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Any chance for Columbia and Amherst

crazydad001crazydad001 Registered User Posts: 27 New Member
edited December 2007 in What Are My Chances?
Please chance a Chinese female (Permanent resident) with the following profile:

SAT I: CR: 760 Math: 780 WR: 680
SAT II: Chinese: 800 Literature: 780 History: 700

GPA: 3.994 out of 4.00
Class rank: 5 out of 311 (top 2%)

1 AP Calculus (Taking this semester) 7 honors

Major EC's:
National Honor Society: Treasurer
National Art Honor Society: President
Business Professional of America: Secretary
Anime Club: Founder and President
Own and maintain a personal website that helps youngsters with website development and graphic design
Drama: stage technician
70 hours of community service

Web Developer with a local technical company for about 2 years (9 hrs/w)

Major Honors:
National BPA (2006) Website Development Team - second place
National BPA (2006) Graphic Promotion - 5th place
Natinoal BPA (2005) Graphic Promotion - 13th place
Michigan BPA (2005) Website Design Team - 3rd place

Do you see any chance with Columbia, Cornell, Williams and Amherst? Thanks.
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Replies to: Any chance for Columbia and Amherst

  • HSisOverratedHSisOverrated Registered User Posts: 392 Member
    Williams definitely, not so sure on Columbia. Make sure you have a SOLID essay. I cannot emphasize how many applicants with high scores get rejected every year by these schools.

    Harvard rejected 150 applicants who had perfect SAT scores. Are CU, Cornell, and WA the only colleges you want to attend? I'd throw in there some UC and Swarthmore (to pair with WA).

  • crazydad001crazydad001 Registered User Posts: 27 New Member
    We did apply to UC early action. Will consider Northwestern as well, but would like to consider Columbia and Amherst if chances are high. Thank you for your input.
  • unregisteredunregistered Registered User Posts: 1,180 Senior Member
    You can never "definitely" Williams. You're a strong candidate, though. I'd be happy to answer any Amherst questions (though not with admissions).
  • GodfatherbobGodfatherbob Registered User Posts: 1,311 Senior Member
    The EC's will hurt. All I see are clubs and awards--nothing meaningful. It's exaggerated that you need to find the cure for cancer to get into an Ivy League School, but you do need something more than what you've got; a meaningful internship, a grassroots project, etc. For this reason, you'll most likely be rejected at the Ivies.
  • icy9ff8icy9ff8 - Posts: 1,605 Senior Member
    I agree with GodFatherBob. Your posted profile does not show much more than a brilliant young lady who spends most of her time in front of a computer screen. IMO, the larger the university, then the better are your chances. Cornell looks good. MIT and CalTech may be options that you should consider--especially good for brilliant female applicants. Northwestern RD also looks above average, but I know two 1500+ SAT (out of 1600) scorers last year that were outright rejected last year.
  • GodfatherbobGodfatherbob Registered User Posts: 1,311 Senior Member
    Hmm.. Caltech.. Only about 35% of their undergraduate body are female, so if you're interesting in hard sciences, definitely. Female should more than sufficiently counteract Chinese.

    Also, this just occurred to me: if you like Columbia, try SEAS. You'll also be at an advantage for being female, and your math SAT scores are SEAS material. (Their average math SAT score is 760, highest of any college I've seen. Yes, even you, MIT!)
  • Azn_HelljumperAzn_Helljumper Registered User Posts: 214 Junior Member
    Being asian won't help you. look at me...but anyways. you have very good stats and some good ECs. However, LACs like Williams and Amherst are very competitive. you have a good chance at Cornell and decent chance at columbia. good luck
  • crazydad001crazydad001 Registered User Posts: 27 New Member
    Thanks, everyone, for your analyses and recommendations. Although I have a good math score, I don't want to study engineering or hard science. I'm considering Economics, Finance, or Statistics. I thought about Carleton at one time, but was kind of put off by something in their letter. Any suggestion?
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