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Should I even apply?

Albert33Albert33 Registered User Posts: 62 Junior Member
edited July 2010 in University of Chicago
General:
GPA: 3.687 (Weighted) - This will increase with the first semester of senior year and I have a very good upward trend.
Rank: Top 20%
AP Rigor: Three AP classes, two AP tests.
Honors Classes: (3 yrs.) of Honors Math, (1 yr.) of Chemistry, (2 yrs.) of English
-- Total of (6 classes)
ACT: 28, will retake again.
Residence: Michigan

EC's:
Student Government - President (12), Member (11, 10, 9)
Class Council - Vice President (12), Treasurer (11), Member (10, 9)
Astronomy Club - President (12), Vice President (11), Member (10, 9)
Philosophy Club - President (12), Member (11, 10, 9)
Model UN Club - President (12), Vice President (11), Member (10)
National Honors Society - Historian (12), Activities Coordinator (11)
Freshmen Mentor Program - Member (12, 11)
Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD) - Member (12, 11)
Co-President of a community service club
DECA - Fundraising Co-Chair (12, 11) Member (10, 9)
Drama Club - Secretary (11), Member (12, 10, 9)
Debate Club - Member (12, 11, 10, 9)
French Club - Member (12, 11, 10, 9)

Hook:
Raised in poverty and fled war-torn nation of Yugoslavia; escaped genocide of my Albanian race.
First generation immigrant

Work Experience:
Coney Island - Waiter, Busboy, Dishwasher (12, 11, 10, 9, 8)
- At least 20 hours a week.

Languages:
Fluent in Albanian, Serbian, Croation and English.

Awards, Achievement, and Recognition:
Math Commendation - 2 years (11, 9)
Top Debater - 2 years (11, 10)
Model UN Best Delegate - (11, 10)
Model UN Honorable Delegate - (9)
French Club Commendation - 1 year (10)
Economics Commendation - 1 year (9)
School Spelling Bee Winner - (11)
School Spelling Bee Runner Up - (10)
Virtual Stock Exchange Honorary Mention - (11)

Volunteer:
Volunteered 200+ hours at a local hospital.
Volunteered 150+ hours at a local library.
Volunteered 150+ at an animal shelter.

Financial Aid Needed?:
Yes
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Replies to: Should I even apply?

  • ryryviolinryryviolin Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    YES
    Do it do it do it
  • Albert33Albert33 Registered User Posts: 62 Junior Member
    Gosh I'm really unsure about it. This is an extremely good school, what gives me an a remote chance of getting in even if I apply ED?
  • Albert33Albert33 Registered User Posts: 62 Junior Member
    Sweet! They do Early Action, non-binding FTW!

    Can I get some more opinions on my chances?
  • phurikuphuriku Registered User Posts: 2,779 Senior Member
    Well, frankly it will be very very difficult for you to get into Chicago with those stats. Probably a high reach, although not impossible.

    Note that 85% of incoming students to the class of 2012 were in the top 10% of their class, and 75% had ACT scores of 29 or above. That puts you in a poor position.

    The first thing you want to do is to get that ACT score up to about a 31 or 32. After that, you need to write very very good essays. Chicago gives students without the best chances a better shot than the rest of the elite schools, but the caveat is that you have to write extremely interesting essays that really show off your creativity.
  • MudskipperMudskipper Registered User Posts: 190 Junior Member
    The hook, language skills and all those ECs give your profile a massive boost.
    So even if your stats are (relatively) low, I think you still have a decent chance.

    But yeah, work on your GPA/ACT/essays.
  • SensationSensation Registered User Posts: 183 Junior Member
    No. Chicago is a high reach.
  • estrat1estrat1 Registered User Posts: 365 Member
    Do you have a green card or are you an international student? If you're an international student and you're looking for financial aid, those stats will make it near impossible. If you're not, since they're need-blind for domestic students (green card holders or citizens), it'll be a very high reach.
  • Albert33Albert33 Registered User Posts: 62 Junior Member
    Thank you for the replies.

    Can I get some more opinions on my chances?
  • drdomdrdom Registered User Posts: 416 Member
    yep.***********
  • Albert33Albert33 Registered User Posts: 62 Junior Member
    You kinda got censored at the end there.
  • artloversplusartloversplus Registered User Posts: 8,443 Senior Member
    Albert,

    I say you might have a chance. You have lots of EC's but you need some thing really outstanding to make the adcoms look at you. In addition, don't forget to write a killer essay, especially the one unique to Chi.
  • J'adoubeJ'adoube Registered User Posts: 2,133 Senior Member
    How long have you been living in the US? Students that have brought themselves up to par (or above) academically in a few years of living in the US look very good to adcoms.
  • Albert33Albert33 Registered User Posts: 62 Junior Member
    I have been living here since 2nd grade so I'm not sure that'll be too much of a factor. Would anyone like to say I have about a 40% chance of getting in? Or am I being to positive?
  • jshainjshain Registered User Posts: 5,537 Senior Member
    Would anyone like to say I have about a 40% chance of getting in? Or am I being to positive?


    See if you can improve your scores by taking the SAT. Great EC's. If you don't improve your test scores 40% is high, imo, more like 20% at best. By the way, where are your SAT II scores?
  • wildflowerwaltzwildflowerwaltz Registered User Posts: 127 Junior Member
    Actually, your ECs aren't that outstanding unless those clubs have done outstanding things.. as in beyond the typical realm of low-commitment high school clubs.

    Anyway, I think your ticket is the number of languages you're fluent in and your unique background. Emphasize those. Also your community service if you're passionate about it. (Admissions officers can tell the difference between people who volunteer passionately and those who do it to rack up hours.)
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