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  • beepybeetlebeepybeetle Registered User Posts: 415 Member
    edited March 2017
    Decision: Accepted

    SAT I (breakdown): 2170 Single Sitting, 2250 SS (760W, 740R, 750M)
    ACT (breakdown): 34, Single Sitting (36M, 36S, 32R, 32E)
    SAT II: 800 Math II, 800 Chem, 800 Math I, 770 US History
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.77
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): Top 4%, senior class has around 800 students
    AP (place score in parenthesis):
    AB Calculus (5)
    Chemistry (5)
    US History (5)
    Physics (4)
    Euro History (5)
    Chinese (5)
    Computer Science
    Macro Econ
    BC Calc
    Art History
    IB (place score in parenthesis):
    Senior Year Course Load:
    AP Macro Econ
    AP Gov
    AP BC Calc
    AP Art History
    AP Environmental Science
    English 4
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.):Not sure?


    Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis):
    NJROTC [Officer, 4 years. Battalion CO, 2 years (Starting Junior Year)]
    Varsity Drill, 3 years
    Varsity Tennis, 4 years
    Student Government (Student Advisor, 2 years)
    Horticulture Club (Founder)
    Violin + Aptitude testing

    Job/Work Experience: Tutor, 2-ish years

    Volunteer/Community service: 200+ hours of Community Service through exchange programs and through veterans groups

    Summer Activities: Volunteering, USNA Summer Seminar

    Essays (rating 1-10, details): Rereading them, they kind of make me cringe. My main common app essay was about rice, my intended concetration thing was about how I fail miserably at titrating, and other essays were on assorted topics. I guess 6.5-7.5/10 in quality.

    Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):
    Counselor: 9.5/10. Really long, really detailed. She accidentally emailed it to me...
    Teacher 1: 10/10. NJROTC Instructor, retired senior Naval officer. Again emailed it to me...
    Teacher 2: 7-8/10? Had him for APUSH, thought very highly of me. Only teacher that actually followed protocols and didn't accidentally email me my rec letter lol
    Rec 3/4: N/A.

    Interview: Went very well. My phone felt like it was on the verge of catching fire after I finished since it went on for soooooooo long.


    Applied for Financial Aid?: Yes
    Intended Major: Chemistry
    State (if domestic applicant): Cali
    Country (if international applicant):
    School Type: Large Public
    Ethnicity: Asian
    Gender: Male
    Income Bracket: 150k+
    Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): NROTC? Does that count?


    Strengths: I guess I stood out from other Asians since I expressed a sincere desire to serve in the military as an officer, instead of vying for a PLME slot and becoming a doctor-professor-lawyer
    Weaknesses: I had a C on my transcript... Also, I was an Asian, with no real major awards.
    Why you think you were accepted/deferred/rejected: No idea... Lucky? NROTC? Maybe this is some elaborate ruse by Zeus, Jupiter, Buddha, God, Jesus and the Spaghetti Monster...
    Where else were you accepted/deferred/rejected:
    Don't want to go back and check. I didn't apply to a whole lot of schools.
    General Comments: If anyone is lurking, just remember anything is possible. Here is an Asian dude with a C on his transcript who still got into Brown...
  • beepybeetlebeepybeetle Registered User Posts: 415 Member
    ^Uh I played 1 year of Varsity Tennis. Typo.
  • ireallylikemapsireallylikemaps Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    edited April 2017
    Decision: Accepted

    [*]SAT I (breakdown): 790 CR, 800 MA, 790 WR
    [*] SAT I superscore (breakdown): 800 CR, 800 MA, 790 WR
    [*] SAT II: 800 US History, Math II; 790 World History, Chinese; 780 Biology M
    [*] Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 4.0
    [*] Weighted GPA: 5.16/5.3 (roughly 96.5% average)
    [*] Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): No ranks; estimated top 2% of 495
    [*] AP (place score in parentheses): 5: Calc BC, Chem, US History, World History, Statistics, Lang and Comp, Physics C: Mechanics; 4: Biology; 3: French
    [*] Senior Year Course Load: 7 AP Classes
    [*] Number of othea applicants in your school: Unknown
    [*] Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.):[/list]: National Merit Finalist

    [*] Extracurriculars: Cofounder of a club to help students study, 400+ hours at a hospital, 200+ hours volunteering with local church, job as assistant property manager in local town, volunteer at Chinese school as a teacher's aide
    [*] Essays:
    [*] Common App Main: Wrote about how keeping ants changed my worldview. 6/10
    [*] Why Area of Study: How my love for cartography transitioned into a love for history. Probably my strongest of the short essays. 7/10
    [*] Why Brown: Generic essay about their history program. Bleh. 3/10
    [*] Where I've Lived: Talked about the disparity between US suburbs, Chinese metropolises, and the Chinese rural countryside where I've lived at various points in my life. 6/10
    [*[ Communities: How I used to hate Chinese school but now am glad for it because it provides me with a cultural link to my family in China. 5/10
    [*] Teacher Recs: Both were fine I think; from Stat and Physics teachers
    [*] Counselor Rec: Fine I assume
    [*] Additional Rec: None
    [*] Interview: Went quite well. Interviewer was very friendly and gregarious, so the conversation didn't die awkwardly like in some of my interviews (*ahem*Yale*ahem*).
    [*] State (if domestic applicant): Pennsylvania
    [*] School Type: Large suburban public school
    [*] Ethnicity: Asian
    [*] Gender: Male
    [*] Income Bracket: Upper middle class
    [*] Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): None

