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Should I submit my 1420 SAT score to Williams College?
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I'm applying ED to Williams with a 4.1 GPA and a 1420 SAT superscored. I moved from a poor school system to a good one between 10th and 11th grade (my old school didn't let students take APs until junior year, but I've gotten all As). For context, I'm a hook applicant because of my status as an under-represented minority and low income, and my extracurriculars aren't great because I spend a lot of time taking care of my siblings and running the household since both of my parents work. Should I submit my SAT score? It hits just above the 25th percentile for Williams College, but I'm not sure if it's enough.

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2 months ago

Williams's 50% percentile band is not what you think it to be. It's 1470-1550. Look it up in the 2021-22 Common Data set. So you are 50 points below the 25th percentile not just above the 25th percentile.

https://www.williams.edu/institutional-research/files/2022/06/2021-2022_williams_common_data_set.pdf

That being said since you come from an underrepresented minority and low income and have a lot of family responsibility versus time to do sports or ECs, I think you are a very good candidate for Elite LACs and Ivys. Top colleges love underdogs and love to admit poster students who are Black/Latina/Indigenous from low-income, first-gen back grounds who have to work instead of having a lot of free time to explore co-curriculars.

So I would not only apply to Williams with an SAT score but I would probably recommend that you apply to Amherst, Swarthmore, CMC, Pomona, Colgate, Hamilton, Middlebury, Bates, Bowdoin, Vassar for your LACs. And if you haven't made a list of your reaches yet, I'd apply to all the ivys as well.

It's a pity you don't mention Questbridge, you would have made a great QB candidate especially if your parents make less than 65K combined.

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2 months ago

As it's above the 25th percentile, you should submit it. It can add to your application and give the admissions officers a factor other than GPA to evaluate your application since you don't have a lot of extracurriculars.

By the way, Common App also allows you to put in "family responsibilities" as extracurricular activities.

Hope this helps!

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