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hhjjlalahhjjlala Registered User Posts: 729 Member
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  • hhjjlalahhjjlala Registered User Posts: 729 Member
    edited March 2017
    Decision: Accepted


    SAT I (breakdown): (710 CR 800 M 720 W) 2230
    ACT (breakdown): 33 C (34 E 31 M 32 R 36 S); 33 C (33 E 34 M 34 R 30 S)
    SAT II: 760 math II, 750 US history
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 4.0, 4.4 W
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 1 / 33
    AP (place score in parenthesis): AP World (5), AP Comp Sci. (4), AP Human Geography (4), AP Chem (4), AP English Lang (5), AP Macroeconomics (5), AP Calculus AB (5), AP US History (4)
    IB (place score in parenthesis): n/a
    Senior Year Course Load: Japanese II, AP US Gov, AP Eng Lit, AP Calc BC, AP Physics 1, P.E.
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): regional awards for debate and outstanding delegate at Harvard Model Congress Asia


    Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis):

    Harvard Model Congress Asia [9-12] [Captain 10, 11, 12] [Honorable Mention 1x] [Outstanding Delegate 2x]

    Online Model United Nations [Executive Administrative Officer for Korea] – Organize debates online for students who enjoy MUN around the world. I teach parliamentary procedure and moderate debates, which give me excellent experience for a MUN conference later in the year.

    Varsity Tennis [Captain 12] [Most Improved 10] [Far East Tennis 9-12] – Not much to show.
    Student Council [Class VP 9] [Class President 10] [Class Parliamentarian 11] [Class Secretary 12]
    Hiking – I enjoy hiking on weekends.

    Minjoo Party of Korea – Worked for a local representative’s office during the 2016 Korean parliamentary elections.

    Seosan Law Firm – internship at a law firm that helped me understand the courtroom better and confirmed my initial interests in the law.

    DoDEA Pacific Advisory Council – selected to represent over 10,000 students at an education board that includes the director of our school region.

    Global Mission Church – Pianist for the praise team; humanitarian projects through the church.

    Job/Work Experience: summer translator job online (Korean-english, english-korean)
    Volunteer/Community service: through church, NHS
    Summer Activities: some listed above, and if there were a short essay about my summer, I would have written “spent hours perfecting my serve.”

    Essays (rating 1-10, details):

    Common App – 7/8 : I wrote about how my curiosities lead me to do different things, and basically wrote about my two core activities debate and tennis. I wrote about how I have an idiosyncratic process of asking "why" for everything.

    Why major? – 6 : I wrote about how political science brings economics, sociology, history, and politics all into one field of study.

    Why Brown - 6: Talked about how the Brown community reacted to the 2016 election, and how I wanted to be part of such a passionate group of people.

    Tell us where you've lived - 7: Talked about my personal connection to Korea.

    Tell us about a community you're part of - 6: Talked about how I'm a military brat.

    Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):

    Teacher Rec #1: 8 – APUSH teacher. Great letter. We’re really close, and it showed (I might have added some lines)
    Teacher Rec #2: 6 – AP Chem / AP Physics teacher. I’m not sure about this one… I gave him a guideline about what to write, but I have not read it.
    Counselor Rec: 7 – Have not read it; we’re close, but I feel like she uses a template. Not sure.
    Additional Rec: Nada
    Interview: Lasted about thirty minutes. It was kinda awkward, but in a Brown sort of way.


    Applied for Financial Aid?: Yes
    Intended Major: Political Science
    State (if domestic applicant): Resident of CA
    Country (if international applicant):
    School Type: Public Department of Defense
    Ethnicity: Asian (Korean)
    Gender: Male
    Income Bracket: 60~70K
    Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): nope.


    Strengths: GPA, focused on several extracurriculars (large depth).
    Weaknesses: lack of an additional subject test
    Why you think you were accepted/deferred/rejected: ESSAYS. They really convey your personality, and it's the make or break portion of your application.
    Where else were you accepted/deferred/rejected: Yale (deferred + rejected), Harvard (rejected), Princeton (rejected), Duke (waitlisted), Cornell (waitlisted), Stanford (waiting), UChicago (waitlisted), Penn (rejected), USC (accepted), UC Berkeley (waiting), UCLA (accepted), UC Irvine (accepted with regents and honors), Georgetown (accepted), UVA (accepted)

    General Comments : Financial aid?
  • david_pdavid_p Registered User Posts: 74 Junior Member
    Decision: Rejected

