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Blazer08Blazer08 Registered User Posts: 254 Junior Member
edited April 2006 in Wake Forest University
Hey, I'm a sophomore (going to be a junior this upcoming year) and I was wondering if I'm on the right track for Wake Forest since it seems that it's gotten really competitive lately (acceptanced is 39% on College Board)

RACE/GENDER: African-American/Male

GPA: 3.75 Un-Weighted, 4.55 Weighted

RANK: 15/442 Un-Weighted, 7/442 Weighted (Top 5%)

EXTRACURRICULAR:
Youth Action Council School Representative
Finalist in National Seat Belt Campaign "Click it. That's the ticket!"
Freshman Leadership Council
Outstanding Freshman Class Service Award
Sophomore Class Secretary
Significant Hours Award
Junior Class Secretary (for upcoming year)
Scholars Symposium
South Carolina Business Week
Clemson's Challenge for Academically Talented Students
Underclassmen Mentor

AWARDS:
Scholars Academy
Outstanding Academic Achievement in Freshman Social Studies Award
Scholars Academy Representative at Community Forum
Whose Who Among American High School Students
National Honor Roll
National Society of High School Scholars
National Senior Beta Club
National French Honor Society
National Art Honor Society
School Winner for National History Day
Certificate of Achievement for Regional Level of National History Day

JUNIOR YEAR SCHEDULE:
Algebra 3 Honors
Chemistry 1 Honors
AP English Language and Composition
AP United States History
AP Art History
Introduction to Philosophy Seminar (Honors)
Global Issues Seminar (Honors)
French 4 Honors

I'm just really worried about the fact that my grade in AP European History is not too good (first quarter-96, second quarter-88, midterm-55, first semester-84 [a C], third quarter-90). I'm confident that I can get a 3 on the exam in May but it's just those few grades. One of my teachers said that colleges will only see the final year grade, which I'm sure will be a B.
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  • gatoraidheyheygatoraidheyhey Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    i wouldnt worry too much about, i mean i only had a 1350 on the sats was ranked 19/300 and got a c plus for the semester in AP calc (d on my midterm). So honestly i wouldnt worry about
  • sandsunandsurfsandsunandsurf Registered User Posts: 31 Junior Member
    I am in noooo way trying to be offensive or turn this into a "racial thing", but because you are an African American and number 7 in your class (and a strong resume) you should have absolutely no problem getting into Wake. You sound like an excellent student and I know that Wake jumps at the chance to provide a more diverse campus. Just keep doing what you're doing and I believe that you will be accepted for sure!

    And just a little side note: If you ever have a question in the future about "fitting in" at Wake, I just thought that you might be interested in knowing that the Student Body President is an African American/male graduate of my highschool! His name is Reggie Mathis and he got a full ride to Wake. His email is [email protected] ... good luck on your AP Euro exam!
  • willmingtonwavewillmingtonwave Registered User Posts: 3,344 Senior Member
    As long as you have decent SAT's (like in the 1200's on the old test) you should be pretty good.
  • Blazer08Blazer08 Registered User Posts: 254 Junior Member
    Hey, thanks for the replies! Sandsunandsurf, do you know what type of grades, extracurricular activities, etc. Reggie Mathis had? Cost will definitely be an issue when I apply to colleges because my sister is about to graduate from college and I have a twin brother who's going at the same time :) How difficult is it to get a decent scholarship to Wake Forest (ranging from maybe 1/2 to full ride)? Thanks for all your help!
  • OnepopcornmanOnepopcornman Registered User Posts: 20 New Member
    I got a pretty good offer (just under half in gift aide) that was without doing any additional scholarship app. My parents make a moderate amount of money--im sure a lot by some standards and a little by others, I had a crappy GPA, but good test scores. IN short it costs 42k by there calcs, the amount of gift there likely to give you will probably be dictated by the amount of money your parents are making, tho I think Fafasa has something that accounts for siblings in school (correct me if I'm wrong, because i totally didnt help my parents fill out FAFSA). If you want specifics for on exactly the package they sent me feel free emailin me, but I wouldnt feel comfortable posting that here.
  • wfugirlwfugirl Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    Onepopcornman--you are referring to financial aid...Blazer08 asked about a scholarship--two very different things.
    You won't get a scholarship with good test scores and a crappy GPA, but financial aid is independent of your grades/scores/ECs (assuming you are admitted to WF, of course)

    Blazer08--Your chances for admission should not a race thing. You are a great student with strong ECs, and you are certainly on the right track to getting accepted. Focus on your APs--one low grade won't hurt you, but several will--and if you feel like you can't handle 3+ APs and all of your outside class stuff, you may consider cutting back a bit.
  • Blazer08Blazer08 Registered User Posts: 254 Junior Member
    Thanks for replies...what is considered a "low" grade at Wake Forest? I know I would not get credit for a 3 but on all of my AP's (which will be 4 when I apply-Art History, English Language and Composition, European History, and United States History) I am trying to get a 3...would this hurt my chances in admissions I do not get a 4 or 5? Also, how difficult is it to get some sort of scholarship at Wake Forest? Thanks!
  • tonerangertoneranger Registered User Posts: 3,723 Senior Member
    Based on my son's experience, it's very difficult to get a merit scholarship at WF. His SAT was close to 1500, 4.8 wGPA (3.9 uw), 5s on his AP tests, plus 5 APs in his senior year, great recs and essays, eagle scout, ranked tennis player and captain of the tennis team, national merit finalist. other volunteer work and ECs. He was accepted but with no money (and that's after hassling with a very long scholarship application). I called the scholarship office and they said that merit money was very tight this year and they used some of the funds for need-based scholarships. If you have need, you may have a better chance. Good luck!
    By the way, my son got good money at Lehigh, Dickinson and Penn State.
  • mkm56mkm56 Registered User Posts: 3,062 Senior Member
    Very difficult to get solely merit based. And some of the merit only have other clauses such as for certain counties in NC or affiliation with a particular church. Most of monies given by Wake appear to be based at least in part on need.
  • ChrissyMChrissyM Registered User Posts: 32 Junior Member
    If you have good extra curriculars, and are taking hard classes (like im taking 7 ib), and if you write good essays, you are in. I don't know what my ranking is but my avg weighted is like 96 and i only got 1280 on my sats. they said the reason they accepted me was becaues of the extra curriculars,and involvement in the community and music, as well as my essays.
  • rockergrrl31rockergrrl31 Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    There is money, though. You could apply for the Presidential Scholarship if you like an arts discipline, volunteering, or leadership. I applied for every scholarship possible. If you have financial need, you'll get money. I got enough to cover everything but room and board, without getting any merit scholarships.
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