Jon Galt, Towllie, and Jason 240 have a combined 3 million posts on this website. ANYTIME the issue of AA comes up, these three African Americans immediately reject the notion that AA is a humongous helper. Have any of you ever wondered why a white applicant with a 158 would never DREAM of applying to a t14? Probably because you are delusional and think of yourselves as so "unique" because you are a minority. 158/White applying to NYU, “Are you nuts!” 158/Black applying to NYU, “Oh great, you are probably a really interesting candidate.”
Back to the topic: It seems as though you'll be fine. Even though your practice tests had a high degree of variability, it seems like you'll likely be somewhere in the 160's, which should be good enough for a good school. That said, I wouldn't get too confident about the top few, especially HYS since I'm doubtful even a gay black man from an Ivy can get in with anything less than high 160's considering your GPA, despite the improvement. John Galt has nothing to worry about, really, but his numbers are much better. Though, despite what was said earlier in this thread, he wouldn't have an "amazing" chance at HYS were it not for his being black. He'd have an outside shot, but even that is pretty impressive, so I don't mean to take away from his accomplishments.
Jason:I don't really want to respond to much of the stuff on this thread, but I don't want to give you (or anyone else) the impression that my silence is an indication of agreement with the things being said. My belief is that if the adcomms let you in, you deserve to be in the class. Period.
Quote from: John Galt on October 18, 2005, 04:01:38 PMJason:I don't really want to respond to much of the stuff on this thread, but I don't want to give you (or anyone else) the impression that my silence is an indication of agreement with the things being said. My belief is that if the adcomms let you in, you deserve to be in the class. Period.Yes, it is true, if you get in, they want you to attend. However, would they still want you to attend if they weren't legally recquired to admit a certain percentage of whatever ethnic group you belonged to? If the answer is no, then do you really "deserve" to be in the class? I don't think so. If the answer is yes, then I say you do. And this has nothing to do with numbers or anything.
quotas are illegal for public universities, and private universities don't have any legal requirement at all.
Soft factors: URM (black male), gay, work 35-40hrs/wk when in school, 3.02 Cum GPA with an addendum citing depression and pointing out that all of last year my GPA was a 3.7 ave, interesting (?) PS, strong LORs, poor (disadvantaged?), Ivy League ugrad, "non-trad" in that I took a 2yr break between sophomore and junior years, and interesting (?) Yale essay.