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Chance Me! Pleaseee

PGFz77PGFz77 Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
I'm a white, male, high school senior in the mountains of North Carolina. I'll be the first generation to attend a four year school as well. My high school is quite competitive and is often recognized as such. I have a 4.6 gpa weighted and a 3.9 UW, and I'm in the top 5% of my class. I was a Football player my first 2 years so I have 4 credits of weight training (ugh). I've taken many honors classes and have made an A in all but 3 (B's). I have taken 2 AP's so far, (US Gov- 5 on the AP, and World History- 3 on AP). I'm taking 4 this year. My schedule includes Discrete math H, AP Psych, Physics H, AP Human Geo first semester. My second semester is AP Statistics, AP human Geo/ AP Psych (same period), Eng 4 H, and AP Physics. I will get an A in all of them (I just know...).
Unfortunately, my SAT is only an 1800 right now. I took it at the end of my Sophomore year. I'm taking a 6 week class right now to improve it, and my practice test have been ranging from 1380-1500... but you never know what can happen.
I've done aprox 50 hrs of community service throughout high school... my community service is a bit lacking, I know, but I've done a lot in other areas:
DECA VP- Freshman and Sophomore year
DECA Fasion Show Coordinator- Sophomore Year
DECA District Winner- Freshman through Senior
JV football during freshman and sophomore year- Captian during Sophomore year, got to play varsity that year as well.
JV Track -Freshman
Schools traveling summer Basketball team- Sophomore summer.
Completed a 50 hr internship for my counties District Attorney (UNC Alumni)
Varsity Soccer Junior and Senior- Captain during senior year
Founder of my schools Politically Active Youth association.
I also had a job during my freshman and sophomore summer. And my Junior year.

I apologize for the wordiness, and I know this reads less than fluently. I'm just very nervous about my chances. If you have any other school recommendations, I'd be happy to hear them
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Replies to: Chance Me! Pleaseee

  • JohnBlackJohnBlack Registered User Posts: 314 Member
    If you get your SAT up to 1300s, 1950+ I'd say you have a great chance. As it stands, I think you are borderline.
  • PGFz77PGFz77 Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    So SAT 1950+? I know that's their average, and their instate average is like a 1280. So if I do comparably to my practice tests (1380+), I'll be in good shape?
  • JohnBlackJohnBlack Registered User Posts: 314 Member
    Where did you find the mean data? 1280 sounds low and the average isn't always the best metric for admission statistics...also it will probably be much higher for your class because of the common app.

    Here's a link from the latest full data class:

    First-Year Full-Time Undergraduate Student Profile, Fall 2010 - Office of Institutional Research and Assessment

    Most instate students score in the 1300s, and over 50% of instate students score above 1300 on the SAT.

    So yes, if you perform comparably to your practice test (1380+) -- you look strong.

    That said, you might be able to get in even with lower scores. You have an overall strong application.
  • PGFz77PGFz77 Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    Thank you for that link. I've been looking for data that was that precise for some time now. What other schools would you suggest? Chapel Hill is my first choice but I'm more than open to any suggestions. Wilmington is my safe school.
  • JohnBlackJohnBlack Registered User Posts: 314 Member
    How much can your parents afford? Do you know what your 'Estimated Family Contribution' (EFC) is?

    Also, why Wilmington?

    What are you interested in for a major/degree?

    In general, assuming your parents don't make a lot -- your best bet with your stats is an NC public. (i.e. NCState, UNCAshville, Appstate, Wilmington, UNCC, Greensboro etc.).

    I think University of South Carolina + Clemson may offer instate tuition. University of Alabama offers great merit scholarships if you have high SATs.

    If your parents have a lot to spend on college you could think about Wake Forest (they are SAT optional if you don't get your scores up).

    Something to think about...
  • PGFz77PGFz77 Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    I'm very stprong with any social studies subject. I'm very interested in business and law and I want to do a Business major and go on to law school (Internship with Buncombe county DA). Depending on where I go, I may focus more in International Business. I would pick UNCW because UNCA is very close to me, and is too liberal arts for my taste. I can afford to pay a good amount, so in the end, money won't factor too heavily in my decision. I definately plan on law school after, and though I'm good with mathematics/ physics/ engineering, it is not a career path that I plan to follow. That is why NC State is not high on my list. I'm definately not opposed to going out of state either. UNCW is most "me" in my state, that's why it's my safe school.
  • JohnBlackJohnBlack Registered User Posts: 314 Member
    So I'll go off on a little bit of a tangent (aka. personal rant) and recommend that you don't go into business or law. I once had an older coworker (in HS) give me a lecture about 'what's ruining America' after I told him I wanted to go to law school. After a few years of reflection, I'm starting to agree with him. Law doesn't really 'create' anything. That said, I have a sister who went to law school and is very successful/ now makes a lot of money. But you can make money in other professions. Law seems very prestigious to young people but really keep your mind open in college. Also, a business degree with quantitative training is valuable but make sure it's something that's fulfilling.

    Ashville is an awesome personal setting if you can deal with the left-leaning political identity of the school. App has great programs, in business and others --- but I understand the need to 'get away'. That said, Wilmington and NCState would be great choices after UNC. Wilmington might be the best in terms of atmosphere sort of setting, but don't discount NCState - it has a number of strong programs outside of Engineering.

    Edit: Be sure to also look more closely at the University of South Carolina. It has the best international business program in the country.
  • sjg111sjg111 Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    I'm a current student at UNC and it's not like everyone here scored super high on the SAT or anything - just to be safe, you should probably try to increase your score a little, but I'd say your chances are relatively good as is. Write decent essays, try to get that 1300+, and you'll most likely be fine.
  • Newton13Newton13 Registered User Posts: 104 Junior Member
    To add on to JohnBlack "left leaning" is a huge understatement when refering to UNCA and Asheville in general.
    Asheville makes Karl Marx look like Berry Goldwater.

    Very nice city though and if you like the "normal is weird" mentality youll like Asheville.
  • PGFz77PGFz77 Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    I essentially live in Asheville. It's got a little bit for everyone, I'm just ready for a new pace and a different start And I feel like I've worked pretty hard to get a foot in for that new start.
  • PGFz77PGFz77 Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    What about the Honors Program at Wilmington?
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