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What are my chances?

kathryn17kathryn17 Registered User Posts: 27 New Member
edited June 2009 in University of Notre Dame
-Rising Female Senior at a Michigan Catholic School
-We have 7 classes (one of which must be religion) on a semester system.
-Class Rank: 6/115, but I have taken all of the honors classes available at my school and more AP classes than anyone in my class.
-GPA: 4.1 weighted, 3.9 unweighted
-Interested in possibly double-majoring in political science and mathematics.

Freshman Year Classes:
-Freshman P.E.
-Honors Biology
-Religion
-Honors Western Civilizations
-Honors English
-Honors Algebra 1
-Freshman Art

Sophomore Year Classes:
-Geometry
-U.S. History
-Religion
-German 1
-Honors Composition 10/Honors American Literature
-Honors Algebra 2
-Chemistry

Junior Year Classes:
-Independent Study German 2
-Government/Economics
-AP Psychology
-Religion
-Honors Composition 11/Honors British Literature
-AP European History
-Honors Pre-Calculus

Senior Year Classes:
-Environmental Science
-Speech/Business Law
-AP Government
-German 3
-AP Calculus
-Religion
-AP English Literature

*At my school, we can only take AP classes our junior and senior years.

ACT Composite Score:33
-English: 34
-Reading: 34
-Science: 27
-Math: 35

-I am in the National Merit Scholarship Competition and got the highest PSAT at my school.
-I have received awards at school for citizenship, math, english, chemistry, etc.


ACTIVITES
-Tennis: 9 (I hurt my back, so I cannot play anymore. The pain has also prevented me from doing many other things.)
-Amnesty International: 9,10,11,12 (Co-Chairperson 11,12)
-Science/Math Club; 11,12 (New club this past year)
-National Honor Society: 11,12
-Teachers Aid for NHS: 11,12
-Students Against Destructive Decisions; 9,10,11,12
-Habitiat for Humanity: 11,12
-Volunteer hours required for school: 9,10,11,12
-Church member
-Volunteered at a local hospital: 11
-Was in charge of a mock-presidental election campaign at my school: 11


Thank you!
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Replies to: What are my chances?

  • irishmary203irishmary203 Registered User Posts: 359 Member
    why no chem and physics? Just curious.
  • kathryn17kathryn17 Registered User Posts: 27 New Member
    I took chemistry sophomore year. I signed up for both honors and AP Chemistry, but since my school is so small, there wasn't enough people for a class, so I had to take regular chemistry. And for the physics, it wouldn't fit in my schedule junior and senior year(which are the only years that I am allowed to take it). Scheduling with honors and AP classes is usually an issue at my school because everything is only offered once a day and we are required to take things like religion, which can sometimes cause a conflict. My school just schdeules things weird too. I think AP Calc and physics are at the same time, which is dumb because it's pretty much going to be the same people. So now if I get into Notre Dame, I'll have to take physics over the summer to major in math, which is kind of lame.
  • kevdudekevdude Registered User Posts: 683 Member
    If you major in math, I can't think of any reason why you'd have to take physics over the summer. No majors are constructed in such a way that you can't finish them in four years even if you don't have any AP credit.
  • kathryn17kathryn17 Registered User Posts: 27 New Member
    Yeah, but don't you have to take physics during high school (or make it up in the summer) in order to be admitted into the college of science?
  • kevdudekevdude Registered User Posts: 683 Member
    Or take it freshman year. I've never heard of anyone being forced to take physics at an unorthodox time. Someone correct me if I'm wrong, however.
  • CitricAcidCitricAcid Registered User Posts: 215 Junior Member
    No, you don't need it as a prerequisite.
  • kathryn17kathryn17 Registered User Posts: 27 New Member
    This is from the ND website:


    For students intending to major in the College of Science, the College of Engineering, the School of Architecture, the arts and letters premedical/predental
    program or the combined arts-engineering program, the distribution must be:
    English.....................................................................4
    Algebra, advanced algebra,
    trigonometry, and geometry...............................3
    Advanced mathematics (calculus or
    precalculus) .......................................................1
    Foreign language......................................................2
    History.....................................................................2
    Chemistry................................................................1
    PHYSICS.....................................................................1
    Additional English, mathematics, science,
    history, social studies, and language courses........2
  • momtofourmomtofour Registered User Posts: 67 Junior Member
    Kathryn,
    I think that you are an excellent applicant. However, I do believe that you need to take physics after you graduate from high school prior to college. When you apply to ND, let them know this as it will be important in their admission decision. Also, I would explain the difficulty you encountered scheduling classes in a smaller school. There is a space on the application for these miscellaneous topics. Congratuations on all of your success thus far!
  • kathryn17kathryn17 Registered User Posts: 27 New Member
    Thank you everyone!
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