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									Questions Answers from
    Getting Into Stanford, Duke, and Other Ivy's
    Community College
    SAT Scores Important’
    Transfering to a Top School Without a High School Diploma
    Golf Management Program In The South
    Getting Accepted into CUNY
    Asperger's Syndrome
    Dartmouth, Duke, Northwestern, and Washington University in St. Louis
    University of Ann Arbor
    Asian Immigrant
    University of Minnesota, Elon University, Babson College
    Amherst, Penn, Brown, Wash U, Northwestern
    Getting Admitted Into Georgetown and Duke
    William & Mary, Grinell College, and Oberlin
    University of North Florida
    Tufts University
    Getting Into NYU and Fordham.
    Rutgers University Scholarships
    How To Set Yourself Apart
    Getting Into Michigan State University
    Yale Housing and Dorms
    Best Colleges For International Studies and Political Science
    Getting Into The University of Maryland
    Getting Into Brandeis, Emory, Rochester, GW and BU
    Changing Careers
    Getting Accepted To Yale
    Getting Into Wash U
    Brown University, Williams College, Cornell University - Chances!
    Getting Into Columbia University
    University of North Texas in Denton
    The First to Attend College In Family
    Getting Into Stanford
    Getting Into Missouri State University
    Getting Into Miami University of Ohio and Others
    Chances At Williams College
    May I get into Brown University’
    Early Decision at Duke, UNC, Notre Dame
    Senior Year At A Small Private School
    University of Michigan vs. Michigan State University
    Rating Criteria
    Getting into Syracuse and more for Journalism Major
      Junior in High School with a 3.8 GPA
      Johns Hopkins, Wash U, Duke, and The Ivies - How To Get In.
      Admission to Vanderbilt or Emory
      Subpar GPA and SAT
      Getting into Harvard and Yale
      Getting Into an Ivy League School
      Math SAT Score Needs Improvement
      Chances at Penn and Vanderbilt
      Haverford, Wake Forest, Case Western ... within reach’
      Chances of Getting Into Stanford
      1260 on the New SAT
      Getting Accepted to Richmond, Washington and Lee, and Elon.
      Getting Accepted Into Cooper Union
      Aspiring Ivy Leaguer
      Getting Accepted to Ohio University
      Early Decision at Brown vs. Early Decision at Georgetown
      Applying to Cornell
      How To Get Into An Ivy League School
      Applying to Brown, Early Decision
      How To Get Accepted To The University of Pittsburgh
      Straight A Student
      Holy Cross and Gettysburg College
      Attending Selective Schools
      What Are My Chances of Getting Into a College Outside of MN’
      Incoming Junior with a 3.8 GPA
      ACT Range for University of Michigan
      Hispanic Male
      No Colleges That I Have Set My Heart On
      Getting Into Florida State
      Emerson College - What It Takes To Get In
      Getting Into Princeton and More
      UNC Chapel Hill Out of State Applicants
      Williams, Middlebury, Haverford, Princeton
      What Are My Chances At Northeastern, Boston University, or UCONN’
      What Are My Chances at MIT, Harvard, and Stanford’


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

Out of the Ivy League Schools, Duke, and Stanford. What are my chances of
being accepted’ I have a 4.2 GPA (weighted) and SAT Scores of: Math - 80
Verbal - 67 Writing - 80. I am also ranked in the top 1% of my class.

-Sydney, Seven Hills High School
Cincinatti, OH


Here are some quick stats for you:

 Brown: Last year admitted 15% of applicants, 25% accepted out of top 5
students within their high school, 19% accepted from top 10 percentile of

 Columbia: 90% of students accepted were in the top 10% of their graduating
class’ a little less than 11% of applicants to CU are accepted.

 Dartmouth: 11,734 apps, 2,173 accepted’88% of students were within the
top 10% of their class.

   University of Pennsylvania: 20% of all applicants are accepted.

   Yale: 15% of applicants are accepted.

 Stanford: 12% of applicants are accepted, 20% of High Schools top 1-2%
class rank are admitted.

   Harvard: 22,769 applicants, only 2,102 are admitted and 1,640 are enrolled.

   Duke: 18,089 applicants, 3,996 accepted, 1,728 enrolled on average.

Considering you’re ranked in the first percentile of your class, although it
doesn’t guarantee your acceptance, it does give you an awesome edge. Ivy
League schools are going to look at. There is more to a person than their
grades and test scores, and they are going to take into consideration your
personality and character. The schools you decide to apply to are going to
reflect on your academics no doubt, but they will also look to see the diversity
you can bring to their institution.

I hope this helps...
Joey Rahimi
The College Prowler Conselor

Dear College Prowler Counselor,

I once attended a community college, took three classes failed two then went
to a business college took three classes and dropped them. at the time i only
went to school because my parents wanted me too but i wasnt focused and i
messed up bad know im ready are all of my chances gone for getting into a
university soon.

I've taken:

   some advanced classes
   completed credits at Macomb Community College

-Shanell, Macomb Community College
Eastpointe, MI



First I’m wondering, what university you are planning to attend. And also if you
are currently at Macomb Comm. College’. I would be interested to see what
your high school GPA was. As to my understanding, you have three classes on
your community college transcript, two of which are Fs. My advice to you is to
start off at a community college, maybe pull those grades up a little bit more.
And then plan on transferring to a university. I checked out some stats for MSU,
not quite sure if you’re interested though. There are some guidelines for
transferring to MSU, which is why it might be a good idea to pull your grades
up. MSU won’t consider any student for admissions with a GPA lower than a
2.0. And your admission chances are a lot higher with a GPA of 3.0 and some
recommended classes passed (English & Math).

Fair warning, a lot of colleges and universities are strict with their credit
guidelines. MSU doesn’t seem too bad, but if you have less than 28 credits,
you’re required to live on campus. There are some exceptions that you might
be able to get by on. But I would be prepared to lose a few credits; that’s just
what happens sometimes when you transfer colleges. Your admission also
depends on whether or not you have a major decided. Since it’s so early in the
game, I’m assuming you have not chosen one yet. This would be a good idea,
even if you get some ideas for what you might want to do. This way, you’ll be
able to take some of the lower level classes at the community college and
transfer them to MSU. On MSU’s website there is a link that will actually tell you
which classes from your specific college will transfer to MSU.

I know you want to get into a university right away, but if you take a summer
semester of classes, and then a fall semester of classes your chances will be a
lot higher if your GPA increases. So, if you do that you’ll have 30 credits,
assuming you take 15 credits each semester, which means if you do attend
MSU you’ll have the option of living on or off campus. I would take at least 30
credits before you apply to transfer, but MSU will not take more than 60 credits
from a 2 year college or 90 from a 4 year.

Once you decide what you want to do, I would look more into researching
some other universities, just in case MSU isn’t quite right for you. College
Prowler has a guide book for Michigan State University, and also for University
of Michigan. These books give you a lot more information than you’d think: they
tell you about the professors, the food, the housing, the girls, the guys, the
sports. It tells you exactly what you want and need to know about that college.
And since you’re kind of starting off fresh, I would definitely suggest these to

I hope this helps...
Julia Y.
The College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

If you do not do so hot on the SAT/ACT but you are in the top 6% of your class,
have impeccable transcipts (nothing below a 91% including AP and advanced
courses all four-years), great recommendations, and amble extracurricular
inolvement, are your chances still good for getting accepted by a more
selective college’ If you are applying to a more selective college, but are
planning to major in the college of art with that college, do they weigh other
aspects of your application more than they would if you were applying for their
school of liberal arts’ What are the top schools for visual/design
communications and/or illustration’ If you are a middle-class family, and make
a middle-class wage, what are you chances in affordably attending a 40-grand
school’ Is it possible’

-Chelsey, Shawnee High School
Springfield, OH



First, don’t stress out too much about the SATs, you didn’t do completely awful
on them, and just think you can take them as many times as you would like until
you get the score you’re looking for. Your high school transcript sounds like it
would be very good; the top 6% of your class and everything in the 90th
percentile with advanced classes is impressive. I’m guessing that a 4.3 GPA is
on a weighted scale as well. Colleges don’t just look at your SAT scores and
decide whether or not they’ll admit you. They take into consideration all of the
things you have mentioned above.

Depending on which schools you decide to apply to, they’re going to look at
the types of classes you take, the involvement you have within your school and
community. They will look at your SAT scores, but it sounds like you have
enough going for you in other categories that I wouldn’t consider your SAT
scores the end of the world. I’m not sure what you mean by selective colleges,
(Ivy League, Duke, Stanford’) My suggestion to you is to narrow your choices
down to about 3-5 schools. See which ones work for you, and of course there
are College Prowler books that can help you do just that. If you plan to apply to
the liberal arts college within the college/university, they would most likely take
other things into consideration, such as your portfolio, is what I’m assuming
you mean.

Again, with the info you gave me, I’m not sure if you want to attend at 4 year or
2 year school. I’m not sure if you want to stay in Ohio, or if you want to leave
the state. Here are some top schools in Ohio that offer programs in
visual/design communications: Miami University of Ohio, Bowling Green State
University, University of Akron, Ohio State University and Ohio University. Which
most of those schools have guidebooks by College Prowler to help you decide
which is the best choice for you and your family.

Next, dealing with financial aid is something most students and their families
deal with for school. A middle-class family obviously making middle-class
wage, has about the same chances of affording a $40,000+ school the same
as any other family. Financial Aid offices work with the income, and the state
grants and scholarships usually help out a lot too. I can’t guarantee you
anything, but I’m pretty sure that the university or college that you decide on
will work one on one to help you get the education you want while still making it
affordable for you and your family.

Good Luck,
Joey Rahimi
The College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

I am currently a freshman at my local state school. I never completed
highschool, I received my GED in 2003 and spent the latter of '03 just taking
unproductive time off due to poor planning and major health problems.

Since then I've relocated back to my hometown and am going to as said
before, my local state school. I am working on keeping a near perfect GPA
while taking on a challenging course load. I'm also building relationships with
my Professors; I am counting on Letters of Recommendation. Is it unrealistic to
think that I *could* be a competitive transfer applicant to a top-tier school’

It's unfortunate, but no matter where I go - there still remains a stigma
attatched to holding a GED rather than a diploma. My test scores were never
that great either, I worry that this stigma will loom over me forever.

-Hannah, Portland State University
Portland, OR



It is unfortunate that first you feel you have this stigma, and second that people
might actually take that into considerations. I think it’s great that you’re working
so hard at Portland State, and it’s great to build relationships with professors.
Well you are right in assuming that most transfer programs are very competitive,
but you didn’t mention which ‘top-tier’ schools you want to get into’are you
talking Ivy League or a little below that’

First figure out which schools are right for you’College Prowler can help you in
this area too. We have a guide book for all of the Ivy League schools, or if
that’s not what you’re looking for, narrow your choices down to a few schools
and from there use the CP books to help you Personally I do not think it is
totally unrealistic to think that you can make it into a competitive school. Like I
said before, I’m not sure exactly what you mean, but there are a few Ivy League
schools within your reach, as long as you keep working really hard. It’s tough to
prove people wrong about stigmas like yours, but you seem like you’re on the
right track.

My advice to you is to keep on doing what you’re doing. Keep your GPA as
close to perfect as you can, which will be very important in transferring
colleges. Since you have a GED, universities are probably going to look at what
you can do in a college environment, to make sure that you are capable and
dedicated, which seems to be the case now. I would get at least a year or two
in at Portland State, make sure that your GPA stays high, and then I would
narrow down your choices to a few colleges.

College Prowler guidebooks can help you at that point, giving you the
information that you need to know about your final list of choices.

Good Luck,
Julia Yannone
The College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

I am trying to go to a school in the south that offers the Professional Golf
Management Program, how hard is it to get in’ I am interested in Coastal
Carolina, Campbell NC, Methodist NC, or Maybe Clemson. Am I out of my
League’’’ What are my chances’’’ I have the right golf stats to make it in the
program but I am not sure how many people are turned away or admitted to the
program. -Charles, St. Joseph's H.S.
Hammonton, NJ



You sound like you’re a great candidate for these programs, and none of them
are ‘out of your league’, in my opinion. I’m not sure of your golf stats, but your
academic records shouldn’t be a problem in regards to your admissions. I’m
also not sure what types of extra curricular things you have going on’but those
also weigh in when it comes to being accepted.

First Clemson seems like the most competitive school when it comes to the
Golf Management Program. They have no cut-off for GPA or SAT scores, but
the average was 1204 for 2004 which you’re obviously well above. They do
require a handicap of 8, and like I said before, I’m not quite sure of your golf

As for Campbell, the requirements are about the same, but the program itself
seems less competitive, which can have its benefits as well as downfalls. Your
admissions to Campbell depends not only upon your SAT score, your high
school GPA, but also class rank, as well as class involvement.

