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Chance me high stats, mediocre ECs junior

aloedustaloedust 6 replies2 threads New Member
Demographics: Female, mixed race (Is this a catagory on the common app??), High Income 250k+

Intended Major: (pre-pa)bio/public health/neuroscience

SAT/PSAT: 1560 superscore SAT, 1470 PSAT (223 SSI this pretty much guarantees NMF in my state)

GPA: UW: 4.0 W: 5.55/6.0; Rank 5/500ish v competitive public hs. I took all honors offered and total of 13 APs w/ 4s or 5s on all


-AP scholars
-(probably) national merit semifinalist
-Girl Scout Silver + Bronze Award
-State Science Fair Materials Science (3rd place regionals)
-10+ years state highest level piano theory award
-HOSA state qualifier
-division/area champs for my club soccer team
-small school/local awards


-Club + Rec soccer 12 years (division champs blah blah)
-Piano 11 years
-CNA certification (100 hrs) then year-long (250+ hours) internship/rotations at hospitals, fire stations & nursing homes (11th)
-EKG certification under mentor + hospital rotations (projected for 12th)
-Summer research program at competitive med school near me for highschool biomed under professors
- Volunteer at afterschool childcare for special needs kids
-Tutor kids through local Girls in STEM club
-raise 5k+ through a fundraiser that I helped organize to sponsor the educations of kids in 3rd world countries
-NHS, National french honor society, national science honor society etc 4 years

So far schools I'm thinking about are: UTD, Baylor, UT, Rice (my instates), UNC chapel hill, Fordham, University of Rochester, Northeastern UF, and Umiami

Is there anywhere else that y'all think I should think about or apply to? Preferably somewhere with good aid?
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  • daunt18daunt18 119 replies6 threads Junior Member
    U Alabama will give you great aid.
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  • aquaptaquapt 2282 replies47 threads Senior Member
    When you say mixed race, is there an underrepresented component there? (If you're, for example, Eurasian, then that won't help unless you apply to the rare schools that consider Asian as URM, like Lehigh and Lafayette.)

    Northeastern was my first thought when I read your profile/interests. Rochester could be a good fit as well. And if you like those, Case Western could be worth a look - also great for STEM/pre-health musicians (joint program with Cleveland Institute of Music), and they give some nice merit awards.

    Maybe check out the undergraduate Public Health program at Agnes Scott, which was developed in collaboration with Emory's school of Public Health and allows you to start taking MPH classes as an undergrad. Great pre-health opportunities there, great diversity, and the possibility of generous merit.

    RIT has a five-year BS/Ms PA program that could be worth considering. Chapman also has a BS/MS PA path - not direct-admit, but guaranteed interview and "preferential consideration" for their PA program - and it's a great school for non-major musicians and generous with merit.

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  • aloedustaloedust 6 replies2 threads New Member
    @aquapt :( yeah sadly I'm Eurasian. Do I have to specify on the common app? I've heard of people choosing one race they 'identify with' but don't know if that's morally/legally ok?? NEU is definitely a top choice, but even a 30k NMF scholarship would leave me with a lot of debt lol I'd apply to shoot my shot w a full ride however unlikely. Agnes Scott is definitely an option I hadn't considered but will for sure bc I know there are a lot of dual MPH/PA programs out there that really interest me. But for undergrad, I am definitely trying to minimize debt and go somewhere where I'll get a strong pre-health program. Thanks for the response!!
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  • aloedustaloedust 6 replies2 threads New Member
    @daunt18 Yeah I've heard it's full-ride + special treatment there. To be completely honest I haven't strongly considered the school mostly because of the location, but to be fair I haven't taken a good look at its actual atmosphere. Do you know anyone who goes/went there and what they think of it? For now, if it was between a full ride there or at a Florida school I'd probably choose a FL school.
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  • daunt18daunt18 119 replies6 threads Junior Member
    Since you're already Deep South (but admittedly not as southern as Alabama) you'll be ok. Especially because it's a university, not a small town in the middle of plantations, I don't think the stereotypes for UAlabama fit. I do know multiple girls who went there from my school (Silicon Valley California) and found the culture shock pretty easy to get used to.
    Keep an open mind!
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  • Houston1021Houston1021 1202 replies21 threadsForum Champion Rice Forum Champion
    edited February 10
    How much are your parents willing to contribute to your education? If you are high income, you will not get any financial aid from Rice. Rice gives some merit awards, but most of the financial aid is need based. Being Eurasian will not make you an underrepresented minority at Rice. Rice doesn't give any money for National Merit as virtually everyone they admit fits the bill. You should be an auto admit at UT. You should qualify for substantial money at Baylor. You might add SMU and TCU as safeties to your list as they give out lots of merit for high stats.
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  • pickleberry7pickleberry7 40 replies2 threads Junior Member
    What kind of location would you prefer? What size school?

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  • DadTwoGirlsDadTwoGirls 6007 replies1 threads Senior Member
    I wonder why UT Austin is not on your list.
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  • coolguy40coolguy40 2652 replies7 threads Senior Member
    Try adding Texas A&M to the list too
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  • aloedustaloedust 6 replies2 threads New Member
    @pickleberry7 Honestly I would really prefer to not be near my home because my parents are pretty...intense. That's the only reason I didn't put SMU down (it's like 10min from where I live). I am game for literally anywhere else. East Coast, West Coast, North, Northeast, idc. I think I was a big school or at least a medium size one. Thanks for the reply!!
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  • aloedustaloedust 6 replies2 threads New Member
    @DadTwoGirls it honestly slipped my mind. It's definitely a safety because I'm auto admit, and I like the vibe of Austin. It's known to not give a lot of aid so compared to schools where I'd get a full ride (FL etc) it's not high on my list. Also like a million kids from my high school go there. Not necessarily a negative, but definitely not a positive. Thanks for replying!
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  • larrybird19larrybird19 1 replies0 threads New Member
    edited February 16
    based on your achievements it looks like you want to go to a competitive school? or do you do it for fun? apply to harvard and you have a good chance. idk about you but im gonna be hella rich so debt wont be a problem
    edited February 16
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