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chances at Wes? I'm crossing my fingers!

paperdolls123paperdolls123 Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
edited October 2010 in Wesleyan University
I'm a female high school senior at an all girls school in NY. I have a good list of about 8 schools, but Wes is definitely a top choice for me. Do I have a good chance? I know it's a reach, but I still want a better idea of where I stand. Thanks so much!

Ethnicity: African-American/Puerto Rican
GPA: 3.8 UW / 4.20 W
Rank: 31/262 (top 12%)
SAT- 2140 (CR-720, M-690, W-730)
SAT II- 640 on Bio, 730 on US history

I've been consistently in all AP/honors classes all four years.
My school doesn't offer as many APs as it does honors, but I took the AP US exam last year (got a 4),
and will be taking the AP Chem and AP English exams later this year.

Activities and Honors:
- Managing Editor of the School Newspaper (was Copy Editor last year, and Secretary year before that)
- Senior Representative of the National Honor Society
- Paying job as a teacher assistant at a local Karate dojo (been in karate for past 5 years)
- Volunteer summer camp counselor at local parish for 2 years
- Volunteer lab assistant at local research center (all of Jr year)
- Was Secretary of Architecture Club (couldn't continue for senior year since it conflicted with NHS)
- Member of Pax Christi/Outreach (volunteer work)
- Member of Social Justice Initiative
- Won full scholarship to Adelphi University's Anne Hoffman Writer's Retreat
- Won essay competition for local newspaper
- Honorable mention in NYU march of dime's essay competition
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Replies to: chances at Wes? I'm crossing my fingers!

  • katelukatelu Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    I'm applying to Wes for this year too so I can't chance you, but you are really amazing! The Writer's Retreat stands out as a great accomplishment.
  • jerseygirl in ctjerseygirl in ct Registered User Posts: 187 Junior Member
    also, make sure you call admissions and are sure you are registered for their students of color visits. I would also let them know that Wes is your first choice.. If Wes truly is, as it was with my son, going ED could seal the deal. You have nothing to lose and everything to win with ED. If financially the numbers dont work, you can opt out of ED, but WES is very generous for those with demonstrated need. The EFC calculator at collegeboard was spot on for us.
  • dreaming4eva33dreaming4eva33 Registered User Posts: 29 New Member
    I don't agree. Wesleyan's EFC was more than we had calculated and was a lot higher than a few schools who had their own online calculators.

    Play up the ethnicity. Wes loves diversity.
  • sozesoze Registered User Posts: 2,261 Senior Member
    Your Sat is below-the-line, but your URM status is good for 200+ points which would put you over the top. If you applied ED it would likely seal the deal.

    Good luck!
  • liltinglilting Registered User Posts: 16 New Member
    I'd say you have a really good chance. Definitely apply ED if you feel that Wes is your top choice. I did, and I don't regret it.
  • azwethinkweizazwethinkweiz Registered User Posts: 63 Junior Member
    i had the same sat score (2140..640CR 760M 740W...your breakdown is much better than mine though cause my CR score is well below average), I'm ethnic (italian, lebanese, chinese-trinidadian), and i also do martial arts, hahah. i applied ED2 and got in. i still don't know if i would have gotten in had i not done ED2. I think I would've gotten waitlisted (coming from my school in MA, anyway).
    your stats look really solid, though. if you really like wes, definitely apply ED. it helps you out quite a bit.
    btw i love it here!!!! applying ED2 was the best choice i ever made (it was quite a spontaneous choice, too)

    good luck!
  • paperdolls123paperdolls123 Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
    i would apply ED, but my parents and i aren't sure it's the right thing to do financially, and we'd like to avoid doing anything binding. do you guys think i stand a decent chance for RD?
  • dreaming4eva33dreaming4eva33 Registered User Posts: 29 New Member
    Wesleyan says that they don't necessarily prefer ED, just that the ED pool is generally a lot stronger than the general application pool. Now, I'm not 100% sure I believe this, but I wouldn't apply ED if money's an issue. I didn't apply ED anywhere because of the finaid considerations. However, I'm pretty sure you can get out of ED decisions if it's a money/finaid issue. Not positive but I think so. In that case, if you're positive Wes is your clear first choice, there's not a lot of downside unless you want several finaid offers and it could come down to a few thousand dollars.
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