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Please chance me for the UCs, Pomona, UPenn, Cornell and Stanford?

SubterraneanSubterranean 25 replies6 discussions College Search & Selection Champion
Female, Asian, lives in Seattle area of Washington, upper-middle class (likely will need financial aid for anywhere that I go to), high school is average and uncompetitive

GPA: 3.88 UW by application time (likely weakest point).

No weighted GPA calculated, but estimated weighted is around 4.3-4.4 (possibly lowered due to Orchestra and inability to take AP/honors classes before junior year)

SAT: expecting 2200-2300 based on practice tests
ACT: got 34 on practice test, have not yet taken
SAT II: Math 2 800, Physics 780, US History 800 (Would taking others help at all?)
Class rank: Top 10% (UW GPA), no definite class rank system

Senior Schedule (Most rigorous schedule in school):
Orchestra (0 period)
AP US Government
AP Calculus AB
AP Chemistry
AP Biology
AP Physics B (Online)
AP Computer Science A
AP English Literature

Junior Schedule:
Orchestra
Pre-Calculus
AP Macroeconomics/AP Microeconomics (expecting 4-5, 4-5)
Chemistry
AP US History (expecting 4-5)
AP English Language (expecting 4-5)
French 5-6

Self-studied: AP Psychology (out of interest) (5), AP Comparative Gov. (annoying prerequisite) (5), AP Human Geography (5), AP Statistics (5)

Note: AP scores are projected based on how well I'm doing in the various classes and on practice tests

Extracurriculars:
• 400+ miscellaneous volunteer hours with Key Club and NHS
• UW Computer Sciences Camp "DawgBytes" (summer program)
• UW Material Sciences Camp (summer program)
• Washington Aerospace Scholars at Boeing Museum of Flight (summer program)
• Volunteer at UW Medical Center and Seattle Children's Hospital (approx. 100~120 hours)
• Volunteer at Habitat for Humanity – Seattle (approx. 50~60 hours)
• Varsity Swim (4 years), Swim Captain
• Varsity Tennis (2 years)
• Orchestra, violin player (10 years)
• Piano (self studied, 5-6 years), more or less a hobby.
• National Honors Society (3 years), Secretary
• Key Club, (3 years) Service Projects Committee Chair
Service Projects:
o UNICEF Eliminate Project (Key Club district project, to eliminate neonatal tetanus)
o Kiwanis Children's Cancer Program (Key Club district project)
o project: EDUCATE (Key Club district project, fundraising for building schools in Jamaica)
o Crestline Elementary School Book Drive (National Honors Society project) Collected and donated 326 out of a total of 564 books
o Co-chair of committee for a "special needs dance", allowing students with special needs to participate in a dance like Homecoming (National Honors Society)
Etc:
• Tutoring elementary school kids in violin and piano as part of volunteer program (5 years)


Awards:
• National AP Scholar
• Academic Achievement award for all years (school award for top 20%)
• WIAA Academic State Champion (Orchestra)
• Rotary Youth of the Month
• Member of the Month (Key Club & NHS)
• State & District level awards for swim, numerous Varsity Letters and Scholar Athlete awards
• National History Day – Regionals 1st Place (this was in middle school, so not sure if it counts)
• 1st State Alternate for Soundview Solo & Ensemble, several Superior ratings for Solo & Ensemble
edited May 2013 in What Are My Chances?
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  • SubterraneanSubterranean 25 replies6 discussions College Search & Selection Champion
    Oh and, not certain about this, but is being a female in STEM a hook? Especially if you're interested in engineering?
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  • SubterraneanSubterranean 25 replies6 discussions College Search & Selection Champion
    Bump!! Any feedback at all would be extremely helpful
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  • billcshobillcsho 241 replies2 discussions
    IT is May and you still don't have any ACT or SAT score yet? It is hard to chance with a real test score. As for your GPA, it is about average for these schools.
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  • SubterraneanSubterranean 25 replies6 discussions College Search & Selection Champion
    I was planning on taking both this month, but my grandmother died on the same week and the funeral lasted through the testing date.
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  • billcshobillcsho 241 replies2 discussions
    Sorry to hear that. I hope this would not affect your performance at the tests. So you have missed both tests in May and you are going to take them in June? My suggestion is always taking ACT and/or SAT at least once by April and focus on AP and subject tests in May and June. Since you already have 3 subject tests with good scores, you still have time to take SAT1. Your course load is above average, so that may help the suboptimal GPA. Just work as hard as you can to get 34+/2250+ in the tests, then you will have the ticket for the lucky draw. Your EC looks fine although there is nothing really eye-catching perhaps except the >500hr volunteering.
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