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So what are my chances?

rajasarajasa Registered User Posts: 52 Junior Member
edited May 2010 in University of Chicago
So my GPA is a strange story. I attended an extremely difficult private school my freshman year, which did not offer honors classes. I then switched into a public school which weights honors classes. So on my transcript it appears like I got mediocre grades in regular classes, pulling my GPA down farther than it should be. Apparently it somehow also affects my unweighted GPA (my counselor explained why, I don't entirely understand why). Either way, this is an inaccurate reflection of my academic performance and my counselor is writing a letter to each college I apply to explaining the situation. According to her, without this error I should be in the top 20% of my class.

Unweighted: 3.4
Weighted: 3.9


SAT: First try- 2060, plan on retaking it
CR: 700
M: 650
W: 710

ACT: 33

US History: 710
Plan on taking Math I and Literature

PSAT: Semifinalist, most likely not finalist

Classes: Please see note under GPA for info on my freshman year

Sophomore Year: (all other classes honors)
AP US History (5)

Junior Year: (all other classes honors)
AP Microeconomics
AP Macroeconomics
AP Chemistry

Senior Year: (all other classes honors/enrollment in a college)
AP English
AP Physics
AP Statistics
AP Spanish 5
AP Calculus AB
AP Government

Two time national finalist at the North South Foundation senior vocabulary bee, two time 1st place winner at the regional level
Three time state finalist for National History Day, one time national finalist
Two time Merit Award (I think this is unique to my school?) winner
NHS Member (and running for vice president)
Semifinalist for National Merit Scholarship
Latin Award Magna Cum Laude

Summer Programs:
Interlochen Center of the Arts- Creative Writing student
Center for Talent Development, Northwestern- AP Chemistry
Volunteered for a nursing home
This summer: NYLF Medicine @ Boston, University of Chicago Research in Biology program

Freshman year:
EAT (Environmental Action Team)
Think Tank (History club)
National History Day state finalist
Art in Action
Charter (school newspaper)
Ozaukee Washington Land Trust Youth Representative
JV Volleyball

Sophomore year:
SMART Team (Students Modeling a Research Topic, if you want more info, just ask) leading member
Led a V-Day production
Borealis editor (literary magazine)
Club United senior member
Ozaukee Washington Land Trust Youth Representative

Junior year:
The 9th Dimension: Vice President (Student led tutoring program with over 50 tutors)
SMART Team senior member
Asian Culture Club committee head
Club United senior member
National History Day club President, state and national finalist
Stage crew
Borealis editor
Ozaukee Washington Land Trust Youth Representative
National Honor Society member

I have also led a creative writing website where teenagers can connect and improve each other's work since I was ten and plan on writing an essay on the experience.

I am a female minority student.

I also plan on applying early action, and my father attended U of C for medical school- dunno if that quite counts as legacy. [/b[
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Replies to: So what are my chances?

  • DroughtDrought Registered User Posts: 807 Member
    If by minority you mean black, Hispanic, Inuit, native american, or some other URM, then your chances are good. If you are an ORM (asian, indian) then your chances aren't too good.
  • rajasarajasa Registered User Posts: 52 Junior Member
    I'm indian. wonderful...

    but i am also applying early action and have legacy connections.
  • DroughtDrought Registered User Posts: 807 Member
    I mean, it's possible. But even with those circumstances, that GPA's awfully low for UChicago (talking UW here, no one cares about WGPA). I realize you had some school-switching confusion - nevertheless, that GPA will be a major hurdle.
  • phurikuphuriku Registered User Posts: 2,779 Senior Member
    Chicago's a reach for you. That being said, it's certainly not impossible (or anywhere close to it) for you to get in. You will want to boost your SAT scores to 2200 if possible, and write outstanding essays. Your ECs will help you in the admissions process. Also, you seem to have a pretty rigorous schedule during your junior and senior years, and in many cases, a rigorous schedule is more important than a great GPA (although in most cases, admits have both of these). Anyway, good luck, and if you really work hard to improve your application as much as possible, I think your chances of admission are decent.
  • brabblebrabble Registered User Posts: 54 Junior Member
    I do think schedule rigor is a large factor because I took the hardest or near the hardest class schedule each year and it must have made up for my 3.3 UW GPA.
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