    ACT: 34 (33 English, 34 Math, 33 Reading, 34 Science, 36 Writing)
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.98
    Weighted GPA: 4.3
    Rank: Top 5%, 10/300
    AP: Psychology (4) World History (3) English Lang (4) US History (4)
    Senior Year Course Load: AP Spanish 4, AP Calculus AB, AP Lit, Leadership, AP Government Politics, AP Environmental Studies
    Awards: AP Scholar with Honor, Political Opinion essay published in Washington Times, Department awards in every subject, recognized by national NHS chapter for accrediting a local chapter, National Merit Scholar


    * Eagle Scout
    * Student Body (ASB) President
    * Student Body (ASB) Vice President
    * Class President
    * School School Site Council (SSC) President
    * President of 3 clubs and Founder of 2 (National Honor Society & Youth Democrats)
    * American Legion “Boy’s State” Congressional Delegate
    * YMCA Youth in Government
    - All-county & all-state debate team champions; speech & debate team captain
    * Rotary Leadership Council Alumni with honors in Community Outreach
    * HOBY World Leadership Alumni & Counselor
    * Varsity golf, varsity basketball

    Job/Work Experience:
    * Intern at Congresswoman's office
    * Manage Intern Department at my City Hall
    * Work at San Francisco HQ of the FBI in community development department

    Volunteer/Community Service:
    * 700+ Hours of community service through working with Sheriff's department on community development

    Summer Activities:
    * Summer 2015 - Classes at local community college (PoliSci 210), work at Capital Building with Congress
    * Summer 2016 - Classes at local community college (PoliSci 310), Boys State, 2 week Harvard Pre-College Program (Intro to American Law)

    * About impact made at Congresswoman's office through a reflective story of working with her at The Capital in DC.

    Teacher Recommendations:
    * Used my History & Math teachers. Have had both for 2 years, and both let me participate in the writing process for the letter.

    Counselor Rec:
    * God mother, counselor since 6th grade, peer, it was a hands down 10/10 and nearly brought me to tears

    Additional Rec:
    * An evaluation by the Harvard Professor who taught me over the summer (very well-written evaluation letter) and my Congresswoman that I work closely with.


    My application definitely stresses my passion for government, what i have learned through it, and what I plan to do with it.

    Financial Aid: Yes
    Projected Concentration: Political Science
    School Type: Public
    Ethnicity: White (Middle Eastern)
    Gender: Male
    Income Bracket: 250k+

    General Comments & Advice:

    Yale 2021!
  • ricka8ricka8 Registered User Posts: 378 Member
    Decision: ACCEPTED (after deferred ED!)

    GPA- 4.3 Weighted (out of 4.7), not weighted 3.92 (to give some perspective here, my schools is extremely competitive and the Valedictorian W GPA is usually 4.38-4.4, also I have all A's)
    ACT- 35 C
    Class rank- probably top 10%, not reported though
    Italian Subject SAT- 770
    APs- World History (4), Psychology (5), Biology (5), English Lang (5), US History (4)
    Honors- Chem, French (3 yrs), US History, Calc

    Senior Course load: I'm taking almost the most rigorous courses possible, 4 APs and 1 Honors

    National French Exam- Silver Award: won Sophomore year 2015, one of 2 people to win it
    some decent local awards for my projects below
    High Honor role- all of HS
    AP Scholar
    National Merit Commended student

    Sports: JV Tennis 2 years, Varsity Tennis 2 years, V Golf 1 year

    Leadership: Major one is a grant of $4,000 I applied for and was awarded Junior year to do a project on Healthy Eating for it in my school district (I organized 6 assemblies, 2 parent workshops, and a HS cafeteria tasting, also made a survey, successful impact which added organic and healthier options in the cafeterias, continuously adding more this year to improve the cafeteria food at all schools)
    Started the Animal Rights club (president of it for 2 years, not currently)
    Pres of Environmental Club
    VP of French Club
    Got a 2k grant for composting just a few weeks ago and sent that as an update!

    Volunteer: my grant project also gives me hours (at least 40, Junior year), Pony Power Therapies (Soph year 25 hrs), I help kids with disabilities (Soph-Senior, 20 hrs per year)

    Summer: into Junior year I did a two week college camp at JHU and took a class, into Senior year I took a summer online course at my local community college in Abnormal Psychology

    Recommendation Letters: one 10/10 (gave me the highest rec he's ever given!), the others I'm guessing 9/10, also an extra one from my superintendent who worked with me on the grant (7/10)

    Essays- good but I honestly my parents and I didn't love some of them: my main essay is maybe a 9/10 and supplements are 7-8/10, show my personality/voice, unique interests/qualities

    Interview: pretty good but it was way back in November so it was only my second

    Extra- I'm bilingual (Italian and English)

