Tips,Advice and chances for acceptance

Tips,Advice and chances for acceptance

I am an Indian student applying for economics and international relations
I can affford like 25k $ a year so require aid for anything over that
SAT Score :- 1540( 740 CRW + 800 Math)
Toefl- 110/120
Top 100 National Ranks in a couple of math and economics olympiads
Coming to my high school results - My school doesnt give GPA or class rank
And corrections are pretty strict so my percentage is like 75-80% However I am consistently in the Top 10% of my class
10th Grade- ICSE- 92.33%
Mid Year report should be 85%+ too
11th is 75% but I did request my counsellor to mention that I was among the top 5 students in the class and I am confident she did in her recommendations
EC:- Internship at the Economic Development Board of my State Government
Lots of Model UN (Chaired,organised,Won a ton of awards including Best del at Harvard MUN in my city)
Gave a couple of TEDx talks
President of the Tedx, Quiz and interact club in my school
Vice Head Boy of my school.
Another Internship with a Real estate firm in there Finance department
Worked as a trainer/tutor for younger kids in international politics
Organic Farming (Ran one out of my house)
Spanish language learnt

Recommendations - Quite brilliant (From economics and business studies teacher)
Have one from an employer who i did an internship under as well and I guess its going to be really good

Legacy Status- My sister finished her undergrad from the class of 2017 at cornell (full scholarship)
My Dad did a 4 month training program in duke ( 2012) during which I stayed at their campus( Not sure that counts as legacy though)

Applying RD to

Amherst college
Colgate University
Williams College
U Minnesota - Twin cities

Can you chance me at these colleges and recommend others I might be able to apply too in the Budget

Please Please Please help me out
Any tips would also be appreciated.

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Tips,Advice and chances for acceptance
Hi Ansh - you have great stats and ECs (by the way you can put it all into your RP profile here and make it your unique academic identity). There is no point for us to chance you - it makes no sense and we don't like to do it - we posted this recently in response to a number of chance me questions (www.roundp... /view/46). You have a good mix of schools on your list but given your stats and the fact that you are looking for financial aid you don't have top 3 schools that do give out a large amount of aid for international students (we published this some time ago and this could be helpful too www.roundp... s/view/17)

- Harvard
- Columbia
- Yale

We also suggest to add JHU and Chicago to the list.

And make sure your extracurriculars stand out on your application - you have lots and they look great but you need to pick a couple and focus on those (Economic Development Board internship and MUN are probably the ones that you should emphasize in your application but organic farming would be a great story for the essay too).

Give us a shout if you have more questions!
I was wondering if you could help me decide some schools to apply to
So coming in the Ivy+ category
which 2-3 out of these would you recommend(considering I need aid as an international)
Brown,Dartmouth,Northwestern, Upenn or Tufts

Also Coming to Liberal Arts schools
Which ones among
Davidson,Colgate,Washington and lee or Bowdoin

Also Could you recommend some cheap/merit based aid providing big public schools for international students( UMinn is one,but I am not sure how good its econ is)
We would chose Dartmouth and Colgate but getting financial aid there is not easy. Same as finding merit based aid for international students in state schools - this is almost impossible as all financial aid at public universities is for local students - and they are not cheap, UMinn tuition is around $40k for out of state students. But you can check WashU, Rochester and Morgan State (as they used to provide fin aid for international students too). In the end given your experience you should evaluate other options ie staying home and going to a good university vs spending a lot of money in the US (depending on college it might make sense but not always) vs studying elsewhere (plenty of options in Europe where for $10k a year or less you can also get a great education).