Am I on the right track for Brown University?

Question by : Am I on the right track for Brown University?
I’m in tenth grade so I won’t be applying for a little bit. I’ve just been browsing around schools and I really like Brown University. I just wanted to know if I was on the right track for an ivy league school… and what are ways to improve.

Academics:
My GPA is kind of low because I got a bunch of B’s freshmen year. It’s a 3.65. Getting straight A’s will get that up. I also take the hardest classes my school has to offer. All of my classes (freshmen and sophomore year) have a ‘honors’ or ‘advanced’ in front of them. At my school freshmen and sophomores aren’t allowed to take AP classes but I will take them junior and senior year. I’m planning on taking 9 of them (chemistry, physics, calculus, history, government, english, psychology, economics, and spanish). I’m a year advanced in math and, when I graduate, will have taken four years of spanish.

Extracurricular activities (number of years when I graduate):
I play tennis (noncompetitive- 4 years; competitively- 5 years)
I play soccer, golf, and ski for fun (not on any teams but like to do it for fun)
I’m involved in the school newspaper (3 years)
I do a lot of acting, auditioning for plays and taking acting classes (6 years)
I’ve been in girl scouts (13 years)
(I swear I’m not exaggerating) I’ve done hundreds, if not thousands, of hours of community service through GS
I’ve earned my bronze, silver, and (almost) gold award, three huge community service projects.
I started my schools chess club this year and my school’s quidditch team (I don’t know if they will continue on so, for the time being, 1 year)
debate team (two years. I’ve been wanting to take it longer but my schedule hasn’t had the room for it)
I babysit (5 years)
Starting my own little tutoring business to help elementary school kids with math (planning on starting it this summer so hopefully I’ll get to that and keep it going…)
I’ve written a few novels on my computer. Nothings published (but hoping to). All of them over 50,000 words. Writing is usually what I do in my free time. I’ve been writing stories since I was about four years old.

By the way, reading through this, I sound pretty egotistical… sorry about that. I just wanted to get all the facts down. Please answer honestly. Thank you!

Best answer:

Answer by Susan
Brown loves uniqueness and individuality. They will give a 3.6 student who is unique and doesn’t “go with the flow” a shot over and ordinary 4.0 student. This is a well known fact. A lot of your extracurriculars and your class choices are all going to look really good as a package.

They also put a lot of emphasis on community service and volunteering, but choose worthy causes, something that will “move” the admissions officer that goes over your application. I have to say that the sheer number of hours you’ve volunteered so far, looks really good – keep it up.

Taking challenging classes is good as well. They would rather see you do good in something challenging, than do great in something easy.

When you write your application essay, stress your uniqueness and what makes you different from the crowd. Also, be prepared in your interview. Make sure you’ve done your research and can ask the interviewer questions about Brown that you might have. This shows them that you really have an interest and aren’t just trying to get in, because it’s Brown.

Also, make sure your SAT scores are high. Study, study, study prior to your SAT’s and if you don’t get great scores the first time around – retake them after you study some more.

Your resume looks quite impressive, but remember after all is said and done, make sure you apply to other programs as well. Brown accepts only 14% of their applicants. There are a lot of gifted students applying. Do what you can to increase your odds of acceptance, but don’t take it personally if you don’t get in.

Good luck!!

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  1. Hayley said,

    Wrote on March 19, 2012 @ 6:06 pm

    Okay I’m going to be honest with you because you still have time to bring it up. Don’t make any more B’s, the kids that go to my high school get into Ivies by making literally nothing but A’s along with numerous AP courses.

    APs are HARD, especially ones such as history or calculus. I took 7 of them by the time I graduated last year, and they were challenging and worth it but I think you’re underestimating how easy they could be to get A’s in. Take as many as you can because they come in handy when you pass the exam and don’t have to take the classes in college. Unfortunately Ivy schools tend to add extra classes of the gen ed to take so you might end up with them anyway. Still looks great though! :)

    Your extra curricular are amazing, keep up the great work there! I just urge you not to get any more B’s from now on. Try to even retake some of the classes you received B’s online if your school allows you. Here’s is Brown’s stats: http://www.brown.edu/Administration/Admission/applyingtobrown/admissioncriteria.html

    Anyway, even if you don’t get admitted into Brown it already looks like you’re going to get into a great uni anyway. It’s usually grad schools that employers really look at, so try to aim for an Ivy grad. Keep challenging yourself, I know it’s hard but you sound like a great student. :)

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