Unweighted GPA (out of 4.3): 3.9 (between an A and an A-, leaning more towards the A)
Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): school doesn't rank, but probably 20ish/520
AP (place score in parenthesis): US History (5), English Language/Composition (5)
IB (place score in parenthesis):
Senior Year Course Load: AP English Literature/Composition, AP Calculus AB, Physics Honors, AP US Government/Politics, Accounting 101, AP Statistics
Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): National Merit Finalist
(not going to go into specifics!)
Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Community service club #1 (founder, president, secretary; won a regional award), community service club #2 (vice president), newspaper (columnist), international relations club (head of art), sports team (JV 1st year, Varsity 3 years, team captain; team places 2nd/3rd each year in the county), quiz bowl team (team is ranked internationally), FBLA (won a regional award), tutor in my school's tutoring program, won a writing contest, a bunch of other clubs and national ______________ honor societies (no positions, just a member)
Job/Work Experience: intern for a presidential campaign, summer camp intern, fashion show intern
Volunteer/Community service: ~30 hrs @ YMCA's child care program (I'm not sure if I even put this down... I did many volunteer clubs, but I never volunteered by myself at an outside organization)
Summer Activities: not much... basically everything in "Job/Work Experience," and I also started the club mentioned in "Extracurriculars"
Essays: mediocre IMO
Teacher Recommendation: probably good, but not spectacular
Counselor Rec: probably positive, but I come from a very large school (class size 520... and that's small for my school), so my counselor/teachers probably could not really go in-depth
Additional Rec: a club adviser
Interview: decent, but I fumbled when he asked me what I would talk to the President about if I had 1 question to ask him, lol
Intended Major(s): public policy
State (if domestic applicant): New Jersey
Country (if international applicant):
School Type: public (veryyyy large!)
Income bracket (if applicable): 150-200k
Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): not really a hook, but a cousin and a distant relative went to GRAD school there
Strengths: scores, did the optional interview, extracurricular activities
Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: good combination of extracurriculars and GPA, demonstrated interest
Senior Year Course Load: AP macro (semester class), ap us gov (semester class), ap bio, ap chem, ap lit, ap comp sci, leadership (sga), institute of engineering class (for magnet program), calc iii (at local comm coll, over summer), speech and oral communications (at local comm coll, over summer), differential equations (at local comm coll)
Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): AP Scholar with Honor, Valedictorian
Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Mu Alpha Theta (Founding VP, coach for alg2 (for 2 years) & calculus (for 1 year), Student gov assoc (leadership student), national honor society, academic team (co-captain)
Job/Work Experience: 2 internships (one in engineering, one in business), retail work exp
Volunteer/Community service: tutoring, school event coordination and planning
Summer Activities: internships, classes
Essays: strong engineering essay (created a basic strong essay and then just changed the college name and one paragraph for every school), i dont remember the other essays haha
Intended Major(s): electrical and computer engineering
State (if domestic applicant): FL
Country (if international applicant):
School Type: large public
Income bracket (if applicable): <40,000
Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.):
Strengths: outside participation, course load, doing as much as i possibly could
Weaknesses: test scores a bit haha
Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: i have no clue really. college admissions are weird. you could get rejected at a school but accepted at a comparable school
Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected: accepted: brown, duke, uva, rose hulman, miami (fl), nyu, usc; waitlisted: u chicago; rejected: harvard, mit, caltech, cornell, stanford, dartmouth, yale, princeton, u penn, columbia, northwestern, carnegie mellon
General Comments: College admissions are kind of unpredictable. I thought I was a shoo-in for CMU but I was rejected. On the other hand, I thought that I was too application-based for theoretical U-Chicago but I got waitlisted there, not rejected. Don't feel bad if you didn't get into your dream school, because everything happens for a reason, just like Pangloss from Candide says haha. The only thing you can really do is advertise yourself as best as you can and hope for the best. Write strong, emotional essays that reveal who you are. Go to interviews if you can. Just do as much as possible but have fun too. Once you hear back from all your schools, visit them to decide where you want to go. I had to visit both Brown and Duke or else I wouldn't be able to choose. Ultimately, I chose Duke and I'm happy and excited for my four (maybe five for BSE/MSE 4+1 program) years there.
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[ *]SAT: 2290 (CR 770, Math 800, Writing 720)
[ *]SAT II: US Hist 790, Math II 800, Chem 800, Bio M 800
[ *]GPA: 3.9ish
[ *]Rank: 5/450ish
[ *]Other Tests (AMC, AP, IB): AP Chem, US Hist, Calc AB, Stat, Compsci A, Bio: All 5's
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[ *]Essays: Common app: 8/10, Supplements: 6 or 7 out of 10. They were mostly cut and paste, but maybe I'm being modest
[ *]Teacher Recs: Should be great, didn't really get to see them.