    [*] Strengths: Grades, test scores
    [*] Weaknesses: EC's
    [*] Why you think you were accepted/deferred/rejected: I honestly have no idea. I'm near the top of my class, but I'm definitely not the smartest person, or the one with the highest grades, or the one with the best EC's. I'm going to assume that my interview pushed me over the edge, because the interviewer seemed to genuinely enjoy my personality and was interested in my hobbies.
    [*] General Comments: I'm very happy with Brown. After being deferred from Princeton SCEA and waitlisted UChicago EDII, I largely lost hope for getting into an Ivy; I was prepared to go to Williams or Vanderbilt for the good financial aid. I never seriously considered Brown even before that; if I went to an Ivy, I wanted Princeton, Penn, or Columbia. However, I think the campus culture and general attitude of Brown is probably better suited for my style, and I will likely be attending in the fall. Congratulations to everyone else who got in, and good luck to those in waitlist purgatory.
  • explorer23explorer23 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    edited April 2017
    Decision: Accepted


    SAT I (breakdown): Didn't send...
    ACT (breakdown): 33 (Math 32, English 32, Reading 35, and Science 34)
    SAT II: N/A
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 4.0
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 8/309
    AP (place score in parenthesis): AP History (3)
    IB (place score in parenthesis): Full IB (Anticipated IB Diploma Candidate). Some classes include: IB History 2 years, IB Biology 2 years, IB English 2 years, IB Italian 2 years, etc.
    Senior Year Course Load: IB Biology, IB History, IB Business SL, IB English, IB Italian, IB TOK, Environmental Science
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): Outstanding Student of the Italian Language Award, others are really not "major".


    Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): I was in a bunch of clubs in my school, like Italian Club and Model UN. I was class president in my junior class, and started up many programs that focused on donations to charity.

    Volunteer/Community service: I tutored all over the place. In my community, I became a head tutor for a class of over 30 students and was responsible for teaching mainly Geometry and Biology. I even taught Italian/Middle Eastern people the English language via Skype, which I mentioned in my interview. In fact, my interviewer and I started laughing when she said "how don't you get paid for basically being a full-time teacher".

    Summer Activities: I traveled to the Middle East and volunteered for about two months in my country's government for two years. I was an intern, so I had to handle paper work and even record meeting minutes, but I also learned a lot about engineering and business while observing the work around me. This activity was also followed by much babysitting and tutoring.

    Essays (rating 1-10, details): My essays, I thought, were great. I discussed how I desire a diversified student pool, which I can definitely find at Brown. I even talked about the free curriculum and how it distinguishes Brown from any ordinary school. It's clear that this university really wants to give its students the best college experience.

    Common App Essay: I loved it. It wasn't "incredible", but I consider it to be great. I focused on how I started my own website by building a team of intellectuals but ultimately the website was a failure due to anonymous hackers. The solution was a model we proposed: an anti-hacking software that enhances website security to the max. It was an amazing experience to share, and was definitely unique, which is the most important thing...

    Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):

    Teacher Rec #1: 9/10, I wouldn't be surprised if it was short because she is becoming old and had a lot of students to handle. But she loved me, and I was definitely her favorite student. It's hard to judge this one, but I can't imagine she said anything that wouldn't make me shine :)
    Teacher Rec #2: 10/10, Great teacher, and loved me. She even interviewed me at the park and I gave her my resume. She even informed me that she focused on my essay to make sure it is "ivy-league material", which she considered myself to be also, haha. . Everyone at the school knows that she is good at writing recommendations as well, haha.
    Counselor Rec: 8/10, I have no clue whether it is good or great, but the counselor surely liked me. I knew her for a while but sometimes I was shy to talk to her. I told her everything about me in my interview so hopefully she wrote me an awesome rec., which I'm sure she did.
    Additional Rec: I sent two additional recs: (1) from the government in the Middle East, but it was very simple and straight-foward, basically saying that I am qualified to pursue a competitive future. (2) From the assistant principal WHO LOVED ME!!! She's awesome so this could've only helped.

    Interview: 9.5/10, I was nervous but I tried to remain cool. I told her at the beginning that I'll try my best because I'm not really used to interviews. She definitely appreciated my honesty, and she made me feel so comfortable. I then couldn't stop talking, so it was ultimately calm and we got along SO WELL! :)


    Applied for Financial Aid?: Yes
    Intended Major: Biology or Engineering, but I am undecided.
    State (if domestic applicant): NY
    School Type: Public
    Ethnicity: White (Middle Eastern)
    Gender: Male
    Income Bracket: 180k+
    Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): In my interview, I told her that I've been through lots of discrimination in my life, especially when I went to private school. I believe that honesty was my friend in this case, because Brown understood my individuality and responded with optimism.


    Strengths: Full IB, GPA, Resume (Many Extracurriculars), Interview,
    Weaknesses: Essay on ACT was atrocious, no SAT II Subject Tests (they were canceled).
    Why you think you were accepted/deferred/rejected: I'm a well-rounded student, having both good grades in competitive classes with many volunteering works.