Next, Coastal Carolina’s students usually enter with a 1046 SAT score and a 3.3
GPA, which again you’re above. The Professional Golf Management
Specialization is majored within the Business program at the university, and
before being enrolled in the PGM program, you must first be admitted to CCU,
then fill out an entirely different application for the PGM program. *Handicap of
8 is also required for the program along with a Letter of Recommendation from

I would suggest applying to all four schools, just to keep your options opened.
Clemson sounds like it will do the most for you in the end, but that’s only from
my point of view. College Prowler has a published guidebook specifically for
Clemson will tell you a lot more about the college than advisors
and tour guides can. The book is written by students to let you know what
things are really like. Since the programs are so competitive, I would suggest
getting your applications in early’the sooner the better right’

Good Luck,
Julia Yannone
The College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

Im an ESOL students I came to the U.S 2 years ago. I got a Good GPA in here.
However, they averaged my gpa with my country's grades which is not fair cuz
it was a private and harder school. I'm thinking about going to CUNY and then
transfered to Columbia University. I want to study physics and become a string
theory physicists . Can anybody please give me any recommendation in order
to get into, im desesperate what should I do in order to get into Columbia as a
transferred Student’

-Miguel, White Plains High School
White Plains, NY


Miguel, You shouldn’t have a problem getting into CUNY. You’ll have to do well
on your SAT/ACT, and you will probably have to take the TOEFL (Test of
English as Foreign Language) which tests nonnative English speakers’ ability to
understand English as it would be presented in a college environment.

I’m not sure if the GPA you presented to me is the GPA from here, or the on
averaged with your country’s grades. Although it is not impossible for you to
transfer to, Columbia requires the equivalent of one full academic year at
another institution, and at least a 3.5 GPA to even apply. You will want to work
a lot harder to pull up your GPA.

Considering the competitive nature of the University, less than ten percent of
applicants are admitted. To keep your options open, you might want to
consider some other schools that have a strong physics program, in case
things don’t quite work out with the Columbia.

Like I said it’s not impossible, but it’s going to be hard with less than a 4.0
GPA. They require at least a 3.5, so it’s going to take some work on your part if
you want to go to Columbia that much. I would keep some other options like I
said, just in case. My advice is to keep your coursework challenging, and get
your grades a little higher.

Good Luck...
Joey Rahimi
The College Prowler Counselor

Dear College Prowler Counselor,

I have Asperger's Syndrome (on the autism spectrum), but I have worked very
hard in regular and AP and Honors classes and presently have a 4.17 GPA.
Should I tell prospective colleges about my autism’

I have had to work twice as hard as my peers for my grades because my
auditory processing speed is so slow. If I meet all the requirements of a
college, should I tell them’ Where would I list it on the application’ If I don't
quite reach their requirements, should I tell them’ Will it hurt or help me’ Thank
you in advance for your answer.

-Jordan, Tamalpais High School
Mill Valley, CA



This is totally your decision. If you tell them, I really don’t think it will make a
difference with your admission, but I’m sure they will refer you to an education
specialist. If you work closely with someone who is aware of your situation, it
will probably benefit you in the end.

If there is no clear space to include the information you have shared with me on
a college application, I would make it a point to write a separate essay. I would
write the essay about what you have told me: working very hard to achieve
everything you have. This is a great example of overcoming a huge obstacle to
earn something that you’ve set as a goal. It shows great character and a
determined personality.

My suggestion is to be open and honest about your situation. I don’t see how a
college could turn an applicant down, especially if they meet the recommended
requirements, just for having an LD like yours.

Also, talk with your family and your guidance counselor at school. Their input is
important, but in the end it’s all up to you.

I hope this helps’
Joey Rahimi
The College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

What are my chances for acceptance at Dartmouth, Duke, Northwestern, and
Washington University in St. Louis’

-Darrin, Jefferson High School
Lafayette, IN



You seem like you’ve already got a good start in your college selection
process. All four of these schools are distinguished and highly regarded, and
they’re all selective in their admissions process. You definitely have the
credentials to be accepted, but these schools don’t look solely at your GPA
and test scores.

They like to see your personal involvement in school, in the community, etc.
These schools pick only the top applicants, the ones who have the charisma,
the talents, and the curiosity to be successful.

To answer your question, you have very good chances for acceptance to those
schools. Like I said, they’re going to look at other aspects of your life. If you
write any personal essays for the admissions office, tell them about your
achievements, what you have struggled with, what you have overcome.

After you’ve applied to those schools, take a look at the College Prowler books.
We have them for all four schools, and they will really help you narrow your
choices down in the end. It will give you an idea of the school from the
students’ perspective, the opinions that really matter.

I hope this helps’
Julia Y.
The College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

What do you think my chances are of getting into the University of Ann Arbor’ I
have a lot of extracurricular activities, my admissions essays were good and I
am a Hispanic female.

-Erika, Lane Technical College Preparatory School
Chicago, IL



Here are some quick stats from the University of Michigan:
Profile of freshman & GPA

   U of M freshmen with a 4.00: 22.1%
   U of M freshmen with a 3.90 or higher: 44.4%
   U of M freshmen with a 3.75 or higher: 59.5%
   U of M freshmen with a 3.50 or higher: 85.2%
   High School GPA of 3.6-3.9

Middle 50% had:

   ACT Composite of 26-31
   SAT I Total of 1240-1400
Although it seems that your ACT Composite was a little lower than the middle
50% of the incoming class, your GPA is in good standings regarding your
prospective admission. I would suggest keeping up the good work in school,
and possibly taking the ACTs again.

You can take either the SATs or ACTs as many times as you want’.that is my
suggestion to you. Try to get your test scores a little higher, and you can feel a
little more comfortable with the possibility of admission.

As far as your extracurricular involvement is concerned, it is definitely a plus for
you. Admissions offices look at how successful you are in school and in life,
and when they see that you involve yourself at your high school or in your
community, it helps them to get a better understanding of what kind of person
you are. Have you thought about letters of recommendation’ Revising your
admissions essays’ These are all little details that can essentially make a huge

As far as your race is concerned, it doesn’t guarantee anything in your favor.
Colleges want to create well-rounded campuses, and whether that is through
ensuring diversity at the University, or what have you’. I would say you’re going
to be evaluated mostly on your academics.

To get a better view of UM from students’ points of view, take a look at the
College Prowler guidebook for UM. It will give you the details that you need to
know like how students graded campus food, and since your involved in a lot of
extra c’s, you can see how students rated campus life and student involvement.
The book will give you that big picture you’re looking for.

I hope this helps’
Julia Y.
The College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

I am an Asian immigrant which has been in the US for 2 years. I want to know
my chances at following schools:
-CUNY’Baruch College
-Pennsylvania State University’University Park
-University of Connecticut
-University at Buffalo’SUNY
-University of Pittsburgh
-Indiana University Bloomington
-Rutgers’New Brunswick
-Ohio State University’Columbus
-Michigan State University
-University of Maryland’College Park
-Univ. of Massachusetts ‘ Amherst
-Pace University

In addition, I am operating an online business venture that helps support my
family, it may be considered as a "hook". Will it work for me in the admission
process’ Can you suggest to me more schools to consider’ I want to major in

-Feng, Forest Hills High School
Forest Hills, NY



You have a lot of schools on your list, and I’m hoping that I can help you
narrow down your choices. First I would suggest to take off of your list Ohio
State University, Michigan State, UConn, and SUNY at Buffalo. But those are
only my recommendations. You have chances at all of these schools because
colleges and universities look to bring in diversity to their campuses, which
works well in your favor. Most of the GPAs that schools are asking for are a
little higher than yours, but you can still work on that. I’m not sure what year
you are in, but I would try to pull that up to at least a 3.5. And you do know that
you can take your SATs as many times as you would like.

Some schools do not require you to take the TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign
Language) if you have done better than 400 on your SAT verbal, which you
have, but depending on the college or univ., their guidelines might differ.

To narrow down your choices, try some of the College Prowler books. There is
one for a lot of the schools on your list, and I really think it will help you learn
as much as you can about the schools. It will give you some ideas of what the
campus and schools are like from students’ perspectives, which will help you a
lot in the end.

Good Luck,
Julia Y.
The College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

I was wondering if I have a chance to get into the following schools: The
University of Minnesota, Elon University, Babson College, and DePaul

My Second question is, I wasn't accepted as Early Decision to Miami University
(OH) - This is my top choice. My grades are good for this first semester, what
can I send to the office of admissions to improve my chances for admission
during Regular Decision.

-Jeffery, Appleton North High School
Appleton, WI



You do have a chance for most of these schools. The average GPA for Elon
University is between a 3.5 and 4.4. Your GPA seems a little low for that, but
it’s always worth a shot. The admission isn’t just based on your GPA, they also
factor in your student activities and involvement.
The average ACT score at UMN is 23.4, which qualifies you in a sense. They
have no cut-off requirements for GPA, but they do consider your involvement
as well.

Babson College seems to be a little less strict with guidelines and whatnot.
They take into consideration a few different aspects of you as a student’.they
evaluate obviously your grades, and your test scores. They look at your
involvement, once again.

Admission also depends on your interests, your goals, your creativity and
determination. All of these factors help to provide these advisors with
everything they need to make a well informed decision about you.

For DePaul University, the average GPA is 3.3 and the average ACT is between
21-26. You fall within those guidelines, so I would suggest this school to you
as well. Like I have said, colleges don’t just look at grades.

As far as Miami University, the middle 50 percent of the 2005 had ACT scores
of 24’28. And since you were deferred from early admission, your application is
automatically reviewed in March, so I would keep an eye on that.

I would say you have a chance at all of these schools, maybe some are a little
better than other, but none are out of reach. I would apply to all of them, just in
case things with Miami don’t work out quite as you hope.

As far as choosing between the five different schools, College Prowler has
books out for three of those schools, which will help you narrow your choices
down by seeing what other student have to say about the schools.

I hope this helps’
Julia Y.
The College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,
These are my top choices. What do you think my chances are of getting into
each of them’ My major area of interest is in the natural sciences and I am
considering pre-med. I would also like to know how you would compare and
contrast these schools in terms of campus life and academics.

   Amherst
   University of Pennsylvania
   Brown
   Washington University (St. Louis)
   Northwestern

-Eric, Dupont Manual Magnet School
Louisville, KY


Dear Eric,

Here are some fast facts that I found on some of the schools you’re interested

   University of Pennsylvania: 20% of all applicants are accepted.

 Brown: Last year admitted 15% of applicants, 25% accepted out of top 5
students within their high school, 19% accepted from top 10 percentile of

 Amherst: Only 19% of over 6,000 students are admitted. For the SAT I, the
middle 50% scored between 1340 and 1530; on the ACT the middle 50%
scored between 29 and 33.

 Northwestern: Average GPA, SAT, ACT scores aren’t listed as requirements,
but the website does offer the 2006-07 essay questions for the 400-500 word
personal statements.
You have great chances of getting into all of these schools judging solely on
your academic record. However, top schools like these also base your potential
admission on community involvement and extra curricular activities, teacher and
guidance counselor recommendations, class rank, and your personal essays
along with you GPA and standardized test scores.

As for comparing and contrasting these schools, in terms of campus life and
academics can be a difficult and daunting task. There are College Prowler
guidebooks out for these colleges and universities, and I would really suggest
that you take a look at them. It will give you a much better understanding of the
campus than I can give you. The guidebooks were written by the students of
those schools, so they tell it like it is.

I would suggest that you narrow your choices down to three, and then pick up
the corresponding College Prowler books.

I hope this helps,
Good Luck ‘

Julia Y.
The College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

What are my chances of getting admitted to Georgetown or Duke’

-Daniel, Alcoa High School
Alcoa, TN

Dear Daniel,

Well, you didn't really give me a lot of information about you, but I'll start with
just the basics. Schools like Georgetown and Duke are highly selective when it
comes to admissions.
Here are some quick stats for you from Georgetown University:

 Total Applicants Applied - 15,285

 Total Applicants Admitted - 3,281

 Percent Admitted- 22%

 SAT Verbal Middle 50% - 670-760

 SAT Math Middle 50%- 670-750

Your GPA is in good shape, but admission decisions also depend on your
involvement in your school and in your community. Colleges want to see that
you’re a motivated and driven young adult, and your leadership skills
demonstrate just that.

As far as Duke is concerned, they are just as selective as Georgetown.

   Duke:

 Total # Applicants: 18,089

 Total # Accepted: 3,996

 1,728 enrolled on average each year

Potentially, you have great chances at both colleges judging only your
academic record. But remember, colleges and universities look at other things
as well. Do you have any guidance counselor or teachers’ letters of
recommendation lined up’ If not, it’s probably a good idea to start asking.

I hope this helps’
Julia Y.
The College Prowler Counselor

Dear College Prowler Counselor,
I would like to know what my chances of being accepted into the following
schools are: William and Mary, Grinnell College and Oberlin College. Also,
concerning which classes I am taking; I have always taken the hardest classes
available at my school, which include gifted and honors, college level biology
this year, etc., however only a couple of these classes are AP. To be exact, I
am taking honors AP Calculus this year and will take the AP test. Last year I
took Honors U. S. History AP. The teacher announced on the first day of class
that he will teach this class like an Honors class but not an AP class. Although I
got an A, I am still concerned because I did not take the AP test.

My school offers some, but not a lot, AP classes. Because I am concerned
about my lack of AP’s, I submitted SAT subject tests to the above colleges
although they don't require them. Math I was 700, Literature was 760. I also
took college credit at one of my state colleges for the Honors U.S. History AP
and German 4, received A's, and submitted those transcripts. I am not sure of
my score breakdown for the PSAT, but my overall score was a 214 and I am
currently a Nation Merit Semi-Finalist (finalist have not been determined yet).
Also, I will be the only valedictorian for my graduating class of 333.

