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Am I on the right track? (OOS; not chance me)

TaggedWithColourTaggedWithColour 27 replies18 threads Junior Member
edited November 2009 in University of Washington
So right now I'm a Junior, OOS from Arizona.
Am I on the right track to getting into UW?

Cumulative HS GPA: 4.5036
(I don't know what my unweighted is)

Honors Classes:
Biology (9), Geometry (9), Geography (9), Chemistry (10), World History (10), and English (10).

AP Classes:
English (11), United States History (11)

School Activities:
Band (9, 11); Flutist
Teacher’s Aid (11); Latin
National Honors Society (11)
Interact Club (11)

Extra Curricular Activities:
Japanese Language Proficiency Test Level 4 (10); PASSED
Tutoring (10, 11): On Tuesday’s I help struggling middle school students with Latin.
The Summit (11); Academic summer camp

Community Service:
(I do 8 hours every quarter)
Habitat for Humanity (9): organized and cleaned large sections of the Habitat for Humanity store
Hope Fest (9): Helped hand out food to the homeless.
Baking for Fathers Heart Church (9, 10): Baked refreshments for Fathers Heart Church Bible studies.
Walk for Autism (10): Helped Fathers Heart Church raise money for research for Autism.
Fathers Heart Care (10): On Friday nights I help watch kids with disabilities as a staff member.
Sewing Baby Quilts (10, 11): Sewed baby quilts for the Christ’s Pregnancy Center

Skills:
Speak, read, and write basic Japanese
Play flute
Art: Sketching and computer art

Academic Awards:
Lions List (9, 10, 11)
President’s Award (9, 10)
2nd Place General Science; Science Fair (10)
Sophomore Honors English Gold Award (10)
Latin I Gold Award (10)

What else should I be doing?
I go to a small, private religious school, so it doesnt have much.

I haven't taken the SAT yet (I do that for the first time next week). What type of scores should I be aiming for? Its only the first SAT, so im not too worried if I only do average.

Also, if I got into UW as an OOS student, upon my arrival could I change my residency and pay OOS tuition for the first year, and then instate for the remaining 3 years?
edited November 2009
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Replies to: Am I on the right track? (OOS; not chance me)

  • compactrunnercompactrunner 195 replies5 threads Junior Member
    Definitely on the right track-- very rigorous courseload with good grades, lots of activities, some community service. Don't worry too much about SAT scores; just keep in mind that UW doesn't even look at the writing section, so compare your CR/M subscores to the UW average, and if you're above average you should be in good shape.

    As for residency changes, it takes a lot to get in state tuition after a single year. Basically you have to prove to the state that you're not here solely for your education. The easiest way is to get a full time job, which is quite a daunting task while pursuing your education.

    Also keep in mind that although UW is a great value right now, and will probably continue to be in the future, it has lost a LOT of state funding recently due to the economy, with some pretty stiff tuition hikes this year and next for sure, likely more to come. Still a great school for a relatively low cost, but it is definitely getting more expensive.
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