Do I have a good chance of getting into Northeastern ED?Answered
I am a rising senior that attends an "elite" private school in NYC. I have appx. a 3.6/3.7 GPA (my school does not do GPA's or class rank), I have been on varsity track, for all three seasons, for all four years of high school. My school considers normal courses to be equal to honors at public school, and I am taking AP Bio and Psych this coming year. I also have been in many vocal and instrumental clubs for the last four years and will be a peer leader. I am just worried that I will not get in because I only can take the ACT two times, and haven't before, and probably won't get higher than a 33. I know that admissions are fairly random, especially for this upcoming admissions cycle, but I am wondering if it's even worth it to ED, I really love Northeastern and would love to be in their Neuroscience program. Thanks.
Hey! I’ll say off the bat if you attend a selective school like Regis, Stuy, Bronx Sci, Unis, etc. those schools carry their own weight. You certainly get a boost from attending them since they’re hard to get into, and also another boost since you live (presumably in NY) in the Northeast. 33 ACT is great for Northeastern as far as I’m concerned and while having a 34 might be better honestly you seem to have a very good shot. Your GPA is good and you have decent extracurriculars. Does your school offer actual AP classes or no? If they do you might want to take more than 2. If not you might want to self-study for more than 2 exams to get a competitive edge.
Side note fellow NYC’er here :,)
I would take the ACT this August and see what your score comes back first. If you get a 33 or better, I would apply ED. If not, I would take the ACT again either Sep or October, and apply regular decision. Your GPA is good but not in their 50% range. On prep expert, a 3.7/33 ACT gives you only 44% which is less than 1/2 of what CV predicts.
25%-75% percentiles for the last 2 cohorts:
2020 - Class of 2024
4.1-4.5 Weighted HS GPA
1470-1550 Redesigned SAT*
2019 - Class of 2023
4..3 Weighted HS GPA
1390-1540 Redesigned SAT*
Yes I think you have a good shot provided you get the score you think you'll get. I don't think the ACT matters as much as you think it will and you shouldn't need to take it more than twice even under normal circumstances. Obviously there are no guarantees but the fact you go to an elite school bodes well as it is likely they'll hold your school in high regard and they can get more money out of you. If it's really where you want to go then go for it.