    Applied for Financial Aid?: yep
    Intended Major: cognitive neuroscience
    State (if domestic applicant): NJ
    Country (if international applicant): US
    School Type: Public, top-rated
    Ethnicity: white
    Dual citizenship with Italy, US citizen/resident
    Gender: female
    Income Bracket: middle class
    Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): the opposite of a hook

    Strengths: probably ACT scores, increasing trend in grades, leadership in the grants
    Weaknesses: my state, gender, whiteness, supplements could have been better
    Why you think you were accepted/rejected/deferred? No freaking clue but I was so sure I would be rejected after being deferred ED that I had already moved on so it still hasn't really sunken in yet

    Other decisions- Accepted: Amherst (early write and Schupf Scholar), Middlebury, Carleton, Bryn Mawr, Brandeis
    Waitlisted: Pomona, Tufts, Vassar, Bowdoin
    Rejected: Harvard
  • jajajaloljajajalol Registered User Posts: 42 Junior Member
    edited March 2017

    ACT: 32 Composite
    Unweighted GPA: 3.93
    Rank: 11/550 (10th most diverse in the US, largest in west MI)
    AP: World (4), Lang (5), Chem (3), Calc BC (4), Psych (4), Lit, Stats, Comp Sci, Macro, Bio
    Senior Year Course Load: All AP (the above with no scores) except Band and required Civics credit

    Extracurriculars: Marching Band - 4 yr, 2 yr section leader
    Concert Band - 4 yr, 2 yr top ensemble, Solo and Ensemble Div 1 at Districts and States
    Vietnamese Catholic Youth Group - 4 yr, performances (skits, dances), training, camps, traveling
    Cross Country - 2 yr, varsity letter
    Graphic Design Club - 2 yr, started online platform, organized events, and have several printed designs
    Volunteer/Community service: NHS Lead Tutor among other small things
    Essays: Great. Emphasized the diversity at my HS and my innate uniqueness from my interests and where I've grown up with

    Recs: I only felt good about the rec from my cross country coach (I worked very hard and got a bunch of recognition, despite being very mediocre). I'm shy, so I'm sure my band and Calc teacher rec were lackluster, especially since my band teacher submitted his very close to the deadline on the day of a concert lol
    Interview: My interviewer was a fairly recent grad. I think it went okay, like we had the same major and she was nice, except I was perhaps a bit awkward. I emailed her with some follow-up stuff about stuff we talked about but she never replied soooo uh

    Intended Major: Some type of IT major, leaning towards CS
    State: MI
    School Type: Large Public, low to average performance school
    Ethnicity: Vietnamese
    Gender: F
    Income Bracket: 100k + (only recently though lol)

    Strengths: interesting mix of stuff?
    Weaknesses: recs (only 1 academic teacher lolololol), average ACT, no SAT subject tests, not enough focus in activities, time spent
    Why you think you were waitlisted: I applied on a whim over Christmas break after getting a decent ACT score I didn't expect much. Also see weaknesses
    Where else were you accepted/deferred/rejected: U of M is the only important school I got accepted into, which is where I'm probably going to anyways so I'm fine with the waitlist decision. Guaranteed transfer at Cornell
  • ManaManaWegiManaManaWegi Registered User Posts: 382 Member
    Decision: Accepted

    SAT I (breakdown):
    ACT (breakdown): Superscore: English 35 Math 35 Reading 29 Science 34 Composite 33
    SAT II:Math level 2: 800 Physics: 710
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0):4
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable):1/77
    AP (place score in parenthesis):Calculus AB, Calculus C (semester course) Both Online, None offered at school
    IB (place score in parenthesis):
    Senior Year Course Load: AP Calculus C, Band, Cultures 1 and 2, Orchestra, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Genocide and Holocaust studies, Social Concerns
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.):
    Common Awards (AP Scholar, honor roll, NM things, etc.): State finalist (math)WYSE academic challenge competition (advanced again this year with 1st overall at sectionals)
    T-2nd physics regionals
    IHSA solo and ensemble best of the day award tuba solo
    semper fidelis award for musical excellence
    other smaller things


    Extracurriculars (name, grade levels, leadership, description):Band: all grade levels, Tuba section leader
    Orchestra:all 4, Cello section leader
    Jazz band: all 4 years, Trombone section leader
    Scholastic bowl: Captain 2 years
    Politics club founder: 2 years
    other more minor things
    Job/Work Experience:Parents restaurant 6 hours a week since 2011 (not paid)
    Volunteer/Community Service: tutoring after school ~3 hours/wk
    Summer Experience: nothing major enough to type
    Essays (rating 1-10, details):Common App- About Weight loss, overarching theme of the immorality of allowing my situation as I'm such a large influence to so many including my younger sister who has also lost weight with my assistance, I liked it a lot,
    What field- Talked about what makes math great, (I liked all my essays)
    Why Brown- Talked more broadly about why the people of brown are it's best asset, not the open curriculum ( which I still praised, but wasn't the focus) Very good
    Where lived- I took a very literal view of this, I just told them about my 7 moves over my lifetime, but also talked about my summer trips to Syria to see family each year before the civil war and how that may be my most consistent home
    Something interesting you've learned: talked about the sequence of the sum of the natural numbers 1+2+3+4... and cool things about it. the whole -1/12 deal, how that can be interpreted with things like the Madelbrot set and Cesaro summation, good stuff

    Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):
    Teacher Recommendation #1:Can't really rate it but I liked it a lot
    Teacher Recommendation #2:not as good but still great (keep in mind i don't really know how to rate these)
    Counselor Rec:excellent
    Additional Info/Rec:teacher from 6th grade, thought it would provide some different context, didn't see though
    Art Supplement: I really should have submitted a music supplement, it would have helped my app

    Interview:It was really good, great conversations, prevailed through unexpected questions, young guy, recent graduate, he seemed to understand me near fully


    Applied for Financial Aid?:Affirmative
    Intended Major:Mathematics
    State (if domestic applicant):IL
    Country (if international applicant):USA
    School Type:Public, small, rural, cornfield territory
    Ethnicity:Arab, Middle eastern
    Income Bracket:30-35k
    Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.):First generation college student, rigor initiative in poor school, low opportunities in general and I've done well


    Strengths:Pursuit of academic rigor in poor school, good accomplishments in context, connection with what made Brown great and how I would fit in and how I understood their community of minds and valued it greatly, Interview was quite good.
    Weaknesses:I wish I submitted a music supplement, I could have pursued more academic rigor, started math clubs/ teams, inspired more change, (not scores)
    Why you think you were accepted/deferred/rejected: I was a strong applicant, I showed that I could handle the work at brown and that I understood what made brown important and why I made sense at brown, brown seemed to agree, this is the main goal of your application, prove that you are academically qualified and then convince brown that you understand how you fit with them, how you can mutually benefit from a relationship
    Where else were you accepted/deferred/rejected:
    Accepted: Brown, Grinnell, URochester, UIUC
    Waitlist: Carleton, Case Western, UChicago,
    Rejected: Princeton, MIT, WashU

    General Comments : ***If anyone has any extended questions I'm happy to answer just personal message me or respond to this post***

    I'm really happy. It's great to get such a large opportunity to succeed. I almost fear that with this huge opportunity that I will abandon my pushing of the envelope, this I've made my goal, to strive for only the best even when my peers are the best

    Some advice for prospects: It's really hard to get in, really hard, you have to be very good, the word "crapshoot" I think is flawed, In building a balanced class, sometimes weird things happen, Why was I waitlisted at Case but admitted to Brown in RD (no ED 19% acceptance rates)? Well, It can be easy to dismiss and provide an easy crapshoot explanation, but that's just an crutch for those who don't understand the process (almost noone understands the process to be honest). This process has a lot of variables and to be honest I probably don't have 20% of the reasoning of why I got in, I don't think most admitted students or rejected students do. I'd just give it your best shot, and that means your best shot, not the shot that is a little bit worse than your best shot but you shot it because its about good enough to give you a chance at brown, but go for your best, if you do that you can have no regrets ( I know, hard thing to do, to shoot a "best shot") Apply to lots of places because honestly you'll probably be rejected, and I mean nothing ill in that statement, just a fair evaluation of the admissions process I think.

    For Rejected Students: I lot of the same justification applies. If you shot your best shot, you gotta keep shooting it and see how far it takes you. If you didn't, i cant sit here and tell you that it was all a crapshoot and that it was "no" judgement of you, In the end it was to some degree a judgment of you, assuming we are talking about you as a compilation of your accomplishments, intellectual prowess, and other things brown evaluates ( if we're talking about some sort of intrinsic property of all humans, than yes, you are no less of a person for being rejected by Brown) I see it this way, the best thing to do is to take responsibility for this and try to hit it harder next go, you know "mission failed, we'll get 'em next time" do that.

