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08/26/2020 at 09:57PM

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Hi, I had a question regarding school

So I am planning to attend a school called Utah Military Academy grades 7-12th, I was wondering does going to a Military Academy up my chances of getting accepted into an ivy league because it's like a unique background and not a lot of kids apply from military academies? I am also a female Asian? So can you give me an explanation?

Thank you

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2 answers

08/27/2020 at 05:37AM

Attending a military academy by itself versus a public or non-military private high school would not give you a nudge unless it were a feeder school like Exeter, Andover, St.Pauls, Hotchkiss or Deerfield. Your HS has a little better than average SAT stats at 1200 but only offers 4 AP classes and 23% Reading and 13% Math proficiency which I think is less than average. If you decide to attend there you will need nearly perfect grades, have taken dual enrollment or outside AP classes to make up for course rigor, have a big spike or two and great ECs and play a varsity sport good enough to be recruited. Then I think you can overcome the deficit of being an Asian female applicant which is one of the hardest demographics to get into an Ivy. If that sounded blunt, I'm sorry but you can verify what I mean by entering your information in the chancing profile and see how you stack up in % percentage versus putting in say, Hispanic Male. It's mind-boggling different like 10 times harder in some cases. Through no fault of the Asian community, there are so many super high stats Asian females that both apply to Ivies and get in. You can see that the majority of Ivy League reaction videos on youtube are Asian females and their stats are all at the 1550+, 35+, 4.0, 750+ range. The problem is "affirmative action", not you or your school. Best of luck.

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[🎤 AUTHOR]@rudrapatel305908/27/2020 at 04:33PM

So I emailed the school they have 10 AP classes available and a bunch of other classes, I played JV lacrosse freshman year. My question is does it add like a unique background perspective?

@CameronBameron08/27/2020 at 07:23PM [edited]

Not really a unique boost in my humble opinion. Unfortunately, attending Military Academy is not popular in this polarized America today and perhaps you can talk to your parents about this problem. If you want to go to Westpoint, the Citadel or the USAF Academy in Colo., your school is perfect, not so much with Ivy Leagues or elite schools because most of the admin or faculty are more liberal versus conservative. Keep in mind our President Trump went to a military academy and then to Fordham.

@CameronBameron08/27/2020 at 07:28PM [edited]

Furthermore, you have to overcome being an Asian female so you should consider going to a boarding school that allows you to do develop multiple spikes that are not usually found in Asian females. My Asian family friend got into Columbia because she was a national level rock climber, played in an all-girl rock band, and did digital art for LGBTQIA and women's groups. Think out of the box.

@CameronBameron08/27/2020 at 07:33PM [edited]

The same girl should have gotten into all Ivys because she attended a feeder boarding school, had 4.0 unweighted and was the Valedictorian, all the right stats. But she got rejected everywhere except Cornell and waitlisted Columbia. She had to write letters and have her counselor submit a letter to get her off the waitlist at Columbia. In hindsight, she feels lucky as an Asian girl to have attended an Ivy school.

08/27/2020 at 06:58PM

As @CameronBameron mentioned, you're likely to get no boost from going to this school. If you do get a boost it will be incredibly tiny and won't be enough to overcome your demographics unfortunately. As @CameronBameron also mentioned, being an Asian female makes it incredibly difficult to get into an Ivy. One thing I do want to mention is that when you are applying to colleges your application gets looked at in the context of what is available to you at your school. You don't necessarily need to take outside AP classes to "make up" for your course rigor. Since your school only offers 4 APs, and if you take them all, that will show you are challenging yourself and taking advantage of what is available to you. However, since you are considering Ivies it will benefit you to go above and beyond and take outside AP classes to prove you're willing to go the extra mile to push yourself. I want to make it clear I'm taking about actual AP classes and not just taking AP tests outside of your school. The scores you get on your AP tests have very limited impact on admissions.

I wish I could've given you better news! Try to think about and focus on the aspects you can control. That basically means your grades, finding some killer ECs, and doing well on standardized tests. Make strong connections with teachers, coaches, mentors, etc. so you can get a good letter of recommendation and leave yourself plenty of time to write/revise your essays. If it's outside of your control try not to spend too much energy worrying about it because, well, it's outside your control!

Good luck and happy to answer any follow-up questions.

[🎤 AUTHOR]@rudrapatel305908/27/2020 at 11:01PM

Okay thank you for everyone’s feedback, I don’t attend the military school yet but I was planning to. So I currently attend an IB school so I think I am going to stick there and I also plan to do research with professors from Stanford on neurological stuff this summer so I think that would be a big boost

[🎤 AUTHOR]@rudrapatel305908/27/2020 at 11:02PM

I am also in HOSA and science Olympiad, I also

play Lacrosee and am starting an American Red Cross club at my school is that good to stand out?

@matchakombucha08/28/2020 at 04:41AM

Try to get into the Stanford Online high school if you can. That will much much better.

[🎤 AUTHOR]@rudrapatel305908/28/2020 at 05:55AM

@matchakombucha I check there website applications for this year are closed

08/28/2020 at 01:58PM

Were you planning on attending that school because you thought it would give an advantage for admissions or for other reasons? What grade are you? If you can actually do research with Stanford professors or work on something that gets published that would be a great EC. The rest of your ECs are fine but many people applying to Ivies will have similar ones. What do you want to major in?

[🎤 AUTHOR]@rudrapatel305908/28/2020 at 02:29PM

@shaquilleOatmeal I plan on majoring in biology or evolutionary biology. I was thinking about Stanford Online school during Covid as back in June schools were still not sure if they would give an online option.