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Acceptance

EinaudiEinaudi 2 replies1 threads New Member
edited April 2014 in University of Pennsylvania
I go to a very small rural school with about 80 kids in my graduating class. No one from my school has ever gone to an Ivy League school. Does this have an effect on my acceptance?
edited April 2014
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  • T26E4T26E4 23243 replies1031 threads Senior Member
    The challenge for you will be to show selective colleges that you're truly an outstanding scholar and can contribute to their communities. Can you?
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  • EinaudiEinaudi 2 replies1 threads New Member
    I am currently first in my class, have a 4.2 gpa and 2100 sat. I volunteer at a hospital, in a lot of clubs and sports, and play piano. I'm also thinking about starting a nonprofit.
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  • T26E4T26E4 23243 replies1031 threads Senior Member
    edited April 2014
    Congrats. Now if you subject yourself to schools with <15% accept rate, you should be prepared to be rejected by all of them. That's how it goes. But I wouldn't worry that the colleges have any specific bias against small high schools from out of the way places. Best of luck to you.

    BTW: before you "start a non-profit", do a search about that topic on this site. To me, it's rather cliche and smacks of resume padding.
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  • EinaudiEinaudi 2 replies1 threads New Member
    Alright thanks for the input
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  • Much2learnMuch2learn 4610 replies168 threads Senior Member
    I would look at the Results threads to see how you stack up. If you are a first generation college student that will definitely help.

    Also, 2199 was the average SAT for this year's admitted class, so 2100 is on the low end of the range. It is a holistic admissions process, and SAT scores are not everything, but if you can improve your score, it should improve your chances.

    As far as extracurriculars go, currently top colleges tend to look for what you have done that is the most impressive, and are less interested in the number of activities you list. If you have won any awards or have significant achievements in any of your ECs, that will help more than having many different activities.
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  • PhotoOpPhotoOp 1181 replies13 threads Senior Member
    What are your interests?
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