    To admitted students: Don't take your foot of the gas, continue to pursue your goals to the fullest degree, great job so far
  • lhw1998lhw1998 Registered User Posts: 483 Member
    WAITLISTED for engineering

    SAT I: 780M, 750R - 1530.
    (1510 without a superscore, but all of the colleges I applied to superscore)

    SAT II (subject, score): 800 Chemistry, 800 Math II

    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 4.0

    Weighted GPA: 4.67

    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 1st out of 326

    AP (place score in parentheses): Chemistry 5, Calc AB 5, English Language 5, Psychology 5, APUSH 4, AP Spanish Lang and Culture 3 (Won the AP scholar with distinction award)

    Senior Year Course Load: Differential Equations (Dual Enrollment), AP Physics 1, AP Statistics, AP Literature, AP Macro (single semester) , AP US Government (single semester), AP Calculus BC, AP Comp Sci A

    ECs -
    Assistant Manager working at my parents' store over the summers for 4 years (really enjoyed this, wrote an essay about it)
    Volunteer/internship at local free clinic
    President of my school's science club - we did the science olympiad, the envirothon, and a bunch of other small competitions
    Ultimate Frisbee - just a regular club sport but I had a ton of fun with it
    Public Relations officer for SGA - tons of volunteer work/coordinating school events
    Vice President of NHS - organized various campaigns for our school
    President of AVID Tutoring Program - tutored students twice a week and worked to recruit other tutors.
    President/Founder of Debate Club - we met to discuss political issues (the 2016 election was a pretty great time for this club)

    I applied for different majors at every school, but I put either math or chemical engineering for about half of them.

    I wrote my commonapp essay about being an atheist and always feeling the need to keep quiet about it, and tied that in with the reason I created my school's debate club (to give people the ability to speak/be heard)

    For the obligatory "elaborate on an extracurricular" essay, I wrote about organizing tournaments at my parents' store and my overall experience working over the summers.

    Race: white
    Gender: male
    Income bracket: my EFC was in the low 40 thousands, but my parents have never told us how much money we make.

  • PinkQuetzal9PinkQuetzal9 Registered User Posts: 128 Junior Member
    Decision: Waitlisted

    SAT I (breakdown):):1360 (630M, 730W&R, 18/24?) best essay was 24/24
    ACT (breakdown):30 (35R, 35W, 25M, 26S)
    SAT II:Biology E (680), Spanish (800)
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0):3.98
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable):1/102
    AP (place score in parenthesis):Bio (4), Literature (4), Spanish (5), Art (3)
    IB (place score in parenthesis): -
    Senior Year Course Load:Government/Econ, T.A., AP Physics 1 (ruined my 4.0...), Psychology, AP Calculus, AP Language, Human Biology (Dual Enrollment [DE] 1st semester), Medical Terminology (DE, 1st semester), Chemistry (DE, 2nd semester), Public Speaking (DE, 2nd semester)
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.):Scholastic Art & Writing state awards


    Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis):Interact - Rotary International (Treasurer), Success (Community Service Officer), Creative Writing Club (Vice President), Senior Capstone
    Job/Work Experience:Agriculture Worker, Library Page
    Volunteer/Community service:See extracurriculars, reader at St. Anthony's Parish
    Summer Activities:Don't think I mentioned this in my app, but here you go: Summertime Success, study for ACT using PrepScholar (it worked!), 2 Dual Enrollment Courses, worked on Capstone
    Essays (rating 1-10, details): 9/10 I spent so much time on them editing every little thing. I thought they were very strong, but they could have been stronger.
    Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):

    Teacher Rec #1:Spanish teacher 9/10
    Teacher Rec #2:English teacher 10/10
    Teacher Rec #3: Math Teacher 7/10
    Counselor Rec: Probably good but generic
    Additional Rec: Not an option
    Interview: It was so-so


    Applied for Financial Aid?: Yes
    Intended Major: Health and Human Biology
    State (if domestic applicant): CA
    Country (if international applicant): -
    School Type: Small rural public
    Income Bracket:<90,000
    Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): URM, 1st generation, underachieving area?


    Strengths: GPA, Dual Enrollment, essays
    Weaknesses: Test scores, too few extracurriculars, no big awards
    Why you think you were accepted/deferred/rejected: There are some amazing applicants and I'm just normal. My essays weren't strong enough to make up for my low stats, I guess.
    Where else were you accepted/deferred/rejected:
    Accepted: UCD w/honors, UCSC waitlisted at honors, UCLA, UCB, USC, Cornell via likely letter
    Waitlisted: Brown
    Rejected: Harvard, Vanderbilt, Stanford REA

    General Comments : Really wish I had gotten in but I suppose a waitlist is better than a rejection. I'm going to accept the waitlist offer, but I don't have much hope I'll get off of it. In the meantime, GO BIG RED!!! #CornellClassof2021
  • CalchongCalchong Registered User Posts: 198 Junior Member
    Decision: Accepted

