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Chances at Duke, Penn, Emory, etc.

newyorkhssnewyorkhss Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
Hi everyone! I was trying to convince myself otherwise, but after getting accepted to my first four schools (not counting being deferred at Duke for my ED), I was feeling pretty invincible. I knew (and still know) that it was a long shot for the rest of my schools (list to follow), but I couldn’t help but picture myself opening the acceptances and thinking, yeah, that will happen! Yesterday, I got rejected from WashU, and on one hand I’m really glad because I needed a wake up call! Duh! Obviously I’m not a shoo-in for any schools, let alone top-20 institutions!
So, what do you guys think? Do I have a shot at my remaining schools? I know only time will tell, but hearing some feedback now can’t hurt. I can take criticism, so fire away :)
Here’s the list and I’ll put my stats at the end:
• Emory — I applied before November 1 and have been on their mailing list since May/June (which I honestly don’t know if that matters at all but I’m just gonna include that because I’ve heard it could). No visit
• Vanderbilt — lack of demonstrated interest for sure. Mailing list but in like December. Not holding my breath on you, Vandy.
• Duke — (sigh) deferred from ED round (heard that only 2 out of 17 at my old school were deferred so I’ve heard that a deferral isn’t necessarily a rejection?!). Campus visit last year, good interview, mailing list since May/June. Sent a LOCI in Feb and spoke on the phone to my regional rep. Great guy. His name is Steve.
• Penn — campus visit last year, email list.
• Tufts — campus visit sophomore year, mailing list since May/June, great alumna interview.
• Barnard — campus visit sophomore year, mailing list since forever.

Now on me: an online-schooled, caucasian female
Location: South Dakota (grew up in New York, and my freshman year transcript is from there.)
GPA: 4.0 UW / 4.4 W
SAT: 1500 (770 RW / 730 M) (note: spoke to regional reps about SAT IIs and they said to include on my app that I don’t have these scores since the nearest testing center is 3+ hours away)
APs (9 total, 5 in progress): APUSH (5), AP Lang (5), AP Bio (4), AP World (4), + APs Lit, French, Calc AB, Gov, and Psych for senior year.

Essay: personal statement — decent enough, I would say. How being an online school student has shaped me and how it’s contributed to my role as a TA in a special needs classroom: an experience which has made me want to explore business & law in order to recite the healthcare discrepancies in the US.

Recs: one strong one from my assistance principal, another strong one from my boss who has become like a 2nd mother! Hopefully good ones from my history, math, and English teachers of two years (hard to know bc again I am online-schooled)

ECs: super involved in school (online and physical) and local community (volunteering, clubs, etc.) and in leadership roles
• Basic clubs like NHS, Photo Club, newspaper, Student Leadership Board, etc.
• President of our school’s service club and founder of our Mentor Program.
• Also one of two student consultants for the school administration on how the school can be improved.
• 225 hours of food delivery for a personal chef
• 255 hours of nannying from junior year and first half of senior year
• 105 hours as a TA at a special needs school
• 100 hours tutoring peers and younger kids

Hobbies: Rock climbing, piano, photo, guitar, scuba.

Awards: at least 10-12 listed on my resume from various endeavors ie. French contest, science fair, AP scholar, AAUW math & science, etc etc. Nothing too remarkable.

If you took the time to read this, you’re amazing and thank you. Again, all I want o know is if I’m deluding myself in thinking I’ll get into a couple of the schools I listed above.

Replies to: Chances at Duke, Penn, Emory, etc.

  • ccpowellccpowell Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    I hate to break it to you but being on a mailing list and visting means absolutely nothing for Emory, Duke, Penn and Vandy as none of these schools tract demonstrated interest. As for your chances, only time will tell since you'll hear back in two weeks tops. Its not like some random interent stranger telling you that you're set will magically tip the scales in your favor.
  • TorrchaseTorrchase Registered User Posts: 44 Junior Member
    Good luck to you where ever you end up. I went to Duke many years ago. My son may end up there but I am hoping for UVA or MIT .
  • newyorkhssnewyorkhss Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    edited March 16
    Thanks so much for letting me know about the mailing list thing! @ccpowell As I said in my initial post, I had no idea if that had any impact, so I’m glad someone was able to clear that up. Anyway, again, as I said in my first post, I am well-aware that only time will tell. I am just seeking some outside opinions on my app. It’s difficult to judge your own application and exceedingly easy to get bogged down on small details: hence the thousands of other posts like mine on this website.
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