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Chances for Admission, Maybe Scholarships?

rfwcphs1rfwcphs1 Registered User Posts: 236 Junior Member
edited November 2008 in Vanderbilt University
I know how much everyone hates these. But I need some answers. My cousin and several friends go to Vandy but I would need merit aid to go. Any help?

GPA 4.0 (unweighted) 4.75 (weighted)
Class- 22/496
Big City, TEXAS

Reading- 730
Math- 740
Writing- 730

World History 5
English Language 5
Environmental Science 5
US History 5
Calculus 2---- BAD TEACHER.. I didn't even know the format.. oh don't get me started..

Senior Schedule
AP Human Geo
AP English Lit
Hon. Yearbook 3
AP Macroeconomics
Hon. Anatomy
AP Art History
Varsity Tennis
AP Gov't
AP Comp. Gov't

---Yearbook- 10th, 11th, 12th
Editor in Chief
---Student Council- 9-12
Officer, Leading Member
---United High School Council 11th & 12th
Member and President
---Spirit Crew 12th
Crew Leader
---National Honor Society 12th
Vice President
---Link Crew 10th, 11th
Group Leader
---Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk to Cure Diabetes (I have diabetes! YEA!)
8th-12th Team Creater and Leader over $50,000 raised
---Varsity Tennis 9th-12th
Mixed Doubles-- City Wide Champs
---Youth Group 9th-12th

--Work at Vet Clinic 20 hours a week since Freshman Year
--Founder/Owner of a Computer Company that produces DVD slide shows of student activities

Commended Student
AP Scholar with Honor
Coca-Cola Scholar Semi Finalist
Superintendent Scholar

Any info or help would be appreciated. Thanks guys.
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Replies to: Chances for Admission, Maybe Scholarships?

  • ModernChemModernChem Registered User Posts: 368 Member
    your stats sound almost exactly like mine.
    I sure hope you get in :P
    from what I've heard, you should be in but merit scholarships are a whole different league.
  • josh5soxjosh5sox Registered User Posts: 230 Junior Member
    I'm pretty sure you are in with those stats, not sure about merit aid but I would think you would receive atleast some aid.
  • hookem168hookem168 - Posts: 3,206 Senior Member
    lolz yeah, I think you'll be in, but the Cornelius is tough. Most of the winners have to choose between HYPSM or a full ride at Vandy haha
  • ModernChemModernChem Registered User Posts: 368 Member
    u have a shot at the ingram if u get it in by dec 1st b/c of your job
  • hope4freeridehope4freeride Registered User Posts: 504 Member
    Depending on where you live in TX, Vandy does have a few merit scholarship specifically for students who reside in certain counties. You would need to contact the finaid office to see if you qualify.
    I think in order to be eligible for those scholarships as well as some of their Top Tenn scholarships(Tennessee residents only) you will still have to complete the Cornelius Vanderbilt scholarship application regardless. You overall SAT very closely match my D and I am certain hers are not high enough for the Cornelius Vanderbilt scholarship as they need to be over 1500/1600. Both D and you are 1470.
    I would still apply for the other signature scholarships though.
    Congratulations on all of your outstanding achievements with a difficult chronic disease ( I am also a type 1 diabetic and have been since age 12).
    I am sure your parents are bit anxious about you going so far from home, but tell them that you would have immediate access to superior health care if you needed it!
  • iambored10iambored10 Registered User Posts: 1,573 Senior Member
    wow your school must have serious GPA inflation..... a 4.0 at 22 class rank? I'm ranked 7 and i have a 3.8333
  • Tzar09Tzar09 Registered User Posts: 854 Member
    dont submit your calc ap score
  • JJJJ1234JJJJ1234 Registered User Posts: 467 Member
    4.0 gpa and a two on ap calc....wow, that suggests some SERIOUS grade inflation (not to mention a class rank of 22 with a 4.0??) You have a very good shot of getting accepted, but to be honest your sat scores are not high enough for a full ride. However, vandy gives great partial fin aid to anyone who qualifies (i.e. whose parents have a low income).
  • rfwcphs1rfwcphs1 Registered User Posts: 236 Junior Member
    Haha, yeah some grade inflation in Calculus. I made a 98 the entire year. Interesting isn't it? My school does its rankings off the weighted scale and in order to be higher than I am, you have to be in the band and never play any sports.
  • ModernChemModernChem Registered User Posts: 368 Member
    wow your school must have serious GPA inflation..... a 4.0 at 22 class rank? I'm ranked 7 and i have a 3.8333
    I have a 4.0 and a 5.4 weighted (94 avg in all advanced classes) and Im ranked 26th. I would say i just go to a difficult school, considering 5 kids in my class scored a 2400 on their sat's.
  • iambored10iambored10 Registered User Posts: 1,573 Senior Member
    What do you mean you go to a "difficult school" if you have a 4.0 at a class rank of 26?Wouldn't it seem that your school is hard if your GPA was less than a 4.0 but your still ranked high (1-10)? Your school must also have major grade inflation (Grade Inflation=Easier School)
    rfw where do you go to school in TX?
  • ModernChemModernChem Registered User Posts: 368 Member
    Its is hard to quantify how difficult a school is. I could have a 4.0 and be ranked 26/600 because of grade inflation, or I could have a 4.0 and be ranked 26/600 because there are tons of very smart kids at my school. Or there could be a combination.
    This is why admissions counselors know the reputation of each school and look at class rank as well as standardized test scores. If I had to guess, the SAT range for our top 5% is 1450-1600 /1600. This leads me to believe I go to a very competitive school.
  • ryanbldrryanbldr Registered User Posts: 18 New Member
    Well considering that this thread is not about modernchem justifying his own class rank/gpa worries or imbored10 making you feel worse about your stats, I would say to the op that your scores and gpa are above the average accepted student and that your good ecs will probably get you in. From what i've read the typical student who earns the merit scholarships is in the top 1-2% of their graduating class and has 1500+ SAT. Obviously you've worked tremendously hard and there isn't much more you could have done to present yourself as a better applicant, so I would definitely apply for the merit scholarships. Goodluck!
  • rfwcphs1rfwcphs1 Registered User Posts: 236 Junior Member
    Thanks for all the comments guys.

    iambored10- I go to a public school in Tarrant county. I don't exactly want to give out the name all over the internet.

    But to explain my school's grade inflation... there was some in Calculus, but that was just because my teacher didn't teach to the AP test. So when I took the AP test my grade was dismal even though I made straight A+s in his class. Also, even though I have a 4.0 Unweighted doesn't mean it translates to a high Weighted GPA. I took prerequisite electives that weren't honors (journalism prereq for yearbook), so my weighted GPA is low (4.75). The valedictorian has a weighted GPA of 4.92 because he never took any sports (which are weighted as non-honors) and played in the band (which is given honors credit). I hope that clears that up. But then again it is midnight so it might not. haha.

    Can someone post me the link for the scholarship application page? I just keep going around in circles trying to find it. Is it online or like a PDF?
  • ModernChemModernChem Registered User Posts: 368 Member
    your school includes non-academic courses in the weighted GPA? yikes!
    definitely apply for scholarships then and make sure they know your situation.
    good luck
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