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Chances for HYPSM please :)

nicely94nicely94 Registered User Posts: 41 Junior Member
edited November 2012 in What Are My Chances?
Hi guys,

I'm a mixed white-asian student from the UK, thinking of applying to HYPSM this year. I've got back up applications in the UK, so my US applications are just dreams really :)

At AS-Level I got 6As (4As are considered equivalent to a 4.0 GPA) by self-teaching myself a couple of subjects. I also got an A* in an A2 a year early by self-teaching myself another subject. I have a 2200 SAT (760 CR, 760 maths, 680 writing, resitting in decemeber), subject tests in maths L2, physics and english lit pending. I'm ranked somewhere in the top 5 students in my year of 180 i.e. top 2.7% minimum.

I think the biggest strength of my application will be my extra academics. In my own time, I am doing a module from the Open University taken from the third year of their maths degree (it's very unusual for a 17yr old to be doing this kind of work). My first exam is in December, so I'll have some results to put on the application. I am also studying three edX modules (freshman courses from Harvard and MIT). In total, this extra academic workload is rated at 38hrs/week, on top of doing double the average school workload at a top 10 state school.

In terms of extra-curriculars, I'm a keen pianist. In December i'm sitting my Grade 8 piano exam, which is the highest grade in the UK, and this Tuesday I'm sitting the Grade 8 Music Theory exam, which is also the highest national standard. I'm self-taught for both these exams. At school, I'm the elected representative of my house on the school council and an elected House Official. I've arranged and conducted a variety of musical performances at school including a choir, jazz band and one-act musical, and I enjoy public speaking and debating.

I'm a regular volunteer at a dementia care home (>100hrs) and I've written a research paper about a new means of diagnosing dementia and lead a team to complete a nationally published research paper on stem cells. I've planned and completed a Gold Duke of Edinburgh's expedition. I also have a 10hr/week job, which I use to fund my university maths module.

As an international student, I don't know much about HYPSM admissions, so any chances would be much appreciated :)
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Replies to: Chances for HYPSM please :)

  • nicely94nicely94 Registered User Posts: 41 Junior Member
    any chances?
  • nicely94nicely94 Registered User Posts: 41 Junior Member
    chances from anybody? link your thread and i'll chance back :)
  • HateSMUSHateSMUS Registered User Posts: 470 Member
    I'm just a mere student but I'll tell you what I know. Your ECs are decent but not outstanding. Your score is okay but for HYPSM 2250+ SAT is much more plausible for admission. Since HYPSM always are reach school for everyone and involves lot of crap shoot in the admission process, chancing is not possible. All we can do is acquiring qualified objectives (3.8~3.9+ GPA, 2250+ SAT, 750+ SAT2s, APs) with decent ECs and wait for universities to decide. If you get 2250+ SAT score, I would say you have a fair chance. Also, you might wanna know how many UK international students are admitted to those universities undergraduate. For MIT, I know China has largest, S.Korea second and India third largest proportion in undergraduate admission.
  • nicely94nicely94 Registered User Posts: 41 Junior Member
    thanks mate :)
  • nicely94nicely94 Registered User Posts: 41 Junior Member
    anyone else? post your thread and I'll chance back :)
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