    Where else were you accepted/deferred/rejected:

    Accepted: Boston College, Stony Brook Honors, UConn, Binghamton Engineering.
    Waitlisted: Columbia
    Rejected: Harvard, Dartmouth, Yale

    General Comments: It's been a long ride. Good luck to everyone else!
  • evelyncruz33evelyncruz33 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    Decision: Waitlisted

    SAT I (breakdown): 1220 (600 Reading and Writing, 620 Math, 18 Essay)
    ACT (breakdown): N/A
    SAT II: I sent all (580 Math II, 630 Math I, 700 Spanish)
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): not sure but I have a 4.084 gpa weighted
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 7/350ish
    AP (place score in parenthesis): AP Lang (2) AP US History (2), AP Calc AB (3)
    IB (place score in parenthesis): N/A
    Senior Year Course Load: AP Chemistry, AP Literature, AP Calc BC
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): State Recognition from the Japanese Teachers Association of New Jersey, Rutgers Future Scholar (I guess that's about it for major awards)

    Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Vice President of the National Honor Society, Marketing Manager of STEM, Vice President of the Senior Class Student Council, Member of Bridge to Employment (a program within Johnson & Johnson), Cross Country/Track Runner for all four years, Member of ODASIS (a program within Rutgers University)

    Job/Work Experience: none

    Volunteer/Community service: Volunteered every season at the Rutgers Concession stands for two years, Local soup kitchen

    Summer Activities: Every summer since 7th grade, I would attend Rutgers University to take several college courses such as a preview to Expository Writing, Theater (can't remember others) and I also had a month long internship with their Student Life Center Directory.

    Essays (rating 1-10, details):
    Common App Essay: 7.5/10 - Talked about my transition from middle school to high school and how it has shaped me to become the person I am today through a small anecdote of when I first met my best friend.

    Short Answers: 10/10 - I really expressed my interest at Brown and how their education will guarantee me opportunities that will benefit not only me but the world as well (since I intend to major Environmental Science).

    Additional Info Essay: 8.5/10 - This essay was my only shot at getting into these Ivy's when I first applied. I talked about my circumstances at home and within my community. I explained why I got the scores I did but also emphasized my love for learning and how I intend to be successful one day no matter where I go.

    Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):
    Teacher Rec #1: Pre-Calc Teacher: 10/10 - I was her first-year student at my school and I was also the one out of two only Sophomores in this class so she grew increasingly close to every one of us. She mentioned about my intense love for math and how I impacted her at a personal level (was shocked when I read this part lol in a good way btw!)

    Teacher Rec #2: Honors Chemistry Teacher: 7/10- I had her my sophomore year and she is also the advisor for the STEM program here at my school so I am pretty close to her. She had good things to say about me but nothing special. Nonetheless, I am forever grateful for the recommendation.

    Teacher Rec #3: Japanese Teacher: didn't get to read it since she did submit it a day before the deadline I think lol but I'm assuming it was good considering I was one of the few students who took 3 years of Japenese and I was also awarded, with another student, a state recognition award.

    Counselor Rec: don't know as well, didn't get to read it.
    Interview: Was very short, about 15 minutes but she seemed like she was in a rush because she only asked about 5 questions and said it was time for her to go. But she did say I emphasized my responses and seemed like a good kid. I asked her more questions after the interview via email.

    Applied for Financial Aid?: Yes
    Intended Major: Environmental Sciences
    State (if domestic applicant): New Jersey
    Country (if international applicant): N/A
    School Type:
    Ethnicity: Hispanic
    Gender: Female
    Income Bracket: Less than 20,000
    Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): First generation student, URM

    Strengths: Short Answer Responses, Recs, Additional Info Essay
    Weaknesses: Standardized Test Scores!!!!
    Why you think you were accepted/deferred/rejected: I think I was waitlisted because my scores weren't up to par BUT I also feel extremely grateful to the committee for giving me this opportunity and not rejecting me completely. I didn't think I would make it at all but when I saw those bold words that said I was waitlisted, I felt in a way relieved? It's a crazy world indeed.

    Where else were you accepted/deferred/rejected:
    Accepted: Rutgers University
    Semi-Acceptance (I guess???): Cornell University - was given the transfer option to attend my Sophomore year!!!
    Rejected: Princeton University, Stanford University

    General Comments: Don't do the same thing I did and only apply to top tier schools. My safe school was Rutgers University so I knew if anything, I would be attending there but still. I regret not applying to second tier schools such as Bryn Mawr, Barnard, Colgate, and etc. Not saying you shouldn't apply to the Ivys but be smart about it. Apply to as many as you can and just show the real you and explain your circumstances if you have any. It goes to show these universities review your app in a holistic manner.
  • probablyokayprobablyokay Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    Decision: Accepted

    SAT I (breakdown): 1510 ( Reading and Writing 750, Math 760, does the essay matter? I don't remember my score)
    ACT (breakdown):
    SAT II: Math I 660, Physics 710
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0):
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable):
    AP (place score in parenthesis):
    IB (place score in parenthesis): 41/45
    Senior Year Course Load: Higher Level: Physics, History, Economics.
    Standard Level: Spanish (ab), English LL, Maths.
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.):


    Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis):
    Amnesty International (Co-chair)
    Student representative on the food and sustainability committee
    TEDx organiser and speaker mentor
    Member of school fundraising committee
    School Choir
    Job/Work Experience: 0
    Volunteer/Community service:
    Teacher's Assistant at local pre-school
    Business mentorship program with local youth
    Other activities throughout high school... (about 100+ hours)
    Summer Activities: Is studying an activity? IB is intense.
    Essays (rating 1-10, details):
    Common App 8/10 - Wrote about how I thought my identities didn't fit together and how I learned to be okay with that through TED Talks. The essay was nothing sensational but it was really really honest. Maybe that helped?
    The Extra Curricular Essay 9- I never give myself nines without cringing but I was super proud of this one. Wrote it as a kind of short story.
    Areas of study 7: Pretty average but I tried to show that I'd really thought it through.
    Why Brown 7: Kinda cheesy tbh. But talked in depth about Brown's specific programs in Public Policy and English.
    Where you've lived 9: Described the streets I have lived on, again kinda short story-esque.
    Community 7: Talked about my family. Kinda mushy and emotional but oh well....
    Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):
    Counselor Rec: I can't say I didn't read it. But we had a decent enough relationship so I guess it was pretty average. So maybe a 7?
    Teacher Rec #1: English Teacher, again didn't read. She's known me for a while and was also my drama teacher. She'sa great writer so maybe that also helped.
    Teacher Rec #2: Physics teacher, and yes, I didn't read this one either. But Again she's taught me throughout high school so she knows me really well.
    Additional Rec: None.
    Interview: 6/10, it was rather awkward. I'm not the most conversational person, I feel uncomfortable talking to strangers and I think she sensed that. Also I feel like she expected me to steer the conversation and I just didn't do that. We did manage to talk about Volunteering and my love for Spanish though, so maybe she liked that.


    Applied for Financial Aid?: Yup.
    Intended Major: Public Policy and English.
    State (if domestic applicant): Nope.
    Country (if international applicant): Somewhere in Africa.
    School Type: International, Private.
    Ethnicity: As African as they come.
    Gender: F
    Income Bracket: 70000-ish.
    Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): None that I know of.


    Strengths: Some essays. Recommendations? I don't really know.
    Weaknesses: SAT IIs!!!!! Extra Curriculars aren't stunning.
    Why you think you were accepted/deferred/rejected:
    Honestly, I have no idea. After getting my deferral from UChicago I started to question whether I'd get in anywhere at all.On the flip side though, that deferral made me work really hard on my other college essays. So maybe the short story approach to the essays helped me out? *shrugs*
    Where else were you accepted/deferred/rejected:
    Accepted: Columbia, Hopkins, Smith.
    Waitlisted: UChicago and Bates.
    Rejected: Wellesley.
    General Comments :
    I am just extremely relieved and grateful. I cannot count the number of hours I've spent on this site reading other's stats and achievements. And during all those hours the prevailing feeling was a sense of inadequacy. I never believed that an acceptance from a school like Brown could happen to me and I came very close, many times to not even applying. I've realised that disappointments are normal and they are okay, some days we lose and other days we win more than we ever thought possible. Apply anyway, work hard, keep trying, be kind to yourself, your dreams will come true in ways that will surprise you. Congrats to every one who got in, I hope you have a brilliant 4 years
  • 2021mydudes2021mydudes Registered User Posts: 15 New Member
    Decision: Waitlisted

    - SAT I (breakdown): 770 M, 750 CR+W, 20 Essay
    - ACT (breakdown): 36 Composite, 35 English, 36 Math, 36 Reading, 36 Science,
    - SAT II: 800 Math II, 760 Chem, 760 Physics
    - Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.98 UW, 4.61 W (scaling is subjective per school so don't take this too seriously)
    - Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 4th out of 230
    - AP (place score in parenthesis): AP Chem (5), AP Physics 1 (4), AP World (5), AP US History (5), AP Calc BC (5), AP Calc AB Subscore (5)
    - IB (place score in parenthesis): None
    - Senior Year Course Load: AP US Government, AP Literature and Composition, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, AP Psychology, AP Statistics, AP Physics 2, AP Biology, Multivariate Calculus, Linear Algebra

    - Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.):
    - Academic awards: AP Scholar with Distinction, National Merit Scholarship Program Letter of Commendation, Excellence in Mathematics and the Natural Sciences from the Society of Women Engineers (CT Section), Presidential Scholars Semifinalist.
    - Dance awards: Dance Teachers Club of CT Scholarship Winner (2010, 2012, 2013, 2015), DMA National Jr. Mr. Dance Most Talented Non-Finalist (2012), DMA Jr. Mr. Dance of CT (2012), Sophisticated Production’s Highest Scoring Solo (age 15 and under) (2013), DMA Teen Mr. Dance of CT (2014), DMA Tap Class Audition Scholarship 1st Place Recipient (2016), Numerous First Overall Solo and Group Awards (2010 – Present).


    - Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis):
    - Competitive Dancer (Senior Competition Captain) [Tap: 10 Years, Ballet: 9 Years, Jazz: 9 Years, Hip-Hop: 7 Years, Contemporary/Modern: 7 Years] (9, 10, 11, 12)
    - Nutcracker Ballet (I've played the role of Prince and Cavalier these past 3 years) (9, 10, 11, 12)
    - National Honor Society (Tutoring coordinator/tutor) (11, 12)
    - French Honor Society (Executive Officer) (10, 11, 12)
    - Seaperch (11, 12)
    - Math League (9, 10, 11, 12)
    - Varsity Tennis (4 singles, 3 doubles) (10, 11, 12)
    - Offered to produce music for small fashion lines

    - Job/Work Experience: None

    - Volunteer/Community service:
    - Assistant Dance Teacher Ages 9-14
    - Nutcracker Ballet Student Rehearsal Assistant
    - NHS Tutor, all subjects
    - Writing Center Tutor
    - Math Center Tutor

    - Summer Activities:
    - 4 Weeks of Dance Intensives/National Competitions
    - Helped build a dance studio/gym in my basement
    - Dance training
    - College Tours
    - Tennis

    - Essays (rating 1-10, details):
    - Common Application Essay
    Rating: 9??
    I had my AP Lit teacher read it over, as well as a few friends. They all said it sounded really personal and unique while being memorable, but I couldn't judge myself accurately.