    SAT I (breakdown): OLD SAT (710M 740 CR 790 W) 2240 Superscore
    ACT (breakdown): 34 Composite; 35 MATH 34 READING 33 SCIENCE 33 ENGLISH (one sitting)
    SAT II:Math level 2: 790 Physics: 760 World History: 800
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0):3.99
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable):?
    AP (place score in parenthesis):I have taken 8 exams; 7 I got a 5, 1 I got a 4
    IB (place score in parenthesis):
    Senior Year Course Load:AP Calc BC, AP Physics 2, AP English Lit, AP Art History, AP Gov, AP Macroeconomics, AP Biology, Religion (catholic school)
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.):
    Common Awards (AP Scholar, honor roll, NM things, etc.): AP national scholar, commended national merit thing, top in the class awards, some cross country/ track awards


    Extracurriculars (name, grade levels, leadership, description):
    Cross Country Track Varsity, Regional Championships 7 times, featured in newspaper as all area honorable mention, team captain
    Student Council Secretary Junior Year and Senior Year
    NHS Historian Junior Year, President Senior Year
    Played Piano since 8, won some local competitions
    Pep Band (9th and 10th grade)
    Math Team
    Part of a Running Club in my area
    Scholar Bowl Team Captain
    Job/Work Experience:N/A
    Volunteer/Community Service: tutoring after school, making peanut butter and jelly sandiwches for shelter every monday, playing piano at nurisng homes, playing piano at church and school fundraisers (catholic school), some stuff with running
    Summer Experience: volunteered one summer at hospital, went to Uruguay for cultural trip one summer
    Essays (rating 1-10, details):Common App- about the Washington dc metro; I would give it an 8
    What field- Talked about what why biophysics is inspired by my love for running
    Why Brown- talked about the open curriculum and how it had to do with my specific interest in biophysics
    Where lived- i lived in a boring town looking for something more

    Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):
    Teacher Recommendation #1:I CANT RATE THESE but they were all good
    Teacher Recommendation #2:
    Counselor Rec:
    Additional Info/Rec:NA
    Art Supplement: NA

    Interview:Old guy but really fun I had a great time with him although he said that no one gets in usually lol


    Applied for Financial Aid?:Affirmative
    Intended Major:Biophysics
    State (if domestic applicant):FL
    Country (if international applicant):USA
    School Type: small, catholic, suburban
    Ethnicity: Asian/White
    Income Bracket:80-90k
    Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): none I am literally asian


    Strengths: actually loving what I profess to love
    Weaknesses:scores as an asian going into STEM
    Why you think you were accepted/deferred/rejected: Just showing my passion for running and how it inspires me.
    Where else were you accepted/deferred/rejected:
    Accepted: Brown, UPENN, Georgetown, Univesity of Florida
    Waitlist: UChicago, Darmouth, Yale, Harvard
    Rejected: Princeton, Duke, Rice

    General Comments : Honestly you never know what is going to happen. I thought I was so cookie cutter, but apparently there was something about me they loved because it was not my scores.
  • ED1998ED1998 Registered User Posts: 27 New Member

    [asize=4][acolor=#008000]Decision: Accepted[/color][/size]

    SAT I (breakdown): 1500/1600 (single seating)
    ACT (breakdown): NA
    SAT II: Phy (800) Chem(800) Math 2 (800 & 760)
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): I study in India so we dont have GPA but 95%+ in 9th and 10th 88% in 11th and 94%projected 12th
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 4/40
    AP (place score in parenthesis): Phy C M(5) Phy1&2(5) Chem(5) Calc AB(5)
    IB (place score in parenthesis): NA
    Senior Year Course Load: IIT JEE prep course (India's hardest entrance exam) + Self Study for AP (Calc BC, Phy C E&M, Eng Lang , US GOVT)
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): NA


    Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Not strong at all, but a long list of extracurriculars.
    Job/Work Experience: None
    Volunteer/Community service: Volunteer for a month at NGO.
    Summer Activities: We dont get summer break in India.
    Essays (rating 1-10, details): 8 , yeah my essays for brown were the strongest (or so the people who read them said)
    Recommendations (rating 1-10, details): 8, but my chem teacher spelled my name wrong on her recommendation.

    Teacher Rec #1: English Teacher, so very well written
    Teacher Rec #2: Chem Teacher, my favorite teacher and subject so the recommendation was great.
    Counselor Rec: School Principal.
    Additional Rec: none
    Interview:Yeah, and boy did that go bad.


    Applied for Financial Aid?: Yes
    Intended Major: Geophysics
    State (if domestic applicant): Born in TX
    Country (if international applicant): I live in India but US Citizen
    School Type: Private
    Ethnicity: Indian
    Gender: Male
    Income Bracket: $22k /yr
    Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): ?


