um ok wrote:As a U of C student who knows our grading system very well, I need to comment about the bolded part above and emphasize the NOT EASY part. With our tight curve, it's really not a walk in the park to do this. OP, just be realistic about it all. If 80% of your classmates get the median, you got around median first quarter, then the odds of HYS aren't enormously high. As one of the other previous posters said, if HYS took a good number of CCN's around median students, a ton of students would be trying it every year.
...Edited to add: Not to say it's impossible, just don't go apartment-hunting in Cambridge/Stanford quite yet.
I sorta LOLed as I wrote that, but I mean, the opportunity
is there. I don't think it's ridiculous to try for that, if the OP is unhappy about where he's at. I think it would ridiculously arrogant to assume that one can plan
to be in the top 10% (or whatever) of their class, but it does happen... people obviously do it.
Also, given that our curve is so tight, a few points above median could be substantial. Assuming the OP is at 178-179, that would put him at the top 1/3 - 1/4 of the class (not really sure about this?)
Anyways, I meant to say if he wanted it, he could still work for it. It may not be likely and it certainly won't be easy, but he's talking about transferring to Stanford, so of course it's not going to be easy!
Again, good luck to the OP!