SAT I : 1970 superscored (610 CR, 620 M, 740W)
ACT: never took it
SAT II: 720 US History, 690 Lit
Unweighted GPA: 3.8 Weighted: 4.25
Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 1/235ish
AP (place score in parenthesis): none prior to senior year
IB (place score in parenthesis): none
Senior Year Course Load: AP English Literature, AP Latin: Vergil, AP Art History, AP United States Government
Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): nothing outstanding, mainly local and school awards
Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Scholastic Bowl (captain), Latin Club(president), National Honor Society (president), etc. (I have a really long resume)
Job/Work Experience: none at time of applying
Volunteer/Community service: 200+ hours
Summer Activities: Congressional Academy for American History and Civics (most prestigious one), lots of volunteer work
Essays: Wrote about dramatic experience that changed my perspective of the world and life itself.
Teacher Recommendation: Great! Got them from two teachers who know me very well.
Counselor Rec: Don’t know but must have been good because I got in!
Additional Rec: N/A
Interview: realized like 3 days after the deadline that I could have requested one...
Applied for Financial Aid?: Yes
Intended Major: English
School Type: Inner-city public school
Ethnicity: African American
Income Bracket: under $70,000
Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): URM
Strengths: Tons of ECs and leaderships positions, class rank, all A’s in AP classes, high-achieving minority, lots of honor classes, recs
Weaknesses: SAT scores, lack of AP classes prior to senior year
Where else you were accepted/waitlisted/denied: accepted to College of William and Mary, Cornell University, University of Virginia
SAT I (breakdown): 2260 composite (one sitting): 800 CR, 760 M, 700 W
ACT: 32 (one sitting)
SAT II: 800 U.S. History, 730 Literature
Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 4.34 W, school doesn't report unweighted. Probably 3.93.
Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 3/225
AP (place score in parenthesis): English Lit (5), English Lang (5), U.S. History (5), European History (5), Computer Science (3), Physics B (lawlz!)
Senior Year Course Load: AP Gov @ regular high school, AP Stats, AP Calc AB, Honors Geology, Honors Astronomy @ magnet school for math and science, Arabic 1000/1010, History and Cinema (HIST 3015), Writing Creative Non-fiction (ENGL 3700) @ Western Mich. University
Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): NM Commended, AP Scholar w/Distinction, various local shenanigans.
Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): GSA (executive board 11,12), NHS (secretary/communications officer 11,12), Computer Science team (10,11), Math league (11,12), hilarious last-minute Model UN adventure a few weeks ago, four poems published in a literary magazine
Job/Work Experience: Intern with local progressive non-profit since June '10, will be hired as paid staffer in summer '12. Janitor for a landscape architect (11,12), research paper grader for a professor at WMU
Volunteer/Community service: 165+ hours as volunteer field staffer for local queer rights campaign to pass a non-discrimination ordinance. I trained canvassers, recruited volunteers, and was a 'poll captain' on election day.
Judge for community literary awards since 5th grades in various categories.
Helped organize local Walk For Choice (11)
Summer Activities: Went to Europe as a People to People student ambassador + earned a credit in summer '09, was a member of the Running Start Young Women's Political Leadership conference in summer '10 (which got me the internship). Read books. Lots of books.
Essays: solid, I hope. The 'major in unafraid' was about canvassing for the first time, and my famous/fictional woman was Roald Dahl's Matilda.
Teacher Recommendation: from my physics and history teachers.
Counselor Rec: solid
Additional Rec: was going to send one from the professor I grade for, but forgot.
Interview: Great, she got me (even more) excited. And told me about the 'zine club. which I need to join.
State (if domestic applicant): Michigan
School Type: urban public (1500 kids), competitive magnet (60 kids in my class, need to apply and maintain a certain GPA to get in/stay in), state university
Gender: is a construct
Income Bracket: was 100k, then both parents laid off. looking at 60k at best.
Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): I look a hell of a lot like Rachel Maddow.
Strengths: essays, scores, interview, letters
Weaknesses: kinda random ECs, ACT
Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: Barnard is sorta tailor-built for my interests. I mean, they're even the Bears. Plus, I think I did a really good job on my essays, especially the supplement.
Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected: U Michigan (accepted w/merit scholarship), Smith (w/Zollman), Wellesley. Applied to Columbia (where I'll turn down unless the FA is much better than BC), Princeton (EA deferred), and NYU.
General Comments: Good luck, everyone! I'm so stoked right now.
AP (place score in parenthesis): 4-US History, 5-Environmental Science, Lang
Senior Year Course Load: Precalculus, AP psychology, band, AP lit, creative writing/forensic science, AP Spanish, marching band
Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): marching band (clarinet section leader), spanish club (historian), library volunteering group (secretary), art club, pep band, symphony orchestra.....
Job/Work Experience: Babysitter, Math Tutor
Volunteer/Community service: over 60 hours through National Honor Society
Summer Activities: Marching band, mainly
Essays: Great, in my opinion!
Teacher Recommendation: One good, one great
Counselor Rec: I have absolutely no idea if it was well-written/good, but it was definitely positive!
Interview: It was my first interview, so I was pretty nervous, but I think it went pretty well.
State (if domestic applicant): Michigan
School Type: Public
Income Bracket: <75,000
Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): None that I'm aware of!
Strengths: My essays!
Weaknesses: Umm...my course load?
Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: My general awesomeness :P Haha.
Where else you applied: Michigan State and University of Michigan (both admits), Middlebury College and Brown University (still waiting to hear!)
General Comments: So excited to visit New York City for the first time over spring break! Not sure if I'll be going to Barnard in the fall, but I'm so happy to even have the opportunity!
SAT I (breakdown):Writing (780), Reading (690), Math (680)... composite of 2150
ACT: did not send
SAT II: Literature (690), Spanish (660)
Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 4.0, weighted: 4.4
Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): top 2%
AP (place score in parenthesis): Psychology (5)
IB (place score in parenthesis):
Senior Year Course Load: English Lit AP, Statistics AP, Art History AP, European History AP, Spanish 5 honors, creative writing honors
Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, APA Psychology Student Achievement Award
Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Drama Club, Editor and Writer for the school newspaper (editor), columnist for town newspaper, Environmental Club, Global Club, Fashion For Compassion (President), NHS, tutoring, wrote for Literary Magazine, other random clubs
Job/Work Experience: Job as an ice cream scooper at local ice cream shop, interned at an intimate apparel company in the city
Volunteer/Community service: Volunteered at local historical site, tutoring
Summer Activities: Various classes/programs, summer job at ice cream shop, intern at Simon Perele
Essays: I liked my common app essay a lot and the others were pretty standard.
Teacher Recommendation: I am sure they were great I had an awesome relationship with both teachers, one was a Barnard alumna.
Counselor Rec: Didn't know him too well, but he liked me enough.
Additional Rec: none
State (if domestic applicant): New Jersey
Country (if international applicant): US
School Type: Public
Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): My fancy internship, weekly column in town newspaper for four years, nice recommendation from Barnard alumna.
Strengths: GPA, common app essay, recommendations, dedication in my activities
Weaknesses: SAT II's, perhaps some aspects of my supplemental essays
Why you think you were accepted: Cause I showed a lot of interest and had good credentials.
Where else you applied: Fordham (accepted), Brandeis (accepted), TCNJ (accepted), William and Mary (wait listed), Vassar (wait listed), yet to hear from: NYU, Connecticut College, Columbia
General Comments: I am SOSOSOOOO excited to go to Barnard!! I love everything about it Also, I was deferred early decision so all you Barnard hopefuls in the future who got deferred: THERE'S HOPE!!! I recommend to send supplements like writing samples (that's what I did), or anything else that demonstrates something you are proud of and want to show! Also, include a letter talking about what you want to do at Barnard and any positive updates on grades and such. WHEE
Someone should really change the template for these threads! If you want to know about someone's biology, ask about their sex. Since this is what colleges ask for, it is probably more relevant than gender in terms of admissions. Gender is a sociologic distinction and is a much more fluid scale.
For the record, if I ran the Barnard admissions office, I would gladly accept you purely on the basis of said resemblance. And speaking of Rachel Maddow, I really need to pick up a copy of Drift.
Also, seeing more people pointing out the cisnormativity of asking for "gender" is making me happy. I knew I picked Barnard for a reason.