[ *]Counselor Rec: Should be excellent, I'm probably one of her favorite students.
[ *]Supplementary Material: Didn't send any
[ *]Hook(recruited athlete, legacy, Nobel Prize): None. Antihook: Asian male with no exceptional EC's going into engineering :'(
[ /list][ b]Personal[ /b][ list]
[ *]Location: PA
[ *]High School Type: Public
[ *]Ethnicity: Asian
[ *]Gender: Male
[ /list][ b]Other[ /b][ list]
[ *]Extracurriculars: Nothing special. Orchestra, Mock Trials, Electric Car Club, Intern at a chem lab for 4 years (my strongest one probably. Sent in a pretty good recommendation from that)
[ *]Awards: Distinguished AP scholar, National merit finalist
[ *]Advice? Commiserations? Feel like bragging?:[/list]Congrats to all those who got in!!
Where else: Accepted to cornell, upenn, rice, and psu schreyers.
waitlisted at dartmouth and duke, rejected from stanford and MIT.
going to cornell!
SAT I: Reading (780), Math (780), Writing (680) = 2240.
ACT: <not submitted>
SAT II: Math II (800), Chemistry (790), U.S. History (750).
Unweighted GPA: 4.28/4.0.
AP: U.S. History (5), Chemistry (5), Calculus AB (5), Statistics (5), English Language and Composition (5).
Senior Year Course Load: AP Physics C Mechanics, AP Government and Politics, AP Biology, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Calculus BC, Spanish IV, Teacher Assistant.
Major Awards: Third Place WV State Math Field Day.
Extracurriculars: Student Government (Senior Class Secretary), Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society (President), National Honor Society (Vice President), Math Honorary Club, Science Bowl, Cross Country (3 Varsity letters), Track and Field (1 Varsity letter), MHS Frisbee Club (Founder and President), Community League Basketball (Captain), Community League Frisbee (Captain).
Job/Work Experience: <na>
Volunteer/Community service: Middle school tutoring, helping in a nursing home.
Summer Activities: Governor's Honors Academy for 3 weeks in 2011, a smattering of one-week camps.
Essays: I took the essays very seriously.
Teacher Recommendations: ???
Counselor Rec: ???
Additional Rec: <na>
State (if domestic applicant): West Virginia.
School Type: Public.
Income Bracket: $120 - 140k.
Hooks: Class Secretary, underrepresented region.
Strengths: Application essays.
Weaknesses: Music, foreign languages.
Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: Low probability.
Where were you accepted: Brown, Olin, Tufts, Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt, UVA (Honors), Virginia Tech (Honors), WVU.
Where were you waitlisted: Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, Duke, Lehigh.
Where were you rejected: Yale, Cornell, Penn.
I am pleased to be going to Brown University in the Fall of 2012.
There seems to be quite a bit of randomness in the evaluation process at schools where the acceptance rates are very low.
I took all of the application essays very seriously because my lowest SAT score was in writing. Brown's app was the one with the most essays which might be why Brown was the only Ivy (out of the seven that I applied to) that accepted me.
[*]SAT I (breakdown): 2300 (800 CR, 790 W, 710 M)
[*] SAT II: 760 English Lit, 780 Math II
[*] Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): N/A
[*] Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 1/approx 200
[*] AP (place score in parenthesis): N/A
[*] IB (place score in parenthesis):N/A
[*] Senior Year Course Load:Tough (Indian CBSE Board)
Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Been Head of School Council all four years of HS, state/national level swimmer, won lots of state/national level debates, elocutions, Science talks, etc.
Job/Work Experience: Intern with Times of India
Volunteer/Community service: Organized and headed community service events in school, teacher-volunteer with an NGO that teaches slum-kids.
Summer Activities:Nothing special, the internship, volunteering and swimming.
Essays: Can't really say for sure, but my Duke essay and commonapp essays were really good in my opinion. I'm a pretty strong writer.
Teacher Recommendation: Excellent
Counselor Rec: Excellent
Additional Rec: Excellent. From a close friend and senior; it was very well-written and portrayed me very positively.
Income bracket (if applicable): I didn't apply for aid.
Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.):No very special hooks, really.
Strengths:Consistently high academic performance and rank. Pretty well-rounded applicant, I guess. Essays *might* have set me apart.
Weaknesses: ECs aren't out-of-the-world, unlike most Duke applicants.
Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected:Strengths.
Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected:Received only 3 decisions as of now, UCLA, UNC Chapel Hill and Duke and accepted to all 3. Ivies and others come out tonight, so expecting a bunch of rejections.
I was VERY surprised that I got in. Hadn't expected it at all. But I'm very happy, Duke is one of my dream schools! Might attend.
For future applicants : Work hard on essays, and make them original and honest. I think that's what worked in my favour.