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Chances for HYP?

diddly123diddly123 Registered User Posts: 581 Member
edited March 2013 in What Are My Chances?
Hi everyone! I'm a junior and I'm SCEA for Harvard next year. Here are my stats:

GPA: 4.51 by end of junior year (out of 5.0)
ACT: 33 (35E, 33M, 34R, 30S, 8E)
SAT: 2230 superscored (720R, 710M, 800W, 12E)
PSAT: 219
Freshman year (none offered)
Sophomore year
-AP World (5-only offered), pretty much self studied this because we did nothing in class
Junior year
-AP US History, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP English Language, AP Studio Art (all solid As first semester)
Senior year (prospective)
-AP Government, AP Biology, AP English Literature, AP Studio Art, AP Calculus AB

Honors courses:
english freshman and sophomore years, algebra II sophomore year, chemistry sophomore year

Uhhh extracurriculars
-founded my own organization called HOPE which sends supplies such as clothing, toiletries, bedding, etc. to Latin American countries. We began with an orphanage in Haiti and branched out to Costa Rica this year. It all began after the 2010 earthquake there. Have done many events at school and at the summer camp where I work as a counselor/administrative assistant. We've also started clubs in elite private schools across the country (which send students to Harvard/ivies every year, so they'll be familiar with that). We started working with Feed My Starving Children, a famous organization which is now helping us get our supplies to Latin America. We are meeting with the president of it soon!
-very avid artist
-won several national contests
-some of my paintings are being exhibited right now at a nearby, well-known university
-thinking of doing some sort of artistic pursuit to raise money for the MS society
-yearbook editor in chief for 3 years for the whole school
-summer job working as an administrative assistant/counselor oops already wrote that too lazy to delete that xD
-work with mentally disabled children, teaching them to get active and play sports
-editor of key club 3 years
-vice president of National art honor society
-varsity tennis team, treasurer of Israel advocacy club, NHS member, national spanish honor society, etc other things

possible hooks:
-low income
-deceased father
-mother with MS (that's why I'm doing the fundraiser)

hmm thats as much as I can list right now but assuming i write a very strong essay too, what do you think my chances are for EA? Thanks everyone and good luck!
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Replies to: Chances for HYP?

  • diddly123diddly123 Registered User Posts: 581 Member
    please?! it would mean so much guys :(
  • diddly123diddly123 Registered User Posts: 581 Member
  • mathguy216mathguy216 Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    Nice SAT scores and courses. Your community service is unprecedented. I think that might be your ticket to Princeton. However, Yale and Harvard expect unnaturally high SAT scores- north of 2350.
  • diddly123diddly123 Registered User Posts: 581 Member
    thank you!!! but i read an interview with the head of Harvard's admissions and he said that SAT scores are less important than APs, SAT IIs, and GPA (in that order). And they're only one part of the application. So is that a major fault? Or could I make up for it with a 34 ACT?
  • MariinskyMariinsky Registered User Posts: 70 Junior Member
    I think you have a really great shot. That would be more so with Princeton and Yale simply because Harvard's acceptance rate is 6%, but you still have a shot at Harvard in my opinion. Colleges admit students who will add something unique to the university and who they believe can best improve society through that college's education. You have definitely already proven your commitment to helping others! Also, I could be wrong, but I believe the word hook applies more toward an activity or achievement that makes you stand out, not your personal background. In that case, I would definitely use art and/or community service as your hook. Your family situation can still help your chances though, so I would obviously include it in your application. For example, say that you base one of your essays on your community service projects. You could emphasize that your lack of a father, having a mother with MS, and dealing with financial difficulty growing up drove you to improve others' lives. Just a suggestion! Best regards, I'm praying for you!
  • diddly123diddly123 Registered User Posts: 581 Member
    OMG thank you so much!!!! That really helped!! I think I'm going to use a lot of imagery in my essay along with what you suggested (i was thinking about doing something like that, strangely enough :P) and explain my motives for doing HOPE and art and etc. thank you again! so apprciative :)
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