    - Brown Supplement: 8-9

    - Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):

    - Teacher Rec #1:
    AP Calc/Multivariate/Linear Teacher, Math Team Coach
    10. I assume it would be very good as he knows my intense schedule in and out of school, my work ethic, my sense of humor, and my sociability.

    - Teacher Rec #2:
    AP Chem Teacher
    Same as Rec 1, with the addition of my love and curiosity of the natural sciences plus my drive and independence in the classroom.

    - Counselor Rec:
    Unknown, but she used to attend my dance studio? So maybe that helped. This was also her first year, so personal details may have been rough.

    - Additional Rec: None.

    - Interview: Just another interview

    - Applied for Financial Aid?: None.
    - Intended Major: Physics
    - State (if domestic applicant): Connecticut
    - Country (if international applicant): NA
    - School Type: Public
    - Ethnicity: White
    - Gender: Male
    - Income Bracket: Upper middle class
    - Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): Male dancer?

    - Strengths: Test scores, extracurriculars, strong commitment to dance, national dance awards, rigorous course schedule, 3 independent studies in physics (shows initiative),
    - Weaknesses: Interview
    - Why you think you were accepted/rejected/waitlisted: Interview, no dance at Brown

    General Comments: Probably going to end up at YPC

    Other schools you applied to and their decisions:
    Accepted: Williams, Swarthmore, Middlebury, Muhlenburg, William and Mary, Duke (likely letter), Columbia (likely letter), Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Yale, Cornell, NYU, Wesleyan, Amherst

    Waitlisted: Tufts, Brown, Dartmouth, Stanford

    Rejected: Harvard
  • doorrealthedoorrealthe Registered User Posts: 1,163 Senior Member
    edited April 2017
    Decision: Rejected

    SAT I superscore (breakdown M/CR/W/Essay): 2300 (770/740/800/8) only sitting
    SAT II (subject, score): Math 2 - 800, Lit - 670
    Unweighted/Weighted GPA: 3.9 ish UW
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): Top 5%
    AP/IB (place score in parentheses): APUSH (4), AP Lang (4). AP Calc AB (5). AP Gov (5). AP Comp (5). AP Environmental (5).

    Senior year course load:
    AP Calc BC
    AP Physics
    AP Statistics
    AP Economics
    AP Literature


    - AP Scholar with Distinction
    - National Merit Scholar Commended
    - Chosen as 1 of 8 teens nationwide for a major program (lots of publicity)
    - (2x) High school award in math and science - given to best student in each class
    - Yale essay contest 1st place
    - Two other, smaller online essay contests - finalist/top10 winner
    - second place in We The People state competition
    - High honor roll, NHS, etc.

    Extracurriculars (exactly what is on my Common App):

    - Blogger for the Huffington Post

    - Co-Editor in Chief of school newspaper

    - Co-President of DECA business club

    - Co-Founder of a growing company (annual revenue projected around $15k-20k)

    - Published writer and journalist: fantasy novel published on Amazon, reporter for local newspaper, published in 4 literary magazines

    - Editor for a national high school literary magazine

    - Karate Black Belt (first degree)

    - Class Treasurer

    - AVID Tutor and Freshman mentor

    - Former waiter and housekeeper at a bed and breakfast, ongoing private tutor with 3 clients, former employee for a financial literacy website


    Pretty good

    U.S. State/Territory or Country: competitive state
    School Type: Very large public
    Ethnicity: White
    Gender: Male
    Income Bracket Range: No financial aid
    Hooks (URM, first generation, recruited athelete, development):

    Strengths: ECs
    Weaknesses: Scores and GPA
    Why you think you were accepted/deferred/rejected: I think the peer recommendation helped me as well as the interview!
    What would you have done differently?: Nothing
    Where else did you apply?

    Accepted: Dartmouth, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, UVA, and BC
    Waitlisted: Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Duke, and UChicago
    Rejected: Princeton, Penn, Cornell, and Brown

    Expected this because of the 670
  • mde1111mde1111 Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    Decision: Accepted

    SAT I (breakdown): 2380 in 1 sitting (800M, 800CR, 780W)
    ACT (breakdown): N/A
    SAT II: 790 BioM, 740 Math II, 710 Spanish
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 4.0
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 1st of 91
    AP (place score in parenthesis): English Lit (5), English Lang (5), US History (5)
    IB (place score in parenthesis): N/A
    Senior Year Course Load: AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, College Calculus 1&2, Band/Orchestra, Physics, College Psychology, College Spanish, American Literature Independent Study
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): National Merit Finalist, Presidential Scholar Nominee


    Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Marching Band (captain), Varsity Tennis (senior captain), Pep Band (captain), School Newspaper (assistant editor), Dance, National Honor Society (secretary), Playing in Pit of School Musicals, Jazz Band
    Job/Work Experience: N/A
    Volunteer/Community service: tutoring middle school students (300+ hours), soup kitchen, ushering school events, helping with church dinners
    Summer Activities: None
    Essays (rating 1-10, details): Common App (8 - I exaimed the fallacy of my inherent belief that my self-worth was defined by my "intelligence"); Supplemental (7 - talked a lot about my rural school and community)
    Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):