- Amelia, Webster Groves High School
Webster Groves, MO

Hi Amelia,

You are looking to know your chances of getting into William and Mary,
Grinnell, and Oberlin. First, I’ll give you some statistics on all three:

William and Mary’s average SAT score is 1379 (for the old SAT) and you get
this score by adding your math score with your verbal score.

Grinnell’s average SAT score is 1415.

Oberlin’s average SAT score is 1440.

You fit in very well into all three of these schools testing wise and also
academically. You have been taking many advanced placement courses which
is also great. I commend you on starting early’a lot of people look at their
transcripts senior year and after seeing one AP course and realize that they
should have started taking them sooner. You also must know that in order to
have an edge over the thousands of other applicants that you will be going up
against you have to come up with your ‘catch.’

Valedictorian is a fantastic accomplishment and congratulations on your hard
work though out your time in high school, but the only thing about it is that
there will be hundreds of other Valedictorians applying as well. If you can find
one thing outside of school that you do that makes you different from every
other applicant applying to these, and any other schools that you might apply'll be set. Colleges and universities are looking for that unique student
that will leave a good first impression on them, so make sure you do so!!

Once again congratulations on all of your accomplishments!

When you start applying to your schools of choice don’t forget to get copies of
the College Prowler guidebooks to give you inside information to help you make
you final decision!

Best of luck and hope this helps,

Madison B.
College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

I have a 3.0 GPA and got an 18 on the ACT. Do you think I will get accepted
into University of North Florida’

Rebecca, Dunnellon High School
Dunnellon, FL

Hi Rebecca,

University of North Florida was a hard one to track down! We do not have a
guidebook on it, and I looked up a few websites before I found the information
you need; no wonder you had questions about it!
University of North Florida seems to be a pretty good fit for you, which is good.
Their average GPA is a 2.5 so you are just fine there.

They have a 1040 SAT I average and an 21 composite score on the ACT. Have
you taken the SAT yet’ If you haven’t I would suggest taking them at least once,
and even taking the ACT one more time. For most people their scores go up a
little bit every time and this could be a benefit to you.

A few other requirements for UNF are that you have taken:
4 years of English
3 years of Math
3 years of Science (2 being lab sciences)
3 Social Science
2 years of the same foreign language
4 approved electives

Best of luck and hope this helps,

Madison B.
College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

What are my chances of being accepted to Tufts University’

Olga Ramales, Southern Regional High School
Manahawkin, NJ

Hi Olga,

You definitely seem interested in this fine institution. Your grades seem to be in
a great range for this school, but you did not include your test scores. Tufts
does accept either the ACT or the SAT, and the average on the old SAT is from
1250-1420. Their average ACT score is a 30. I hope that you’ve taken the tests
so you know how you stack up score wise.
Scores are not the only thing a college will look at so don’t fret if you have
taken the tests and your scores are not exactly at their level. Colleges and
universities also look at extra curricular activities as well as how the student
spends their free time in the summer. They like to see well rounded kids who
have been doing things throughout their high school careers.

Hope this has helped a bit,

Madison B.
College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

Is it realistic for me to have hopes of getting in to NYU or Fordham’

Courtney, Nordonia Hills High School
Macedonia, OH

Hi Courtney,

Unfortunately because you didn’t send in any of your test scores I cannot tell
you whether or not you will be able to get into NYU or Fordham. But I can give
you their statistics and you can compare them on your own:

New York University
Average GPA: 3.57
SAT (25th-75th): 1220-1410
ACT: 29

Fordham University:
Average GPA: 3.31
SAT (25th-75th): 1090-1282
ACT: 27

Your GPA isn't quite in either one of these schools ranges, and because I don’t
know your test scores I can’t say that you do or do not have a shot at either
one. I do recommend that you stay active in your community, and to find an
area of particular interest. Passion is what colleges are all about, so if you find
that one thing that you really would like to do when you grow up, stick with it
and you will do great things!

Best of luck and hope this helps,

Madison B.
College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

What scholarships are available for Rutgers University - New Brunswick’ What
are my cahnces of getting into Rutgers University - New Brunswick’ What
should i study at Rutgers University - New Brunswick’ What types of dorms are
available to first year students at Rutgers University - New Brunswick’

Toks, Cliffside Park High School
Cliffside Park, NJ

Hi Toks,

Welcome to the world of college admissions! To help you with your first
question you should know that 49% of Rutgers students receive some type of

Here is one type that Rutgers offers their prospective students:

Outstanding Scholars Awards (New Jersey Residents)


‘ Outstanding New Jersey high school seniors; based on a sliding scale of rank
in class and combined critical reading and math SAT scores
There is more information at about
the set of requirements for each scholarship, so take a look and see what you
qualify for and then you can apply!

As for your chances of getting in Rutgers has a 54% acceptance rate.

The most popular areas of study at Rutgers are: Social/Political/Historical
Studies; Psychology; Biological Sciences; Business and Computer Sciences,
but this does not necessarily mean that you have to study in any one of these
particular areas. These are the most popular and most well known majors at the
school, but there is also a school of Pharmacy, a College of Nursing and a
School of Communication, so your options here are broad. You want to think
about what classes you have excelled in throughout your high school career,
and see how you can channel those passions into a major somehow.

To answer you campus housing question I’ve looked it up in our Rutgers New
Brunswick guidebook, and you have a lot of options. There are 14 halls on the
four campus’ for you to pick from, but I would stay away from Clothier Hall and
Mettler Hall on College Avenue as well as Katzenbach Hall on Douglass. To
pretty much sum it up the housing situation isn’t too bright during your first year
on campus, but it does improve as you get older.

Hope this has helped,

Madison B.
College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Conselor,

I am planning to apply to the most competitive colleges possible (such as
Harvard, NYU, etc.) I have a great high school transcript so far and have
developed a plan for the rest of my time in high school. I'm taking nearly all of
the AP courses offered. I am very involved in a few clubs that I am very
passionate about.

I've read several books on colleges and I keep seeing the same thing coming
up: set yourself apart. What can I do now and throughout high school that will
significantly increase my chances of being admitted to a top school’

Robert, Williamsville North High School
Williamsville, NY

Hi Robert,

Looks like you are very well on your way in the college admissions process.
Taking advanced classes is great, and the few clubs that you are very
passionate about is the exact right way to go. The big question now is how
YOU are different from everybody else.

First off, you didn’t send me your test scores’so that is something that sets you
apart! But in all honesty, if you are looking to go to an elite school you really
need to do some soul searching and find out what makes you tick every day.
When you find that passion and what fuels you, you will have your avenue and
your one thing that makes you different, and just as qualified, if not even more
so than the applicant on top of you in the stack that the admission’s officers
will be reading. Whether it be something as silly as you really enjoy eating
Burrito’s and you focus your day around them so you go work for a bean factor
in your spare time or that you want to jump out of planes when your 27 and you
get up every morning to go watch pilots gear up for their test drop of the day
(exaggeration but you get my point). You want the person reading your
application to remember you, so make it Don’t try to be someone you aren’t
and rack up the community service hours if you aren’t really dedicated to the
cause because then if they admit you to their school they won’t be admitting
YOU, they’ll be admitting the person you are trying to be. Not to discredit
community service, because I have done a lot of it and it is always much more
rewarding than I can imagine, but don’t do it just because it looks good on
paper’you want to do it because you want to make a difference.

Whatever fuels you will be what will set you apart from everyone else.

Best of luck, and don’t be afraid to ask the people closest to you what they
think’never hurts to get a few suggestions,

Madison B.
College Prowler Counselor

Dear College Prowler Counselor

What are my chances of getting accepted to Michigan State University’

I graduated from high school in 2003 and I had a 2.8 GPA with an ACT score of
20. I went on to community college and now have a 2.68 GPA.

In high school I was in the French National Honor Society and did community
service. I also received the MEAP scholarship award from my scores on the
Michigan exit exams (not required).

I suffered from an illness my senior year. Because of this, my principal wrote a
good reference explaining that I missed school because of the illness which
affected my grades. Also, my French teacher wrote a reference explaining that I
planned a whole foreign language fashion show for the talent competition at my

A professor at my current college wrote a reference and I was a good student
in her class. I also wrote a hell of an essay on my application. What do you
think my chances of being accepted to Michigan State’

-Melanie, Ivy Tech State College
New Buffalo, MI


To be honest, your chances of getting into Michigan State are not great. While
about 50% of incoming freshman had your ACT score, the most important part
of your academic record is your secondary school record, and that does not
appear to be very strong at either your high school or your community college.
At MSU, the average GPA of incoming freshman is 3.6, and while that is just the
average, that means that many students had higher numbers as well as lower.

While I am not sure why you are interested in Michigan State, I would suggest
looking at a few smaller colleges. Two in Michigan are Marygrove College and
Rochester College. Not only may you have a better chance of gaining
acceptance, but these schools may give you more attention and better help you
to focus on your area of academic interest.
Best of luck finding your college match!

Allison G.
College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

1.) What is life REALLY like in Yale (housing, extracurriculars, food, people,
quality of life, academics)’ 2.) same for Stanford University 3.) same for
University of Pennsylvania 4.) What are my chances for these three colleges’

Victor, Stuyvesant High School
New York, NY

Hi Victor,

You sure asked loaded questions, but they are questions that our guidebooks
can answer! Here is what you want to know about all three universities.

The on-campus housing at Yale is good, and the best dorms are: Saybrook,
Berkley, and Branford. We gave them an A-. But off-campus housing isn’t
quite as nice’we gave it a B. So, staying on the lavish grounds at this New
Haven institution isn’t a bad idea at all.

Extra curricular activities, of course there are going to be a lot of them, and
there are 16 Men’s Varsity Sports to choose from as well as plenty of IM’s to
keep you busy. There is a greek life on campus, and numerous clubs and
organizations to join.

The food at Yale is o.k. We gave it a C+, and if you live on campus you are
required to have a meal plan. The off-campus dining is a bit better, earning a
B+ and supposedly the health-food Mexican place on Whitney is excellent.

The guys get a B and the girls get a B+ and the quality of life is pretty good.

And of course it is Yale so it has a steller A for academics.

The on-campus housing at Stanford gets a B+ and 99% of the undergraduates
live there. The other 1% that lives off campus doesn’t fair too well with a D-.

Stanford also offers 16 Men’s Varsity Sports.

The food here is pretty good earning a B for on-campus dining and an A for
off-campus dining.

The ladies of Stanford earn a B- and the gentlemen get a B+. The students at
Stanford are very laid back casual people, and there is a pretty big ‘going
steady’ culture. So if you’re looking for a place that is good for a long term
girlfriend Stanford is the place to have one.

The academics at this school earn an A+.

University of Pennsylvania
The on-campus housing at Penn gets a D and 70% of students live there. But
30% of the students live off-campus and this housing gets an A.

UPenn offers 15 Varsity Men’s sports and they are very well known for their
football team. They also have plenty of IM’s and club sports. You should check
out our Ivy League Compendium for the extra curricular activities, it goes in
depth at each and every Ivy League school and tells you everything you want
know about their extra curricular activities.

The food at UPenn gets a C- and freshman are required to have a meal plan.
The off-campus dining get an A-, so eating out isn’t a bad idea.

The ratio at this school is exactly 50:50 so you have a girl for every guy. The
girls get a C+ rating and the guys get a B.
And here are some basic statistics to help you get a sense of where you are in
the mix:
Penn’s SAT scores range from: (1330-1500)
Stanford’s SAT scores range from: (1370-1550)
Yale’s SAT scores range from: (1380-1580)

So SAT wise you are in about the 50th percentile for each school, and your
GPA is also within each school's range. You need to tell these schools why you
want and deserve to be there because they are looking at many more qualified
applicants than they can take. Also you want to think about your back up
schools, because application rates are the highest they've ever been, and you
most defnitely don't want to be stuck without any other options. Better to be
safe than sorry.

Best of luck and hope this helps,

Madison Byrnes
College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor

I plan to major in either International Studies or Political Science. Which college
should I plan to go to’

I am a high school senior anxiously awaiting responses from Boston College,
Notre Dame, Georgetown, Cornell, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, and
Umass Amherst. What kinds of replies should I see’

PSAT- commended student
Course Load- AP Modern European History, AP US History AP Calculus, AP
Spanish, AP English Literature, AP American Government, AP Comparative
Government, AP Economics, AP Chemistry, AP Statistics (the max number of
AP at my school, all honors)
Extracurricular- Varsity Math Team, Captain of Debate Team, UN, community
service club, national honor society, and school newspaper
Religious Commitment- Roman Catholic
High School- Private Catholic, fairly competitive, about 250 students in my
Class Ranking- N/A
Alumni Affiliation- Everyone in my family (except for one grandmother) for three
generations has attended Boston College.
Summer Programs- Michigan Classic Debate Institute

-Conor, Saint John's
Shrewsbury, MA

Assuming that you did well in all of your AP classes and that you scored
somewhere between the high 1200s and mid 1400s on your SATs, you stand
very high chances of being accepted by most of the schools you listed.
Particularly the fact that you have three generations of alumnae at Boston
College will improve your chances of admission there.

Additionally, these schools are good choices for the majors in which you have
expressed interest. Several (Notre Dame, Boston College, Georgetown) are
affiliated with the Roman Catholic church, and I’m sure that most of these have
debate teams, as well, so you should enjoy whichever you choose.

