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22 more days! GO BLUE beat bama!!
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Sorry, I did not realize that. PM the name.
Thank you so much to all the people offering me their congratulations, it means a lot!
Also, for all the youngbloods - if there's any advice I can offer on college applications, or anything you're confused about in the whole process, feel free to ask me. My parents have both served on the Admissions committee at Cornell at various points in their careers (although not the year I was applying, conflict of interest and whatnot) so I guarantee you I can help. We're by far the most educated and intelligent fanbase of the elite programs, and I'll be damned if I don't do everything I can to help keep it that way.
Does the Cornell application require both ACT and SAT?
Also...WOW. Gedeon and McCray aren't difference-makers? Man, I didn't know Urbs offered kids who weren't difference makers! This changes everything!
Besides, they can talk crap, but OSU is not in a good place for LBs. They've lost out on the top LB in the state for 3 years in a row now, and they've whiffed on every single LB they offered for 2013. Sure, the class of 2014 is supposed to be a bumper crop of LBs for OSU, but funny thing - one elite Midwest linebacker has committed to one of the big two, and it sure as heck wasn't to OSU.
...dammit, I'm so happy we got Michael Ferns.
No. You can offer one or the other. As long as you have a very good score on one, you only need one. If your score is slightly lower than the median, but you've done ok on both, you could offer both. I only ever took the SAT, and that was fine.
I scored a 28 on my ACT, slightly below the average, do you think I'll get in? I've had a 3.8-4.0 GPA throughout high school and done more community service than most. Also need to take into account I'm applying to the ILR school which is instate/SUNY for me.
30 is really kinda the magic number for ACTs, but with a high-3-GPA, good extra-curriculars, and a good essay, you've got a chance. Have you taken the SAT or any SAT II exams?
As for ILR - it doesn't really affect admissions that much to be in-state, unfortunately. It mainly affects your tuition if you get in. I think you'll be ok now, but one piece of advice I always give is that if you're a borderline candidate for more selective schools (engineering, hotel, bio/pre-med, etc.) then considering applying generally to the school of Arts & Sciences. You can transfer internally later, and it's a lot easier to do well your first year/semester in A&S, and then shift to another school, as opposed to getting in right off the bat. (Except for engineering, but those kids are crazy.)
Yeah, I took the SAT and didn't do well on it, that's why I'm using the ACT. You know how they alternate hard and easier SATs? Well every time I've taken it I've got the hard one. I'm top 10 in my class and in most of the accelerated/AP classes, but my SAT doesn't show it.
I haven't taken the SAT subject tests because Cornell is the only one that requires it and it isn't that realistic for me to end up there so I am just going the ACT route.
Thanks for answering my questions, I'm sure I'll have more for you in the next couple months and I'll need all the help I can get because of how bad my guidance counselors are.
I'm headed out for the weekend, though, I'll be back Monday. Have a great weekend.
If you don't mind my asking, how many APs have you taken/what are your scores? I got in with 4 5s and 3 4s, but I took a lot more APs than most applicants. In my year, I think the average kid took around 4 APs.
If you have time, I'd say study up and try to re-take the ACT. A 28 might get you in, but like I said before, 30 is the magic number for serious consideration. If you could get up to 33-34, you should be golden. The rest of your application will just need to be impressive to make up for the 28.
Yeah, no problem. I did pretty much all of my college apps alone or with the help of my parents, since my guidance counselors were terrible. Glad to be of assistance.
My school doesn't offer AP stuff until you're a senior except two classes as a junior and it's only certain classes, I've taken a college course of Calc I and the other AP class offered as a junior at my school was English and I wasn't told I needed to apply for it so I wasn't in it. Regardless though, my school doesn't offer/recommend the AP exams until your senior year where all the regular classes like physics, calc II, journalism, and economics become AP.
I don't know how to explain it to you any better than my high school is the most basic public school you can attend and offers almost nothing extra outside of regular classes. The best I've been able to do to make myself stick out and prepare myself for business courses is taking several business classes in high school and joining the junior rotary club to get some community service in.
I don't really expect to get in to Cornell, but it is my only true reach school on my list so I figure I might as well try to get in. If I get in at Northeastern or Binghamton I will have a hard time turning them down.
Both Northeastern and Binghamton are good schools, so you should be fine. The partner who has pretty much become my mentor in the firm did his undergrad at Binghamton and loved it.
If you don't mind me asking, where did you go to school and what did it take to get into it (GPA, test score, etc.)? I think I should be good for Michigan but there's so many weird situations nowadays and the common application really screws over a lot of people.
Someone go tell this idiot Baximus that Urban is already 0-1 against Michigan.
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I went to Michigan and was admitted to their engineering school. I was salutatorian of my high school, far more impressive than it sounds, and had a 30 ACT (though my math and science sections were 32+). That was in 1997 though. I think standards are a little higher these days. I am hearing 32 ACT is what safely gets most engineering students in.
One of the big things Michigan looks at, as well as other top schools, is if you maximized your opportunity. If you are taking (and getting As) in the hardest classes your school offers, that is the best you can do. Showing initiative and taking a course at college is a good move and will help out.
Another point to make is showing that you are not just active in the community, but being a leader. Don't just participate in something, start something new, take some initiative, lead. For instance, you could organize and start a book drive for the less fortunate at your school. This will take effort on your part, but it is the kind of thing that sets you apart. Taking leadership roles is going to be important going forward. It is big in the "real world" as well.
From what you've described it sounds like you'll be in a pretty good position to get into some great schools. I'd agree that Cornell is a reach but I've seen much crazier things happen on multiple occasions.
I am currently an undergrad at Michigan. If you have any questions specifically about UofM's aplication or undergrad experience in general feel free to ask/PM me. I am from the northeast and didn't think about Michigan much at all until i started applying to schools. Best decision I ever made was submitting an app and it was a no brainer for me choosing to come here.
This is very accurate. Also, Michigan loves diversity. Moreso than any other school I applied to. By this I don't just mean ethnic/cultural diversity, but having a well-rounded app with sports, clubs, community service, etc. I'm not sure if the application essay still directly addresses diversity. If it doesn't, I'd strongly recommend working it in somewhere
Alright, I plan on applying to LS&A which I think is easier than the Engineering school to get into. I have a 4.0 unweighted GPA and got a 31 on the ACT and I've done well on the AP exams that I've taken, so I think I SHOULD be fine, but I'm a worrier.
Same here man...my family has a few doctors although I'm more of a reader/writer. Don't think I'll be getting into any of those great schools like Michigan or NW as I live in Hawaii and my GPA is on the lower side right now.
Got a 4 and a 5 on my AP Exams this year (Jr) and taking 3 AP classes next year so hopefully I can get everything up.
Here's a breakdown:
HS GPA: 3.9
SAT II: 750, 760, 690 (damn French!)
AP: US History - 5, Stats - 5, Environmental Science - 5, Literature - 5, Chem - 4, World History - 4, French - 4
Law School: Washington University in St. Louis
UG GPA: 3.4
EDIT: I will say this though, don't take my scores as a baseline. I overqualified for both undergrad and law school, and mainly picked those two for monetary reasons. I would love to have gone to Harvard, but sticker price is not exactly in my budget.
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