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my chances for Cornell CAS, Tufts Arts & Science, JHU

ARR2020ARR2020 3 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
I have a great passion to become a doctor and allocate some of my time in servicing under privileged communities. Could you please guide me on my chances of getting into any of these schools? here are details:
SAT 1480 (planning to take one more last time)
Chem SAT 670, Phy SAT 660 (planning to take Math SAT level2)
GPA 4.0
top 10% of my class in school
I took all AP's available, but didn't score well. So not submitting AP scores.
College physics I have 8 credits from a college 'A'.
Design & principles project lead the way , I have 3 college credits 'A'.
spanish - 4 college credits 'A'.
I have NYSSMA awards for violin level5, Piano level4, chorus level4, Carnatic music awards from local organisation.
played JV tennis during freshman & playing varsity tennis in senior year.
part time tutor job during sophomore year.
volunteer hours from soupkitchen(15 hrs), library(20 hrs), Nursing homes for senior citizens(150 hours), school garden(20 hrs), miscellaneous(20 hrs).
Job shadowing 50hrs with Physician.
Robotics club Treasurer(sophomore & junior years).
Robotics club Vice-President(senior year).
KeyClub member(Junior).
KeyClub office(Senior).
Chem club member(all 4 yrs).
Robotics competitions participated at state level during freshman, sophomore & junior years.
Brain bee ambassador from my school to a medical school(junior & senior years).
Fund raising for homeless shelter and donated.
Fund raising for medical college - for neurological and experimental research.
outstanding community service and character award from YMCA.
Multicultural award from State University of NY.
Outstanding academic awards from school during freshman, sophomore and Junior years.

Please suggest me if I have chances of getting into any of these.
Cornell is first choice not because it is an IVY. I like the school for many reasons after researching on especially for molecular and cell biology & neurobiology and Neuroscience major.

thank you so much for any help or suggestions!
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  • HamurtleHamurtle 2523 replies33 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Any hooks like URM?

    I would not submit the SAT Subject tests either as they are low.

    Right now all the schools on your list will be reaches. High GPA but low AP/SAT Subject scores could be grade inflation from your school in spite of the relatively high SAT 1 score.

    What is your in-state public school? Cornell, Hopkins, and Tufts will not be cheap.
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  • StarlightSamiStarlightSami 13 replies6 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    pretty sure that OP is south asian as they mention Carnatic music
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  • TheBigChefTheBigChef 554 replies5 threadsRegistered User Member
    OP has done NYSSMA, so in-state public would be SUNY. Top 10% and 1480 SAT, OP wouldn't have any trouble getting into the SUNY of his/her choice. Cornell and JHU would be high reaches and Tufts would be a reach. Plenty of less competitive/expensive schools would provide OP with a path to med school.
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  • HamurtleHamurtle 2523 replies33 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    South Asian STEM major will be a bad demographic for those particular schools. Especially since the standardized test scores are low compared to the typical South Asian applicant.

    SUNY would be a good alternative for a premed path. Cheaper and possibly less grade deflation than Cornell/Hopkins. GPA and the ability to graduate debt-free as a premed are extremely important.
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  • collegemom3717collegemom3717 6698 replies57 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Agreeing with the above: if your *great passion* is to be a doctor, imo JHU & Cornell are not be the direction I would recommend for you You want to be at the top of your class when you apply to med school, and you are more likely to accomplish that at a school where you are a star. Your test scores are in the bottom half- almost bottom quarter- of admitted students for both Cornell & JHU. I wonder if that 4.0 is W or UW? If it is W then I doubly recommend thinking long term and looking elsewhere.

    You haven't mentioned finances, but they are also relevant: you want as little debt as possible from undergrad before taking on the massive costs of med school.
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  • HamurtleHamurtle 2523 replies33 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Case Western is a possibility. The SAT score is within range and they don’t have as much of a reputation for grade deflation like Cornell/Hopkins. Plus they are pretty generous with merit aid.

    Since the OP appears to be a NY resident, why not Rochester?
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  • lookingforwardlookingforward 34060 replies376 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited September 18
    OP, look at the stats ranges for those colleges. It's on the schools' admissions websites or in their CDS. The SAT and subject tests are low for Cornell, Tufts, and JHU. Not submitting the SAT2s means they have two less factors to consider (and there's a risk they'll guess you omitted them because they were low. Not submitting them or the AP scores doesn't mean you get a bye.).


    Top colleges don't look at the SAT total. They look at each. If the individual scores are, say, 800/680, the lower one is a problem.. You need to consider the bar about 750 each.

    You really should be scouring the info these reaches do provide. Not only stats but what they look for in candidates-- from the colleges, not other sites. Otherwise, how can you fully self match? How can you know how best to present yourself? And which colleges are truly the better targets?
    edited September 18
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  • ARR2020ARR2020 3 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Cornell is my instate school. Thank you for your time. I am planning to take SAt sub tests Physics and math. Hoping for >700 score in both
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  • ARR2020ARR2020 3 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
    unweighted GPA is 4.0.
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  • ARR2020ARR2020 3 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member

    thank you so much for your suggestions!
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  • Techno13Techno13 175 replies7 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    I agree with other commenters: your SAT Subject tests should not be submitted. >700 on Math 2 needs to be more like 780+ to be competitive in STEM major applications. Cornell is not "instate" regardless where you live-- it's private and all three are very expensive. Save you money and your GPA if medical school is your future. Tufts is a good reach school for you and they do not look at Subject tests any more. But it is still expensive.
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  • collegemom3717collegemom3717 6698 replies57 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Cornell is my instate school

    CAS is not one of the 4 statutory colleges at Cornell, so there is no benefit to being 'instate'.
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  • sgopal2sgopal2 3483 replies49 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Agree with the other replies. JHU and Cornell are not good options for pre-med. Tufts not sure about.

    If you are instate at Cornell, then CAS is a bad choice. Better off at CALS or even HumEc. CAS and Engineering are the two highest deflated GPA colleges within Cornell.
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