Best of luck when that time comes.

Allison G.
College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

How hard is it to get into the University of Maryland College Park’ Will it be
harder since I'm out of state’

-Tom, Absegami
Galloway, NJ


As is the case with most schools, the most important factors concerning
admission to UMD College Park are 1) Secondary school record and 2)
Standardized test scores. These alone are competitive enough: the average
G.P.A. is 3.8 and the average SAT score (without the writing portion) is 1150-

However, you were correct in assuming that state residency is still considered
in the admissions process. Only about 31% of freshmen come from outside
MD. Nevertheless, I personally had a friend who lived out-of-state, had less-
than-average academic scores, and was admitted to this university anyway for
his athletic abilities.

The bottom line is, if you are a strong candidate, most UMD College Park will
probably give you fair consideration despite your residency. It is a strong
school, however, so unless you have a solid academic record or special talents
to offer, you may want to look at a less selective school.

Allison G.
College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

What are my chances at Brandeis University, Emory University, University of
Rochester, George Washington University, and Boston University’ Also, which
of these schools do you think is best for pre-vet’ Thanks!

Jen, Emmaus High School

Hi Jen,

Your list seems pretty solid. No one can say ‘you have been accepted’ or
‘denied’ to any of these universities until you get your letter from that
particularplace. Everything is up in the air these days. So many students are
applying to colleges that even the student with the perfect scores isn’t
guaranteed a spot anywhere.

That being said, it is good to be in a schools score range. So here are the
statistics to the universities you are interested in:

Emory University
Average SAT score: 1380
Average High School GPA: 3.49

Brandeis University
Average SAT score:
Average High School GPA: not one given

University of Rochester
Average SAT score: 1305
Average High School GPA: 3.41

Boston University
Average SAT score: 1290
Average High School GPA: 3.20

George Washington University
Average SAT score: apx. 1270
Average High School GPA: 3.35

Score wise you are in their ranges, which is good. You're going pre-vet’ That's
great! You are fulfilling every child's dream. As for which school is the best for
pre-vet...Boston's program is good, and so is George Washington's. But no
matter where you go you will have the requirements fulfilled to begin your
veterinary degree successfully.

Best of luck with the admissions process,
Madison B.
College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

I earned a degree in journalism in 2000 but am a working paralegal. I must
change careers and want to put my journalism degree to work. How can I do
this’ Can I do this’

I am interested in going back to school but do not know what I want to study’ I
chose journalism with the intention of working for a magazine.

Please help!

-Angelia, University of Southern Mississippi
Hattiesburg, MS


Print journalists, such as those who work for magazines, as you mentioned, can
get jobs with a B.A. in journalism such as editor, news analyst, reporter, or
writer. If you wanted to further your career in journalism and obtain a leadership
positions, you could enroll in master's degree programs with an emphasis on
media management. Xavier University of Lousisiana has an M.A. in
communication, journalism, and related programs, while Mississippi College
offers communication, journalism, and related programs accounting, business
administration and management, marketing/marketing management,
communication studies/speech communication and rhetoric.

If you are interested in reading about Xavier University, check out the book on
our website at
5/index.html. Good luck with your future plans!

Allison G
College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

Considering my extra-curriculars as an award winning model UN delegate, as a
former #1 in the United Tae Kwon Do Academies New Jersey Top Ten, as a
chapter president of United Synagogue Youth, as a winner of my school's
Reeve's speaking contest, and as a survivor speaker at the local kickoff for the
American Cancer Society's Relay for life, and considering that my father is an
alumnus, how much of a long shot (it's a long shot for anyone) Yale University
is for me’

For some additional information, my school does not give a gpa nor does it
weight grades, nor does it rank. Peddie is known as one of the few schools
without grade inflation. With that, my grades last trimester were: 85 in AP BC
calc, 88 in English 11 (we don't offer AP or honors), 96 in physics honors, 90 in
AP US, and 94 in AP Latin 4. Please also ignore the fact that my first sentence
is a run-on, I am actually a pretty decent writer.

So again, how are my chances with Yale’

-John, Peddie School
Hightstown, NJ


First of all, congratulations on your SATs’you must be one smart cookie to have
scored so well.

As with all extremely selective schools, it is hard to tell what your chances are
concerning admission to Yale. As may be predicted, alumni, minorities, and
Connecticut residents are given some preference, but only subjectively. Thus,
the fact that your father is alumnus will help; but even so, Yale still only accepts
10% of its applicants.
Because your school records are so unconventional (I am assuming you will not
have class rank, since you do not have a G.P.A., either), I would recommend
paying special attention to the essay, resume, and recommendation portions of
your application. Extracurricular activities play very important roles in shaping
the college admissions officer’s image of you, and you seem to participate in a
wealth of interesting ones, so use them to your advantage. Perhaps write your
essay in the form of a speech or get a recommendation written by your Tae
Kwon Do instructor. Think creatively and make yourself different; your high
school is certainly different, so make the rest of your application just as unique.

Allison G.
College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

I graduated high school with average grades. I only took the ACT once and
made a 24... I never had to take the SAT. My parents made me go to a small Jr.
college. I went there for 1 year and graduated with a 3.0 GPA...

At my new school I am doing much better. I got a 3.75 my 1st semester. Now
that I have chosen my major and I have something to focus my attention
towards, I am headed in a more productive direction. I would like to go to grad.
school at Washington University in St. Louis. After my 1st semester of my soph.
year I have a GPA of 3.2. My grades are steadily improving and I am studying
away in London next semester. I am also on my universities judicial board. Is
there anyway a school like Washington would accept a student who had such
poor grades the 1st year’

-Ashley, Missouri State University
Springfield, MO

To apply to Washington St.Louis, you need to apply directly to the particular
school in which you will study. For instance, if you will study law, you apply to
the Washington school of law. (I use this example because you mentioned
being on your current school’s judiciary board.) Here, the median LSAT score is
166 and the G.P.A. is 3.6.

You still have 2 years to bring up a poor first year. Even if you do not make the
3.6 median, you still have several ways of trying to waive this weakness in your
application. First of all, you must include a personal statement. If your first year
is the only reason you have a poor G.P.A., then you could use your statement
to explain the circumstances surrounding this particular year and why your
grades were affected. You also have the option of including two letters of
recommendation. If these are very strong, the admissions officer may overlook
a tenth or two missing from your G.P.A. in favor of someone’s testament to
your strong work ethic or generous nature.

Getting into graduate school is a very individualized process. Do the best you
can with the time you have left. Then, lay it out on you application, and hope
for the best. Nevertheless, keep in mind that it is always wise to have backups.

Allison G.
College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

What are my chances of being accepted to either Brown, Williams College, or
Cornell’ I want to major in history or anthropology, or at Brown Egyptology. I
speak french, and I have a long list of extracuriculars which I have been very
involved in, community service positions, as well as leadership positions (field
hockey capitan for the past two years, school newspaper editor, head position
every year in my schools fundraising campaign which anually grosses over $30
000). I realize my marks are not incredible but my course load has been refered
to by my guidance counsellor as "the death load" so I have been busy. SAT
scores are only a base, I have not started prepping yet, the scores were
generated through a college board practice test.

-Rachel, North Toronto Cl
Toronto, ON


Here are some statistics so that you can compare your chances for the three
schools you listed:

Brown University
17% acceptance rate
SAT: 1310-1520
Top 10% high school class: 90%

Cornell University
29% acceptance rate
SAT: 1290-1490
Top 10% high school class: 85%

Williams College
19% acceptance rate
SAT: 1330-1520
Top 10% high school class: 85%

Nevertheless, despite all of these numbers, Cornell considers talents and
extracurriculars very important factors in the admissions decision, and Brown
considers talents very important, as well. Therefore, if you maintain a rigorous
course load and score well on your SATs, you should certainly try applying to
these schools, amongst others.

Allison G.
College Prowler Counselor

Dear College Prowler Counselor,

I am currently a high school sophmore. I want to get into columbia university,
but was wondering what the average GPA is to get into columbia university.
Currently, I have a 4.45. I am the co-editor of the school newspaper, I am the
president of the sochlastic decatalon team, and I am in various other clubs.
What do you think my chances are’

-Micheal, Rolling Hills Preparatory School
Long Beach, CA


I think you are well on your way!

The average G.P.A. of incoming freshman at Columbia University is 3.8. Really,
your G.P.A. is so high that I would recommend your taking more advanced
classes next year. It looks like you need a challenge.

Keep up the good work, and study for your SATs!

Allison G.
College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

I want to know about the University Of North Texes, Denton. Its ranking and all
the information about that. Please help me.

Raj, Amarsingh Higher Secondary School

Hi Raj,
Unfortunately, we do not have a guidebook on the University of North Texas but
I did look up their website to find some information for you. In order to be
considered for any kind of admission at University of North Texas, Denton, you
need to score at least a 950 on your SAT’s. Your scores are above this so
you’re ok on that requirement. They are interested in seeing your ranking
though junior year’so be prepared for that.

As for the ranking of the school, it is a fourth-tier school which is good, and it
is within the top 50 state universities in the nation.

If you’re interested in going to this college, then I would definitely suggest
putting your application in on the earlier side, and check to see if they have
rolling admissions.

Make sure you take a look at their website and familiarize yourself with the
school so that you know that you really want to go to North Texas before you
get there and decide otherwise.

Best of luck,

Madison B.
College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

I am a junior in high school, the first to attend college in my family, and very
confused. My mom is too! I most likely want to go to an Ivy League school. I
would not complain if I got into any of them.
I know I want to go into medicine. My choices are Forensics, Surgeon, and
Physician. I have taken the SAT twice, the old and new. I plan on taking a few
subject tests also. I have a solid academic history but I do not feel my sat
scores are high enough for me to be considered into an ivy league school. Is
this true’
I am also having trouble deciding on colleges otherwise. I know I want to go to
one with an excellent medical reputation and program. But tuition and expenses
are a problem. I am eligible for financial aid and I have participated in
scholarships. What else can I do to narrow down my college dream’ I dont
really have a preference to size or distance from home. My biggest issues right
now are academics and finances.
I have also applied for a one-week mini-course at Brown University this
summer. Is it true going to this would help me get into Brown if and when I
apply’ Thanks.

Darcee, John S. Battle
Bristol, VA

Hi Darcee,

If you’re looking to go pre-med I must tell you something that you probably
already know, but you absolutely must have a strong background in the
sciences. It is absolutely necessary for you to take as many science and AP
science courses that you can during your high school career, and this includes
taking science SAT II’s.

Also, that you definitely want to take the SAT at least one more time in the fall,
as well as the ACT, and compare your scores against each other. You definitely
want to put your best foot forward when applying to college. As far as your
scores are concerned, yes they are low for Ivy League schools, and that might
hinder you a bit from being accepted right off the bat, but you also have a great
story, and if you are passionate about your dreams and persistent about
obtaining your goals you can achieve them.

You’re looking to narrow down your options for great pre-med programs, so do
some research. Look online for nationally recognized organizations that rank
the top pre-med schools and go from there. Set your goals realistically,
though. You want to research into a few ‘safety’ schools so that if the Ivy
League plan doesn’t work out during your freshman year, that you have an
opportunity to go to college directly after graduating. And as for the one-week
program at Brown increasing your chances on getting in there’it really depends.
If you use your time well on their campus and make yourself known to the
admissions staff while you’re there then yes it will bring a face and story to your
name when they’re reviewing your application, but it does not guarantee

The college process is not an easy one, but don’t let your SAT scores
discourage you. If you have a goal you will reach it, so don’t let one thing get
to you. Colleges and universities also love to see kids that are working outside
of the classroom, so if you can get a job at a local hospital even answering
phones that is always helpful. The more exposure you have to your possible
field, the better off you will be.

Best of luck with your search.
Madison B.
College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

I'm looking to get into Stanford. Should I retake my ACT’ I am taking the SAT
this month, but I'm not sure if I might need a better score. I did not finish the
math section because I got distracted and strayed from my train of thought.

Patrick, Mount Carmel High School
Chicago, IL

Hi Patrick,

The average ACT score to get into Stanford is a 33, so you want to take it
another time. As for the SAT, their average score is about a 2090 for the new
test. Otherwise, for admission it is pretty important that you show Stanford that
you want to be there. Applying early action is a good idea, so you want to
seriously consider that option.

You also want to make sure that you keep in touch with someone in Stanford’s
admissions office, and let them know that you're very interested in their school.

Best of luck,

Madison B.
College Prowler Counselor

Dear College Prowler Counselor,

What are the recommended credits to go to MSU’

Joni, Buffalo High School
Buffalo, MO

Hi Joni,

If you’re looking to go to Missouri State University, you would want to have a 23
on your ACT. We don’t have a guidebook on Missouri State, and they don’t
publish very much information, so you want to send their admissions office an
e-mail at to learn more about what they expect
from a prospective student.

Best of luck,

Madison B.
College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

Considering my GPA, SAT score, projected ACT score, and my extracurricular
activies, I was wondering what my chances are of getting in to the following

Miami University of Ohio
Penn State
Virginia Tech

I do alot in and out of school-hockey, church groups, political activities,
volunteering, music, etc. Also, I am scheduled to take the ACT this weekend,
but my projected score was a 28.
Thanks for your time!

