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How to improve the chances of chances threads?


Replies to: How to improve the chances of chances threads?

  • MyNameIsCoreyMyNameIsCorey Registered User Posts: 140 Junior Member
    @vladi12311 and Csterrett10

    This is not a chances thread- also, neither of you have followed the advice on this thread.
  • agalagalagaagalagalaga Registered User Posts: 47 Junior Member
  • deeetzdeeetz Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    Student615 will you chance me!
  • smileygerlsmileygerl Registered User Posts: 323 Member
    Good thread.
  • aja104aja104 Registered User Posts: 16 New Member
    this helped
  • dictionary12dictionary12 Registered User Posts: 32 Junior Member
    I have a general distaste for posts that are just in paragraph form. Don't get me wrong, I am guilty of doing that for my first few posts, but I have learned. By the way, if you click my description and chance me, I will chance back. Please help!
  • dictionary12dictionary12 Registered User Posts: 32 Junior Member
    Click on the icon that says College Chances. When you get there, a gray button that says New Thread will appear. Click it, and you will be able to start your own thread instead of just replying. Hope this helped!
  • fahaoofahaoo Registered User Posts: 37 Junior Member
    Have lots of outside curriculars
  • iamestheriamesther Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    chances are improved by work and dedication
  • panthersspantherss Registered User Posts: 22 New Member
    Yes, what has been said above.
  • FaisalkhanfkFaisalkhanfk Registered User Posts: 26 New Member
    Which colleges accept students with low SAT score(1600/2400) ,major must be Software Engineering or CS?
  • sw0206sw0206 Registered User Posts: 228 Junior Member
    When replying to a Chance Me post, I would highly recommend pointing out a relative strength and a relative weakness and how to address this weakness. This will be most helpful to the asker, without being unpleasant. Additionally, just from what I have observed, both askers and repliers should be aware that colleges consider many factors... so one high AP score or one low grade probably isn't going to be the deciding factor in terms of acceptance.
  • sw0206sw0206 Registered User Posts: 228 Junior Member
    And honestly, the best thing I can recommend is looking at acceptance rates and necessary qualifications for each college. Even with great scores, colleges with low acceptance rates are going to be reaches.
  • FCCDADFCCDAD Registered User Posts: 984 Member
    - Grades first: Your GPA, in core academic courses only (Math, Science, History/Social Studies, Foreign Language, English), weighted and unweighted. No college cares about your A in woodshop or your C in gym.
    - Academic rigor: how many classes were Honors, AP,or IB? Were there more available that you chose not to take?
    - Test scores: SAT total, SAT M+CR, superscore and single sitting. ACT the same. If you tested more than once, how many times and why (and each score)?
    - For public schools, what state(s) would you be IS for?
    - Applying ED to any school?
    - Intended major (or college/department within a university)? Some are just easier to get into than others. Some receive many more applications. Some might not match up with your grades and test scores.
    - Personal demographics: male/female? Older student? Veteran? Congenitally conjoined twin? Anything unusual or notable.
    - Any clear "hook" that will definitely cause them to treat your application differently from most? Especially, are you an URM, first generation college student, orphan or other significant hardship?

    For most schools, your ECs don't matter much. If you are going to a super selective school where every applicant can be assumed to have very strong numbers (HYPS etc.), then you need them to differentiate yourself from the pack. If your overall academic record is weak, then you need them to overcome that. Otherwise, they won't matter much. List only the most significant ECs, not every activity you ever tried. You founded an outreach program to help the homeless? Great! You were captain of the varsity caber toss team? Good, but lots of people do sports - if you weren't recruited, it won't be worth a lot. You are published (and not just in your school magazine? Excellent IF you plan to major in something related. You were on the math team? Who cares - that's what your math grades and test scores are for!

    Don't both telling us about your essays and recommendations. Everyone has them, everyone edits and polishes them to make themselves look good. You could write an amazing essay on a topic that most people would expect to be boring, and you can bomb an essay on any subject. And you won't get to read your own recommendations.

    Then, just list the schools you're asking about, one line each. For each public school, indicate IS or OOS.
  • FCCDADFCCDAD Registered User Posts: 984 Member
    Also: please list at least some of the schools in your thread heading!
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