16 days ago
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Recommend colleges for me

Based on my stats and everything else, what colleges would you recommend I look into (reach, target or safety idc which) I'd prefer a school that's liberal (politically) and is located in or near the East Coast. (please be nice I'm very hyperaware of how bad my GPA is 😭)

US citizen

State/Location of residency: Midwest

Extremely competitive public high school

Grade 11 going on 12

Gender/Race/Ethnicity: Female, White, American

Other special factors: 504 Mental Health Plan, neurodivergent

Major: Psychology

Cumulative Unweighted HS GPA: currently 2.90

Cumulative Weighted HS GPA: currently 3.0w on a 5 scale (freshman grades were heavily affected by mental health but now I earn all A's. it'll be about a 3.1w when I apply for most of the colleges on my list though)

Class Rank: HS doesn't do class rank

ACT/SAT Scores: N/A

AP Scores: AP Psych (predicted 4 or 5)

AP Psychology, AP Environmental Science, Comp I & II (college class), Advanced Digital Music Production

Won a competitive school-wide writing contest and read/published the piece at a winners banquet

Had a quantum physics paper published by an online journal

Gold Standard of Excellence Award (x2)

I'm An Artist Award issued by Midwestone Bank

I published my own scientific blog where I share my research and write articles on various topics such as psychology, neuroscience, etc.

conducted and presented a psychological research project at my school

multiple passion projects

4 years of French (in school)

self taught in German and Korean

UC BerkeleyX Psychedelics and the Mind Course (edX, certificate)

HarvardX Fundamentals of Neuroscience Course (edX, certificate)

HarvardX Building Personal Resilience: Managing Anxiety and Mental Health (edX, certificate)

Johns Hopkins Fundamental Neuroscience for Neuroimaging (coursera)

U of I Girls Go STEM program

U of I Kids Go STEM program

U of I Girls Who Can Code program

U of I performing arts summer program

NIH virtual workshop

Little Village Summer Camp (wrote a piece on a local vegan restaurant and interviewed the owner)

student government (x2) in elementary school

played competitive/academy tennis for 5+ yrs and was a featured player

AAA school safety patrol in elementary school

Houses into Homes equity bootcamp

Red Cross club

volunteered as an instructor at my high school’s summer tennis camp

competitive swimming, 2 yrs

running club in junior high, 1 yr

cross country in junior high, 1yr

part-time job on weekends, 6hr shift

catholic religious ed program

played clarinet for 4 years in school band

self taught in piano

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16 days ago

Your extracurriculars seems pretty good. Try looking into BU and Amherst for reach schools if you think your gpa is dragging you down, I think you got a good chance with your blog backing you up just try focusing on your essay and thats it.


14 days ago

The EC list is, quite frankly, insane. If your grades post-freshman year are good, then that will also be seen as a plus. While you might want to explain that drop in "additional comments," you're in a pretty good position for selective LACs on the East Coast, which will enthusiastically embrace the political views you want. I'd recommend NESCACs like Middlebury, Bowdoin, Colby, Bates, Hamilton, Williams, Boston College, Wesleyan, Hamilton, Tufts, etc. Maybe also Lehigh and Bucknell as well? I guess those would fall into the reach/target bucket--- you could definitely raise your chances with good standardized test scores though.


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Your chance of acceptance
Duke University
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Your chancing factors
Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
| 800 verbal


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