How far will just having good GPA, SAT and AP get me?Answered
Suppose I have an unweighted GPA of >3.95, SAT of 1580+ and several APs with 4s and 5s. Also suppose that I only have very few, insignificant extracurriculars (ex. varsity sport and a club leader, but that's all). Will not having many extracurriculars make a big impact? Also, will being an Asian international student make a big difference? I heard that extracurriculars are very important, so I am not sure if I should concentrate on academic school work or extracurriculars more.
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As a fellow Asain Int. student, I believe that your ECs really weigh a lot on your application, especially since there's this stereotype on Asian students about being "book smart" but having few extracurriculars. However, regarding your academics, I can already say that you're a top applicant, just be sure to present yourself in a way that shows how you tried to venture outside of academics and pursue things that you actually love. If you still have time, I suggest expanding more on your ECs and really going in-depth into your passions since your academics are top-notch already.
Thanks for sharing this question. It looks like you already have a really great, thoughtful response to your question, but I just wanted to chime in and reiterate that admissions counselors will definitely want to see some sort of leadership role or interest outside of the classroom. This will help highlight other meaningful achievements as well as showcase aspects of who you are that may not come across in your application.
I hope this help!
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