-Nick, North Allegheny
Wexford, PA


Penn State matches your scores most closely. The average G.P.A. is 3.6, and
your SAT score falls in the upper third of the average range.

While NYU’s average G.P.A. is also 3.6, the average SAT range for this school
is 1220-1410. However, if you make your projected 28 on the ACT, you will fall
within their average 27-31 range.

Both Miami U. of OH and VA Tech are also fairly good matches, although these
may be more difficult due to your G.P.A. Their average G.P.A. is higher than
yours (3.7), but your SAT and projected ACT scores fall within the averages,
and your extracurricular activities should help to round out your application.
Additionally, both of these schools have comparatively high acceptance rates
(71%), so if you are interested in them, it would be worth your time to fill out
their applications.

Best of luck. Joey Rahimi

College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Counselor,

I am wondering what my chances are at being accepted to Williams College,
Brown, or Cornell. I have a solid list of extracurriculars including newspaper
editor, and field hockey captain. I speak french and have well over 200 hours of
volunteer work. Thanks

-Rachel, North Toronto Cl
Toronto, ON

Here is admissions information that should help you get an idea of where you

SAT: 1290-1490
ACT: 28-32
Most Important for Application: 2ndary school record, test scores,
recommendation(s), essay, talent(s), extracurricular activities

SAT: 1310-1520
ACT: 27-32
Most Important for Application: 2ndary school record, talent(s),
character/personal qualities

SAT: 1330-1520
ACT: n/a
Most Important for Application: 2ndary school record, test scores,
recommendation(s), essay

Allison G.
College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

May I get into Brown University’

Zhi, The Bronx High School of Science
Bronx, NY

Hi Zhi,
If you are looking to get into Brown University you probably want to know what
kinds of scores their current students had when they applied for admission.
Brown is a great school, and because of its selectivity their scores are not at
the bottom of the heap. The average SAT score for Brown is a 1370, and their
average ACT score is a 28. This schools average GPA is a 3.77, so looks like
you’re doing just fine!

If you’re really serious about getting into Brown I would hope that you’ve
already been in contact with their admissions office in order to collect material
about their school. You most definitely do not want to make a decision based
upon hearsay. So make sure you do your reading on the school and that you go
for a visit. A very helpful tip is to get to know the admissions officers on
campus so that whenever you have questions about the process of applying to
Brown, they will be able to help you!

Also, Brown does not just look at test scores they also look at their applicants
"special" characteristics. You know...what makes you unique and sets you apart
from everyone else. So you definitely want to start thinking about getting across
to the admissions staff what makes you you and why you would be beneficial
on the Brown campus. Best of luck and hope this helps,

Madison B.
College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

1.) What are my chances at Duke ED, and at UNC-Chapel Hill and University of
Notre Dame (both EA)’ I have strong extracurriculars. My interests are in
journalism/communications. 2.) Can higher SAT scores+ solid
extracurriculars+good essays make up for a low GPA (with one C in physics)
when considering a top 25 school’ 3.) Also, based on my academic record, are
there any other schools that you suggest applying to, and is there a school you
suggest applying ED to besides Duke’

Thank you so much!

Tina, Centennial High School
Ellicott City, MD

Hi Tina,

I want to first start off with a quick question. Not to be mean but why Early
Decision to Duke’ It is a fantastic school, but their most well known majors are
not in the journalism/communications realm with the exception of public policy
analysis, so it depends if you want to graduate with a ‘communications’ degree
or a public policy degree.

Here are the statistics for all three schools:

Early Decision Acceptance rate: 36%
SAT I range: 1330-1530

University of North Carolina
Early Action Acceptance Rate: 46%
SAT I range: 1190-1390

University of Notre Dame
Early Action Acceptance Rate: 49%
SAT I range: 1280-1470

To answer your second question, nothing is impossible. Your GPA isn’t
extremely low, and you can’t change it now so all you can do is hope for the

As for other schools that you should apply to, it would depend on where you
would like to be. Syracuse has an amazing communications/journalism program
and so does Georgetown. If you want to go to Duke then stick with the ED
there. Hope this helps,

Madison B.
College Prowler Counselor

Dear College Prowler Counselor,

I am going into my Senior year at a small private school in NJ. I have a
cumulative GPA of -.--, two "-"s in AP Bio and AP Environ., SAT II Bio: ---.
Captain of the Varsity tennis team. My sister is a Freshman at Cornell. I want to
major in engineering. What are my chances of getting into Cornell, Dartmouth,
and Duke’ They are my 3 top dream schools.

Emily, Gill St. Bernard's School
Gladstone, NJ

Hi Emily,

I hope that you know that these schools are great schools and good for you for
wanting to be at such great places. I've had good friends go to all three
schools and they have all loved their experiences! Not to sound pessimistic, but
just in case they don’t work out for any reason I hope that you have a safety
school or two in mind. Being fully prepared for anything and everything is a true
sign of intelligence.

I am pretty sure that you have taken a look in the guidebooks for information,
so we should probably go from there.

As for your chances of matriculating at any one of these schools in the fall of
2007, you need to evaluate your scores against their scores, and on your tours
of all three institutions you want to sound out the most important thing to each
school. Then, you should evaluate yourself to see if it is the right place for you.
Some schools are very big on test scores, other schools like a lot of personality
and character as well as test scores, and a lot of schools like a whole lot of

Hopefully you have some stellar extra curricular activities, like captain of the
Varsity tennis team, to match your test scores and grades.

I’ll give you a quick run down of what each of the three schools are looking for:

Cornell University
Average GPA: 3.75
Average ACT composite: 29

Dartmouth College
Average GPA: 3.7
Average ACT composite: 30

Duke University
Average GPA: 3.73
Average ACT composite: 28

Score wise you are in all three schools ranges, and that is a great start. Next
you want to think about if there is a school that you like better than the other
two, and then think about applying Early Decision. If you look at the statistics in
our books you’ll see why I would say to at least think about the idea. Applying
and getting accepted to schools is much harder than it was even four years
ago, so you want to optimize your chances if you can.

Best of luck and hope this helps,

Madison B.
College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

Would I be able to attend the University of Michigan or Michigan State

Brian, Anchor Bay High School
Baltimore, MD

Hi Big Brian,

Well I would love to tell you if you could get into either one of the schools, but
you didn’t supply me with nearly enough information to let me accurately tell
you what I think!

I can really only give you statistics on both schools’and then you’ll have to
check out our guidebooks to find out the rest.
University of Michigan
Average SAT score: 1300 (old) ~1890(new)
Average ACT score: 28
Average GPA: 3.57

Michigan State University
Average SAT score: 1265 (old) 2000 (new)
Average ACT score: 22
Average GPA: 2.97

Hopefully you’ll have a better idea after you take a look at these stats and our
guidebooks about whether or not you’ll be attending Michigan State or
University of Michigan next fall.

Best of luck,

Madison B.
College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

1. Can you please rate these in order of importance to an Ivy League school’
SAT 1's, GPA, extra-curriculars, SAT2's

2. If many kids are applying from my school to the same college I want to apply
to, how much does that affect or hinder my chances’

3. Based on my records emailed to u, how good of a chance do you think I
have at top schools such as, Penn, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, and

Michael, North Shore Hebrew Academy
Great Neck, NY

Hi Michael,
You are asking a lot of questions! It really sounds like to me that you need to
start getting in touch with those schools!

To answer question number one I have to be honest with you every school is
different. I can tell you that secondary school record (which you did not have
on your list) is the most important component to the Ivy League schools. After
that number two ranges from essay to extra curricular activities’so lets just say
they’re all very important. When you’re applying to top-tier schools you need to
have a very decent transcript, and if you lack in one area you most definitely
need to make up for it in another.

As for your second question, the more kids from your school/area that apply to
each school that you do the less likely you are to get in. It’s the simple diversity
fact’they won’t accept ten kids from one place and none from an other, instead
they’ll take one or two from each and expand their horizons in a third place.

And for your third question, unfortunately Michael we do not have your
transcripts. When our company gets e-mail that can be spam it is automatically
deleted, so we don’t have your information. Sorry.

Best of luck in your search,

Madison B.
College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

Okay, I am a African American female and I go to one of the best college prep
schools in the Saint Louis area (Crossroads School), but my grades aren't so
good. I have a 2.97 cumulative average, but I'm extremely active. For instance,
I have been in Girlscouts for 12 years, Red Cross Youth Corps for almost three
years, and I have been playing volleyball for four years. Even though I have a
2.97 average, I try to take classes that will really challenge me such as AP
courses. I was wondering despite my average do you think that I have a chance
of getting into UNC-Irvine, Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, San Diego State,
Texas Christian Univerity, and Syracuse University for journalism’
Jae, Crossroads School
Florissant, MO

Hi Jae,

I want to start off by saying that you don’t want to absolutely kill yourself with
AP classes. It is really great that you want to challenge yourself and I highly
suggest doing so, but I also think that it is imperative that you don’t take
courses that you cannot handle. For next year think about taking one or two
AP’s and maybe one Honors course instead of all AP’s’if that is what you did
last year. If you just took one AP and two Honors courses last year then maybe
think about just doing one Honors course next year.

It’s really great that you’re active in your community. Colleges and universities
really love it when students do more than just sit at home and do homework.

I have to be honest with you Jae, the schools like Syracuse and Vanderbilt on
your list seem to be reach schools considering your GPA. I think it would be
great if you applied to one or two of those schools, but you want to think a little
bit more realistically. It is true that because of the rigor of your current high
school, and the types of courses that you have been/will be taking are factors
in a lot of schools decisions, but these schools are seeing prospective students
with 3.8 GPA’s and fantastic ACT or SAT scores. I also can’t be totally accurate
in my assessment because you didn’t tell me your SAT or ACT scores. Schools
do like to see improvement in GPA as the years go on so depending on your could have a very likely chance of being able to be in the qualifying

Best of luck,

Madison B.
College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

I'm a junior in high-school, with about a 3.8 GPA which might rise to a 3.9 at
the end of this school year, depending on how well I perform in my current
classes. I'm involved a good selective group of activities (Choirs, Advisory
Boards, Close-Up,etc) and am a Puerto-Rican female.

I'll be receiving my SAT scores back later this April.

What are my chances at NY schools such as:

-Marymount Manhattan College

I'm thinking about majoring in Political Science.

-Christina, Colonia High School
Avenel, NJ


Here are some statistics to give you an idea of your chances of admission at
the colleges you listed:

Fordham University
GPA: 3.6
Acceptance rate: 50%
SAT: 1090-1290

Pace University
GPA: 3.2
Acceptance rate: 70%
SAT: 980-1170

Marymount Manhattan College
GPA: 3.3
Acceptance rate: 80%
SAT: 960-1190

With your GPA, I believe you could look at even more selective schools than
you have listed here if your SAT scores are reasonably high. Another school you
may want to consider is New York University (GPA: 3.6, AR: 35%, SAT: 1220-
1410), and perhaps include reach schools such as Barnard and/or Columbia on
your list.

I mention these in particular because they are located in New York City, as were
the three you previously mentioned. However, since you want to study political
science, you may want to consider looking at schools in Washington D.C., as
well. Good matches for you there are George Washington University and
American University, with Georgetown University qualifying as a reach.

Best of luck!

Allison G.
College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

I want to know what are my chances of getting into an Ivy League school or
other selective schools such as Wash U, Johns Hopkins, Duke, etc.

I have a 3.34 unweighted GPA. Weighted GPA, I have a 3.84- and I know
colleges dont have a cutoff GPA, but could you give me a rough estimate’ I
have made the deans list for all my semesters.

I volunteer over the summer at hospitals. I have been a competitive athlete for 8
years. I coach/ help out with younger athletic teams. I've worked for the
school's alumni office. I'm currently an editor for my school's newspaper and
magazines and will be on the principal's conduct review board as a student rep.
I'm looking at two more president positions.

Thank you.

-Kaitlin, Bloomfield Hills
Bloomfield Hills, MI

Generally, Ivy League and other prestigious schools have very rigorous
standards. On average, the applicants they accept usually have a G.P.A. of 3.7
or better and SAT scores of 1230 and above. However, not even all of these
students get in, as many of these selective institutions accept only about 25%
of their applicants, and several accept less than that.

Even so, you have an impressive list of extracurricular activities. Coupled with
an attention-grabbing essay and flattering letters of recommendation, your
application should have at least a fair chance of serious consideration at any
one of these prestigious institutions. Just make sure you apply to other schools
that fit your standards, as well, just in case.

Allison G.
College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

The highschool I go to is very prestigious and tough academically, priding itself
in resisting grade inflation and keeping a C as a respectable grade. I have been
able to keep my grades in the A and B ranges, however my GPA does not really
parallel my test scores or my academic effort. Do you think I still have a chance
at schools like Emory or Vanderbilt whose average test scores are close to
mine, or will my grades keep me from getting in there’

I'm interested in a 3-2 business program in college, and considering I wont be
going to any of the very elite schools (Harvard, etc.) I was wondering if you
have any suggestions on where I might look considering my test scores and the
fact that my schools grading system is very difficult (my GPA isn't outstanding).
Location is not an issue, I'm willing to go anywhere in the US for college.

James, Belmont Hill School
Belmont, MA

Hi James,

To start’if you are at a very rigorous institution the colleges that you are
applying to should be informed. There is a report that your school can send
with your transcript that ranks your high school in terms of how hard it is to get
an A in a class and what percentage of students do receive that A. Ask you’re
college counselor about it when you go back to school in the fall.

