Hello. I am graduating next year (i'll be 19) in Sweden, and I am interested in studying at a university in the US, but I am afraid I will not get accepted. My grades are sort of good (although I am not satisfied at all). The maximum score is 22.5 which is equal to straight A's, and I will graduate with 21.25. What other factors play a part in getting accepted into a good american university? Is there something I can do (joining some activity etc) to alter my chances for the better? What are they interested in? Should I mention in my letter that I am programming in my spare time for example? And also, how much does the SAT help me? I am extremely motivated and dedicated. Studying abroad has always been a dream of mine. I know I won't make the cut for the more prestigious universities like MIT, Caltech etc, but have I got a chance for the lesser esteemed universities and if so, is there anything I can do to improve my chances? Thank you.