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Chance me- WashU Class of 2024

SAT I (breakdown): 1550 (790 Math, 760 EBRU)
SAT II: Math 2- 800, Biology M- 770, Chemistry- 740
Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.93
Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): Top 8%
AP (place score in parenthesis): Calculus AB (4), Statistics (4), US History (4), Psychology (4), Biology (3), English Lang/Lit (3 on both)
IB (place score in parenthesis):
Senior Year Course Load: APES, AP Calculus BC, AP Macroeconomics, AP US Gov, AP Comp Sci, EDD, PE, Civil Engineering
Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): Published chemistry research paper in journal, Technology Student Association National Competitor, Founded a nonprofit dealing with teenage pregnancy; National Log 1 Contest Competitor, Gold Medal in Regionals and Bronze in State for UIL Piano Solo (pretty minor)
Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Problem Solving Club (Co-Founder), UIL Solo & Ensemble, Varsity Tennis (Captain), Technology Student Association (Sergeant at Arms), UIL Math/Number Sense, Mu Alpha Theta, Stock Market Club (Vice President), Peer Assisted Learning Services
Job/Work Experience: Subway Sandwich Maker, Kumon Math & Reading Instructor, Assistant tennis coach
Volunteer/Community service: Accumulated over 200 hours at local hospital, Volunteered at immigrant respite center, Used money made at Subway to buy gifts for 50 poor families during Christmas
Summer Activities: Biomedical & Surgical Research at Boston University, Worked on research project and published work in chemistry journal during my time at the UTRGV High Scholars research program
Teacher Recommendation: AP Biology Teacher (very strong rec letter talking about personal experiences in the classroom), AP Comp Sci Teacher (known me since freshman year and have been in many clubs with him as well as have traveled around with him; knows me extremely well),
Counselor Rec: Average; didn't think it was going to blow any admissions officers away
Additional Rec: Tennis coach (known him for 6 years; very close)

State (if domestic applicant): TX
Country (if international applicant):
Intended major(s): Public Health
School Type: Public
Ethnicity: Asian
Gender: Male
Income Bracket: 300 K+
Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): None

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  • spicykoalabearspicykoalabear 6 replies3 threads New Member
    Forgot to mention that I will be applying Early Decision
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  • Waldo755Waldo755 165 replies1 threads Junior Member
    Have you visited? Interest is important to WashU.
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  • spicykoalabearspicykoalabear 6 replies3 threads New Member
    @Waldo755 yes I have visited the WashU campus, attended a local information session, and will be applying ED
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  • spicykoalabearspicykoalabear 6 replies3 threads New Member
    Also forgot to mention that my weighted GPA is a 4.13/4.4
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  • HamurtleHamurtle 2740 replies36 threads Senior Member
    GPA and standardized test scores look good with the exception of the APs. AP scores seem low for someone with that high of a GPA/SAT-would have expected all 5s. I would probably not report them except for the 4s.

    I would also suggest requesting an interview as well if possible.

    Have you taken a foreign language as well?
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  • spicykoalabearspicykoalabear 6 replies3 threads New Member
    @Hamurtle I have taken Spanish 2 Monolingual in my sophomore year. However, for some reason I have always struggled with AP testing. Will the AP testing be a huge downfall with regards to any top 20 admissions (especially WashU)?
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  • HamurtleHamurtle 2740 replies36 threads Senior Member
    Most Top 20 schools would want applicants to have taken a language up to level 4. There could be an issue with taking a language to level 2 only.

    APs are self-reported anyways and it’s up to you to send the scores or not. Good scores may help a borderline application. Your acceptance or rejection to any school depends on multiple factors. It’s just odd that with your grades and SAT scores, the AP scores don’t add up.
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  • spicykoalabearspicykoalabear 6 replies3 threads New Member
    @Hamurtle that’s true. But my school only offers spanish mono up to level 3. Level 4 is just AP spanish Literature which is meant for native speakers. So more or less I have nearly completed all the monolingual classes for spanish. However, how would you evaluate my chances at WashU ed even with the bad ap scores and low level foreign language?
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  • spicykoalabearspicykoalabear 6 replies3 threads New Member
    also hope that my grades, ECs, independent projects, and SAT scores can make up for the AP scores/Spanish level
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  • DGDG 447 replies5 threads Member
    Should be good re ED. Need to make sure you’re ok being in the middle of the student pack there. It’s very competitive. When i visited the tour guide discussed all the resources available for students due to the notable stress from the academic rigor etc.
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