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chances for a korean marylander

livingtealivingtea Registered User Posts: 120 Junior Member
edited June 2007 in What Are My Chances?
please help me!

Colleges I plan on applying to:

Columbia (ed, top choice)
Johns Hopkins
Carnegie Mellon
University of Maryland, College Park (safety)

Current stats (Rising Senior):

High School: in a Magnet Program
Unweighted GPA: 3.86
Weighted GPA: 4.62
Class Rank: top 5% overall

All gifted/honors, magnet, or AP courses except required courses.

AP classes/tests:
English Lang
World History
Calculus BC
Environmental Science
(next year)
English Lit
Spanish Lang
Human Geography

SAT: 2320
Reading: 800
Math: 800
Writing: 720

Math II - 780
Biology M - ?
World History - ?

PSAT: 225

Community service hours: 277
Volunteer work:
~soup kitchen
~inner city dc children's camp
~church's vbs
~5th grade teacher at church

JV Field hockey (9-10)
Varsity Field hockey (11-)

Internship at NIH

NHS (11-12)
SHS (11-12)
ICARE, group that sends out really recent cancer info about treatments out to local level (11-12)
Piano (since i was 5)

2007 National DNA Day essay contest--finalist
2005 Maryland State Music Teachers Association Spring Piano Solo Festival--third place
2005 Federal Junior Duck Stamp competition (state level)--honorable mention
2004 Maryland Mathematics League Championship--second place

sooo chances? (sorry for the long list)
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Replies to: chances for a korean marylander

  • AllDayAllDay Registered User Posts: 84 Junior Member
    Its safe to say you have excellent chances at all of them
  • GPAx213GPAx213 Registered User Posts: 1,167 Senior Member
    You could have gotten a perfect score on the SAT if you took it before they included the writing section. :D
  • livingtealivingtea Registered User Posts: 120 Junior Member
    thanks for responding, both of you!
    hopefully i'll be able to get in :|
  • livingtealivingtea Registered User Posts: 120 Junior Member
  • sesses Registered User Posts: 2,027 Senior Member
    Great chances. But being asian AND from a over/highly-represented state is going to make it a lot harder for you to get in.

    Are you applying to the college or to SEAS? It's going to be a lot tougher to get into the college than into SEAS for you.

    And, for the love of god, ADD SAFETIES besides UMD. UMD is a good school but do you really want to go there? You could get more stuff and perhaps just as good of a tuition break at other schools (UMich, UVermont, Syracuse, Rochester, UVa, and tons of LACs).

    If you're applying to the college, without an AMAZING essay or other unlisted ECs you're going to be deferred. If you're applying to SEAS though, you've got a great shot.

    I'm also concerned that a lot of your ECs started Junior year. That's called resume padding...
  • CalcruzerCalcruzer Registered User Posts: 4,832 Senior Member
    Good SATs, but the rank for Ivies need to be in the top 3%, not just 5%--so give us an actual ranking so we can really tell your chances. Also, I agree with ses that many of the ECs are ones you are only just starting--thus career padding can be argued.

    Personally, I'd rather see fewer ECs, but ones that are more focused in a particular directions--and in an area that you are particularly interested in pursuing while in college.

    Best of success.
  • livingtealivingtea Registered User Posts: 120 Junior Member
    ses- i'm applying to the college (no interest in engineering) thanks for the reply! and i dunno, UMCP gives crazy amounts of scholarship money, especially to a majority of the people in the magnet at my school (like $8000 to full rides) so yeah, it's a really good safety, for me.

    calcruzer- also, thanks for your reply! unfortunately (or fortunately?), my school doesn't have an official ranking system so top 5% is the best i can do.

    i agree with you and ses on the ecs, (i regret not involving myself in more earlier) but don't sports/out of school activities count too? field hockey i've done for 3 + years and i've volunteered with kids at church for 6 years. shouldn't those show my passion/dedication?
  • OneMomOneMom Registered User Posts: 1,925 Senior Member
    You're fine. It would be shocking if you don't get into most of your list. Hopkins, Carnegie Mellon, and Rice seem really safe. You should get into some of the tough ones, too. Look at University of Chicago. People who like Columbia often apply there, also. You will get in.
  • kryptonsa36kryptonsa36 Registered User Posts: 1,735 Senior Member
    OneMom is right; JHU, CM, and Rice -are- basically safeties for you, livingtea. Unless they all decide to reject you because they suspect you are too overqualified to ever decide to attend (something I doubt will happen), I don't foresee you having any problems with those three. I've seen drastically less competitive applicants make those three schools, and in the case of JHU, you have an advantage as a "home-grown," in-state applicant.
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