What are my chances with a low GPA, but really high SAT score? I have a special situation/story?

Here's my situation. I did terrible freshman year. This was because that year I moved to Massachusetts to live with my father. I just couldn't handle my extremely disfunctional mother. So anyways, this resulted in a new school(first time in a public school), a new house and state that I was living in, and most importantly a new set of parents( my father and step-mom who I visited, but never lived with full time. So then came my sophmore year. Sophmore year was an improvement, but still pretty poor. This was because just when I started to transition to Massachusetts (fit in and make some friends) I had to move back to Pennsylvania because of my dads new job. So i was in another entirley new houser and had to essentially start over, again. I was now back in my previous private school, but the high school was completley different then the middle school I knew. It was extremely rigorous than the public school I grew accustom to freshman year. So I had to adjust again, but this time my grades didn't suffer as mch, even though the private school was much more intense. So now we are at my junior year. This was the first year I had to settle in and "find my groove". This was evident in my 3.7gpa and an SAT score of 2270!!! I was finally able to show my true potential when I'm not moving every other year. I brought my counselor to tears when she saw my turn around. I have the best recommendations possible from multiple teachers. I hope colleges see the hurdles i have had to jump in my early higschool career, my GPAs upward trend, the fact that i have close to 500 hours of community service from volunteering at orphanages, soup kitchens, hospitals, and give me the need it of the doubt. I also am hoping I can get an interview with most colleges because I am a great people person and I know an interview could do wonders for me. I am now in the application process and am writing this for any friendly advice what colleges I could shoot for and what are the chances of getting into the colleges I like. All the details are below: Unweighted Freshman GPA: 2.2 Unweighted Sophmore GPA: 2.6 Unweighted Junior GPA:3.7 SAT Score: 2270 500 hours of community service: Volunteering at a hospital, orphanage, and soup kitchen Tutoring underclass men Being a sort of "life coach" for struggling underclass men who are having troubles in and out of the classroom, and giving them advice and any guidance I can offer. 2 years varsity soccer 2 year varsity basketball 2 years varsity baseball Fit Club Scholastic scrimmage club Model congress club Model UN club Went to model congress three times and model UN twice 4 absoultey amazing recomendations Colleges I love: George Washington university Hamilton college Boston college Boston University Emory Georgetown university Temple university Carnegie Mellon Rice university Vanderbilt Lehigh Cornell And my absoultley dream school is UPenn, which I only hope because I'm a Pennsylvania native(I know my head is in the clouds) P.S thank you so much for reading and sharing any advice. These colleges are not the only colleges I want, I realize there 1000's of awesome colleges and I am open to any and all suggestions. Thank you so much for taking some time out of your day and I hope you know your opinion will help me greatly.

Asked By: - 12/13/2012
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congratulations on your remarkable sat scores... More
Answered By: Batgirl - 12/13/2012
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The competitive schools such as, Penn, Cornell, CMU, Rice, Georgetown, Vandy etc will probably want to see 700s on your SAT Subject Tests and 5s on multiple AP courses in junior year, to be sure you can handle the rigor. If you can get these scores then they should cut you some slack for moving around, since these are... More
Answered By: perazziman - 12/13/2012
When applying to a top university, everything matters. They will look at your test scores, your essays, your GPA, your course-load, your activities, service, etc... If you are lacking in one area, you can make up for it in another category. Having said that, it would be much better to take a challenging course load and... More
Answered By: Scott - 12/14/2012
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