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Suggestions for sophomore?

ralms2010ralms2010 14 replies1 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 15 New Member
edited March 2013 in What Are My Chances?
Hello, I am a sophomore trying to see what I can do in the coming years to improve my profile for selective colleges. Here is what I have so far.

Black male, aged 16, from New Jersey, attending Andover.

GPA: 5.5 / 6.0 (cumulative, unweighted for sophomore year)

PSAT: CR 80, Math 63, Writing 80 (223 total)

Rank: school does not rank, probably abt top quartile
Intended APs: US History, Spanish, MAYBE Calc AB
Intended SAT IIs: Chem, Math II, Physics, Psych, Spanish

Extracurriculars: Mock Trial, Democrats Club, GSA, Black-Latino Society, a cappella group, piano lessons (2 years), plays viola (7 years)

Volunteer/Community service: Around 70 hours so far (Recently: Obama for America, Elizabeth Warren for Senate, Local church, elementary school).

Summer Activities: Last summer: public policy program in DC, study abroad at Cambridge, this summer: Language immersion/study in Spain, then a summer job

State: NJ
School Type: Private boarding co-ed
Ethnicity: African American
Hooks: URM, Andover (is this a hook?)

Strengths: Leadership
Weaknesses: not sure yet...

I'm in love with Columbia. NYU, Princeton, and GWU also have caught my eye. Do I stand a chance? I know its hard to tell since I'm still a sophomore but any and all input is appreciated.
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  • CatriaCatria 11199 replies150 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 11,349 Senior Member
    Columbia: Low reach
    Princeton: Reach (at least it's reachable; best to do SCEA there)
    NYU: Low match
    GWU: Match (beware the Tufts Syndrome)
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  • DullPencilDullPencil 82 replies26 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 108 Junior Member
    Awesome PSAT score, keep practicing and you will more than likely get a 2250 or even 2300 on the SAT.

    Your AP Work load could be SLIGHTLY more, but do not push it, only do as much as you can handle. How many APs do you plan to take Junior year?

    Also you have a great list of clubs, how about you now try to maybe get a small leadership role in those clubs? Leadership looks great on a resume and will really make you stand out. Wait scratch that, I just saw you put "Leadership" as one of your strengths so I'm assuming you are President of like a club or something.

    Andover, I believe, is a pretty rigorous school. So if you have a decent/good class rank, it'll help you. :)

    You are definitely on the right path.

    Columbia: Low Reach (better chance with Early Decision)
    Princeton: Reach
    NYU: Match
    GWU: Match
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  • ralms2010ralms2010 14 replies1 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 15 New Member
    Thanks! To clarify, I am on an officer in mock trial, Black-Latino society, and Democrats Club.
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  • FoxydawgFoxydawg 4 replies1 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 5 New Member
    Not tryna be racist, but being black is a bonus. Your profile looks great. Get that match SAT up just to show you can do it all.
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  • FoxydawgFoxydawg 4 replies1 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 5 New Member
    Math SAT*
    Correction ^
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