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Can I get into the Ivy League (or other good schools)?

Can I get into the Ivy League (or other good schools)? 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 Biology Honors PreCalc AP World History AP Statistics 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!!!!!
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Lauraine 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.
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Lauraine Originally Answered: Can I get into the Ivy League (or other good schools)?
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.
Lauraine Originally Answered: Can I get into the Ivy League (or other good schools)?
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! :)

Jewell Jewell
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! :)
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Francine Francine
try your hardest and apply, if they say no it doesn't matter because its the best you could have done
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Francine Originally Answered: Transfering from Ivy League to another Ivy League?
Assuming your grades are good and you make time to devote to something outside your coursework, transferring to an Ivy from a school of comparable quality depends on the number of spaces available and a whole bunch of intangible factors, like whether you have a skill or an interest that will help to balance out the existing class. The catch is, there are very, very few spots available anywhere but Cornell (some years, Harvard hasn't had any), and you can't predict what they'll be looking for in terms of those other factors. So rather than trying to escape before you've even started, I think you need to reassess why you chose Cornell in the first place and why you're so convinced you don't want to be there now. For certain subjects, like engineering, it's arguably better than the other Ivies - and it's not really considered less academically prestigious than Brown. Worry less about the name you'll have on your diploma and more about the education you really need, which may not be from a "top" school at all.

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