I agree your test scores are in Vanderbilt and Emory’s ranges, which is great.
As for your GPA yes you are below their standard numbers, but you want to talk
to someone in both admissions offices about that. They might hear how difficult
your school is and keep your file open.

As for what 3-2 business program would be the best I don’t think that 3-2
business is your best option. What about doing a 4 year college and then
applying to a great graduate program at a top university’’ It would mean
working hard in college, but with a strong high school background I have a
good suspicion that you would be able to survive.

Best of luck and hope this helps,

Madison B.
College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

My GPA and SAT scores aren't great, but I am involved in several extra

1. Business Manager of the school newspaper
2. Class Treasurer for Senior Year
3. FEA for 3 years

I am very interested in attending the University of Mississippi. What are my
chances of getting in’

Kelly, Stone Bridge High School
Ashburn, VA
Hi Kelly,

Well this is your lucky day, I’ve looked up the SAT scores for University of
Mississippi and they don’t have any averages! And as far as your GPA goes’.it
definitely isn’t too bad. I would say that if you state your case in a well written
essay and keep in contact with the University, you will have a pretty good idea
of whether or not you’ll be admitted.

Your extra curricular activities seem great. Do you do any volunteer work in your
communitity’ That always gets a college/universities attention, and plus you're
helping out your neighborhood.

Also, Mississippi have rolling admissions, so you definitely want to think about
getting your application in earlier rather than later.

College Prowler does have a guidebook on University of Mississippi, and you
definitely want to check it out before making any final decisions.

Best of luck,

Madison B.
College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

Chances of getting into Harvard and Yale’ Father has MBA from Harvard
Business School (does this count as a legacy’).

-Jay, Phoenix country Day School
Scottsdale, AZ


Your chances of being accepted to Harvard and/or Yale are somewhat
considerable. Your SAT scores fall at the higher end of the averages (1400-
1590 and 1380-1580 respectively), and Harvard does consider alumnae
affiliations of its applicants during the selection process (although obviously the
more important components of your application are your transcript, test scores,
class rank, etc.). Don’t forget, however, that your extracurricular and volunteer
activities play into your chances of being accepted, as well as what you will be
able to contribute to the college.

Best of luck.

Allison G.
College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

Hi, I recently submitted a question, but I felt that I wasn't specific enough in my
inquiries. I took all the hardest classes I could in sophmore year, and I did well
the first semester (all A's with only one B and came out with a 4.25 GPA).
However, the second semester I did not do so well and came out with 4 B's
and 2 A's, adding up to a total of 3.75 GPA (weighted). I am involved in an
orchestra, have gone to numerous leadership conferences, taken extra classes
at my community college, play violin in an advanced level, was nominated to go
perform in the sydney opera house, am taking summer classes at UCSD, and
volunteer in several different organizations. I have also been nominated for
several writing awards and am planning to do an internship of molecular biology
research with the National Institute of Health. My SAT II biology score was 700.

That being said, what are my chances of getting into an Ivy League school’ If
my chances are slim to nothing, what can I do to improve it’

-Ashley, Oak Park High School
Oak Park, CA


It is difficult to tell from any one person’s profile whether or not they are an
ideal candidate for an Ivy League school. To get a good idea of what Ivy
Leagues are looking for (and so I do not repeat what is already here), I would
recommend reading the other questions answers under this category that
pertain to the Ivies.

You may also want to look at our book Untangling the Ivy League 2006. It offers
advice on getting in, reasons concerning why admission is so selective, and
information regarding the schools’ similarities and differences.

Briefly, however, concerning your individual profile, your GPA and test scores
look slightly low for the Ivies. Your extracurriculars and leadership activities still
seem strong, however, so this does not mean that you should not be able to
get into an academically sound institution. Make sure you divide your choices
into Reach, Match, and Safety when it comes time to apply.

Good luck.

Allison G.
College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

I recently took the SATS and my math score is way below expected to get into
my dream school (University of Maryland CP). I know that If I take the test again
my math score will not significantly rise. I do not do well under pressure and
standardized tests. My intended major dosnt involve math at all. Do I stll have a
chance’ I have good grades, extracirriculars, sports, and reccomndations.

-Melissa, Laurel High
Laurel, MD


There is a chance’there’s always a chance. Admissions officers do not look
strictly at test scores, and sometimes, if a student is a strong enough
candidate, they will overlook a weakness in an application and admit a student
in spite of it.
However. A number is a number, and if you do not meet the basic minimum,
the admissions officer may not even look farther than the score on your
application. (After all, consider how many applications that person must see
every day!) Therefore, you need to consider some ways to bring up your score.
Why are you so sure your math score will not improve’ You yourself said that
your math score was far below the expected score. Did you study for the test
ahead of time’ Did you take classes or try using one of the many books
available for SAT-prepping students’ Another option is to focus on raising your
verbal score, also, if you are so certain your math score cannot be improved.

Consider these options. Meanwhile, be sure to find some other schools you will
be satisfied with attending if your dream does not come to fruition. Going to a
college other than UMD is certainly a better option than going to none at all.

Allison G.
College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

What are the best schools for me’

What are my chances for admissions at Penn and Vanderbilt’ William and Mary’

-Henry, St. John's School
Houston, TX


It’s hard to tell you what schools would be best for you without knowing what
your preferences are. You need more than a test score and GPA to find a good
school match!

As for the schools you listed, your SAT scores are certainly high enough for all
of them, but your GPA is too low. The students being admitted to these schools
have GPAs of 3.8 and higher.
In Texas, a few colleges you may look at with GPAs closer to yours are Austin
College, University of Houston, and Dallas Baptist University.

Allison G.
College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

Which of these schools are within my reach’

Wake Forest
Case Western Reserve
Cornell University
University of Rochester
Elon (honors program)
Franklin & Marshall

(I am not a superstar at anything- I take some honors/ap classes, but the
majority of my classes are college prep, and i am involved in the community,
but not extremely involved- I brought up my -.-- gpa to a -.-- this year by
getting a -.--ish gpa, I have matured academically and intellectually this year.)

Stephanie, York Suburban Sr. High School
York, PA

Hi Stephanie,

Hopefully, by getting a year older this year you have started to realize that you
are good at something, and that you shouldn’t be so hard on yourself!

I’ll go through the schools that you listed and give you some statistics on them.
This will help you figure out what your realistic chances are at every school.
Haverford College
Average SAT score: 1970
Average GPA: 3.67

Wake Forest University
Average SAT score: 2080
Average GPA: 3.60

Case Western Reserve University
Average SAT score: 2080
Average GPA: 3.49

Cornell University
Average SAT score: 2012
Average GPA: 3.75

University of Rochester
Average SAT score: 1790
Average GPA: 3.41

Elon University (Honors Program)
Average SAT score: 1330 (old SAT)
Average GPA: 3.8

Franklin and Marshall College
Average SAT score: ~1910
Average GPA: 3.17

Without taking your Sophomore and Freshman year grades into account, I
would say that you have a good list. These schools all seem to fit your test
scores nicely and they mostly compliment your GPA.

Good work and best of luck,

Madison B.
College Prowler Counselor

Dear College Prowler Counselor,

What are my chances of getting into Stanford’ In addition to the academic
figures listed below, I am extremely active in the performing arts department of
my school. If I had to give an average amount of hours I have spent in theater, I
would say I spend about 10-12 hours (minimum) in rehearsals. In addition, I am
active in my school's Quiz Bowl program.

Kevin, De La Salle High School
Concord, CA

Hi Kevin,

I’ll give you the basic statistics that Stanford publishes so you can see how you
stack up against the incoming freshman this year.

Average GPA: 4.06
Average SAT score: 2090
Average ACT composite: 33
Percent of students in top 10% of high school class: 87%

So, Kevin, it seems that your GPA is good and your SAT score is in their range.
I would say to use your SAT score instead of your ACT. Stanford also highly
recommends 3 subject tests (SAT II’s) be taken. One should be the Writing
supplement to the Reasoning test (which you’ve already taken) and also Math
2C. The third is up to you.

Being involved in the dance program is great, and so is Quiz Bowl. Those are
two great possibilities for your admissions essays!

Hope this helps,

Madison B.
College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,
If I got a 1260 on the new SAT (out of 2400), do you think I could get into
Auburn University or UGA ‘ Im just not a good test taker, but I do well in my
schoolwork. Any suggestions’

Also, what college do you think would be good for me to attend’ I've heard that
you can get on some probation for the college that you want to go to, and you
just have to make certain grades that are passing, so that way you could go to
the college you would like to. Thank You.

Sally, Westside High School
Macon, GA

Hi Sally,

The SAT I test is a hard test, and not everyone scores a 2400. As for your
scores hindering your chances of getting into University of Georgia’I’m on the
fence and I’ll tell you why. Georgia has a very big philosophy of taking a look at
a students GPA and rigor of courses taken before they look at test scores. They
will more likely accept a student with a 4.0 and possibly under a 1000 on their
SAT over the student that has a 3.0 with a 1450 SAT score. (I’m talking in terms
of the old test.) Schools are still transitioning from the old test to the new test,
and most still go by the old test with the Writing section as an SAT II.

University of Georgia does look at each application on a case by case basis,
which might be able to help you. But, you need to raise your GPA in your senior
year to help solidify your chances.

As for Auburn, they say they assess each application individually as well, but
your SAT score is below their average.

You definitely want to get an SAT tutor before the last time you can take the
test in October, and you also want to think about doing a year at Community
College and transferring to Auburn or University of Georgia if you do not end up
getting into either place.

Best of luck,

Madison B.
College Prowler Counselor

Hi College Prowler Counselor,

I would like to know my chances of being accepted to University of Richmond,
Washington and Lee University, and Elon. Elon is my first choice so I was also
wondering if Early Decision was a good idea. Finally, if I were to be rejected in
a Early Action or Decision program, could I reapply under regular admission
with the same chance as anyone else of getting in’

Thanks so much, you're really taking a load off.

-Kevin, St. Mary's Ryken
Brandywine, MD


I think you have a very reasonable chance at each of the universities you listed.
See the numbers for yourself:

Elon University
GPA: 3.6
SAT: 1090-1250
Acceptance rate: 41%

University of Richmond
GPA: n/a
SAT: 1250-1390
Acceptance rate: 40%

Washington and Lee University
GPA: n/a
SAT: 1310-1450
Acceptance rate: 30%

You used the terms early decision and early action interchangeably in your
question, but they are not the same. Both early decision and early action plans
let you apply early (usually Novemember) and inform you of the college’s
decision earlier than the usual notification date. However, early decision plans
‘bind’ you to attending that college if you are accepted and offered an
adequate financial aid package. You may only apply to one college early-
decision, but you may apply to any number of other colleges under regular
admission. However, if and once you are accepted by the early decision
school, you must withdraw all other applications. Early action plans, on the
other hand, inform you of the college’s decision early, but they are not binding,
and you may inform them of your final decision in the spring, at ‘normal’ time.

Sometimes, in either case, admissions will ‘defer’ you. This means that, for all
intents and purposes, you have been rejected from an early decision or action
but have been automatically ‘reapplied’ and added to the pool of regular
admission applicants. If this occurs, it may be to your advantage to send
another letter of recommendation to add to your application, schedule an
interview, or otherwise show increased interest in your school of choice.

Elon does not offer early action, but it does provide early decision, the
acceptance rate of which is 68%. This being said, you should only apply to
Elon under early decision if you are absolutely sure you want to go there and if
you do not intend to weigh financial aid packages offered by the various
schools to which you apply.

Allison G.
College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

Do you think I can get into Cooper Union with an 83 or 85 average(issues with
transcript, it is one or the other, most probably 83), being a computer science
major, having a 90 and 99 in AP Java, and considering my first term in
freshman year I got a 75 which significantly impacted my average. Also I
rececived an 1800, 640 math, 570 verbal on the SAT's.

-Joe, Brooklyn Technical High School
Forest Hills, NY


After looking at the Cooper Union admissions website, I am assuming you
mean to apply for computer engineering within the Engineering School, since
this seems to be the only compute-related major the institution offers.

Your GPA looks very respectable, and the fact that you have high scores in your
computer science classes helps enormously. However, the other math and
science scores on your transcript will count significantly, as well. Additionally,
you may want to consider taking the SAT again, since your score is a little low
for admission to this school, especially since they rely so heavily upon numbers
in the admissions process.

Allison G.
College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

Hello, I am an aspiring Ivy Leaguer going into the tenth grade. My hopes are to
be accepted by early decision to Columbia University: Columbia College. During
the ninth grade, my average GPA was a 4.3/ 4.4. I am also involved in many
extra curricular (including: President of a debate club, Co-editor of the school
newspaper, co-president of Global and Cultural awareness club, member of
community service club, member of poetry club, member of JSA, member of
poster club, I also write articles for a local newspaper, etc’). I have won various
awards for academic excellence in the ninth grade. I will also be taking very
rigorous courses in the fall, including: AP European History, Chem. H, English II
H, Spanish III H, Geometry, and Theater. (These are the toughest classes
offered in my school; otherwise I would be taking harder). I will be taking the
SAT II in Chemistry. If I stay on this same track until my senior year, what do
you think my chances of getting into Columbia are’

-Wolfie, Rolling Hills Preparatory
San Pedro, CA

You are awfully ambitious! While it is hard to guarantee acceptance into any
college, it sounds like you are on the right track. Just so you know what you are
up against, Columbia’s overall acceptance rate is 13%. Of this fraction, 86%
were in the top 10% of their graduating class, and 96% were in the top quarter.

