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Will not having leadership positions screw me??

ryanroosryanroos Registered User Posts: 58 Junior Member
-Citizenship: US
-State of residence: New York
-Class: Upper-Middle
-Race: White
-Gender: Male

-Type (Public/private & size): Public, 400 per class
-Graduates (How many go to Ivy's/top 20): 20% of each class
-AP's Offered: A fair amount

Academic Profile:
-Unweighted GPA: 4.0
-Weighted GPA: 4.3
-AP's: World history(4), Comp. Politics(5), Bio(4)
-SAT: 1540
-SAT II: Chem(750) World History(760)
-Rank: School doesn't release but at least top 25%
-Course Rigor: Very rigorous

EC (In order of importance/commitment):
- 11 years of karate, 3rd degree black belt, practice 4 times a week plus running 4 times a week
- 7 years of Viola, in schools audition only symphony orchestra, gone to all county 4 years in a row, 3 years in a row of area all state and 1 year of all state
- 3ish years of varsity rowing, competed in state and national competitions
- MUN, help run one of the biggest conferences in NY, also chaired at it

Other Notables (College courses you've taken, papers published, created own website, TAing a class, ect):
- SUPA Personal Finace, SUPA Economics
- I run my own stock portfolio that has had a 47% increase over the past two years

- All previously mentioned All county and Area All state and All State orchestras
- Best delegate at MUN

- 9 weeks of my summer are spend working 24hrs a day 6 days a week at a over night kids camp on a lake, teaches me leadership with lots of kids aged 7 to 14

Schools I'm looking at:
- Notre Dame (I would be a 3rd generation legacy)
- UPenn
- Duke
- U of Chicago
- Northwestern
- Harvard (why not??)
- Yale
- Vllinova
- Cornell
- Case Western Reserve
***The list is more or less in order of preference

Intended Major: Fiance/Economics
Intended Minor: something with International Politics


Replies to: Will not having leadership positions screw me??

  • aneeshs17aneeshs17 Registered User Posts: 135 Junior Member
    No leaderships won't necessary mean the difference of accept/reject, but you seem fine. I'd nail ND hard on the hammer with EA/ED (whatever they do) since you have Legacy status. Their UG Biz program's fantastic. I like how your ECs are very focused, rather than a bunch of fluff and BS clubs. Good luck!
  • ryanroosryanroos Registered User Posts: 58 Junior Member
    Thanks, that is what I hope to do.
  • ConcernedRabbitConcernedRabbit Registered User Posts: 436 Member
    Notre Dame (I would be a 3rd generation legacy) (Match)
    - UPenn (Low Reach)
    - Duke (Low Reach)
    - U of Chicago (Low Reach)
    - Northwestern (Low Reach/High Match)
    - Harvard (why not??) (Of Course Reach...it's Harvard!)
    - Yale (Reach)
    - Vllinova (Never heard of it...probably match/safety)
    - Cornell (Low Reach)
    - Case Western Reserve (Safety)

    It would be helpful to have your rank...or at least your best guess as to where you are...top 25% is vague. Are you right at the 25%? Or are you top of your class. My above assessments are assuming you are in the top of your class. Of course, if you are right at that 25% mark, a lot of these would change for the worse.

    Regardless whether or not your rank is sent, your college counselor does tell the schools whether you are a good, great, excellent, or one of the best students, so they will still have something to compare you with.
  • ryanroosryanroos Registered User Posts: 58 Junior Member
    Thanks and my bad I meant Villanova. I would hope top of my class as well, I was just being conservative with my estimate. @ConcernedRabbit
  • liveforbooksliveforbooks Registered User Posts: 33 Junior Member
    I mean, you should be fine at most colleges but as far as the Ivies, Duke, competitive colleges....its a toss up. It certainly will not help you that you do not have any leadership but it should not stop you from applying, either. Particularly because academically, you did very well.
  • ryanroosryanroos Registered User Posts: 58 Junior Member
  • ryanroosryanroos Registered User Posts: 58 Junior Member
    Why are those red flags? Many white upper class males get into those schools??

  • bodanglesbodangles Registered User Posts: 8,242 Senior Member
    ^ I would take college advice from people who have currently completed half of high school with a grain of salt. It's hard to be really familiar with the process when you won't go through it for at least another year.
  • Penn95Penn95 Registered User Posts: 1,983 Senior Member
    edited July 21
    @ryanroos Are you aware of the Huntsman program at Penn? It is a very prestigious dual degree program that combines a business degree from wharton and an international relations/politics degree from CAS. Super tough to get in, but a unique opportunity for someone interested in these two fields.

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