Question: As I hear more and more about the impossibility of elite admissions, I wonder: Does the student who has a near-4.0 unweighted GPA and 1450+ SATs, who takes the hardest available courses, has extensive service involvement and sports involvement (but not stardom), and is editor-in-chief of the newspaper and student council president still stand a chance?


Aside from your great transcript and test scores, you, you’ve used some important buzzwords when it comes to elite-college admission: student council president; newspaper editor-in-chief.

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