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Am I competitive for Ivy's?

hz1343hz1343 10 replies2 threadsRegistered User New Member
Hello, I am a high school senior that is currently forming my college list, and I noticed that I was putting a lot of Ivies and top rated colleges on my list. I was wondering if I am actually competitive enough for these colleges or if i should just keep it to applying to only a few (and hoping).

-1560 SAT (790 Math/ 770 English)
-4.13 weighted GPA (My school uses a weird system that our AP classes get four points and our honors get two, but to make it easier my GPA translated is)
-4.12/4.62 (A+ is a 4.33)
-3.89/4.37 (A+ is a 4.00)
- Plenty of 5s on APs (will explain later)

Yeah I know stop bragging about your stats. But my extracurricular is where I get really worried since I know that Ivies weight them heavily and I don't really think they are up to par.

- Robotics- 4 years; MVP for 3 years so far: coding lead for 4 years; student lead for senior year
- D&D Club- 2 years; founder and leader; I do things such as story writing, world building, language creating, and story telling (DMing)
- Japanese- 3 years; self-study; visited Japan to practice (and have fun); plan on taking AP Japanese exam

Just from reading it, it doesn't really seem Ivy League standard. But anyway, here are some other things that might play a factor

- Every year since sophomore year, I like to set up 4 subjects to study that I'm interested in for that year. I always like to put a test at the end in order to test my understanding. For example, for linguistics my "big project" was forming an IAL (international auxiliary language). But, this quickly evolved into AP exams because it provided an easy way of telling whether i learned the material or not. So by the end of senior year, I would have taken 22 APs (11 self-study) and hopefully win State AP Scholar
- Currently I am in a independent research class where two other students and I are working an a research project of Disaster Response Wireless Sensor Networks (in layman's terms search and rescue swarm robotics). We plan to try to publish a paper at the end of senior year. And I plan to continue the research into college.

Ig some other fun facts that might help

- I am a first generation college student
- I am Asian American
- I am LGBT (specifically B and T)
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  • tdy123tdy123 744 replies14 threadsRegistered User Member
    What is your unweighted GPA, and where does that put you in relation to your classmates? Have you taken subject tests (not really "optional" for IVYs)? What are the scores?
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  • HamurtleHamurtle 2540 replies33 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    22 AP tests is overkill, especially if half of them are self-study. Adcoms won’t care, especially if you didn’t take the classes.

    I might consider some LACs in your situation. You seem pretty suited for them.
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  • lookingforwardlookingforward 34142 replies378 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited September 22

    It's going to be more than stats and you have only 2 ECs, one stem, one "fun." Self studying is not a tip. Nor your personal partner prefs.

    Any chance you've got other activities but omitted them, thinking it's only about school ECs? That includes legit comm service. How will you show you engage with peers, reach out of your own comfort zone?
    edited September 22
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  • hz1343hz1343 10 replies2 threadsRegistered User New Member
    For some reason my school doesn't give our unweighted GPA, but I do know I'm at least in the top 5 of my class
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  • sgopal2sgopal2 3491 replies49 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    You can calculate the unweighted GPA yourself. A = 4 points, B = 3 points, C = 2 points, etc. Plus and minus grades are adjusted accordingly. There are online calculators that can help you with this.

    Your unweighted GPA and class rank are critical.
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