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International student chances?

gesshagessha Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
edited November 2012 in What Are My Chances?
Hello to everybody,
I'm an European student and I'm applying this fall. What are my chances for the following universities/colleges?

1. Amherst College
2. Colgate University
3. Columbia University
4. Davidson College
5. Dickinson College
6. Gettysburg College
7. Lafayette College
8. Lehigh University
9. Princeton University
10. St. Lawrence University
11. Swarthmore College
12. Trinity College (Connecticut)

TOEFL: 104
SAT I: CR 570/M 580/ CW 600 [I took the exam again, with probably a lot better scores]
SAT II: Math II 630 / Physics 570
GPA: 5.93/6 with straight A's the last year and just a B or two the previous years

2 strong evaluations + 1 very strong from the guidance counselor

Languages(Speak, Write and Read):
Bulgarian(mother language)
Other languages:
3 years of French
3 years of German
1 year of Mandarin Chinese

The load at Bulgarian schools is, by default, rigorous and I've also taken some extra classes.
I'm into sports climbing, but I've also practiced swimming, jiujitsu and sailing.

What are my chances?
Post edited by gessha on

Replies to: International student chances?

  • CatriaCatria Registered User Posts: 11,349 Senior Member
    ECs are a little weak for the "reach-for-anyone" schools. Hope you get a 2000+ and the ratings here will change. I suppose your safeties are at home.

    Amherst: Reach
    Columbia: Reach
    Princeton: Reach
    Swarthmore: Reach
    Colgate: Reach
    Davidson: Reach (get a 2100+ and it will be reachable)
    Dickinson: Reach (here the threshold is 1950+ for reachability)
    Gettysburg: High match
    Lehigh: Reach (see Dickinson)
    Lafayette: High match (pay attention to your interview and your essay)
    St. Lawrence (test-optional): Match
    Trinity: Reach
  • NYU2013NYU2013 Registered User Posts: 1,780 Senior Member
    Columbia, Amherst, Princeton, Swarthmore, given your SAT and SAT II scores are entirely unlikely. For these schools you really need 700+ in each section of the SAT and on each SAT II. Lehigh is also unlikely - should be scoring around 650+ in each section of the SAT.
  • gesshagessha Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    Thank you both!
  • ArtsyGirl13ArtsyGirl13 Registered User Posts: 2,986 Senior Member
    Like others have said the biggest issue is your scores, which are just too low for almost every school on that list. Your ECs seem a bit weak too right now. With your current scores those schools are unrealistic, with higher scores they will become reaches (they are often considered reach for anyone schools). Also make sure your essays are very strong, since the essay is very important for LACs.
  • hellohello95hellohello95 Registered User Posts: 28 New Member
    I am an international student from Vietnam thinking of financial aid as the only way to get to Trinity.
    My sister has just graduated from Trinity and I am deeply in love with this beautiful college according to what my sister told me about the Faculty.
    My stats:
    1. TOEFL ibt : 115/120
    2. SAT I : CR 690, Maths 710, Writing 660. Total: 2060.
    3. GPA: 3.8 (weighted)
    4. Activity: Class president ( 12 years )
    5. Honors: third prize in English competition in 2009 and 2011, second prize in 2012, highest GPA among peers.
    6. 3 recommendation letters, 1 essay.
    Assuming that the recommendation letters are strong enough, my essay is (hopefully) a touching one, what chances would I have at this magnificent college?
    Best regards,
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