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Chance a foreigner!

DukeBound2012DukeBound2012 Registered User Posts: 27 New Member
edited June 2007 in What Are My Chances?
Junior, Competitive NC School
White - Eastern European Native
GPA: 3.91 UW
Rank: 17/346
Schedule (Junior Year)
-AP Computer Science AB (expecting 4)
-AP US History (expecting 5)
-AP English: Language and Composition (expecting 5)
Schedule (Senior Year)
-AP Economics
-AP Physics C
-AP Calculus BC
-AP English: Literature
-AP German
-AP Psychology
-AP Government and Politics

SAT (the bad part):
640 M, 650 CR, 730 W/11 Essay
SATII (modest predictions):
700-ish MII, 760+ USH

ECs:
Service Club (100+ hours since sophomore year)
Debate Club (founder and president)
Society of Democrats (president)
Chess Club (president)
Academic Team (captain)
NHS
Volunteer @ hospital
Have had the same job for 2.5 years (20-ish hours a week during school, 40 during summer)
NC Governor's School

Income:
Less than $30K

Hook:
Growing up in a foreign country with one parent and figuring out most everything by myself.

Schools: (Safety/Match/Reach)
Columbia
Duke
Cornell
Harvard
NC State
UNC Chapel Hill
WashU StL
UNC-Chapel Hill
Vanderbilt
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Replies to: Chance a foreigner!

  • loslobos71loslobos71 . Posts: 1,769 Senior Member
    You're not gettin into Duke, much less Harvard, Columbia and WUSTL with a 1290 bro...

    You need significant improvement to have a chance. Also, growing up in a foreign country isnt a hook in the slightest.
  • DukeBound2012DukeBound2012 Registered User Posts: 27 New Member
    Ouch. =/ (10 char)
  • meow360meow360 Registered User Posts: 583 Member
    Sorry, loslobos71 is correct. Your EC's are good, but they don't mean much without good test scores. Apply to some LAC's that give preferences to low income kids. Study like mad this summer because your SAT score won't cut it.
  • DukeBound2012DukeBound2012 Registered User Posts: 27 New Member
    ...not even for UNC Chapel Hill?
  • loslobos71loslobos71 . Posts: 1,769 Senior Member
    Youd have a good shot at UNC.
  • s snacks snack Registered User Posts: 1,050 Senior Member
    You need serious safeties/matches. There's a very good chance you don't get into any of those schools.
    I mean Harvard, Columbia...who are you kidding?
  • DukeBound2012DukeBound2012 Registered User Posts: 27 New Member
    So people with 1290's, 3.91's, a sick course-load, and good EC's don't get into NCSU?

    I find that hard to believe, but whatever you say.

    And if I raise my SAT scores up to 1420-ish out of 1600? Better?
  • s snacks snack Registered User Posts: 1,050 Senior Member
    Oh...I completely missed the NCSU...that you'll get into.
    Yes, a 1420 would be MUCH better, but you still probably wouldn't get into most of those schools.
    With a 1290, you just ain't getting into Harvard/Columbia unless you're developmental or possibly if you're a URM/Recruited Ath
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