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Chances at Brown, UPenn, Dartmouth, Rice, Vanderbilt, BC, BU?

applicant7715applicant7715 14 replies3 threads Junior Member
edited December 2019 in What Are My Chances?
White male
SAT: 1540 (Math 760, Reading 780)
GPA: UW 3.73/4.0
Rank: 9/~200
Competitive/challenging private school
5s on AP Stats, Bio, English Lang, USH
Taking AP Euro, Calc BC, Physics, English Lit, American Government this year

-Academic decathlon: state champions, second place in division at nationals, 8 individual state medals, 3 at nationals, state division high scorer, team high scorer at nationals
-Leader of veterans' advocacy group responsible for organizing veterans' benefits, raising awareness for veterans' issues, and meeting with legislators to effect legal change
-President of school organization in which National English Honors Society members tutor/mentor younger students and students struggling with writing
-Percussion captain and 4-year member of school band, also played in pit orchestra for 5 musicals
-Participant and semifinalist on televised quiz show for two years

National Merit Semifinalist
Member of NHS, NEHS, Mu Alpha Theta, Spanish Honors Society
Winner of state medal for excellence in history
AP Scholar award

Applying to major in history and political science

Essays are difficult to evaluate here, but I'll give my Common App essay a 7.5/10 and my supplementals 8.5-9/10

My "hook" is that my father is permanently disabled from something that happened when I was in elementary school, and my mom has been hospitalized for the past year with a very bad autoimmune disease
edited December 2019
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  • Muad_dibMuad_dib 935 replies28 threads Member
    Chances are average to below average. Also, your "hooks" are not hooks.
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  • socaldad2002socaldad2002 2167 replies33 threads Senior Member
    BC and BU will be match / high match and all the others will be high reaches. I like your academic decathlon experience and awards. Hopefully you applied to some safety colleges in case those above don’t work out?
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  • daunt18daunt18 154 replies7 threads Junior Member
    Agree with @socaldad2002.

    While your hooks may not be traditional URM hooks, they're definitely extenuating circumstances, so good on you if you wrote about them.

    At this stage just enjoy your senior year and let college admissions do their thing. There's nothing else you can do now.
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  • sdl0625sdl0625 929 replies13 threads Member
    depending on the televised quiz show that might be a help. Let us know what happens in March. I assume all apps were/are RD
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  • applicant7715applicant7715 14 replies3 threads Junior Member
    Yes, I was accepted to my safety schools EA, so luckily I have a few places to fall back on.
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  • applicant7715applicant7715 14 replies3 threads Junior Member

    Yeah, that was the topic of my Common App essay (or at least the context in which I framed it)
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  • Houston1021Houston1021 Forum Champion Rice 1278 replies28 threads Forum Champion
    edited January 1
    If you didn't ED, your chances are a lot lower for RD at these selective schools than they would have been ED. Some of these schools fill almost half the class ED. Some also have ED2. If you haven't submitted your Rice application yet, you might mention your percussion experience and interest in the MOB, the Rice scatter band. https://mob.rice.edu
    edited January 1
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  • applicant7715applicant7715 14 replies3 threads Junior Member
    @maud_dib @socaldad2002 @daunt18 @sdl0625 @Houston1021

    Felt as though I should update this thread after hearing back from everywhere. Excluding a few local acceptances because it would make it obvious who I am/where I live.

    Fordham (EA): Accepted with full-tuition National Merit Scholarship

    Notre Dame (EA): Rejected

    Georgetown (EA): Deferred, then waitlisted

    Iona College (EA): Accepted to Honors College with 22K President’s Scholarship + 2K Honors Scholarship

    Northeastern (EA): Deferred, then accepted with 14K scholarship

    Boston College (RD): Accepted

    Boston University (RD): Accepted to Honors College with 25K National Merit Scholarship

    Vanderbilt University (RD): Accepted

    Harvard University (RD): Waitlisted

    Princeton University (RD): Rejected

    Yale University (RD): Rejected

    Columbia University (RD): Rejected

    Dartmouth College (RD): Waitlisted

    Brown University (RD): Rejected

    University of Pennsylvania (RD): Rejected

    Stanford University (RD): Rejected

    Rice University (RD): Rejected

    Planning on following up on the waitlist offers at Harvard + Dartmouth and then enrolling at Vanderbilt.
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  • Houston1021Houston1021 Forum Champion Rice 1278 replies28 threads Forum Champion
    Vanderbilt is a great school. Congratulations!
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