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Chance me: Ivy league, USC international low income.

NoName2y5NoName2y5 1 replies1 threads New Member
sat- couldn't take, both march and may exams were cancelled but 1540(expecting)

sat subjects- math 2 and physics 790-800(expecting)

Goa: according to the india system maintained above 90% in all four years.

Major:- business related mostly management

international low income student from india

Awards:- Student of the year-10th grade
district and state level public speaking 1st and 2nd place award respectively.
Swach bharat essay winner

Extracurricular activities:-

*Student council president-10

*Unspoken words-9,10-own initiative which educates young children about taboo topics such as sex, lgbt,rape and good-bad touch.
Took seminar at 2 schools with over 300 partipants.

*WithU(family project)- an ongoing project started by me with the help of my parents. We collected ingredients needed to make hand sanitizers(alchol in form of spirt and etc) from over 10 small scale dental clinics which were forced to close during the corona pandemic and produced 1000 bottles of 50 ml hand sanitizers which was given to needed people using the local rotary clubs. Plans to make masks are going on with the help of the members of my residential community.

* External affairs incharge -9 and 11

*Interact club president- school based community service clubs. Major activities include collecting funds during kerala floods, dengu awareness campaign (150 people participation) and volunteer to an autism home.

*debate club president

*tech club vice president -9, 10, 11,12- an after school club which designs, creates and updates school app and website. We also program school based software like software needed for school elections. We also participate in many competitions.

*Worked at my father's dental clinic as receptionist whenever needed for all 4 years

*Played soccer for all 4 years in the boys team since there was no girls team. Couldn't participate in any competitions but tagged along as the boys team's manager.

i am very much interested in Wharton school (Upenn) so please chance for it.

I am sure to get killer lor.

School principal (had great interaction and connection since I worked closely with her being on the student council)(10/10)

English teacher(8/10)



Thank you guys for reading and please do try to answer.
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  • NoName2y5NoName2y5 1 replies1 threads New Member
    Forgot to mention I do rely very much on the aid. My parents can pay only $5000(at max) per year.
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  • NoName2y5NoName2y5 1 replies1 threads New Member
    sat- couldn't take, both march and may exams were cancelled but 1540(expecting)

    sat subjects- math 2 and physics 790-800(expecting)

    Goa: according to the india system maintained above 90% in all four years.

    Major:- business related mostly management

    international low income student from india

    Awards:- Student of the year-10th grade
    district and state level public speaking 1st and 2nd place award respectively.
    Swach bharat essay winner

    Extracurricular activities:-

    *Student council president-10

    *Unspoken words-9,10-own initiative which educates young children about taboo topics such as sex, lgbt,rape and good-bad touch.
    Took seminar at 2 schools with over 300 partipants.

    *WithU(family project)- an ongoing project started by me with the help of my parents. We collected ingredients needed to make hand sanitizers(alchol in form of spirt and etc) from over 10 small scale dental clinics which were forced to close during the corona pandemic and produced 1000 bottles of 50 ml hand sanitizers which was given to needed people using the local rotary clubs. Plans to make masks are going on with the help of the members of my residential community.

    * External affairs incharge -9 and 11

    *Interact club president- school based community service clubs. Major activities include collecting funds during kerala floods, dengu awareness campaign (150 people participation) and volunteer to an autism home.

    *debate club president

    *tech club vice president -9, 10, 11,12- an after school club which designs, creates and updates school app and website. We also program school based software like software needed for school elections. We also participate in many competitions.

    *Worked at my father's dental clinic as receptionist whenever needed for all 4 years

    *Played soccer for all 4 years in the boys team since there was no girls team. Couldn't participate in any competitions but tagged along as the boys team's manager.

    i am very much interested in Wharton school (Upenn) so please chance for it.

    I am sure to get killer lor.

    School principal (had great interaction and connection since I worked closely with her being on the student council)(10/10)

    English teacher(8/10)



    Thank you guys for reading and please do try to answer.
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  • qhql2020qhql2020 51 replies11 threads Junior Member
    Hi!

    Unfortunately, your chances at Wharton are near zero. This isn't because you're not a qualified applicant; I can tell that you've been dedicated to your extracurriculars and academics.

    However, you have no testing scores. Your grades aren't outstanding. Your stats are pretty good, but for an international applicant, they have to be so much higher. Your ECs need big awards that are recognizable to the AOs. International students are held to a much higher standard.

    Lastly, I really hate to bring anyone down, but the reason why you will not have a chance at Wharton is because you are low-income. There are institutions that are need-blind to international applicants, but they're rare and Wharton isn't one of them. Unless you can pay full tuition (and probably donate a little, too), Wharton will probably not even consider you.

    These schools need full-pay international students to cover for the tuition of aid-receiving students (and other things, too). If you cannot pay the full amount of tuition, your chances are near or at zero.
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  • qhql2020qhql2020 51 replies11 threads Junior Member
    You posted this twice.

    Same thing applies. If your parents cannot afford the full cost of attendance comfortably (around $80,000) then your chances at these schools are pretty much zero.

    Harvard and a few other schools are need-blind to international applicants. Wharton is not. Most schools aren't.
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  • popcornboy123popcornboy123 23 replies1 threads Junior Member
    Disagree with this, you don't need big awards to be recognized by AOs. Conversely, having big awards don't guarantee you to a top college. Academics and ECs are OK, and if you can attain your projected scores that's a big plus.

    However, I agree with the low income part. Most of international applicants' decision statuses are basically decided by income. If you can't afford most/all of the tuition, then you're in trouble
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  • penguin2penguin2 204 replies5 threads Junior Member
    edited April 1
    Agree with both of the posts above in that your chances have been lowered significantly by asking for financial aid, and that the Ivy League is a long shot.
    Also, based on the writing in your original post, I would highly recommend starting to work on your college essays. A free and helpful guide to the essay process is called Hack the College Essay by John Dewis. It probably saved my application, and if you use it right it could save your application to USC and UMiami.
    edited April 1
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  • theepicragertheepicrager 17 replies0 threads Junior Member
    being low-income will not positively or negatively affect your chances. (With exceptions of critical hardships/extenuating circumstances)
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  • flamingogirlflamingogirl 31 replies0 threads Junior Member
    "*Unspoken words"
    *WithU(family project)- ."

    These two activities are very interesting and unique perhaps push these activities on your application
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  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 43114 replies470 threads Senior Member
    You have a good profile.
    But you need to have scores.
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  • sgopal2sgopal2 3784 replies51 threads Senior Member
    How can you be a daughter of a dentist who owns his own clinic, and yet be low income? $5K per year is a modest amount of money and will not be enough.

    Go online to the colleges website and calculate your EFC. If it is greater than what your parents say ($5K) then turn your sights to other colleges which are more affordable. According to colleges, this means that your parents have the means to pay, but for whatever reason are not able to.

    The handful of need blind colleges for international students will be out of reach. There are a handful of students from India who get into the Ivies each year, often on a full ride. But these students have some outstanding stats and stories (ie Malala Yousafzhai, etc).
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