What are my chances to getting into WASHU?
Hello. I just finished my junior year of highschool and just wanted to see what else I can focus on next year to improve my chances to getting into WASHU. I plan on going to state school and WASHU is my 1st choice.
GPA: 4.0 u/w, 4.5 weighted (will most likely increase after my senior year)
ACT: 1st time taking ACT i got a 31 but planning on retaking.
Class rank: 3/400 (i'm expecting to get a higher rank since the 2 who have higher ranks than me are failing some classes this year.)
AP classes taken: AP art studio, AP world history. WIll be taking AP calc, Ap environmental science, and some other AP classes i can't remember.
Course load: freshmen i had like 2 honors class, sophomore i had 4 honors classes, junior i have 6 honors/ap class, and senior i will have all honors/ap classes. I definitely expect to get all A and maybe one or 2 B's so I don't think my GPA will go down much next year.
Highschool: I live in a poor neighborhood and my highschool is not very great :( Would this hurt my chances?
Background: Family was an immigrant, was born in another country, parents /did/ go to college and get a professional degree as doctors (should i exclude this info? would it make a difference?).
Intended major: Something medical/science related (I heard that if you pick a less rigorous major you have better chances of getting in? and that you can change the major afterwards?)
-Best Buddy: (one on one member) (if you don't know what this is, it's a club that pairs you up with a special ed student to become friends and such. I plan on being an officer for senior year.
-other various clubs that's focused on making my school's community better. Senior year I will be taking over as leader of a student lead club that will do things such as cancer runs, fundraisers, etc etc.
- started my own club: traveling club I will host senior year. Have already made plans/budgets to take a group of students with me to Asia for a 3 month trip after high school. I'll be in charged of almost everything. This will be like my "big" passion project for senior years.
-Volunteering: at animal shelters, daycares, and maybe a hospital
-Job: work for my parents bc they needed me as a translator and do other various things. (work literally all the time since freshmen year.)
- 2nd job: will be getting 2nd job for the summer.
- camps: got full scholarship to a med camp this summer
- NHS and other honors club thing.
-Misc: Painted several murals for school, joined a mentoring program to mentor freshmens in my highschool. Tutor.
ummm i don't know if doing all of that is impressive enough to make me standout. What else can I do?
It's a little too late to try to get into other summer programs like i wanted too. I'm rather late on working on making my college app better because of circumstances. :\ I just hope I didn't mess up.
Also how important is a rec letter? I'm a pretty shy person so I don't have alot of teachers who know me well. But i heard that rec letters are super important so should I be targeting some teachers?