    Teacher Rec #1: 8 (she really loves me, and I'm sure praised me highly, but is a Spanish teacher, so not the best writer)
    Teacher Rec #2: 7 (biology teacher, she is a good writer who thinks highly of me, but does not know me very personally)
    Counselor Rec: 10 (I have known her personally for 7-8 years, wrote great things about me)
    Additional Rec: 9 (from my best friend, who is an excellent writer)
    Interview: 7 (interviewer was a very intense person and I felt compelled to keep asking questions; not sure if she liked me, but the interview lasted about 2 hours)


    Applied for Financial Aid?: Yes
    Intended Major: Neuroscience
    State (if domestic applicant): New York
    School Type: Public
    Ethnicity: White
    Gender: Female
    Income Bracket: 170k
    Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): none


    Strengths: Strong test scores and grades, lots of extracurriculars because of small high school, specifics passions for science and music (10+ instruments), well-rounded
    Weaknesses: no hooks, interview, no spectacular accomplishments, lack of opportunities at my high school, too cookie cutter/typical high-achiever student profile
    Why you think you were accepted/deferred/rejected: perhaps that I made it very clear that I wanted to go to Brown because I loved the campus and neuroscience program, not just looking for admission to an Ivy; it's really a mystery
    Where else were you accepted/deferred/rejected:
    Accepted at Kenyon, University of Rochester, SUNY Geneseo, and Denison

    General Comments : It was a wonderful surprise that I got in - people from Western New York rarely get accepted to top schools such as this; to have the opportunity to go from a town of 5,000 to Brown is incredible; I wish I could see how they made their admissions decisions this year; congratulations to everyone else who got in!
  • DanofWestVDanofWestV Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    Decision: Rejected

    SAT I (breakdown):
    ACT (breakdown): 34---35E, 31M, 35R, 34S. Superscore: 34---36E, 32M, 35R, 34S
    SAT II: 800 Math II
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 4.0
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): N/A, definitely in top 10
    AP (place score in parenthesis): Couple of 5s and one 4, though this doesn't matter for admission whatsoever.
    IB (place score in parenthesis):
    Senior Year Course Load: 4 APs, two other courses
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): 2nd place nationally in an extracurricular


    Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): very involved in extracurricular mentioned above, at local/state/national level.
    Job/Work Experience: Not really
    Volunteer/Community service: Internship, some community service related to major.
    Summer Activities: Internship + several community college courses on subjects I wanted to take, NOT courses that I'd have to take at my high school anyway.
    Essays (rating 1-10, details): Main Common App was probably a 7/10. My Brown-specific ones were around a 7.5/10, 6/10, 6/10, and 9/10.
    Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):

    Teacher Rec #1: AMAZING, read it. 10/10
    Teacher Rec #2: Probably very impersonal, but never actually read it. 5/10?
    Counselor Rec: 7/10, didn't read but guessing
    Additional Rec: 9/10, didn't read but have very strong relationship
    Additional Rec #2: Probably 6/10, shouldn't have sent.
    Interview: Good, but not outstanding.


    Applied for Financial Aid?: Yes
    Intended Major: Social Sciences
    State (if domestic applicant): CA
    Country (if international applicant):
    School Type: Large Public
    Ethnicity: White
    Gender: Male
    Income Bracket: Middle class
    Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): None at all


    Strengths: Very high quality supplement submitted (humble brag), ACT above median, all-A grades, super involved in an extracurricular and I think my essays showed my passion for the major I indicated.
    Weaknesses: No hooks. Tons of applicants from my school that had just as much to offer and it probably came down to minute things.
    Why you think you were accepted/deferred/rejected: Don't listen to people's guesses, we just don't know. Why do I think I was rejected? Because I was a typical high-quality applicant, from whom Brown receives tens of thousands of applications each year. Most who apply deserve to go and would fit well and would thrive, but they simply don't have room. I don't mean to offend anyone, but if you're in the minority (whether female in STEM, Native-American applicant) or you have legacy, you may have an easier shot.
    Where else were you accepted/deferred/rejected: An Ivy and a quasi-Ivy. Brown was my top so I was a little heartbroken, but I can get over it.

    General Comments: By the way, deferral->acceptance rate this year was around 5%. Don't make the mistake of expecting much RD, deferred Class of 2022 applicants! Try to forget about Brown, and the rejection won't hurt too much. If you do happen to get in, it'll be a pleasant surprise!
  • 2017journalismhopeful2017journalismhopeful Registered User Posts: 83 Junior Member
    Decision: Accepted[/b]

    SAT I (breakdown): 800 Reading + Writing, 770 Math (1570)
    ACT (breakdown): 35 (36 English, 12 Writing, 36 Reading, 34 Science, 35 Math)
    SAT II: 800 - Literature, 770 - World History, 760 - Math Level 1, 750 - US History, 750 - French
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.88/4.0
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): school doesn't rank
    AP (place score in parenthesis): World History - 5 , Lang + Comp - 5, US History - 5 ,European History - 4
    IB (place score in parenthesis): school doesn't offer
    Senior Year Course Load: High Honors English, History, and French that qualify me to take the AP tests for Lit, French, and Gov, AP Physics, AP Calc AB, Broadcasting, Newspaper Staff

    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): National Merit Semifinalist, AP Scholar, AP Scholar w/ Distinction, Illinois State Scholar.


    Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis):
    -Writer at moderately well known online magazine (editorial position) - 4 Years
    - School Newspaper - 3 Years - (Editor in Chief)
    - School Broadcasting Team - 4 Years - (Co station manager this year, have had own radio show for 3 years)
    - Speech Team - 3 Years - (Chair of Prose Reading this year, made it to nationals three years in a row)
    - GSA - 4 Years - (Board Member)
    - Feminism Club - 4 Years - (Board Member)
    - Key Club - 4 Years - (VP)
    - Literary Magazines - 4 Years - (Editor in Chief)
    - Thespians - 2 years
    - Member of National Honor Society and World Languages Honor Society.

