a year ago
Admissions Advice

Do I have a chance getting into a top 20 college?

I will be a senior in the fall, and I've been getting a lot of mixed advice about how good my chances are at highly competitive schools. I am looking to major in business and I am a white female from a pubic high school in Massachusetts. If anyone could give me any advice about how I could strengthen my essay or what my chances are, here are my stats and extracurriculars, any comments would be appreciated!


12 honors courses (3 yrs math, 3 yrs science, 2 yrs english, 2 yrs history, 2 yrs french)

8 APs (gov, apush, lang, lit, calc AB, stats, biology, psych)

unweighted GPA: 4.0

other cp1 classes: computer class, economics, 2 yrs french, 2 yrs art

weighted GPA: around 5 on a 5.3 scale

high honors (9,10,11)

freshman and sophmore year all A+ and one A, junior year all A's and two A+

SAT: 1410 (2 times)


founder of the french club at my school (11,12)

student council representative (9,10,11,12)

NHS treasurer (11,12)

2 part time jobs (11,12)

youth soccer ref (9, 10)

100+ community service hours

soccer jv (9,10,11) v(12)

lacrosse jv (9,10) v(11,12)

gymnastics (9)

club soccer (9,10)

debate (11,12)

delegate at state citizenship and leadership conference (10) junior facilitator volunteer (11)

local movie night planner (11)

assistant coach of youth basketball (10)


academic excellence (highest grade) in Algebra II, and US History I (10)

outstanding service in student council (11)

lacrosse mvp (10)

soccer coaches award (11)

4th negative novice debate team in league

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a year ago

Based on the info, you have a strong academic profile with a 4.0 unweighted GPA and a challenging course load that includes honors and AP courses. Your extracurricular involvement shows a range of interests and commitments, including leadership positions in organizations such as the French club, student council, and National Honor Society. Your part-time jobs, community service hours, and sports participation further demonstrate your dedication and ability to balance multiple responsibilities.

While your SAT score of 1410 is respectable, it falls within the average range for many top 20 colleges. Admission to highly competitive schools is a holistic process, and they consider various factors beyond just test scores. Your GPA, rigorous coursework, and involvement in extracurricular activities are all strengths that can work in your favor.

To strengthen your application, consider focusing on the following areas:

1. Essays: Your personal statement is an opportunity to showcase your unique experiences, passions, and aspirations. Use this space to reflect on meaningful experiences, personal growth, and your interest in business. Highlight specific examples that demonstrate your leadership, problem-solving skills, or entrepreneurial spirit.

2. Letters of recommendation: Seek letters from teachers, counselors, or mentors who know you well and can speak to your academic abilities, character, and potential. Choose individuals who can provide specific examples of your strengths and qualities.

3. Extracurriculars: While your extracurricular involvement is already impressive, consider taking on leadership roles or pursuing projects that align with your interests in business. This could involve starting a business-related club, participating in relevant competitions or conferences, or seeking internships or job shadowing opportunities in the business field.

4. Researching colleges: Look for colleges that have strong business programs and a holistic admissions approach. Research each college's specific requirements and expectations to tailor your application accordingly. Additionally, consider reaching out to admissions officers or attending virtual information sessions to learn more about their selection criteria and get insights on how to strengthen your application.

Remember, admission to highly competitive schools is highly selective, and there are many qualified applicants vying for limited spots. It's crucial to have a balanced list of colleges that includes a range of selectivity levels. Don't solely focus on top 20 colleges; explore other excellent programs and universities that align with your academic and career goals. Ultimately, the strength of your application will also depend on factors such as the competitiveness of the applicant pool and the specific needs of the college in any given year.

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Duke University
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Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
| 800 verbal


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