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If I am an international student who was never lived in the US, do I have an extra edge when applying to top tier U's?


I am from Venezuela, displaced by the political situation, currently living in Colombia, I have a 3.5 GPA, having taken 12 AP classes, speak perfect English, Spanish and learning French. with over 10 unique extracurriculars. When I take the SAT in October I aim to get in between 1400-1550 range, and I plan to get 120 in the TOEFL.

I am just curious to know if because of my race or nationality, plus my outstanding curriculum, I stand a chance at getting into the Ivy Leagues, even though I do not have a 4.0 GPA. Or is there something else I can do? Or if I'm in over my head, and if so, what universities do I stand a good chance of getting in?

Thank you,

Edmundo Arias


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Hi there! I'm so sorry that you are affected by the current political turmoil in Venezuela! :( It sounds like you've achieved quite highly, and your number of AP's is quite impressive. I do not think that you have an extra edge when applying to the ivy league because of any of the reasons you listed (race/nationality), but I definitely think that you stand a good chance because of your high number of AP's, the fact that you are bilingual (and learning French!), and have a diverse assortment of extracurriculars. I definitely think that you stand a very good chance at top universities, but your low-ish (it's still amazing, but not quite high enough to get into Harvard...) GPA may be an obstacle for you. A good idea would be to write about how the political situation has affected you, as you've managed to achieve so highly, but live in such turmoil. I think that you definitely stand a chance at getting into top universities, maybe not some like Harvard, but you might not be desiring to attend Harvard! I wish you the best of luck with everything, and please do not hesitate to reach out with further concerns!! I'm rooting for you!

Thank you so much, I really appreciate your answer. I wish you the very best as well.
Keep in mind that there are only 10 slots on the Common App for extracurriculars, so when it comes time to apply, it would be a good idea to look through each of your achievements in the extracurriculars and decide which ones you feel are the ones colleges need to see. Good luck!
Thanks a lot, definetely something to keep in mind.