Can I get into any Ivy-League college?
I’m a 15 years old Belgian highschool student interested in Economics. Can I get into a Ivy-League college (I prefer Harvard) with the following stats?
- I study Economics-Mathematics (6 hrs of Mathematics and 5hrs of Economics per week)
- Extracurriculars: – I play soccer.
– I’m in a youth movement from when I was 7 years old.
– I play the guitar.
– Should I maybe do community service as well?
- Languages: I speak Dutch, French and English fluently. I also speak a little bit of german too.
- GPA: – Mathematics: around 4.0
– Economics around 4.5
– Overall: should be around 4.0
Harvard does accept international students, as do most US universities.
Harvard’s acceptance rate is 6%. Meaning 94% of all applications are denied. Harvard’s undergrad international student population is about 8%.
Just great grades is not enough. They look for students who are outstanding. Who are leaders. They are not just doing community service, they have come up with a project, coordinated it between the school and community, gotten other students to join in, headed up the project to completion.
They look for well rounded students who do more than academics.
You play soccer. Are you the team captain? Have you done anything with it? Coached younger kids? Won any championships?
You will need to take the SAT I exam- www.collegeboard.org
Check each US school’s web site to see if they require any SAT II subject exams
For Harvard and any Ivy League school you need to score at least a 2100 on the SAT
how to imporve my chances of getting into the raf as a pilot?
I’m currently studying for GCSE’s and I have the goal of being an Raf officer and pilot, preferably flying the Sentinel R1, The c-130 hercules, C-17 globemaster or the Chinook. I’m going to study Biology/ Chemistry/ physics/ and psycology for A Levels. I’ve researched the requirements but I’m hoping for some advice on how to better my chances and get ahead of the competition, I’ve looked into Air cadets however there is not a squadron near enough to me. However I do alot of kayaking and have knocked up around 200 hours of coaching and have lead various groups. I’m currently going to take my 4* leadership award in sea kayaking, I’ve done work for a sailing trust and raced their boats. I’m also a keen and experienced mountain biker and I feel like I have a good level of fitness. I used to play in football team for 4 years and managed to win our local leagues 2 times. At the moment im looking into maths courses aside from A levels as I feel this is a weaker subject (predicted B at GCSE) although I have experience with speed/distance/time with kayak navigation etc…Any advice on how I can boost my application and chances is greatly appreciated and 10 points for the best answer =) P.S
take a look around the web site – info re the selction process and the tasks/ skills required.
Good to see you have a goal in life
Honers diploma to get a scholarship?
I am a senior in high school and i don’t know if it is like this at other high schools but at mine we have 2 different classes, Honors diploma and standard diploma. I am in standard diploma and i was wondering if you have to be in honors to qualify for scholarships. I am very worried about this please help! and if it helps any i am from alabama. THANKS!!!
Not necessarily. There are scholarships for students who earn average grades.
Read the information here:
* US News and World Report Article:
* FinAid.org Article:
Please keep in mind that many other students will be applying for the same scholarships & only a few or maybe just 1 will be awarded. Do not pin all your hopes of higher education financing on being awarded enough scholarship/grant funds to cover all your college expenses.
I hope you have been saving any gift money & earnings – as much as possible for a number of years.
Once high school resumes for the 2012-13 school year talk with a HS counselor to learn how to pick a school that will meet your education & career needs & your budget. Learn the ins & outs of college/univ. Financial aid, including learning about the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid – http://www.fafsa.ed.gov ) which will need to be completed & submitted early in 2013.
The colleges/universities* that interest you may have scholarship/grant funds for just their own students. Staff members of the colleges/universities may need the info from your completed FAFSA or may need a completed CSS Profile (from the College Board – https://profileonline.collegeboard.com/prf/index.jsp ) to determine if you will be awarded any scholarships/grants.
*By colleges/universities I mean: local taxing district funded community colleges, state government funded colleges & universities, & private/independent non-profit colleges/universities (not to be confused with for-profit/career/proprietary colleges, which 1st & foremost are businesses with the main focus of earning profits for their shareholders.)
I recommend the following databases for searching for some scholarships for which you may qualify and may wish to apply:
Scholarship Search from the well-respected College Board:
Click on the Start button.
If you choose to register (free – registration is not required) to return later & modify your search strategy, feel secure you will not receive spam emails. Don’t select too many defining terms in your search strategy, which may result in a poor scholarship search result.
CollegeNet Mach25 Scholarship Search database:
No registration required. If you use the Profile Search option, don’t include a large number of Misc. Identifiers or you may have an unsuccessful search result. I think the Keyword Search option is the easiest. Scholarships specific to particular colleges/universities are included in the Mach25 database.
With the results of both scholarship search databases you will have to look at each scholarship option in the results and the info on the scholarship granting organization web pages to determine if you qualify to apply.
Beware of many other “scholarship search” web sites. Many have info on contests & require registration to use, resulting in a lot of spam email. Read their privacy policies very carefully regarding selling/giving your info to 3rd parties. If they sell/give your info to 3rd parties, avoid them.
When you do find a scholarship for which you want to apply, make sure you meet the scholarship requirements, be sure to follow the application rules to the letter; use perfect spelling, grammar & punctuation; & submit your application before the deadline.
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what to ask a West Point recruiter?