The bottom line is, Ivy Leagues are fickle. You might have an outstanding
application, but even this will not guarantee your acceptance. These schools
receive thousands of outstanding applications. Therefore, don’t set your heart
on going to Columbia. It’s a great goal to have, but the ultimate goal is to get
the best education you can. Just continue to work hard, and when it comes
time to apply to colleges, apply to several different ones that have the qualities
that you want. You shouldn’t be disappointed.

Allison G.
College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

My top schools are Ohio University, Bowling Green State and University of
Toledo. Will the fact that I attended a vocational school affect my chances of
getting in’

-April, Live Oaks Vocational School
Batavia, OH


As long as your education vocational school fulfills the college preparatory
requirements of each college, your attendance there should not affect your
chances for admission. For instance, Bowling Gren requires that you have
taken 4 English units (a unit being a year of study or the equivalent), 3 Math, 3
Science, 2 Labs, 2 Foreign Language, and 3 Social Studies. Ohio has the same
requirements, except no labs are required, and Toledo does not require labs or
foreign language units. If you have these units, then you should have the same
prospects for admission as any regular high school student with your same
academic record.

Allison G.
College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

I have a 3.5 weighted GPA. I have taken honors english, science, math and
history courses throughout high school. This year I did not take honors math or
science. I am however a year ahead in science though my average is in the C's
for this class. I also took AP American History this year. Next year I am going
into AP English, AP Euro and possibly AP Bio. I will be taking regular pre-calc.
My school does not offer advanced language classes, but I am very good in

This year I took the SAT and got an 1840. I plan on retaking it in November after
taking a couse by either Princeton Review or Kaplan which each guarentee a
200+ point increase. I will also be taking 3 SAT IIs in October and may take the
ACT also in October.

As for extracurricular activities, I have been involved in Drama all 4 years, in
Reality Check (a youth-led organization against big tobacco) for three year and
hold a leadership postion in this activity, chior for three years, and community
service all three years, which includes a benefit that my two friends and I ran
completely from getting bands and funds to booking a place and keeping
everything organized. The benefit was for Hurrican Katrina victims. I have also
been less heavily involoved in International Club (two years), Mock Trial (two
years) and art club (2 years).

My intended majors for college are Political Science and International Relations
with a minor in Psycology and Drama. I am thinking of applying either ED to
Brown or EA to Georgetown. I know I would be happy at either University, but
which is the safer bet for being admitted’ Can I get into one of these schools
early or will I just be rejected from both’

Thank you for you time and consideration.
-Nicole, Albertus Magnus
Suffern, NY


As you no doubt already know, both Brown and Georgetown are very selective
schools. Brown’s overall acceptance rate is 17%, with its early decision
acceptance rate only being 12% higher (29%). Meanwhile, Georgetown’s overall
acceptance rate of 22% increases by only 3% (25%) for early acceptance
students. You definitely need to raise your SAT scores as well as your GPA in
order to be competitive with other high-ranking students.

Meanwhile, you may want to also consider applying to George Washington
University, Fordham University, Pennsylvania State University, Northeastern
University, American University, and/or Franklin and Marshall College. These all
have the majors/minors in which you are interested, and many have prime
locations for political science and international relations studies. Either way, I
would recommend doing a bit more research to find colleges other than Brown
and Georgetown to which you will want to apply. Finally, before you decide to
try early decision at Brown, make sure that if you are accepted there, you are
willing to go no matter what other colleges may accept you or offer you in the
way of financial aid, since early decision admission is binding (early action is

Allison G.
College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

I am really glad to ask this because I am very concerned with college
applications looming. For a couple of months I have strongly been interested in
applying to Cornell University. I visited the campus and fell in love with Ithaca
and the campus itsself. I also could actually see myself there! I just wanted to
know that from your expertise does a person like myself have a decent chance
at being accepted by Cornell. I got a 1980 on the SATs (650-Verbal, 660-
Writing, and 670-Math). I am ranked 7th in my class of 324. I have a 3.9 GPA. I
have taken the very most difficult classes that my high school has to offer. I am
also very involved in the community and my school. Among my involvement I
am a student representative to the School Board and I am also a volunteer
firefighter. I truly appreciate your response. I really believe that I would thrive at
Cornell but I just pray that I have the chance to get in to Cornell.

-Brett, DuBois Area High School
-Reynoldsville, PA


Here are some facts you should know regarding the probability of your
acceptance to Cornell: The school’s acceptance rate is 29%. The average SAT
scores range (without the writing portion) from 1290-1490.

Comparing these numbers to yours, it appears that you would be about an
‘average’ applicant. However, I think your activities are what may make you
stand out to an admissions officer. Your mention of being a volunteer firefighter
certainly peaked my interest!

Thus, I would encourage you to apply to Cornell, but certainly to apply to other
schools that you find acceptable, as well. The most important portions of your
application to Cornell include your secondary school record,
recommendation(s), standardized test scores, essay, extracurricular activities,
and talent/ability. Make sure to take special care in preparing these and making
yourself appear as qualified as you truly are.

Best of luck. Joey Rahimi

College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

Hello, I am an aspiring Ivy Leaguer going into the tenth grade. My hopes are to
be accepted by early decision to Columbia University: Columbia College. I
attend a private school in Southern California. During the ninth grade, my
average weighted GPA was a 4.3/ 4.4. I am also involved in many extra
curricular (including: President of a debate club, Co-editor of the school
newspaper, co-president of Global and Cultural awareness club, member of
community service club, member of poetry club, member of JSA, member of
poster club, I also write articles for a local newspaper, etc’). I have won various
awards for academic excellence in the ninth grade. I will also be taking the
most difficult courses offered in the fall. I will also be taking the SAT II in
Chemistry next year. But, I was placed in the slower math class (I will be taking
geometry in the tenth grade)! What should I do about that’ Also, if I stay on this
same track until my senior year, what do you think my chances of getting into
Columbia are’ Is there anything else that I should start doing now that would
improve my chances of acceptance’ Thanks for your time!

-Wolfie, Rolling Hill Preparatory
San Pedro, CA


As I am sure you are aware, Columbia is a very selective university. Thus, you
could take all the AP classes your school has to offer, ace every test,
participate in tons of extracurricular activities, and still you may be rejected. The
admissions process is very fickle at such schools, so really all you can do is try
your best and present what and who you are.

You seem to be on the right track academically. However, as you are only
taking geometry in tenth grade, may consider doubling up with Algebra II (if this
is the order in which your schools teach math courses) in order to be ready to
take the SAT your junior year. Be sure to prepare well for this test, as it weighs
carries a good deal of weight in your application.

The bottom line is this: do not set your heart on attending Columbia. You (along
with many other students) seem so concerned with whether you will be a good
match for it, you have probably not considered whether it is a good match for
you! Chances are, you have not visited many (if any) colleges yet, so it is
unlikely that you know what qualities (aside from brand name prestige and high
quality of academics) you desire in your college of choice. Begin by making
decisions regarding key characteristics and then you can begin seeing how you
fit the standards of the schools you find.

Allison G.
College Prowler Counselor

Dear College Prowler Counselor,

I would like to apply to Brown ED, with my GPA and scores do I have a chance’

My defining areas of interest are Art (2 AP)Classes and Community Service

-Gary, Malibu High School
Malibu, CA


No matter who you are, your chances of getting into Brown are slim. The overall
acceptance rate at the university is 17%, only rising to 29% for those students
(such as yourself) who choose to apply Early Decision. Your SAT scores and
GPA qualify you as an ‘average accepted student,’ but this does still not offer
you good odds. Other schools that you may want to investigate (that have both
Art and Social Work majors and are in the west) include: University of CA
(Berkley, Davis, Santa Barbara, Irvine, Los Angeles), University of Southern
California, Pomona College, and Rice University.

Allison G.
College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

What are the odds for me to be accepted into the University of Pittsburgh’
If i apply early decision would that help’
If I know what i want to major in will it look better’

-Derek, Penncrest High School
Media, PA


Your chances of being accepted into University of Pittsburgh are not good, and
applying early decision would not improve them, nor would declaring a major in
advance. However, you may want to consider trying a branch campus such as
U. Pitt Bradford or Johnstown. Those branches have marginally less rigorous
academic admissions standards, and you may be able to transfer to main
campus if you improve your academic record.

Other Pittsburgh/PA schools you may want to consider include: LaRoche
College, Slippery Rock University, Robert Morris University, and California
University of PA.

Allison G.
College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

I'm a straight A student except for 1 B in History this past year. I will have taken
11 AP coursees by the time I finish my senior year (possibly the most anyone
has ever taken in my school.) I'm an Eagle Scout, Flutist in school band and at
my church services, take Fencing classes, and am involved in a service project
that goes to Appalachia to work 1 week each summer. My other Sat II scores
are: Math IIC 800, Physics 770 and Chemistry 770. Will that "B" in History hurt
my chances of getting into Yale, Swarthmore, or Cornell’

Eric, Loyola Blakefield High School
Columbia, MD


Students of your caliber stand the best chances of anyone, which unfortunately
aren’t good chances to begin with. You have high SAT scores, an admirable
GPA and course repertoire, and a variety of outside interests and extracurricular
activities. Nevertheless, the admissions rates of Ivy League Schools demand
that many such qualified candidates be excluded from their freshmen classes.
Thus, I would encourage you to apply hopefully but with other schools as
backups in the case that you are not accepted to these three.

Allison G.
College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

How are my chances of getting into a school like Holy Cross or Gettysburg with
a 3.8 GPA, playing violin for eight years, playing tennis for five, and active
volunteering in my Church and school’

-Candice, Branford High School
Branford, CT


Your chances are decent. Your SAT scores are not significantly high, which
hurts you as a potential applicant, but your high GPA and various activities
make you look like a highly qualified candidate. At Holy Cross College, your
chances are even better because they do not consider SAT scores as strongly
as other factors such as your transcript and class rank. The acceptance rate
there is 44%, 69% if you apply Early Decision. Gettysburg has similar
acceptance rates: 47% and 77% for ED.

Allison G.
College Prowler Counselor

Dear College Prowler Counselor,

I am interested in attending some selective schools. I visited one of them and I
fell in love with it. The 2 selective schools I am referring to are Univ of Virginia
and College of William & Mary. Their acceptance rates are 35% and I am not in
their SAT I have a chance at all’

My SATs are terrible ... should I take them again’

I have only taken one AP course. My load is challenging. My senior year I will be
taking Trig pt 2, Yearbook, English Regular, US Government, Marine Bio(since I
already took Chem and Physics and Biology) and Spanish 4.

-Eric, FC High School
Fredericksburg, VA


To be honest, your chances do not look great. Consider the fact that you are
competing against students who do have the SAT scores within and above
those listed ranges. Also, many students attending these schools are within the
top 10% of their class, which you may or may not be depending upon what sort
of school you currently attend. However, with only 1 AP class on your transcript
thus far, you are at a slight disadvantage. Continue looking at schools,
particularly ones with similar qualities to the one you ‘fell in love with.’ And I
would advise taking your SATs again. Hopefully by doing so you will be more
familiar and comfortable with the test the second time you take it.

Allison G.
College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Counselor,

What are the chances of me getting accepted into colleges outside of MN’

Is there any way i could get grants to go to college’
-Veng, Central High School
St. Paul, MN


No student is constrained by state lines, no matter what his/her GPA or SAT
scores may be. Therefore, it is certainly feasible for you to be accepted by a
college/university outside of MN.

Grants ordinarily depend upon your amount of demonstrated financial need, as
they are basically monetary gifts and do not need to be paid back. Private
schools often use them as equalizers in order to compete with more affordable
public universities for well-qualified but economically disadvantaged students.

Allison G.
College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

I am an incoming Junior and by the end of High School I know I will have at
least a 3.8 GPA on an unweighted scale. I am taking all available AP and
Honors courses, I play tennis for my school, volunteer, and have played in the
Orchestra for seven years, have a strong passion for photography and I am very
involved in my chruch. I would like to go to either College of the Holy Cross,
Notre Dame, Gettysburg, or Boston College, what are my chances of getting in,
and is there anything I can do before my senior year to help improve those

-Candice, Branford High School
Branford, CT


The portion of your application that looks as though it will be the weakest is
your SAT scores. Consequently, I would recommend better preparing and then
retaking them. Other than that, you look as though you are an academically
sound, well-rounded individual.

The following are the acceptance rates of the colleges you listed in order to
give you an idea of your prospects:

Gettysburg: 46%
Holy cross: 44%
Boston College: 32%
Notre Dame: 30%

Allison G.
College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

I would like to know my chances of getting into the University of Michigan at
Ann Arbor! I plan to apply early. I am a first generation college student. I am in
the IB program and have a 4.122 Cumulative GPA. My uncle is an alum of
Michigan and my cousin currently attends. I am involved in Basketball, LINK
crew, Senior Mentors, and French Club. I also have numerous hours of
volunteer work. I know my test scores are low but I plan to take the ACT again
in October. Should I report my SAT or not. Also should I explain why my test
scores are low’ How do u think my chances are’ Also are there any other
schools I should consider’ I plan to become a doctor and would like to major in
Pre-Med or Deveopmental Biology and Political Science also. Thanks

-Jeremy, Greeley West High School
Greeley, CO


The ACT range for University of MI Ann Arbor is 26-30, and the SAT range is
1210-1400. Nevertheless these are averages, which means that outliers do
exist. Hopefully your score will improve significantly the next time you take the
ACT, but even if it does not reach the average range, this should not
discourage you from at least applying. Your GPA and outside activities still
make you a decent candidate. Plus, luckily for you, alumni are considered in
the admissions process, so your relation to both a former and a current student
should give you an advantage.

