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Pllleeeeease chance me?

2collegehopes2collegehopes Registered User Posts: 75 Junior Member
edited September 2015 in University of Connecticut
GPA: 3.57 weighted

SAT: 1930 superscored but I'm taking it again in October, hopefully will go up to at least a 1950
M: 670
R: 610
W: 650

Class rigor with grades

high school classes in middle school (in another state)-
I'm not sure of the +/- for these letter grades
Spanish 1 advanced (A)
Spanish 2 advanced (A)
Honors Earth Space Science (B)
Honors Biology (A)
Honors Algebra 1 (A)

high school (in MA)-

note: the successive levels at my school are SP (standard prep), CP (college prep), AE (accelerated enriched), and Honors/AP (yes, they clump it into one level)

If it makes any difference, I go to one of the top, most difficult public high schools in Massachusetts. My school doesn't do class rank but because there are many of the smartest people at my school, my class rank probably isn't impressive. However, could the high level of my school help me in admissions at all?
Also, at my school it is customary that you only start taking AP's junior year. That's why I don't have many. I don't know if colleges know this.


9th grade:
BIOLOGY AE (they made me retake bio...) (B)
ENGLISH 1 (unleveled, so CP at UF) (A-)
WORLD HISTORY AE (B+)
GEOMETRY AE (B-)
SPANISH III CP (A-)

10th grade:
ENGLISH II AE (B+)
U.S. HIST/GV I AE (B)
FACING HISTORY AE (semester course) (A-)
ALGEBRA II AE (B-)
CHEMISTRY AE (C+)
SPANISH III AE (A-)

11th grade:
ENGLISH III AE (B+)
U.S. HIST/GV II AE (B+)
PRECALC/INTRO CALC AE (C+)
ENV.SCI.H/AP (B)
SPANISH IV AE (A-)

12th grade (current):
LIT. & CREATIVE WRITING and LIT. AND FILM (semester courses, both unleveled)
CALCULUS AE
STATISTICS H/AP
SPANISH V H/AP
PSYCHOLOGY H/AP

Extracurriculars (probably not all will go on common app)
-worked at school store for 1 year (unpaid, volunteering)
-relay for life team captain for 2/3 years, raised over $2,000 for American Cancer Society
-peer tutor at school for 1 year (volunteer)
-peer counseling for elementary schoolers struggling socially/academically 1 year (will be senior year)
-theatre for 3 years (publicity, house crew, hair & makeup, set construction, ans hoping for an acting role this year)
-community service club leader for 2 years (and regular member for 2 years, 4 in total)
-paid work as dining staff in an assisted living home for the elderly (many with dementia) for 1 year (summer before senior year-senior year)
-leader of school environmental club for 2 years, lots of projects to save energy/waste etc... my school has a few national "green" awards
-ambassador for new students and incoming freshman to the high school for 2/3 years
-chorus 1 year (senior year)

Thank you so much for your help! I truly appreciate it!

Replies to: Pllleeeeease chance me?

  • maryversitymaryversity Registered User Posts: 1,992 Senior Member
    Based on decision threads, I can typically assess admissions at some schools with a good degree of success. However, UConn is NOT one of them at all. They are highly unpredictable.

    As a rule, admissions tend to be tougher for certain majors (engineering, nursing, etc). Here is an article describing this year's incoming class http://today.uconn.edu/2015/08/uconn-to-welcome-largest-ever-freshman-class/
  • sportsman5sportsman5 Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    UConn should know your school if you are in MA. In general it should help to come from a high school with rigorous academics. Your grades seem competitive, but it's tough to tell exactly how the school will view them. Try to get your SAT M + R above 1300. I would pick which ever section you think you can improve the most and prioritize studying mostly for that one. Your grades in math seem the lowest. Therefore, if you can get a 700+ in the math portion of the SAT, then that should help offset the low math grades. However, you have the most room to improve your reading score, so you will have to make that choice.
    For ECs you should definitely narrow that down. Anything where you held a leadership position should be prioritized and the things with 2+ years of participation should be the second most important factor.
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