Anyone Here Go to Princeton? Or any College?

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  1. gan6660 macrumors 65816

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    Hi, I am starting my search for college as I am a Jr. in Highschool. My GPA is 3.6/3.7 and on my PSAT I got a 1660. I will be taking my SAT's on May 1st. Know my question is what colleges do people here go to and how similar were you grades to mine? Princeton is my dream school so if anyone here goes there Id love to hear from you. But again its a dream school so I must be realistic and would like to hear from anyone. I must confess that my moms cousin is the vice dean of admissions at Princeton so that may help. Thanks everyone in advance for your help!
     
  2. Repo macrumors 6502a

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    You'll need a higher GPA for Princeton; or a lot of money.
     
  3. gan6660 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Is 4.0 still the highest you can have? Also my GPA over the last 3 years comes out to be 3.8 and thats with a few honors classes. Next year I will be taking an AP class if that makes a difference.
     
  4. rtmadden macrumors regular

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    Hopefully, your above post isn't indicative of your writing skills.
     
  5. GfPQqmcRKUvP macrumors 68040

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    1660? Out of 2400? I don't know how the PSAT works.
     
  6. gan6660 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yes it is out of 2400 but I believe the real SAT has a essay on it which the PSAT did not have.
     
  7. Repo macrumors 6502a

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    You can take a GPA up to 5.0.
     
  8. gan6660 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    No, its not Im getting used to using my laptop again after 3 days of nothing but iPad!

    Really? Is that just with AP or Honors classes?
     
  9. Surely Guest

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    I think that depends on the jurisdiction and/or school.
     
  10. Repo macrumors 6502a

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    Yes. Standard classes max out at 4.0, which is why AP/IB/GT students can't theoretically get a perfect 5.0, because there are required "regular" classes where a 100 will result in a 4.0.
     
  11. gan6660 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I will be in only 1 AP class next year so Im not sure how this will affect me because I dont think my school goes up to 5.0.
     
  12. puma1552 macrumors 601

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    If you want to go to an Ivy League, I hope you have a lot more going for you than just GPA. You need to be doing an excessive amount of extra-curriculars and volunteer work.
     
  13. gan6660 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    See thats were my biggest problem comes in. I dont have much of that but I do have some. My school isnt the best in helping find oppurtunities.
     
  14. RudyGrow macrumors regular

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    I'm in pretty much the same situation as you. I've got a GPA of 3.95, and the maximum GPA you can get is 4.33 (exceeding perfect lol).

    I've been browsing around these forums, and found out some really useful things. Its also nice to know someone high up in the school :D
     
  15. rtmadden macrumors regular

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    Just remember, you will be in a competitive applicant pool consisting of other students who have stellar academic records and near perfect test scores. Finding a way to stand out among applicants, aside from your academic record, will be the key to winning a seat in an Ivy class.
     
  16. puma1552 macrumors 601

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    Nor should they be. It's on you to get out in the community and find places to volunteer or help out.
     
  17. Repo macrumors 6502a

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    Besides GPA, extracurricular activities is the second most important. You can't just be busy though, you need to be consistent in your activities. Colleges love students who pick something and stick with it; it usually signifies a well-rounded, hard-working student.
     
  18. gan6660 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I know that they shouldnt be searching for me but local oppurtunities do arrive and they ask the school to spread the info that the oppurtunity is their and my school turns them away. I have asked my counseler for information but she isnt any help and my mom emails and calls here put she always finds away around the question.

    As extracurricular activities I am in FBLA, played soccer, baseball,been in plays, and run a pretty successful little ebay business but Im not sure that counts.
     
  19. dmr727 macrumors G3

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    Sorry buddy, but if you're already a Junior and have to ask what it takes, I don't think you'll meet their criteria - at least without being in a position to have some strings pulled from the inside.
     
  20. chstr macrumors 6502a

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    it's fine to apply to a reach school like Princeton, but don't get you're hopes up too high. Make sure to apply to a few safety schools and something a little more realistic for you.
     
  21. Repo macrumors 6502a

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    Do you even have the funds for Princeton? Not to bash the school, but you could easily get an equal education at another college for much, much less.
     
  22. gan6660 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Not fully but I can pay up to $35,000 a year and I believe Princeton is $50,000.


    And to answer others yes Princeton is my "reach" school and I will apply to other state and private schools. And yes I can have strings pulled on the inside with my mom's cousin and I also have strings at Rutgers were my mom's friend is on the board of directors.
     
  23. puma1552 macrumors 601

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    Good advice. What the OP should really be looking for is some type of community service and volunteer work, and stick with it.

    Then you can't rely on the school to hand you anything. Go out and actively seek it. One type of volunteer work I did was spend 3 years volunteering at a local Japanese garden. Easy peasy, and relaxing to boot. You just gotta go out and find what's in your community.
     
  24. Repo macrumors 6502a

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    Strings: meant for pulling.
     
  25. gan6660 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Wow that kind of sounds cool. What did you do there? Anyway I dont have anything like that around where I live and I just have common things like: library, nursing home, I dont even have an animal shelter. I have done road side cleanups with FBLA and the advisor said she would right a letter of recomendation when the time came, and I also have a math teacher and a guidance counseler who would right one also.

    I do hope so if need be.
     

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