2 years ago
Admissions Advice

How can I improve my application?

Hi, I'm currently a junior with a strong interest in physics, but I don't feel like I have a very strong application. I've taken AP Human Geo, Ap European History (these two were prior to figuring out I love physics), and I'm currently taking Ap Physics I. I plan on taking that test and next year, either Ap Physics II or C and Ap Chem. I founded our school's robotics club and am the president of our GSA (gay-straight alliance). My PSAT was in the 92nd percentile, which I plan on improving on. My weighted GPA is 4.5, unweighted, 4.0. Please be brutally honest, what can I do to make my application look better? I'm working on internships, but they're hard to find for high school students. Any advice is highly appreciated. Thanks.

🎉 First post
Let’s welcome @pieces2004 to the community! Remember to be kind, helpful, and supportive in your responses.
@efmaynard2 years ago

I think the main things would be extracurriculars! Your GPA and classes look great.

Earn karma by helping others:

1 karma for each ⬆️ upvote on your answer, and 20 karma if your answer is marked accepted.

3 answers

Accepted Answer
2 years ago

I'm going to be brutally honest and say that your application looks great. You have incredible grades and you are taking a lot of AP classes as well as some EC's. I think as long as you get a really good score on the real ACT you will have great chances at top colleges. You might want to take some sports or something just to show you are a well-rounded student.

2 years ago

I really think you are doing great. Improving really depends on where you want to go. If you want to attend an Ivy then you could try adding some volunteering if you don't already so that. You could also work on a passion project over the Summer before your senior year, although that would likely be difficult but if you really wanted I'm sure you could come up with something related to science and physics. You could try finding a local profesor at a community college and ask to intern there or ask them if you could help them on anything they could be working on. Another option is a job, that takes a bit of time from you but you get paid and it shows your responsible.

2 years ago

Hi, thank you for asking your question! I agree with @Brennan here. You have a great academic profile created for yourself. To take your application to the next level, I would focus on continuing the clubs that you are participating in and possibly adding an extracurricular or two that focus on physics (research opportunity, YouTube channel about physics, blog writing about the history of physics, etc.). Doing so will show colleges that you are specifically interested in physics and that you are taking time out of your day to follow your passions in this field. Check out this livestream about building your extracurriculars for more details!

What are your chances of acceptance?
Your chance of acceptance
Duke University
+ add school
Your chancing factors
Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
| 800 verbal


Low accuracy (4 of 18 factors)

Community Guidelines

To keep this community safe and supportive:

  1. Be kind and respectful!
  2. Keep posts relevant to college admissions and high school.
  3. Don’t ask “chance-me” questions. Use CollegeVine’s chancing instead!

How karma works