It may seem like I’m flattering myself here, but I AM NOT. I fucking hate that.
Anyways, I’m going to Seattle tomorrow for an Army event. I even scheduled 5 minutes to talk to the actual West Point recruiter. Since 7th grade the military is the occupation I decided to live. I’ve gone from wanting to become a Navy fighter pilot, to be in a nuclear submarine, to want to become a paratrooper, or Special Forces, or scout-sniper, or EOD. As you can see that’s a hell lot and impossible. Since freshman year I had decided to become a Marine. My plans were to enlist after high school. Even though I’m not delayed entry, I’ve been going to the Marine poolee functions for the past two years, and established my own leader-like position there. But being a senior now I have begun to think more about my parents. Going to a university, and help my family advance. I’m being honest here: my family has been on welfare for a while, working (doing REAL work) to put food on the table. I could enlist but by doing that I’m only thin king of myself. Going to university I am in the military AND it’s better for my family. I’m tired of doing yard work and fruit orchards. Even though I’ve been biased for Marines, the Army also has my respect, as they established their part in history. I’d rather enlist and put 20 years to become a Gunny, because it’s always appeared to me that the NCO’s are closer to the troops, getting the experience and knowing what to do. But I figured that if I got a commission I wouldn’t be different. After all I’ve done my homework. In the past years I’ve spoken to many veterans, read military memoirs/non-fiction, watched documentaries, etc. Anyone that knows me recognizes me by that. “Angel who? You mean that guy who’s into the military?” and whatever else.
I believe that I’m not what West Point looks for TRADITIONALLY. I have the intelligence, but I’m not the person with the straight A’s and National Honor Society. My grades have been good nonetheless. I’m not involved in school government, but that doesn’t mean I can’t be a leader. I’m captain of the cross country team and varsity. I’ve done wrestling too, and am a good public speaker. I have no trouble speaking in front of large groups of people. Speech and debate team. I hate science, but I love math. AP Calc.
All being said, what are good questions to ask tomorrow at the Seattle Army event?
Since the service academies generally only recruit for athletics and diversity, and don’t generally recruit athletes at Army events, I am guessing that you are meeting a West Point Diversity recruiter rather than a coach or a MALO(Military Academy Liaison Officer.)
Your extracurriculars- cross country, wrestling, speech and debate- sound perfect for a service academy candidate. Leadership does not only mean student government. Athletic team captain is considered one of the highest forms of leadership to the service academies. If you have been working to help support your family that will also be considered as part of your extracurricular composite, and leadership in work will also be considered. Your writing style indicates that you are well read and if you do well in Math and are doing well in AP Calculus, then even if you do not have the most competitive class rank, Gpa and Sat or Act scores, the service academy may be willing to offer you a year at the United States Military Academy Prep School(USMAPS) to help you to become competitive for an appointment to West Point. It sounds like you may need to further prep in Chemistry and Physics to be able to do well in the first two years pre-engineering curriculum at all service academies. Ask the recruiter your chances at a direct appointment and also your chances at being appointed a Cadet Candidate to USMAPS. It would help to know your actual class rank based on weighted Gpa; weighted Gpa; any trends in Gpa, sophomore year is given greater weight than junior year and junior year is given more weight than sophomore year, grades in English, Math, Chemistry and Physics. The stated purpose of the service academy prep schools since Dod Directive 1322.22(1994) has been to prep minorities and enlisted service members for appointment to the service academies but in practice the prep schools are primarily used to prep and redshirt athletes, then to prep minorities with enlisted service members making up between around 7% to 15% of each service academy prep school’s students.
See 1322.22 on page 8:
If you are a D1 caliber athletic recruit for X-C then you should also contact the X-C Coach at West Point. Over one quarter of each freshman class at est Point consists of recruited athletes.
If you are not offered an appointment or a year at Usmaps, another possibility is to self prep at one of the five military junior colleges. Since you want an appointment to West Point, that is possible on ECP Scholarship.
You need to apply for nominations from your rep and two state senators. Go to their web pages and look for information on how to apply. Some have already stopped accepting applications. Most accept applications till November 1. If appointed to Usmaps a nomination is not required. Also need to prep for and take the Sat and Act. The Sat Math tests Algebra 1 and 2 and Geometry. The Act Math also tests Trigonometry.
The selection process is nearly identical at West Point, the Naval Academy and the Air Force Academy, so, whatever is stated on one service academy website or in its catalog with regard to admissions, course selection etc generally holds for the others. If you read the following answer and open the links it should help to explain the selection process and the path to an appointment:
Helpful to take an Act that offers TIR(Test Information Release.) Only about three Act exam dates per year do.
The Air Force Academy website offers outstanding advice to students prepping for a service academy, rotc scholarship or any highly selective university. Open all links to the left of the dialog box. Be sure to open the “Leadership Preparation” link and read it carefully.”
Page 19 of Chapter 2 of the Naval Academy Catalog indicates classes for a high school student to take to make himself competitive for admission. The classes are arranged in a hierarchy:
For colleges that require them, schedule Sat Subject tests to coincide with the AP or Final Exam in the class. An extracurricular reading program, looking up unknown words in a dictionary will help with Cr scores, even as little as twenty minutes a day.
The military considers that the primary goal should be to serve as an officer regardless of service branch or commissioning source. Applying to more than one commissioning program tends to strengthen each application.
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