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Will any good college take me? Suggestions?

nickynicky13nickynicky13 Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
edited November 2012 in What Are My Chances?
Hi :)
I'm new here and I needed some insight about the college application process and how likely it is for me to be accepted into a "good" college. Here's my stats:

1770 SAT (Only took it once, don't really want to take it again :\)
3.8 Unweighted GPA
4.1 Weighted GPA
4 Four AP classes: Lang, Lit, World History, and European History with 4's on each exam
Taken all honors classes aside from APs and gym/health
Extracurriculars: JCL (Latin Club); Student Council; Prom Committee; Cross Country; VP of Students Against Destructive Decisions; National Latin Honor Society
Community Service: Over 200 hours over the course of 4 years

I want to apply to a pre-med program but I feel like I won't be accepted.
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Replies to: Will any good college take me? Suggestions?

  • oohtobeagooneroohtobeagooner - Posts: 611 Member
    what do you define as a "good" college? If you mean ivies then definitely no. If you mean your top state school, then maybe
  • nickynicky13nickynicky13 Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    HAHA I already know I'm not good enough for Ivies! My top schools are Emory University, University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), and Mercer University. Any other suggestions/input?
  • ArtsyGirl13ArtsyGirl13 Registered User Posts: 2,986 Senior Member
    Yeah, basically what OP said, we need to know what you consider good.

    So I am editing to address your response (we posted basically at the same time).

    From what I know (which is not much about the schools you listed), your SAT is very low for Emory and Chapel Hill, no so sure about Mercer.
  • nickynicky13nickynicky13 Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    Really? I feel dumb now.
  • XinzeLiXinzeLi Registered User Posts: 112 Junior Member
    How to people manage to do so horribly on the SAT after taking quite a few AP classes and having a great GPA??
  • TeaspoonsTeaspoons Registered User Posts: 470 Member
    That's not a bad score-- it honestly just depends on how well the taker knows the SAT. Even if you're good at reading or math or writing doesn't mean you'll get a 'great' score. Take your sat again (possibly hire a tutor if you know you won't spend the time studying On your own) and all your choices will look so much better everywhere
  • stewfoo412stewfoo412 Registered User Posts: 274 Junior Member
    Xinzeli a 1770 isn't horrible. You've obviously been on CC for too long lol
  • CatriaCatria Registered User Posts: 11,349 Senior Member
    UNC: Reach (especially if OOS)
    Emory: Reach
    Mercer: Low match
  • nickynicky13nickynicky13 Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    My school counselor basically told me that because I never took an SAT prep class I would probably make a 1500, at best. When I got those results it was bittersweet--I had done better than I had aimed for, without any sort of studying or previous knowledge of the SAT, but I knew my score was only mediocre. However, I know of a lot of students at my school who were aiming for 1800 (and these people are not dumb...) and with me just being 30 under that, I felt like that wasn't too shabby. I have thoughts about trying the ACT; sometimes, people tend to do very well on that rather than the SAT. And also, while we're on the topic, wouldn't someone with a pretty high GPA (I mean, to me, 3.8 is really good) show a better ability to perform in college than someone who makes a 2000+? Some people are excellent test takers, some people are bad test takers, but some people (like me) are mediocre. I have always valued knowledge over a simple test score.
  • ArtsyGirl13ArtsyGirl13 Registered User Posts: 2,986 Senior Member
    Yes, go ahead and take the ACT, some excel on one test, though many people get similar scores on the ACT as they did the SAT. As for your GPA with low scores, some schools couldn't care less and will be happy simply with a good GPA, but most like standardized testing because it equals the playing field. A 3.8 is not equal at all schools and the standardized testing will distinguish who is overall more qualified. My best advice would be take the ACT, retake the SAT and take a few subject tests (if you do well on those it can help counteract the low SAT score).
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