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Chance me for Duke Early Decision please!!!!

lxf373lxf373 Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
Duke is by far my favorite school, I have spoken to alumni, visited, spoken with admissions and I am in love with it. I have low enough income that if I'm accepted ED I assume I will be mostly taken care of, the rest i don't mind, I just really really really want to go there, nowhere else.

Cummulative GPA: 3.6 UW 4.7 W

Objective:
  • PSAT: 208, SAT I: 2170 (probably not sending)
  • ACT: 35 one sitting (35E 35M 32R 36S) --(most likely sending)
  • SAT II: 800 Bio E, 740 Chem, 800 math 2
  • Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.6, Weighted: 4.7
  • Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): top 15% (small school with lots of good kids, around 50 kids in my class)
  • AP (place score in parenthesis): World History 4, Euro 4, Chemistry 5, Calc AB 5, Calc BC 4, English Lang 5, Bio 5, U.S. History 4.
  • IB (place score in parenthesis): not offered at my school
  • Senior Year Course Load: AP Macroecon, AP Gov, AP Lit, AP Art History, AP Stats, Dual Enrollment Multivariable Calculus, AP Physics C, Women's Studies Honors, Greek 4 Honors, AP Environmental, Online P.E.
  • Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): Both individual and team Medals in Regional and State Florida Science Olympiad, National AP Scholar, National Hispanic Recognized, Multiple High Honor Rolls
Subjective:
  • Extracurriculars:
  • Job/Work Experience: Internship Junior Summer with a waastewater recycling project at the University of Miami working in a lab, internship Senior summer working in genetics lab studying DNA Methylation in Parkinson's disease
  • Volunteer/Community service: 300+ hours of volunteer work at labs, hospitals, helping kids with special needs
  • Essays: works in progress, but overall good to great writer
  • Teacher Recommendations: I've been told by internships and programs that they are exceptional
  • Counselor Rec: good i expect, she's my AP bio teacher as well as my counselor and loves me
  • Additional Rec: not sure if will use one
  • Interview: not done but I've gotten accepted to every interview I've ever gone to??? :)
Other
  • State (if domestic applicant): Florida
  • Country (if international applicant):
  • School Type: Small Public Charter, very competitive, #5 in the state
  • Ethnicity: Hispanic
  • Gender: Male
  • Income Bracket:<$50,000
  • Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.):first generation college, hispanic, idk what else...
Reflection
  • Strengths: letters, essays, EC's, test scores, quality of volunteer work
  • Weaknesses: GPA compared to most of my peers, who have 3.7,3.8,3.9

    General Comments: I am considering using my ED app for quest bridge if I'm a finalist but Duke isn't a school and I love Duke so much that I might even turn down quest bridge if I'm a finalist just to apply. It's always been my dream school, and with ED chances go from ~10% to about 24%

    my school is known specifically for its greek, math, and philosophy intensive curriculum, and many students want to be engineers. We have had 7/7 duke applicants be accepted (but all with 3.9 GPA's). I will probably apply as a Neuroscience/Bio/Anthro major, not sure yet but surely not engineering, definitely pre med.

    Thank you for your input!!!!!!

Replies to: Chance me for Duke Early Decision please!!!!

  • renaissancedadrenaissancedad Registered User Posts: 1,454 Senior Member
    I'm not a Duke expert, but I think you're in relatively decent shape (with one caveat), given that with a school like Duke nothing is ever a given. But as a low-income, 1st generation college URM with your background, I think you will be a strong ED applicant toTrinity.

    Duke looks at 6 factors: GPA, test scores, curricular rigor, ECs, essays and recommendations. Your curricular rigor is fine. Your test scores are fine, with an ACT of 35 and 2 SAT II's of 800. Your UW GPA and class rank are a tad low, but not ridiculously so, and will be offset by your test scores, curricular rigor, and hooks.

    What are your ECs? You don't list any. I understand that you worked and volunteered and did an internship, but surely you have some outside activities? These are important. I am assuming that they are just missing, otherwise I would have to downgrade your chances significantly.

    Other than Duke having always been your dream school, what is it that you love about it? Think about that for your supplemental essays and probable interview. A neuroscience + cultural anthropology major would be pretty cool, and that might be one place to start.
  • lxf373lxf373 Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    Thanks so much @renaissancedad, I forgot to list that I have played soccer at school for 2 years and basketball my entire life (captain of high school team), I also do science competitions and dedicate a lot of my time to service clubs. I know nothing can be an exact predictor of my chances, but I guess its normal for me to stress about it.. Its the only place I think I'd be 100% happy. Also, I visited recently and have a lot to talk about in my essays. Thanks again!
  • lxf373lxf373 Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    Thanks so much @renaissancedad, I forgot to list that I have played soccer at school for 2 years and basketball my entire life (captain of high school team), I also do science competitions and dedicate a lot of my time to service clubs. I know nothing can be an exact predictor of my chances, but I guess its normal for me to stress about it.. Its the only place I think I'd be 100% happy. Also, I visited recently and have a lot to talk about in my essays. Thanks again!
  • sgopal2sgopal2 Registered User Posts: 3,027 Senior Member
    I'm a Duke alum. You are in good shape to apply ED. Take a look at the Robertsons scholars
  • renaissancedadrenaissancedad Registered User Posts: 1,454 Senior Member
    @sgopal2, I believe that for consideration for Robertson Scholars you actually have to fill out an online application. This is in contrast to some of Duke's other merit scholarship, for which qualified applicants are automatically considered.
  • Falcon1Falcon1 Registered User Posts: 1,950 Senior Member
    edited September 2015
    I think you have a decent shot. Your grades are an issue but you have a lot of things going for you that should offset them. Interesting research work. I think studying gene defects in methylation pathways will be big someday.
  • lxf373lxf373 Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    Thank you!

    I applied ED and to Robertson Scholars as well (I wouldn't have applied to the Robertson if I hadn't been suggested to through here).
  • renaissancedadrenaissancedad Registered User Posts: 1,454 Senior Member
    Good luck!
  • lxf373lxf373 Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
  • HiToWaMomHiToWaMom Registered User Posts: 1,255 Senior Member
    Conguratulations!!!
  • renaissancedadrenaissancedad Registered User Posts: 1,454 Senior Member
    Congratulations! Well deserved. I'm so happy for you.
  • sgopal2sgopal2 Registered User Posts: 3,027 Senior Member
    Nice work. Now onto Robertson! Keep us posted
  • lxf373lxf373 Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    thanks !!!
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