Topic: University admissions around the world
July 18, 2019 / By Mavreena Question:
I'm going into my junior year, and I'm thinking about college. I want to go to a place like MIT, University of Michigan, Stanford, Harvard, Brown, etc. Here are my "stats", tell me if you think I'm on track, and what I can do to improve my chances. My top choice would either be Brown or Stanford (if I could get in).
-3.9 weighted GPA (However, I expect that to go up a lot this year, hopefully to a 4.5-4.6, becuase I'm going to study a lot, more and dedicate most of my time to my studies).
- 5 on my AP US History Exam
- 790 on SAT II in United States History
- Soon to be member of Tri-M (National Music Honors Society)
- 3 Sport Varsity Athlete (Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track conference All-Star)
- I come from a fairly affluent, very undiverse Massachusetts town. (While male)
- My dad went to grad school (and later worked in admissions) at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor (one of the places I want to go to).
Schedule For Junior Year:
AP World History
Honors English 11
Honors French 4/Honors Physics/AP Chemistry (not sure which one yet, I'm hoping for Chemistry)
AP Micro/AP Macro Economics (Self-Studies)
I plan on getting straight A's throughout the year and hopefully straight 5's on my 5 (possibly 6) AP Exams, especially because I know that these classes are in my strongest areas.
I have a very, very strong interest in Politics and political science. I'm going to be volunteering for a candidate for Congress this November. I also plan on running for class president this year (I have a very good shot at winning as well). I also am extremely strong in the Math-Sciences and I plan on joining the Math Team this year. I'm also volunteering throughout this year at a local hospital to help patients who are living on ventilators and who must live permanently in the hospital.
I haven't taken my SAT's yet, but I've already bought the Princeton Review SAT prep book (2011 edition), and I'll start studying it tomorrow. Also should I take the ACT? Is the Princeton Review ACT study book good as well?
What can I do to improve my chances of getting into some of these colleges?
Also, I know 3.9 isn't the best weighted GPA (it's good, but It's not Ivy league good), but if I get around a 4.6 this year (as my GPA Junior year), will that stand out to colleges (i.e. Will they see a perfect junior year and sort of disregard the first two years?)? My school weighs it so that an a in an AP is 5.0, in an honors a 4.5 and in an academic an 4.0.
Help meee please!!!!!
Lauraine | 2 days ago
Honestly, nobody would know. It all just depends on what the schools happen to be looking for at that time. You can't guarantee what your GPA or AP scores will be, but it's good that you're putting effort into them.
And don't stress yourself out - if a school is really the right fit for you, it'll work out. It might just not be the one you expect.
You'll probably get into a good/awesome college.. but wow! you're taking 4 ap classes for junior year..I feel down..>< I'm only taking 2..
but yea, good job! :)
try your hardest and apply, if they say no it doesn't matter because its the best you could have done