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09/04/2019

University of Chicago and Washington University in St. Louis?

QUESTION
University of Chicago and Washington University in St. Louis?
I know that many prospective students inquire about university admissions and that it tends to get redundant but, I really want to hear the opinions of anyone who has attended either universities or is familiar with their admissions processes.

I am a soon-to-be senior in high school.
I have never taken anything less than honors classes, have been enrolled in three AP classes and plan to take several more during my senior year.
My unweighted GPA is a 3.9 out of 4
As of now I am among the top 10 students in my class.
1370 out of 1600 on SAT (CR- 720 and M- 650). 2000 out of 2400. (I still have time to retake it if I choose to)
SAT Subject test US History- 710
AP World History exam- 4
AP US History exam- 5

Extracurricular Activities:
Varsity Volleyball
Model United Nations
National Honor Society
French Club
French Honor Society
Math Honor Society
Student Government

I am also a black female. I know that it shouldn’t matter, but I also know that they take it into consideration.

ANSWER
Girl! First of all, congratulations on such an impressive high school record! I’d say you are set for being admitted into both schools. I am also an African American female, and I will be attending WashU as a freshman this upcoming year. My best friend will be also be enrolling as a freshman at UChicago this year. But ya, your stats sound amazing. Just to give you an idea, these were my stats when I applied:

ACT: 32
SAT Crit. Reading: 690
SAT Writing: 690
SAT Math: 670
SAT II Lit: 640
SAT II Math: 640
Class Rank: 48/846
GPA: 6.43/7.0

Extracurricular Activities:
Varsity Basketball (Team Captain)
National Honor Society (Vice Pres.)
Future Business Leaders of America (Treasurer)
Principal’s Advisory Committee (Student Delegate)
Science NHS

I, too, took nothing less than AP and Honors classes. I took AP World History in 10th grade and AP English in 11th grade. My senior year I took AP Economics, Calculus AB, English Lit, and Psychology.

I know WashU likes to see leadership. I see that you are a member of many respectable clubs and organizations, but try to get a leadership position in some of them this year.

Also, both of these schools are really, really expensive, so be sure to apply for as many scholarships as possible. I don’t care how much money you and your parents have, being a black girl with your stats, good scholarship money is just out there waiting for you. Why pay for college when you don’t have to?

And the person above me is right- both schools are really competitive, but UChicago has a higher acceptance rate than WashU.

Another important part of the admissions process is your essay and your interview. Of course, a lot of the people that apply have outstanding and impressive credentials, so it’s their personality and what they can personally offer the school that makes a big difference.

One last thing, COMMUNITY SERVICE (at least at WashU), is looked very favorably upon. WashU has this scholarship program called the “John B. Ervin Scholars” program that is based upon leadership and community service, and directed towards African-American students. It is full tuition for all four undergraduate years. I got that scholarship, so if you wanna know more about it, look it up or just ask me.

Oh ya, and I also got into Rice, SMU, Baylor, and UT, so I’m pretty sure you’ll get into those schools if you’re interested.

Again, congrats and God bless!

My email (if you have any questions) is: [email protected]