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What colleges should I look to apply to?
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So I am currently a high school junior looking to apply to selective schools. I have a 4.4 GPA but I have taken 6 AP classes this year and have gotten almost all As, so my GPA should rise to a 4.6 or higher. I have taken the SAT with no review to see how I would do and I scored a 1430, but I am now doing daily review and am set to take both the SAT and ACT in June so it will very likely improve to a higher score. I have a lot of extracurriculars such as founding the science honor society in my school, working as an EMT, being president of HOSA, volunteering at my local hospital and library, having a passion project where I work with a business in Nigeria weekly through skype calls to help improve their revenue, and am hold leadership positions in various other clubs. I have also done many summer programs and have many awards, one in research on the treatment of lymphadenopathy and I had one of my poems published in a book. I am also a scholar-athlete on varsity wrestling, the only female in my school. I do more activities but no need to put my entire resume. I live in a single-parent low-income household and am of African descent. What colleges should I apply to and which selective schools would I be likely to get into? I am a first-generation student so I will be the first in my family to go to a four-year college in the U.S. I am very confused as to which schools I should look into. Anything I should improve to stand out?

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@Preparingforthefuturea year ago [edited]

Hey there! How did you find a research program and when did you do it? I really want to di, but can't find any.

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a year ago

You are amazing!!!

A key thing I'd suggest you do is to work hard on your essay. It must stand out, just like you do. It must be authentic.

Again, your dossier is wonderful. I would suggest you apply to schools depending on how they fit you, and what you want to major in.

For instance, if you like big research universities that still have a college, go for:

Yale

Stanford

Harvard

Princeton

UChicago

Northwestern

UCLA

UCSD

UMich

If you prefer smaller, exclusively undergraduate schools, go for:

Amherst

Minerva Schools at KGI

Pomona

Dartmouth

Williams

Swarthmore

Kalamazoo

Colby

It depends. Just do your research and consider where you will fit in best.

Good luck, and know you are amazing. I hope you get into your dream school.

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a year ago[edited]

First, your resume sounds absolutely amazing. I would most definitely say a top-tier university such as Harvard, Brown, or Cornell. What helps even more, is that since most Ivy Leagues sort their application by race in order to help out underprivileged races, you being of African descent will most definitely increase your admission chances. Best of luck!

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