Anyway, I was accepted ED (too lazy to fill out one of the formal results things...2100 SAT, Libra, 5'7", mildly myopic, etc.). To everyone who was accepted, congratulations and I hope I get to see you all in the fall! To everyone who wasn't, best of luck, and I'm sure you'll all get into wonderful schools and ultimately won't have any regrets.
[ b]Objective:[ /b][ list]
[ *] SAT I (breakdown): 2250
[ *] ACT: None
[ *] SAT II: 700, 630
[ *] Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.8
[ *] Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): None
[ *] AP (place score in parenthesis): 4,4,3,3
[ *] IB (place score in parenthesis): None
[ *] Senior Year Course Load: 3 APs + 2 Honors
[ *] Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese: Bronze, National Merit Commended
[ /list][ b]Subjective:[ /b][ list]
[ *] Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Liaison for Nicaraguan aid for a 501c3 organization, Key Club, School Newspaper Editor, Golf
[ *] Job/Work Experience: A lot
[ *] Volunteer/Community service: A lot, mainly trip to Nicaragua
[ *] Summer Activities: Nicaragua, studying, reading, golfing
[ *] Essays: Really good
[ *] Teacher Recommendation: Excellent
[ *] Counselor Rec: Excellent
[ *] Additional Rec: N/A
[ *] Interview: It went really well. That's why I'm so shocked right now
[ /list][ b]Other[ /b][ list]
[ *] State (if domestic applicant): CA
[ *] Country (if international applicant):
[ *] School Type: Private
[ *] Ethnicity: Asian, YAY....not.
[ *] Gender: Female, obviously.
[ *] Income Bracket: Basically a hobo
[ *] Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): None. Absolutely none
[ /list][ b]Reflection[ /b][ list]
[ *] Strengths: Extracurriculars, SAT
[ *] Weaknesses: GPA (esp Senior year), AP scores
[ *] Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: Listed right above, plus being poor and Asian
[ *] Where else you applied: UCLA, UCSD, UCSB, UCI, Vanderbilt, Tulane, Occidental, USC, Santa Clara, etc.
[ /list][ b]General Comments:[ /b] @$*@($U@J$@I$J I honestly thought I'd get in. Heartbreaking.
•SAT I (breakdown):  Math,  CR,  Writing
•SAT II:  Physics,  Math II  Bio M  Chem
•Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 4.3
•Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): My school does not rank.
•AP (place score in parenthesis): AP Physics , AP Chem , AP Macro Econ , AP Micro Econ , AP BC Calculus , AB sub score , AP Bio 
•IB (place score in parenthesis): N/A
•Senior Year Course Load: AP Psyc, AP Art History, AP Spanish, AP Stats, Anatomy, Public Speaking, English Composition
•Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): AP Scholar, Girl Scout Gold Award, NM Commended, National Honor Society, Science Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Math Honor Society
•Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Girl Scout Gold Award, Officer for Med Futures Club, participated in JSA, Student Senate, Science Olympiad, Spiritual classes etc...
•Job/Work Experience: Worked at a doctor's office.
•Volunteer/Community service: Volunteered at hospitals, Feed the Children etc.
•Summer Activities: CTY summer courses (Intro to Biomed sciences, Biology)
Lead America conference in Health,
Summer internship at Columbia science lab
•Essays: Amazing. Wrote about passion in photography.
•Teacher Recommendation:  Good.
•Counselor Rec: Don't know.
•Interview: I had an interview with a senior in Aug. It went well.
•State (if domestic applicant): NJ
•Country (if international applicant): USA
•School Type: Public.
•Income Bracket: Doesn't qualify for need based aid
•Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): Girl scout gold award?
•Strengths: Rigorous courseload, good scores and extra curriculars.
•Weaknesses: Grades. I certainly don't have straight A's.
•Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: Decent scores, extra curriculars, passion for arts as well, showed interest in liberal arts
•Where else you applied: Brown (deferred from ED), BU(accepted), Tufts (waiting to hear), BC(accepted)
SAT I (breakdown):2080 CR: 750 Math: 640 Writing: 690
ACT: 30 Composite
Math 1: 660
US History: 710
Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.8
Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): N/A
AP (place score in parenthesis): English Lit.: 4 US History: 3
IB (place score in parenthesis): N/A
Senior Year Course Load:
AP English Language
Historical Context of Modern Issues
Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): Cum Laude, National Merit Commended Scholar, Summo and Magna Cum Laude on National Latin Exam
Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis):
School Newspaper (Style Editor for 2 years, Editor-in-Chief Senior year)
Varsity Tennis (Captain)
"Nerd Nation: A 'Sci-Fantasy' Club" (Founder and President)
Job/Work Experience: none
Volunteer at the Humane Society of Calvert County
Samaritan Ministries of Washington, DC
Youth for Tomorrow
Summer Activities: Humane Society and Tennis
Essays: Spent a lot of time on them and felt really good
Teacher Recommendation: Had 3 of them...really close to all three teachers
Counselor Rec: good I guess?
Interview: Was awesome! We talked until the coffee shop in Annapolis closed.
State (if domestic applicant): Maryland
School Type: Private
Gender: Female (duh)
Income Bracket: Not sure, but they didn't give me any financial aid :/
Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): none
Strengths: Good writer, sent in a creative writing portfolio
Weaknesses: Not very good at math
Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: Barnard is a school that's very big on writing and feminist issues, two things that I highlighted in my application
Where else you applied:
Wellesley College (Accepted)
Tufts University (Waiting)
Boston University (Accepted)
Georgetown University (Rejected)
Carleton College (Waitlisted)
Johns Hopkins University (Waiting)
University of Maryland (Accepted)
Washington College (Accepted)
General Comments: Congrats to everyone that was accepted!
Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): top 10% weighted
AP (place score in parenthesis): World/Euro/US (5's), Psych (5), Enviro (4), Eng (5)
Senior Year Course Load: 5 AP's and 2 fine arts
Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): only minor awards
Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): very strong...founded literary magazine and human rights awareness club at school, tutoring for 2 years, led various fundraisers, committee chair on Youth Action Council, 4 yrs varsity swimming (captain senior year), Model UN, All East/State Choir qualifier, 3 yrs. on Governor's Cabinet at Youth in Government conference, president of school's YIG Club, started meal prep group at local homeless shelter, 3 yrs on mock trial A-Team (helped lead team to state comp 2 yrs. in a row), PLUS mentor, organized several service projects in a community service group that I started, human rights blogger.
Job/Work Experience: I do a lot of babysitting for my 4 siblings.
Summer Activities: Governor's School for the Scientific Exploration of TN Heritage, National Youth Leadership Forum on Law & CSI, Georgetown's Summer IR Program, started a book club for elementary school girls, lots of traveling.
Essays: pretty good. An essay about my admiration for Eleanor Roosevelt; an essay about majoring in unafraid at GovSchool; an essay about how my community made me a free thinker.
Teacher Recommendation: One was amazing and I think the other was really good.
Counselor Rec: ...
Interview: I interviewed over the phone...but was able to clearly express why I loved Barnard.
State (if domestic applicant): TN
School Type: Public, "inner-city"
Hooks: absolutely nothing.
Strengths: demonstrated interest, essays, EC's
General Comments: I AM SO EXCITED THAT I WAS ACCEPTED TO BARNARD! I love the school and the city and can't believe that I could be living there next year!
SAT I (breakdown):770,740,760
SAT II:760 USH, 800 math2
Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0):4.0
Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable):5%
AP (place score in parenthesis):EnglishComp(5),BC Calc(5),USH(5),Euro(5)
IB (place score in parenthesis):
Senior Year Course Load:AP Lit, Ap World, Honors Chem,Linear Algebra,AP Spanish
Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.):NMF
Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis):Minimal: dance, chorus
Summer Activities:not so much
Teacher Recommendation: didn't read, but I expect they were very good
Counselor: Don't know
State (if domestic applicant)elaware
Country (if international applicant):
Income Bracket:asked for financial aid
Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.):legacy, CTY for three years
Strengths:scores and grades
Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected:good essays, scores, advanced math classes
Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected:wait listed at Penn, accepted to JHU, Bryn Mawr, Haverford, UDel (honors), Muhlenberg, Goucher, Ursinus / rejected at Swarthmore