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Chances for JHU and WashU ED / ED2?

platypusomeletteplatypusomelette 36 replies14 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
Please give me your most honest opinion on my chances! Suggestions for other schools would also be appreciated. Thank you very much!

Major: Cell/molecular biology
Demographic: Asian, female, 80k household, New York in suburban Long Island. I have a budget of around 60k per year (noncustodial mom sharing tuition).
School: Public. ~1 or 2 Ivy-esque acceptances per year out of 800
Rank: Top 3% out of ~250
SAT: 1580!! Bio 780, chem 750
GPA: around 96% UW (like a 3.8?), 105% W (4.2 on 4.5 scale)
AP: Human geo, world history, seminar, chemistry, apush, environmental science - 4. Biology, language, research - 5
Taking most challenging courses in my school and doubled honors + AP science

Extracurriculars:
1. Science Olympiad - 10 regional medals, leadership position with major participation
2. USABO semifinalist - 9th and 11th
3. Science bowl nationals - 11th
4. Quiz bowl, some regional awards
5. Principal chair violinist, played as level 5 NYSSMA soloist, qualified for LISFA, in chamber orchestra and Tri-M honor society, quartet
6. Worked at a medical clinic over 4 years, ~100 hours
7. Summer research with an individual professor
8. Small stuff like robotics one year in 9th, NHS, honor roll, ap national scholar / ap capstone diploma, weekly program at stony brook
9. Published in the Celebrating Art book contest, will apply to one more contest
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  • hs2020dadhs2020dad 92 replies3 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    You have great stats and EC's - think your chances at JHU are pretty good especially if you apply in ED. Write good essays and make sure you are applying to some safeties (sate schools maybe). WUSTL in ED2 is a great strategy as well.
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  • HamurtleHamurtle 2473 replies33 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Very good chances at WashU since the school loves raw numbers and isn’t as holistic as most of its academic peers.

    Rice and Vandy should be included in your list as well.

    If you are thinking pre-med, be aware that Hopkins and WashU will deflate GPA/weed out students. Hopkins for sure will deflate the GPA and from what my son tells me, WashU will weed out students starting from General Chemistry.
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  • Houston1021Houston1021 1087 replies16 threadsForum Champion Rice Forum Champion
    Vandy has ED and ED2. Rice has ED but not ED2.
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  • HamurtleHamurtle 2473 replies33 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    WashU has ED1/ED2. Choose wisely and make sure the financials line up based on FAFSA.

    I recall the OP posted about divorced parents before and the noncustodial parent (mother) making more money. That could make for a complicated situation of merit/financial aid is required.
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  • platypusomeletteplatypusomelette 36 replies14 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @hs2020dad @Hamurtle Currently JHU is going to be my ED1. I visited it and it seemed really cool to me but I was ambivalent about the campus and some of the areas I passed in Baltimore. I'm really conflicted over ED'ing WashU or JHU right now since although I have the most experience with JHU, WashU is higher ranked on Niche for biology and apparently has an incredible campus, but I don't have the funds or time to visit it. I think what's most important to me right now is that I attend the school with the strongest biology program, strongest research opportunities, and the highest likelihood of accepting me. Do you have any advice for my situation?
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  • cptofthehousecptofthehouse 29255 replies57 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I think you have the numbers to give it a go. Hopkins gets the cream of the crop for natural sciences and premed, so it’s no slam dunk even with your great resume. But ED gives you a bit of an edge.

    Wash U is a bit less of s reach though again , you are.competing for a selective seat in your major. You have geographic a
    bit on your side there.

    A SUNY back up is always a good idea
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  • HamurtleHamurtle 2473 replies33 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    WashU has ED1/ED2. Hopkins is ED only. So choose wisely depending on FAFSA and what you can afford to pay.
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  • HamurtleHamurtle 2473 replies33 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited September 11
    St. Louis isn’t the safest place, but most of WashU is physically located in Clayton (upscale St. Louis suburb). There are neighborhoods in the area considered dicey, but not on a similar scale to Baltimore.

    If my son had a do over, he might have attempted to ED to Hopkins. But he’s happy with WashU.

    I would go with best fit. WashU does likes demonstrated interest. Plus they get a lot of Long Island kids to attend. I would suggest attending any local informational sessions.
    edited September 11
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  • HamurtleHamurtle 2473 replies33 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Finally do ED Hopkins and ED2 WashU. IIRC Hopkins is ED only.

    My son has several friends who just started freshman year at Johns Hopkins. It will be an academic challenge but they are enjoying it so far.
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