Thank you!
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Replies to: Chance an AA for next year

  • DroughtDrought Registered User Posts: 807 Member
    If I had to guess, I would say that you will get in. You certainly have an excellent shot.
  • cep361cep361 Registered User Posts: 219 Junior Member
    Thanks! But do you think that if by the time I apply I'm in the top 20% that would hurt me?
  • KafkaDreamKafkaDream Registered User Posts: 68 Junior Member
    Your GPA and class rank would be the only things to hurt you. Like someone else said, "Outside Top 10%" = "Kiss of Death."

    You should still apply though. And apply EA too.
  • PBushPBush Registered User Posts: 681 Member
    You have an amazing profile and you stand a great chance of getting in. Don't worry about your GPA/class rank that much. If you truly go to a competitive school, it doesn't matter. Make sure that your school really is competitive though; what's the average SAT score, what kind of colleges do ppl in the top 20% go to, etc.
  • idadidad Registered User Posts: 5,027 Senior Member
    "Outside Top 10%" = "Kiss of Death."
    Not true for S1. He ranked 185/405 and was admitted.
  • cep361cep361 Registered User Posts: 219 Junior Member
    What year was S1 admitted?
  • brabblebrabble Registered User Posts: 54 Junior Member
    I am outside of the top 10% and I was admitted this year.
  • PreLives43PreLives43 Registered User Posts: 64 Junior Member
    I got in too, and I definitely wasn't top 10%.
  • cep361cep361 Registered User Posts: 219 Junior Member
    I'm most likely going to apply EA, do you think that would help a lot? Does anyone know the percentage of African american applicants accepted EA?
  • zakuropandazakuropanda Registered User Posts: 621 Member
    If current trends hold (and there are no guarantees), applying EA would raise your chances. Good luck :)
  • aleerozaleeroz Registered User Posts: 60 Junior Member
    You have a great shot at getting in next year. I don't think your rank will hurt you much (I wasn't even able to provide a rank because my school refuses to report ranks...) given that you have EVERYTHING else going for you. I would apply EA, though. If the trends from this year hold, chances increase for EA applicants. I think that the fact that I applied EA boosted my application and got me in.

    And work on those essays. They can be a huge asset.

    Good luck! Enjoy your visit; you're absolutely going to fall in love with the school. :]
  • ShrinkrapShrinkrap Registered User Posts: 11,788 Senior Member
    I wonder what would happen if you started leaving the "AA" out of your thread titles.
  • CosmosCosmos Registered User Posts: 662 Member
    I wasn't top 10% and I got in, too. (back in the day, that is, 2007...)

    It seems that you have a really good application, from what you've told us. No one on this board has any idea whether you'll get in, but your application does look solid. Good luck.
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