Meanwhile, keep looking for other schools that interest you and try to apply to
at least one or two backups.

Allison G.
College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

SAT II (690 on Bio; 750 on Chem; 770 on Spanish. AP's during Junior year
(received a 5 on AP Spanish Language, AP Spanish Lit and AP US Govt.) I took
AP Spanish Language exam, without taking the course.

Hispanic Male

What are my chances for U Penn (I'm a legacy there) and Georgetown.’ I really
like Georgetown better, but I'm afraid I have a better chance at Penn since my
dad went there.

I have 125 hours of community service. I volunteer on Saturdays in the Latino
community teaching English to adult immigrants.

-Alex, Princeton Day School
Princeton, NJ


GPA: 3.9
SAT: 1280-1470
Acceptance Rate: 22%
U Penn
GPA: 3.8
SAT: 1330-1500
Acceptance Rate: 21%

You are correct in assuming that your dad having attended U. Penn will give
you an advantage, as alumni relations are considered in the admissions
process. Otherwise, as you can see, these two schools have very comparable
admissions standards. Even if you were to apply early action to Georgetown,
your chances of being accepted (according to acceptance rates) would only
increase by 3%. What is sure is that you will want to work on raising your GPA
this year, as that seems to be the weakest section of your academic profile.
Good luck.

Allison G.
College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

I really have no specific colleges that I have set my heart on, nor do I have any
conclusive thoughts on what I would like to do as a job. I am a little worried that
my gpa is to low to get into a good college. I guess my question is really a
matter of how am I doing so far’ My GPA is a solid 3 so far, from freshman and
sophmore year. I am in Cross Country running, Cross country skiing, and rugby
with my school (rugby isnt a letter sport), and I was in Track for my freshman
year. I have been working at an autistic learning center since I was a freshman,
helping to teach autistic kids how to function more socialy acceptable in life
and to get along better with others. I am also thinking about begining to teach
sunday school at a local church as volunteer work. Assuming that I do start
doing sunday school and that I manage to letter in skiing and running, what
type of colleges would accept me’ Any from your A+ to B+ list of accademics’
How would it affect me if I did not letter in any of my sports’ Assuming that my
GPA stays a 3.0 for the rest of my high school career, how can I make my
college application look better’ What type of extra curricular activities are
considered better than others’ I am looking for a college that is considered
better than average, are there any I could get into’
-Nick, Minnetonka High School
Minnetonka, MN


The good news is that a 3.0 GPA is not a bad grade point average. Granted, it
won’t get you into an Ivy League school, but it certainly will not prevent you
from getting into college, especially with your list of extracurricular activities,
particularly those in which you have volunteered and worked with children. I
don’t think you should change your extracurricular activities just to make them
‘look better’ on a college application, particularly because no one activity is
considered ‘better’ than another. Volunteering is particularly admired, though,
and you already have that on your record, so you are off to a good start.

The bad news is that it is doubtful that any of our A+ or B+ ranked schools
would accept you with only a 3.0 GPA. Nevertheless, this does not mean that a
‘good’ school will not accept you and provide you with a very thorough
education. What makes a school ‘good’ depends upon what you want from it
as well as what you put into it. I looked up several schools in the Midwest that
offer elementary and special education teaching programs and would accept a
student such as yourself, and several familiar names came up such as: Trinity
Christian College (IL), Bethany College (KS), Manchester College (IN), Kent
State University (OH), Bowling Green State University (OH), and Indiana State
University (IN).

Make sure you take time writing your essay and getting good solid
recommendations from people who know you well. These components will help
to make your application strong. Otherwise, the best you can do is to determine
where you want to go and express strong interest in those schools. Visit them;
spend a night in a dorm; interview with an admissions officer.

Good job getting started on this so early.

Allison G.
College Prowler Counselor

Dear College Prowler Counselor,

Florida State is my number one school, althought after freshmen & somp. year I
had a 3.3 & after junior year which i was in three APS it brought me gpa down
to about 3.1/3.2. I have ALOT of extra activities including band, intermural
basketball and lacrosse, coaching youth sports as well as an active member in
walks for health and part of the american diabetes association, im planning on
applying to the nutrition department of florida state, & plan on working extra
hard first semester of senior (im taking two AP classes) What are my chances
of getting in’

-Brooke, Oakton High School
Oakton, VA


Here is what Florida State expects of its average admitted applicant:
GPA: 3.7
Top 25% of high school class (93% incoming freshmen)
SAT: 1070-1260
or ACT: 22-27

Of everyone who applies to FS, 65% are admitted. Looking at these numbers,
your prospects don’t look great. Your ACT score is on the low end of the
average, and your GPA is not anywhere near what this school expects. What
will make things even more difficult is that FS considers your secondary school
record the most important factor in your application. Meanwhile, they also
consider factors such as state residency, which will work to your disadvantage.
Their last freshman class was composed of only 12% out-of-state students.

This is not to say that you should not apply, but you should definitely find other
schools you like in the meantime. There are other comparable schools (large
student body, in the south, etc.) with nutrition-related majors to which you can
apply with better prospects of being accepted. A few include Georgia State
University, Georgia Southern University, Radford University (VA), and Eastern
Kentucky University. Louisiana Tech University even has a dietetics/dietician
major within the field of health professions and related studies.

Good luck with your senior year and the application process.
Allison G.
College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

What are my chances of being accepted into Emerson College’ I am a captain
of Cross Country, and the Fouder of the writer's club at my school.

-Adam, Hamden High School
Hamden, CT


Your chances aren’t terrible. Your GPA falls below the average’3.5’but your SAT
scores are comfortably within the average range of admitted students.
Meanwhile, your extracurricular activities are important, so your positions of
leadership will serve to enhance your application. Meanwhile, to give you a
general statistic, Emerson has a 48% acceptance rate (55% for Early Action
applicants). You should take this coming semester (and year, really) to bring
your grade point average up as best you can. Meanwhile, find some other
schools you like and apply there, too.

Best of luck

Allison G.
College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

I'd like to know my chances of admission (and more importantly what I can do
to raise them) at Princeton, Dartmouth, and Columbia. I'm captain of my
schools debate team, and won a national debate championship. I'm an AP
scholar with distinction. Having taken a much harder than average course load
at a large public school, I have a low class rank, how should I spin that to

-Dayton, Highland High School
Salt Lake City, UT


Your chances of admission at these Ivy League schools are about average.
Your GPA is on the lower side of what they expect from incoming freshmen, but
your SAT scores are on the higher end of their average ranges. You cannot
really ‘spin’ your class rank; you will merely have to hope that by looking at your
transcript, SAT scores, the number of people in your graduating class, and the
caliber of your high school, an admissions officer will be able to deduce that
your class rank does not reflect the caliber of student you really are. Just
continue to work hard and take challenging classes, participate in
extracurricular activities (since colleges like to see dedication and leadership),
and volunteer. It sounds like generic advice, but it is really the only advice
anyone can give you, because when it comes down to acceptance time, only
the individual admissions officers can really tell you what will make them accept
or reject a student.

Allison G.
College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

What are my chances of getting in to UNC-Chapel Hill as an out of state

-Bryan, Hilton Head High School
Hilton Head Island, SC


Unfortunately, UNC-Chapel Hill considers state residency a ‘Very Important’
factor in the admissions process. Only 18% of its freshman class comes from
out-of-state each year.

Nevertheless, UNC also considers academic record, class rank, and SAT scores
‘Very Important’ factors for admitting students, and you appear to have strong
marks in all of these areas. I would encourage you to apply, but make sure you
have several other schools upon which to fall back in case you are not part of
that 18%.

Allison G.
College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

I have already begun looking at some colleges and would love to attend a
school like Williams, Middlebury, Haverford, Princeton, etc. Based on the
following info, what do you think my chances of acceptance at such schools
are’ Do you have any suggestions as to what more I could be doing or doing
differently’ Are there any other schools you think I should be considering’

So far, I have taken every available AP class my small school offers, and
everything else at an honors level. For the past two years, my electives have
been concert band and accounting, and this year I am taking band and Honors
Anatomy as electives. I am currently ranked first in my class. I have not yet
taken the SAT.

Extracurriculars: I play the marimba/xylophone in my school's concert band and
jazz band and am the 1st Assistant Drum Major of the marching band. I have
been selected for All South Jersey Wind Ensemble 2 yrs., and All State
Symphonic Band 1 year. this past year, I started a mentoring group at the local
middle school, which I have plans to expand over the coming two years. I was
also the Sophomore director of my school's Key Club, organizing a dinner at a
local Boys and Girls club, and a VP of Member Relations in the community
service group Quixote Quest. I'm also a member of student council and very
involved in my church.

Thank you for your help.

-Allison, Pitman High School
Pitman, NJ

Allison, (nice name!)

The biggest mistake students in your position make is trying to figure out how
to make a university interested in them. What you really need to be doing at this
juncture is deciding what colleges/universities interest you. I realize that you
listed many Ivy and almost-Ivy League schools as your ‘schools of interest,’
but by generalizing in this manner, you are basically saying that you want to
attend a prestigious, challenging school with little regard to the many other
factors that play into choosing a college. I suggest that you look at the What Is
the Best School for Me page and answer the questions that one of our
counselors poses for choosing a college. These questions will help you to
determine what qualities you desire in a school. Once you find schools that
possess the qualities you seek, then you should begin to assess whether or not
each school will be willing to accept you.

In the meantime, your class ranking, GPA, list of courses, and range of
extracurricular activities is certainly impressive. If you are able to maintain
these, you may have a shot at being admitted to an Ivy League school. Just
remember that their acceptance rates are extremely low and that you are
competing against other students who are near-prototypes of yourself: good
grades, many extracurriculars, and plenty of ambition.

Allison G.
College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Counselor,
I want to know if with my grades if it is possible for me to get into a good
college. Such as Northeastern or Boston University or University of Connecticut.
Also i participate in three varsity sports and clubs in school and I volunteer at
the local hospital. What classes would be good to take as a junior to improve
my chance of getting into a good college’

-Michelle, Oneonta High School
West Oneonta, NY


‘Good college’ is a relative term, depending what you want from a college.
However, your chances at the schools you listed aren’t great. Most of these
schools demand GPAs close to 4.0 and relatively high SAT/ACT scores.
Nevertheless, you do have two more years to raise your GPA, and strong
dedication to and leadership in extracurricular activities always helps. If you can
handle the load, I would recommend taking some AP classes to challenge
yourself academically. These are traditionally regarded as college preparatory
classes, so in addition to preparing you for a challenging college curriculum,
they will also show colleges that you are challenging yourself in high school as
much as possible.

Allison G.
College Prowler Counselor


Dear College Prowler Counselor,

I go to Troy High School (ranked the 21st best school in the nation by US world
news report) and I have a GPA of around 3.5. I was in all honors classes
freshman year, then dropped out of them all sophomore year, then jr year I had
one ap/ib class, which was Spanish. Senior year, I am not sure what my
schedule will look like exactly but i am going to strive for aps/ibs.

I do volunteer a lot, and I am a member of Key Club and the Indian Club at my
school, but I do not have any leadership roles at those clubs.
I recently did an internship at the Orange County Heart Institute under one of
the heart surgeons for 150 hours and I plan to continue for a few more months.

Also, the last 2 years I was a counselor at a camp for kids age 6-13 and made
significant impacts on the participants in my group.

My SAT scores were fairly good, 710 math, 740 writing, 670 reading.

So based on the above info, what schools do i have good chances of getting
into out of the following: Boston University - Med Program, Emory, Tufts, NYU,
Brown, and long shot reaches would be MIT, Harvard, and Stanford.



Your SAT scores are strong, and will be an asset to you in the admissions
process. The top schools on your list are, however, going to wonder why you
stopped taking AP/IB classes sophomore year and only took one junior year. If
there is a reason for this, you should include a paragraph or two of explanation
in the ‘Additional Information’ sections of your applications. While you can’t
make up for the past, you should definitely take the most difficult courseload
you can handle this year. Also, you did not give any info re: your class rank, but
you should know that colleges will get a general sense of where you are in your
class ‘ especially at the top schools ‘ and this does matter to them. From an
extracurricular perspective, your work at the OC Heart Institute is impressive
and you will want to both keep that up and highlight that in your resume and the
activities sections of the applications. Regarding your college list:

BU sounds good
BU Med a big reach
Emory and Tufts = OK to keep on the list as reaches
I’d scratch Harvard Stanford MIT unless there’s something that you didn’t reveal
about yourself that makes you a contender.

Work on the target/likely section of your list ‘ sure you’re applying to UCs,
maybe think about GW or American if you’re thinking about urban E Coast

Hope this helps! Good luck Zain!
Collegiate Compass LLC

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