    Job/Work Experience: Retail job for two years, also tutored a bit over the summer

    Volunteer/Community service: Volunteered through Key Club, the library, other organization. 300+ hours

    Summer Activities: Northwestern Cherubs for Journalism + Northwestern Screenwriting Program

    Essays (rating 1-10, details):
    #1 Common App- 10/10 - i went for the basic "tell us about your background" story - my experiences as a middle class white passing lesbian in a very rich + conservative suburban town, my awful relationship with my immigrant parents and the pressures i faced as a first gen college student etc and how writing + journalism and a passion for social issues managed to save my life through the years.
    #2 (Why major?) - 9/10 - talked about poli sci + english and went with the passion for it - writing about social issues and wanting to make a change but i managed to make it sound not boring?
    #3 (Why Brown?) - 10/10 - brown had always been my massive reach school, i had visited the campus for the first time my freshman year, talked about that a bit + the liberal arts atmosphere in a university which sort of fit my personality the best - how different it was from where i grew up
    #4 (Where you've lived) - 10/10 - talked about my dislike of where i grew up lol similar to my common app + why brown? but delved more into the really complex feelings i had about it
    #5 (Importance of community) - 10/10 - my cheesy ass talked about my friend group and how it was one place i found complete acceptance and people who shared my interests and had unconditional love for me

    Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):

    Teacher Rec #1: 10/10 - the sponsor for the Newspaper at my school, he loves me a lot and this rec letter almost made me cry
    Teacher Rec #2: 10/10- my current history teacher, runs the advanced humanities program at my school
    Counselor Rec: 8/10, I wasn't close with her until junior year, which I regret. but i think she liked me well enough.
    Additional Rec: 10/10, My speech sponsor, who's also co sponsor of the gsa, and one of my favorite teachers i've ever had
    Interview: n/a


    Applied for Financial Aid?: Yes, and got a REALLY GOOD package
    Intended Major: English / Poli Sci (possibly minor in English)
    State (if domestic applicant): IL
    Country (if international applicant): US
    School Type: Public, large, only a small section is competitive
    Ethnicity: Mixed (South Asian/White)
    Gender: Female
    Income Bracket: 80-90k a year
    Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): first gen college student


    Strengths: Essays + Recs, Scores
    Weaknesses: GPA, not many awards
    Why you think you were accepted/deferred/rejected: i have no clue and im so happy
    Where else were you accepted/deferred/rejected: Accepted at Northwestern, Emerson, Boston University, American, Occidental, Berkeley, GWU, NYU. Waitlisted at UCLA + USC.

    General Comments: I AM BEYOND HAPPY! I committed to Brown after a huge decesion making split for about two weeks. Hope to see some of you there :)
  • beepybeetlebeepybeetle Registered User Posts: 415 Member
    I emailed admissions about what kind of grades I would need to not get rescinded and they replied with this:
    "we think it is especially important that you maintain the trajectory of your 11th and 12th grade trend. Our research has shown that students who finish strongly at graduation are better prepared for success at Brown (this also holds greater weight for students interested in STEM, chem in your case.)

    I would recommend continuing to work hard through the end of your senior year in order to receive no more than 1 B in your courses. Again, congratulations on your acceptance and I'm looking forward to welcoming you to Brown! "
    >no more than 1 B
    Well see you guys in community college I guess
  • kellymc325kellymc325 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    edited April 2017
    Decision: Rejected

    SAT I (breakdown): 1310 (660 CR 650 M) - did not submit
    ACT (breakdown): 30 C (34 R 28 M 31 E 28 S)
    SAT II: 710 Chem
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.7 UW, 4.0 W
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): school does not report rank, but top 15%
    AP (place score in parenthesis): APUSH (4) AP Chemistry (4)
    IB (place score in parenthesis):
    Senior Year Course Load: AP Psych, AP Micro/Macro Econ, AP Physics 1, AP Spanish Lang&Culture, Honors English IV, Calculus
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.):


    Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Varsity Tennis (3 years, 1 year JV) Girl Up Club (4 years - Treasurer 1 year, President 1 year), Peer Mentoring Program, Special needs students club, Senior Internship Program, Johnson&Johnson IT program
    Job/Work Experience: Dunkin Donuts (1 year - present)
    Volunteer/Community service: Homeless shelter volunteer, Girl Scout
    Summer Activities: Leadership conferences (2015 and 2016), intense tennis camp
    Essays (rating 1-10, details): CA essay 8/10 (common topic, but unique spin on it), Brown essays 8/10
    Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):

    Teacher Rec #1: 8/10 (Knew her well, English teacher)
    Teacher Rec #2: 9/10 (Math teacher for two years, struggled in this class but worked really hard and came for extra help all the time)
    Counselor Rec: 9/10, I actually knew her and talked to her. Most of her students don't even talk to her so she had a lot to write about me.
    Additional Rec: n/a
    Interview: Went well, struck up a good conversation with her! It was quick because there were so many students being interviewed.


