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Does a Dumb Indian Have a Chance?

nsrocxnsrocx Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
Stats: 1350 SAT (going to take it a two more times)
3.6 GPA Weighted

Race: Indian

School: A very good public school in the Naperville area

Extracurriculars: (if it says 4 years I will be still in the program for my senior year)
Student council for 4 years
Tennis team for 4 years
Selected to be team captain for 2017-2018 season
Had an undefeated streak for all of 2016-2017 season
Work at Kumon for 1+ year(s) (I started working at Kumon, my first job, around the first week of January 2018 and plan on staying here)
Volunteer at the Hospital for 4+ years
Unicef for 1.5 years
Babysitting for 3+ years


How else can I build up my EC's?

Colleges I am applying to:
Georgetown
University of Miami
U of I
NYU
UT - Austin
UCLA
University of Virginia
University of Iowa
University of Wisconsin
Loyola
University of Southern California
Pomona University
Mizzou
UC Berkeley
Indian University Bloomington
WashU
Purdue
UIC
Boston University
Fordham University


I plan on going into the business field, any advice would be helpful :)

Replies to: Does a Dumb Indian Have a Chance?

  • DadTwoGirlsDadTwoGirls Registered User Posts: 3,751 Senior Member
    edited February 12
    Have you run the NPC on this list of schools, or are you okay being full pay (perhaps $70k per year) at some of them?

    Also, do you have an unweighted GPA that you can share, or can you comment on the number of A's versus B's versus lower grades?
  • HamurtleHamurtle Registered User Posts: 1,049 Senior Member
    edited February 13
    Isn’t this your 3rd post on the same subject? 3.6 weighted + relatively low SAT + ORM means reach for most schools on your list. Forget Cal/UCLA since you’re from Illinois-too expensive and your grades won’t make the cut.

    Iowa and Mizzou are matches. Indiana is a reach if you’re applying to Kelly.

    WashU is high reach/unlikely for Olin.

    There is no such school as Pomona University. There is a Pomona College in the Claremont Consortium but that is another high reach.

    Your safety is University of Illinois Chicago.
  • TheGr8GatsbyTheGr8Gatsby Registered User Posts: 187 Junior Member
    Here are my two cents:

    Super reaches:
    Georgetown
    NYU
    University of Virginia
    UCLA
    University of Southern California
    Pomona College
    UC Berkeley
    WashU

    Reaches:
    Boston University
    University of Wisconsin
    Fordham University
    UT - Austin
    University of Miami
    Indiana University Bloomington

    Matches:
    Loyola (Marymount or Maryland)
    U of I
    Purdue
    University of Iowa
    Mizzou

    Safeties:
    UIC

    DEFINITELY a top heavy list. I wouldn't apply to more than one or two super reaches and I'd add another safety like UIS as just one safety is never a good idea. Even then, that would be a lot of schools and you may want to take off one or two reaches. I'll admit I'm not too knowledgeable on how hard it is to get into Purdue's business school compared to generally so if another more knowledgeable poster could clarify whether it is a match or a reach that would be appreciated. Also are your parents prepared to pay full sticker price? At lots of these schools you won't get any financial aid.
  • Nicki20Nicki20 Registered User Posts: 76 Junior Member
    I’m guessing Loyola is Chicago
  • TheGr8GatsbyTheGr8Gatsby Registered User Posts: 187 Junior Member
    Ah, thanks @Nicki20. OP - it is still a match.
  • DustyfeathersDustyfeathers Registered User Posts: 2,535 Senior Member
    I agree that the list is top heavy. To find out what stats a school takes, simply google <name of school> and <prepscholar>

    Also consider --
    Lake Forest near Chicago
    Beloit
    Knox
    Earlham
    Wheaton in Massachusetts (not Illinois)

    If you're female, consider Simmons in Boston -- great solid school and is part of a consortium with some solid schools
    Also consider Hollins
    Sweet Briar
    Mills

    More coed schools
    Wells in NY
    Wagner on Staten Island
    Manhattan college
    Manhattanville college
    The CUNYs have a fabulous business school -- Baruch -- in the heart of Wall Street
    St. Johns in Queens
    Pace
    Hofstra
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 68,123 Senior Member
    nsrocx wrote:
    3.6 GPA Weighted

    Weighted GPA is useless to anyone who does not know the weighting system.

    A 3.6 weighted GPA may correspond to a 2.6 unweighted GPA, or a 3.4 unweighted GPA. That is a big difference that is significant in assessing reach/match/safety.
  • nsrocxnsrocx Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    First time on here, it wouldn't post the first time so I tired again and here we are haha, sorry about that tho @Hamurtle
  • nsrocxnsrocx Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    Unweighted is around a 3.54 @DadTwoGirls
  • nsrocxnsrocx Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    Thanks for the helpful tip of top heavy! I just did not know the standards and there are lucky people that get in etc. Yes, my parents can play for the college which will not be a problem. I just have to get in first haha. I did some research and definitely took some schools off. I'm really interested in Fordham currently and have visited the LC and Rose Hill campus. Do you recommend any colleges that are in the heart of the city like Fordham? @TheGr8Gatsby @Dustyfeathers
  • HamurtleHamurtle Registered User Posts: 1,049 Senior Member
    Hofstra?
  • TheGr8GatsbyTheGr8Gatsby Registered User Posts: 187 Junior Member
    edited February 15
    Hofstra is on Long Island, but close enough that it is has access to NYC. Also a great option for someone interested in business. Would be a low match.

    You could try Pace University in Manhattan. It has 16 business related majors and would be a safety for you. They also have two secondary campuses in Westchester if you would rather be close to NYC but not actually in the city itself.

    I don't know much about them but you could check out the CUNYs.

    If Fordham is your first choice then definitely apply ED as it will give you a boost in admissions. Don't commit to ED before visiting the campus, though.
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