    Strengths: The science scores (AP, SAT 2) + Additional Essays
    Weaknesses: Junior year grades were very low + SAT 1 (english part)
    Why you think you were accepted/deferred/rejected: Essays and because my major is prob. very rare.
    Where else were you accepted/deferred/rejected: UCLA, UT Austin, UCSD - accepted
    Berkeley, Penn, Caltech - Rejected

    General Comments : I really hope this is useful to someone in India in the simmilar situation .
  • Reese5Reese5 Registered User Posts: 21 Junior Member
    Decision: Accepted

    SAT I (breakdown): 1580 (790 Reading and Writing, 790 Math, 22 Essay)
    ACT (breakdown): 35 Composite (36 English, 35 Math, 33 Reading, 36 Science, 33 Writing)
    SAT II: 800 Math II, 800 Biology M
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 4.0 W, 4.85 UW
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): N/A
    AP (place score in parenthesis): Biology (5), US History (5), BC Calc (5), Lang and Comp (5)
    IB (place score in parenthesis): none
    Senior Year Course Load: AP Chem, AP Lit, AP Gov, AP French, AP Stats
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): nothing extremely major... National Merit Commended, AP Scholar with Distinction, Harvard Book Award, French Honor Society, National Honor Society, and a bunch of school academic awards.

    Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis):
    - Varsity Tennis (Captain)
    - National Honor Society (Officer)
    - Asian Culture Club (President)
    - Math Team
    - Biology lab aide

    Job/Work Experience:
    - Intern at biomedical company
    - Teacher assistant at local language school (won award for best teacher assistant)

    Volunteer/Community service:
    - Invention/Science Camp (Camp Counselor)
    - Volunteer at local hospital
    - Volunteer at town library

    Summer Activities:
    - Internship at biomedical company
    - Summer program at Brown
    - Invention/Science Camp (Camp Counselor)
    - Hiking/traveling with family

    Essays (rating 1-10, details):
    - Common App: 8/10, Wrote about finding balance between being an individual and contributing to a community
    - Supplements: 8/10, Kinda average I think

    Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):
    Teacher Rec #1: AP Bio teacher 9/10, did well in class, work as lab aide
    Teacher Rec #2: AP Lang teacher 9/10, did well in class, connected with teacher
    Counselor Rec: 8/10 didn't know super well, but she definitely likes me a lot
    Additional Rec: none
    Interview: 9/10 Went well! The interviewer said I was the most prepared and knowledgeable about Brown out of all the interviews she had done so far

    Applied for Financial Aid?: Yes
    Intended Major: Health and Human Biology
    State (if domestic applicant): MA
    Country (if international applicant): USA
    School Type: Public, small but high-ranking in Massachusetts, competitive atmosphere with many legacy students
    Ethnicity: Asian
    Gender: F
    Income Bracket: Upper middle class
    Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): lol nope

    Strengths: Grades, test scores, teacher recs
    Weaknesses: Interview, Asian, interested in biology (very popular major), many strong legacy applicants from my school
    Why you think you were accepted/deferred/rejected: I think the fact that I really made myself seem human in my essays made me stand out from all the other highly qualified, but perhaps defined by statistics, applicants
    Where else were you accepted/deferred/rejected: Accepted at Yale, Dartmouth, Duke, Vanderbilt, UVA, and McGill; wait listed at Harvard, UPenn, and Cornell; Rejected at Columbia and Princeton

    General Comments: Congrats to all those accepted! You have worked so hard for this - enjoy yourself now!! For all those who didn't receive the good news you were hoping for, please remember that college admissions is such a crapshoot and that some random admissions officer's decision does not reflect who you are as a person. :D
  • daboombasdaboombas Registered User Posts: 72 Junior Member
    edited March 2017
    Decision: Rejected


    SAT I (breakdown): N/A
    ACT (breakdown): 35C (36E 35M 35R 35S) 8/12 Essay
    SAT II: Math II (800) Bio-E (760)
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.87
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 6/529
    AP (place score in parenthesis): AP Bio (4) AP World History (4)
    IB (place score in parenthesis):
    Senior Year Course Load: Most rigorous, but I dropped hard classes to take choir and theatre lol
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): Boys Nation Senator, Questbridge Finalist


    Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis):
    Chess Club (founder, President)
    NHS (Officer)
    Book Club (Officer)
    SkillsUSA (Officer)
    FBLA (Officer)
    Concert Choir (Unofficial section leader, I helped restart the club and grow it from 7 members to 100 in 6 months.)
    Choir also has sung at district banquets, and we went on tour in LA.
    Lead role in school musical

    Job/Work Experience: I work 20 hours a week with my Dad.
    Volunteer/Community service: 10 hours a week at church, with various events.
    Summer Activities: FBLA National Conference
    Mission trip to Nicaragua
    Boys State and Boys Nation

    Essays (rating 1-10, details):

    Questbridge Essays -
    8/10 - It compared my life to a wooden desk I've owned since I was little. I scribbled on it and wrote down my thoughts when I was going through bad times, and the desk became an extension of my personality.
    6/10 - I wrote about how chess was an underappreciated art form. I went on to say I found people at school to create a club with.

