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Penn CAS 2024 ED - Please Chance Me!!!

Basileus88Basileus88 4 replies5 postsRegistered User New Member
Hello everyone!

I'm going to be applying early decision to Penn CAS in the fall. I would appreciate any input on my chances for acceptance! I will be applying to Penn as a History major interested in pre-law, though I may end up switching to Political Science (not sure yet).
Background:
GPA: 4.54 weighted
SAT: 1540 superscored (790 Math, 750 EBRW); 1520 single sitting.
Class rank: Unknown as of yet, but most likely in top 5%.
School: Competitive, Northern Virginia public school.
Class size: 475 students.
Income: Upper middle class
Gender: Male
Ethnicity: Multi-racial; Caucasian and Asian (Chinese).
SAT Subject Tests: 800 (World History), 800 (US History).
AP Tests:
5: APUSH, AP World, AP Lang
4: Macroeconomics, Seminar

Extracurriculars:
1. Numismatics. Lifelong collector, part time coin dealer, research on ancient coins published in American Numismatic Association's national journal in 2018 and 2019, nominated for ANA's Young Numismatist Literary Award.
2. Academic Team (Quiz Bowl). Captain & Starter.
3. Co-founder & President of political club at my school.
4."Executive Mentor" (leader) of school's freshmen mentoring program.
5. Teaching Assistant at local Summer School.
6. NHS Officer. In charge of NHS' annual service projects.
7. Attended selective law program led by current/former Virginia judges and attorneys.
8. Sons of the American Revolution youth member.
9. Science National Honor Society Officer

Awards: Besides being published nationally and numismatic award nominations, I will be a National Merit Semifinalist, I qualified for a Seal of Biliteracy on my HS diploma in Spanish, AP Scholar with Distinction, school Academic Letter Award all years of HS.

Essays:
Common App one will be about the origins of my interest in numismatics, why it interests me, and how it helps me understand other aspects of my life. Not sure about Penn supplement yet.

Teacher recs: from APUSH and AP Lang teachers. Both should be strong.

You guys don't know how much I appreciate any input that I receive. Please feel free to respond with any advice/comments/questions/thoughts. Thanks so much!



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  • schuylersister99schuylersister99 3 replies1 postsRegistered User New Member
    Hey, I'm an incoming freshman into Penn CAS, and I'm planning to major in history or polisci as well! Your stats are fine (a lot better than mine were, actually), and your extracurriculars seem really interesting as well. Obviously I can't tell you for certain as to whether you'll definitely get in, but I'd say you definitely have a shot, especially as you're applying ED. If you love history, I'd advise you to express that in your Penn supplement- I think what got me in was talking about how my passion for history developed my interdisciplinary skills, which would fit into Penn's pre professional culture, despite what you'd normally expect from a history major. Feel free to message me if you want to know more, and good luck!
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