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Chance a URM???

coola426coola426 Registered User Posts: 502 Member
edited June 2012 in University of Pittsburgh
Background: Rising Senior

Ethnicity: African-American/Nigerian

GPA: UW: 3.07-3.1(pending exam results) W: 3.5ish(HUGE upward trend)
SAT: I'm expecting 1800+

Model UN: 9/11/12
Track: 9/10/11/12
Tech Crew: 9
Black Student Alliance: 10/11/12
Muslim Student Alliance: 11/12
Rockettree club: 11
Golf club: 11
Sent children's books to Nigeria(I have an official letter of proof for this)
Economics for Leaderships camp at Cornell
World Bank Camp in Washington D.C

Hopefully over 200 hours (138 right now) by the time I apply

I also have a cousin attending a branch campus if that helps.

Major of intent: Something humanities related like History

So yea please chance me!!!
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Replies to: Chance a URM???

  • coola426coola426 Registered User Posts: 502 Member
    I will have taken 9 honors and 5 AP classes by the time i graduate.
  • coola426coola426 Registered User Posts: 502 Member
    C'mon guys 224 views and no replies?? Can't you just help a brotha out??
  • southeastmomsoutheastmom Registered User Posts: 317 Member
    You will probably get accepted but without scholarships.
  • coola426coola426 Registered User Posts: 502 Member
    I also attend a very competitive high school in MD
  • AwesomeOpossumAwesomeOpossum Registered User Posts: 1,840 Senior Member
    The three top things Pitt looks for: Rigor of HS courses, GPA in HS, and your SAT/ACT score.

    Your rigor is basically on par for Pitt (a good number of honors/AP)

    Your GPA is low. 67% of admitted applicants last year had a GPA above 3.75, and 83% had a GPA above 3.5. By being at/below 3.5, you're already in the bottom 17% of admitted students.

    In the past, it seems like Pitt looks for at LEAST 600 in M+CR on the SAT. Last year, 63% of admitted applicants had above a 600 CR and 77% had above a 600 M. So if you can get into that pool, you should be okay.

    Alumni/Relations enrolled/graduated from Pitt are not considered in your application.

    Everything else (essay, letters, clubs) are "considered" which is one step away from not-considered (the steps are: very important, important, considered, not considered).

    What does this mean for you:

    Work as hard as you can to improve your GPA, as it is your worst factor in your application right now (ASSUMING you have above a 600 in M/CR on your SAT). If you can do that, I think you will be fine in getting in.

    Source for data: http://www.ir.pitt.edu/cds/documents/CDS2010-11PittsburghCampus.pdf
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