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Do I have a good chance of getting into Northeastern ED?
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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.

neuroscience
pre-med
northeastern
early-decision
What does Collegevine's chancing engine say?
It says 89-93% BUT that is if I get my target ACT score of a 32/33. I was told it is much more competitive now and honestly, I don't believe these calculators that much

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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 :,)

my school offers AP’s but you have to be accepted in. Even though i’m extremely strong in science (Got A’s in both physics and anatomy this year), my grades in 9/10 grade didn’t show it as much, so I couldn’t take Bio last year, even though all of my teachers recognized i am a very strong student
hmm... i understand where you’re coming from. i would just evaluate which classes you’re taking next year that could help you self study for an ap exam, as in if they’re difficult enough that the ap course isn’t much harder. your gap is a bit low but you cant do much else for that except work your hardest 1st semi senior year to get your grades up a bit i still recommend selfstudying for an ap exam if you are able to
side note- if you attend a catholic private school you might also have a better shot at BC/Fordham or some other jesuit/religiously affiliated colleges since the NYC (manhattan i assume) catholic/religious high schools are usually feeder schools for those universities and you get an additional boost. Just something to consider
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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

34-35 ACT

1470-1550 Redesigned SAT*

2019 - Class of 2023

4..3 Weighted HS GPA

32-35 ACT

1390-1540 Redesigned SAT*

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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.