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Is CalTech a reasonable goal for me?

I have a 4.0 GPA and got a 1220 on the PSAT. I’m working on my score to improve the result on my SAT, but I believe mostly it’s because I haven’t taken Algebra II yet. I am taking extra classes during the summer. Am I aiming too high? #california #goals #self-improvement

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Paul’s Answer

Schools like Cal Tech are very specific with their student body. Continue to improve your math skills to increase your final SAT score as you will be vetted against some of the best students in the country. Additionally, if you have any extra curricular activities around engineering, science or mathematics, that could help set you apart from other potential students as well. Best of luck.
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Steward "Tony"’s Answer

I dropped out of Fordham in the 70's to take care of my family, but became successful because of my determination in reaching my career as well as business goals, even without a degree under my belt. I have recruited, trained and placed many aerospace rocket scientists, who had strings of PhD's behind their names and found that they had, what I see that you have; a desire to be the best!

In my career I have always been impressed by those, who against all odds take the jump and succeed. After reading your question, I was stunned that the question was even asked.

CalTech deserves you! You are not aiming too high, but actually higher than CalTech, to your own personal university called "My Life U". Go show them how its done! Just a stepping stone to your greatness.
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Rachel’s Answer

<span style="background-color: transparent;">Collegeboard.org is a great resource for this! I poured through the pages of universities all over the U.S. when I was a senior in high school. Collegeboard was my go-to site! They put all of the information in one place and it is very easy to use. They even have various filters you can apply to see only colleges that have programs you are interested. To determine academic rigor, look at the admissions requirements, G.P.A. of past admitted applicants, SAT/ACT scores, class rank etc. This will give you an idea of what scores and grades you need to be accepted. However, don't be discouraged your application will be reviewed based on the full picture! College-board will help you get an idea of what is most important to the specific school you are applying to.</span>



This professional recommends the following next steps:

  • <span style="background-color: transparent;">Chat with your Guidance Counselor</span>
  • <span style="background-color: transparent;">Create a Collegeboard.org account</span>
  • <span style="background-color: transparent;">Start using CollegeBoard as a resource to look up schools.</span>


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