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Question by Hollow Sunsets: Should I apply to Stanford? What are some things I can do by next year to improve my chances?
I am a junior, currently, so I have a great deal I can still improve.
What do you suggest for me to change to improve my chances from now?
Also, would it help me if I applied Early Action? Or would it be better for me to apply Regular? I’ve been told that Early Action is best for EXCEPTIONAL applicants only, and I cannot say by any means that I am exceptional in light of other applicants.
I am also planning on applying to UW Seattle (likely safety), UCLA and UC Berkeley. I am unsure about my other choices as of now.
Female, Asian, lives in Washington
Middle class income.
GPA: 3.79 UW Expected GPA 3.85~ UW by EA application time, probably 3.88 by RD.
(This dropped a huge amount after I bombed my finals due to some extenuating circumstances. My dog Mishka passed away on the day of my last four finals and thus I ended with 3 B’s and a C+. I know it’s not a good reason, and I’m not expecting any college or program to accept it as one. I haven’t talked about it on applications up to this point..and honestly, I don’t feel comfortable citing my dog’s death as an excuse for my irresponsibility.)
SAT: 2280, 1st sitting..could probably get it up to 2300+ but is it worth it?
SAT II: Math 2 800, planning on possibly taking two more
Class rank: No class rank, top 20% <---this is also determined by unweighted GPA (we don't have valedictorians or anything at our school) Senior Schedule: Philharmonic Orchestra AP French AP US Government AP Calculus AB (we don't have BC, unfortunately) AP Chemistry AP Physics B (no Physics C either) AP English Lit Taking 8 AP tests this year. Expecting mostly 4's and 5's due to extensive studying. ECs: 500+ volunteer hours (do colleges even care about this?) BioQuest Academy UW Math Academy Washington Aerospace Scholars Volunteering at UW Medical Center and Seattle Children's Hospital Varsity Swim (3 years), Swim Captain. Also did summer league and club swim for the duration of my high school career. Varsity Tennis (2 years) Orchestra (8 years), I play the violin. -Also was in local symphony orchestra and honors orchestra for a few years -I tutor middle school kids in violin as part of this program called East Hill String Lessons. I've done this for roughly 5-6 years. Piano (4 years) on my own time. I also do some tutoring for this, but not as part of a program, just as volunteer work. National Honors Society (2 years) Key Club (dedicated member) Generic school award (top 10% award) Generic scholar athlete awards, some state and district level awards for swim Rotary Youth of the Month TEEN Cert Program..not sure if this counts. Planning on trying for National AP Scholar. Might as well, since I'm taking 8 AP tests this year. @Doc Martin, 10% is a better chance than most people. Honestly, I'd take it. Best answer:
Answer by Doc Martin
Your credentials are mediocre. You have less than 10% chance of being accepted to Stanford.
I have not been reporting your Answers (though I do downthumb long-winded unctious one-up postings).
Signing your postings “~ skylark” to attract votes is a bit high school…
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