    Applied for Financial Aid?: Yes
    Intended Major: Public Policy
    State (if domestic applicant): NJ
    Country (if international applicant): USA
    School Type: Public
    Ethnicity: White
    Gender: F
    Income Bracket: $100k - $150k
    Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.):


    Strengths: Extracurriculars, personality
    Weaknesses: Test scores
    Why you think you were accepted/deferred/rejected: Test scores and/or GPA
    Where else were you accepted/deferred/rejected: Accepted (American, GW, Northeastern, Case Western, UConn, Temple), Waitlisted (NYU and Richmond), Rejected (Barnard)
  • daisylou3daisylou3 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    edited June 2017
    Decision: Accepted

    SAT I (breakdown): 1510 (reading/writing- 760, math-750)

    ACT (breakdown): 34 superscore, 33 single sitting
    36-reading, 35-English, 33-math, 31-science

    SAT II: 740-literature, 730-US History

    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): UW- 4.0, W-4.43

    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 2/370

    AP (place score in parenthesis):
    Calc AB (5)
    European History (5)
    Macro Econ (5)
    US History (5)
    Lang/Comp (5)
    Chem (4)
    US Gov (4)
    Calc BC
    Physics 1

    IB (place score in parenthesis): not available at my school

    Senior Year Course Load: AP Calc BC, AP Stats, AP Physics 1, AP Lit, AP French, AP Psych, Band

    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): Presidential Scholar Nominee (ended up being a semi-finalist, for reference), 5 state championship titles for speech and debate, AP Scholar w/ Distinction, National Merit Scholar Letter of Commendation, Selected to the All-Northwest Band twice/All-State Band four times


    Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis):
    Speech and Debate (team captain for three years)
    Many activities related to band and local youth symphony, etc (served as 1st chair in various groups and was secretary of the band for two years)
    Math Outreach Program (president/co-founder)

    Job/Work Experience: Summer internship with the Muni's Dept of Health/Human Services, paid tutoring

    Volunteer/Community service: not very many hours- a minimal amount through the national honor society and my city's youth court

    Summer Activities: taking online AP courses, traveling, coaching for debate, internship mentioned above

    Essays (rating 1-10, details):
    my common app essay is probably my proudest work- definitely a 10
    specific essays to Brown- I felt like most were an 8 or 9, but I know that I felt I wouldn't get in because I barely elaborated on the describe your home essay and didn't even think about how that might reflect on me until after I had submitted

    Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):
    debate coach- definitely a 10
    favorite teacher- 8 or 9 (biggest problem was weird grammar errors)
    counselor- no idea, never read it, didn't know them very well but they got to know me better senior year and mentioned some things they would say so I think it was probably pretty good

    Interview: went well, but it definitely wasn't my most interesting or relaxed interview just because of how the interviewer was (she was nice, don't get me wrong)


    Applied for Financial Aid?:
    Intended Major: Economics and Poli Sci
    State (if domestic applicant):
    Country (if international applicant):
    School Type: public
    Gender: female
    Income Bracket:
    Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): physical disability


    Strengths: really good essay, strong commitment and success in my two main extracurriculars, really good GPA, maybe being disabled?

    Weaknesses: perhaps test scores, also that I am somewhat generic

    Why you think you were accepted/deferred/rejected: I think Brown could tell through my essays and activities and grades that I am really passionate about learning and their learning model, and that I really do put my all into everything I do.

    Where else were you accepted/deferred/rejected:
    Accepted: UPenn, University of Notre Dame, Northeastern (with honors scholarship), University of Washington
    Waitlisted: Vanderbilt, Northwestern
    Rejected: Harvard, Yale, Stanford (after early action deferral)

    General Comments : I will be attending Brown. I would really encourage rising seniors to write their essay during the summer like I did. I think my essay helped me the most.
  • hodge812hodge812 Registered User Posts: 20 Junior Member
    edited August 2017
    This is really late but better late than never.

    Decision: Accepted


    SAT I (breakdown): 1410
    ACT (breakdown): n/a
    SAT II: 660 math II, 590 lit (lol), 620 chem
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.29 Unweighted, I think like 3.9 weighted
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): n/a
    AP (place score in parenthesis): AP Computer Science (4), AP English Language (3), AP Environmental Science (3), AP Statistics (4)

    Senior Year Course Load: AP Calc AB, AP English Literature, AP Physics 1, Gym, Health, Honors Economics, Orchestra,

    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): Honor Roll, AP Scholar

    Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Math Team, Envirothon Team, Weight Training, Its Academic

    Not too many, but I joined some for application purposes during senior year.

    Job/Work Experience: nope... I volunteered at a hospital though

    Essays (rating 1-10, details): I thought they were all very good. I spent a lot of time on them. My AP English teacher said they were the best she's ever read.

    Recommendations (rating 1-10, details): 10/10 for all

    I would stay after class a lot to talk to my teachers. They genuinely like me, and they probably helped me get into the schools I did.

    Applied for Financial Aid?: Yes
    Intended Major: Political Science
    State (if domestic applicant): California
    Country (if international applicant):
    School Type: Public
    Ethnicity: African American
    Gender: Male
    Income Bracket: >$300,000
    Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): URM


    Strengths: GPA, focused on several extracurriculars (large depth).
    Weaknesses: lack of an additional subject test
    Why you think you were accepted/deferred/rejected: Got really good letters of recommendations, and I wrote pretty good essays. I also made the honor roll every quarter in my school which probably also helped.

    Where else were you accepted/deferred/rejected: Got into Princeton (attending), Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth and Cornell. Got rejected by Caltech.

    General Comments : If anyone has any questions, please message me. I won't be checking too often, but I can definitely help. I truly believe my essays are why I got in - they are more important than you think!
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