I'm considering US universities, but it's going to be high-risk and I'm not sure whether to gamble or not. Currently I'm in year 13 and have already applied to study History (not deferred entry), but toying with the idea of taking a gap year and applying to american universities (as well as english again, just in case) in december.
Academically I'm pretty strong - 10A*2A at GSCE, AAABB at AS, predicted AAA at A2. I haven't taken any SAT's or ACT's yet and that's also something I need to think about - how hard will it be after not taking science and maths subjects for 2 years? (I chose history, german, RS, art history and critical thinking). Also, will they take strong GCSE's/A Levels into consideration if I underperform in SAT's? (a different curriculum...)
The main issue is that I can realistically only afford to apply to Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Dartmouth, as these are the only colleges that are 100% needs-blind and offer equal grants to american and international sudents. It's pretty much a dream to go to a US uni - I value the freedom and flexibility of taking many varied courses before choosing my major, and I feel like there's more that I want to learn before committing to one subject for 3 years.
In short, do I have a shot? Are there any other options for me, should I just take my university offers that I have?
EDIT: extra curriculars!
- work experience at the house of commons (for an MP- administrative mainly), at the national motor museum (archiving), the beaulieu montagu estate (estate management), and this year at the imperial war museum (archiving again I presume).
- duke of edinburgh award
- Grade 4 piano
- Grade 3 sailing
- Grade 8 Ice Skating
- grade 5 gymnastics
- conversational german lessons
- volunteering for 2 hours a week either childcare or making soup/sandwiches for homeless shelters
- organising charity fundraisers
- writing an EPQ on the history of the punk movement
- attended university lectures on history and philosophy
- german student exchanges (4 times in last 3 years)
- house captain / prefect / member of the school council
- member of the girl guiding movement for 10 years
Last edited by Lumos; 24-01-2012 at 17:13.
I know competition is extremely tough, and it's a long shot really but I think I'd regret it forever if I didn't try. I'm not going to be devastated if I don't get in to harvard or yale (don't expect to really), princeton is what I'm really hoping for. I'm also considering applying for some scholarship schemes at non-ivy leagues... there's a company called BUNAC (I think), that helps with international applications and can reduce your fees through scholarships, so that opens a few doors for me.
(Original post by Ishamo)
Your grades are good, but they are by no means exceptional when put in context of Harvard and Yale applicants. Vast numbers of applicants will have perfect grades and be fighting on superb ECs that they have been prepping for their entire lives, clearly things are different in the UK... but that is what you're up against. While they do always take a certain number of internationals, the competition here is even tougher still since there are less places. If you're really determined and think you can get extremely high SATS then go for it, however if I were you I would stick with the UK or look at other US colleges as well (less competitive). What UK offers do you have?
Take a look at this thread: 7As at AS, predicted 6A*s at A2, great SATS and good ECS... and they were deferred.
If I did decide to go ahead and do this I'd definitely apply to UK universities as well. Currently I have offers from Bristol and Exeter, I have alo applied to St Andrews, Durham and Edinburgh, but no word yet. I just feel like if I don't at least try I'll never know, and miss out on what could have been a fantastic experience that I've always wanted.
Last edited by Lumos; 24-01-2012 at 16:18.