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can more graduated seniors do "actual results" threads?


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  • garethbalegarethbale Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    High School Class of 2016:
    Accepted: Yale (QuestBridge College Match), Harvard (RD), Princeton (RD)
    Rejected: Stanford (RD)

    Major: Probably economics or stats

    GPA: 3.98/4.00 Unweighted, 4.66/4.00 Weighted
    SAT: 2380 (800 CR, 800 MA, 780 WR)
    SAT II: American History 800, Math Level II 800, Literature 770
    ACT: 36
    AP: US History, Lang, Lit, Stats, Gov, Chem, Micro & Macro, BC Calc, Spanish (all 5's)

    Major Awards:
    NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles Orchestra (senior)
    All-State Honors Orchestra (junior)
    National Orchestra Award (senior)
    Quiz bowl All-State (junior & senior)
    Soccer All-State All-Academic (senior)

    Other Awards:
    National Merit Scholarship Finalist
    QuestBridge NCM Finalist & College Prep Scholar
    School Concerto Competition 1st Place
    Minor Math competition awards
    Minor Quiz bowl awards

    Other stuff:
    Co-wrote two books on topics related to the Korean Peninsula with other Korean-American students
  • CactusUsernameCactusUsername Registered User Posts: 88 Junior Member
    Accepted: Minerva Schools at KGI, University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins, UC Berkeley w/ Regents, UC Los Angeles, UC Santa Barbara w/ Regents, UC San Diego, George Mason w/ Scholars Full Ride
    Waitlisted: Washington University in St. Louis, Colby (both need-aware)
    Rejected: None yet
    Still waiting: Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Brown, University of Pennsylvania Huntsman, Georgetown School of Foreign Service, Claremont McKenna, Cornell College of Art and Sciences, Brandeis, Vanderbilt, American, Yale/National University of Singapore

    Major: Undeclared Social Sciences

    White, Male, California, Low-Income (basically the definition of un-hooked)

    GPA: 3.8/4 UW 4.28/4 W 4.38/4 UC Capped
    SAT: 2330 (800CR 780M 750W) - didn't send to most
    ACT: 36
    SAT II: Math II 800, Spanish Reading 750, Spanish Listening 740, Literature 730
    AP: Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, Calculus AB, Statistics, Human Geography, English Language (all 5s)

    Speech and Debate Nationals - 2nd
    International Speech and Debate Tournament - 2nd
    Robotics World Championship - 1st
    California Boys State Competitions - 1st

    Debate - Finalist for the US national team
    Entrepreneurship - Worked w/ various startups, started consulting agency working with large companies
    Homeless Shelter - 9 years volunteering, on board of directors overseeing 2,000 volunteers
    + many others I wont list

    Thoughts so far on the application process:
    Everyone told me that college admissions was an exceedingly random process and that you just need to get high enough numbers and toss your hat in the ring. My guidance counselor even told me to shoot lower with my school choices because my GPA wasn't good enough. So much of this advice comes from people that look at a blurb like this, see a few numbers and 5 word descriptions of activities and make a judgement on how that will be perceived by colleges. If a blurb of this size can represent your application, then you're doing it wrong. What takes the "randomness" out of admissions is rising above the generic approach that everyone takes with applications. Take a risk, show your actual personality, and spend high school doing what you love and jumping down rabbit holes instead of chasing test scores and joining honor societies. Colleges just want to see that you're willing to take that jump, regardless of where it leads. I don't pretend to be a good writer, but if people are curious I'm happy to share some parts of my applications.

    Will update in April with full results. Best of luck to everyone!
  • yellowrgbyellowrgb Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    High School Class of 2017

    White, Female
    IR or Bio major
    Small, private school

    Accepted: UVM, MU, and Tufts (edII)
    Rejected: Brown (edI)
    Withdrawn: WashU, Emory, BU, Northwestern, Carleton

    ACT: 32 (33 ss)
    R: 36
    M: 29
    S: 33
    E: 34

    Gpa Weighted: 4.61/4 (like 3.7 ish unweighted)
    Probably graduating with honors
    No ranking @ my school

    IB diploma candidate
    HL bio, english, and history
    SL Global politics, math, and french

    Theater 10 years
    JV tennis 4 years (captain)
    Volunteering kinda

    Hooks: none! just lucky I guess. Still sorta wish I'd gotten into Brown though :/

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