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Chance me for WashU!

wwvi84wwvi84 2 replies1 threads New Member
Hey guys, I absolutely love WashU and I'm planning on applying early decision there. Let me know what you think my chances are of being accepted

- 4.40 Weighted GPA
- 33 ACT
- 6 APs (my school doesn't offer many APs).
- National Merit Semifinalist

Main ECs
- Dance: ballet, modern, jazz; 8-12 hours per week; rehearses for recitals, Nutcracker production, competitions in the spring, community events; have been a teaching assistant before; have been dancing since I was 3
- Internship: offered paid research internship this summer and to the present at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center after volunteering there for a year, work 6 hours per week, code qualitative data about science education on the undergraduate level, helping to write manuscript that will be published within a year about the impacts of informal high school research experiences
- Social justice club: president, student leader last year, have been involved since freshman year, manages the website, organizes and leads club events/activities such as making posters, going to art exhibits, attending social justice conferences, etc.
- National Honor Society: committee leader, tutored student in statistics last year, currently tutoring student in precalculus, have completed 40 hours of service by volunteering at school events and tutoring, involved since sophomore year

Summer Programs
- Missouri Scholars Academy: nominated for and selected to attend Missouri's Governor's School the summer before junior year, took college-level classes about sociology and racial justice in Missouri, 3 weeks
- Kode with Klossy: awarded scholarship to attend 2-week coding camp this summer, learned basics of web development (HTML, CSS, JavaScript), for final project, coded website with teammates about environmental racism in St. Louis
- Sea Education Association Expedition: selected to attend 2-week program where I learned to sail on a research vessel and conduct basic marine biology lab procedures

Also, both my parents attended WashU, but I'm not sure if WashU considers legacy status.
edited September 17
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  • MWolfMWolf 3050 replies14 threads Senior Member
    WashU considers legacy, so you have a hook there.

    What is your unweighted GPA, and how rigorous is your coursework (not just number of APs, but did you take the more challenging courses in the different topics)?

    SAT and ACT scores are less important this year, but you are within their mid 50% range, so, for this coming year, you're good.

    Your ECs are good, and you are a legacy. However, GPA and course rigor are the most important factors in admissions.
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  • Waldo755Waldo755 166 replies1 threads Junior Member
    edited September 21
    Legacy is very important to WashU and applying ED will help show your strong interest I hope you have visited in the past, and, if they offer an alumni interview, do that as well. Good luck!

    And for the record, I am an alum and my son attends after applying ED. :smile:
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  • wwvi84wwvi84 2 replies1 threads New Member
    @MWolf Thanks for your input. My unweighted GPA is 4.0, and my school only lets us take 4 honors/AP/college credit classes every year, so that’s how many I’ve taken each year. This year I’m taking the most rigorous classes in math and life sciences offered at my school, and one of those classes is an independent science research class, since I hope to study biology in college.
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  • wwvi84wwvi84 2 replies1 threads New Member
    @Waldo755 Thanks! And yup, I’ve visited in the past and plan on doing the alumni interview.
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  • MWolfMWolf 3050 replies14 threads Senior Member
    I would guess (take it with a grain of salt, though), that, as a double legacy with great academics and good ECs, you are very competitive for WashU. You should also apply ED and demonstrate interest.

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