    Common App Essay - 7/10, it was about how I visited my Grandma before she passed from terminal breast cancer. She was playful and humorous even in her last moments, so I wrote about how she didn't let her condition stop her from having fun with her grandchild for the last time.

    Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):
    Teacher Rec #1: English teacher, pushed me to pursue politics. 8/10
    Teacher Rec #2: Bio teacher, I was funny and over-excited in her class. I wasn't the best student, but I got close to her as a person. 8/10
    Counselor Rec: Generic, I got a new counselor starting junior year. 4/10
    Additional Rec: None.
    Interview: None.


    Applied for Financial Aid?: Yes
    Intended Major: Political Science
    State (if domestic applicant): AZ
    School Type: Large public, 2500 students total.
    Ethnicity: Asian-American (South Korean Immigrant)
    Gender: Male
    Income Bracket: 35k
    Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): First gen, poor (?)


    Strengths: Test scores, ECs
    Weaknesses: Dat GPA, holy balls I should've tried harder for all 4 years.
    Why you think you were accepted/rejected/deferred? Plain and simple, don't read too much into your decisions because it can seemingly be random at times and they do not determine your worth as a person.

    General Comments: I didn't care at all about school in my freshman year, so my GPA took a beating. I started to wake up and realize that I didn't want to go to my state school (no offense ASU!) and end up with a desk job, working 9 to 5 and not accomplishing more. I was entitled - I thought I was such a smart kid, and that I was destined to rule the world, cure cancer, marry Emma Watson. So I involved myself in a bunch of clubs that I didn't care about, started studying for tests that I hated studying for, all in an attempt to pad my application. In my senior year, I took a look at myself and I didn't know who I was. I was a phony, a hack, who did what he had to do to get to a place that he thought he had to get to. I embraced my quirks and my love for music during this past year, but I regret that it was too late. When I look back on my high school life, I realize that I wasted my time doing things that I didn't like doing. I can't think of more than 5 memorable experiences I had in my high school years. I just wish I had accepted myself earlier. Then I could say, "Oh I don't regret high school. I had a ton of fun!"

    Anyways, remember that admissions to top colleges are basically like drawing the lottery. I'm blessed to be accepted to these institutions. I just feel weird, knowing that they didn't accept me, per se - they accepted a bluffed-up version of me.

    Other College Decisions: Harvard (Accepted), Princeton (Accepted), Amherst (Accepted), Wesleyan (Accepted), USC (Accepted), Vanderbilt (Accepted), UChicago (WL), Dartmouth (WL), Northwestern (WL), Pomona (WL), University of Virginia (WL), MIT (Rejected), Columbia ED (Rejected), Brown (Rejected), Yale (Rejected), UPenn (Rejected)
  • moriimotommoriimotom Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    edited March 2017
    Decision: Accepted

    SAT I (breakdown): Didn't take it!
    ACT (breakdown): 34C (36 English, 32 Math, 35 Reading, 36 Science)
    SAT II: None
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.92
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 12/313
    AP (place score in parenthesis): APUSH (5), English Lang. (4), Biology (3), Macroeconomics (3)
    IB (place score in parenthesis): None
    Senior Year Course Load: Band 4, Orchestra 4, Japanese 3, Calculus, AP Psychology, AP Physics 1, AP English Lit.
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): Recognized at JSSF (Japan Super Science Fair; an International science conference/presentation platform) for group Biology research


    Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis):
    HS Band (4 years on Tenor and Bari Sax; Section leader)
    HS Concert/String Orchestras (played Violin for 7 years; Concertmaster, President)
    HS Marching Band (Alto and Tenor Sax; Section leader)
    Hawaii Youth Symphony (5 years; Principal Violin)
    OBDA Select Band (Bari Sax)
    Varsity Water Polo
    Freshman Mentorship/Adjustment Program (Founder/Coordinator)

    Job/Work Experience:
    Worked at my local library for two years (12 hr/week for 50/52 weeks/yr)
    Internship with a local private school directing a Beginning Orchestra class (4 hr/week, bi-weekly)

    Volunteer/Community service:
    Interact Community Service Club (Coordinating officer, 4 hr/week)

    Summer Activities:
    Pacific Music Institute (Music intensive week-long workshop)
    Summer School (of course)

    Essays (rating 1-10, details): 8/10; The short answer prompts killed me. How am I supposed to show who I am in less than 150 words? I tried my best, though, and my editors told me that they were unique and true to my character.
    I DID SUBMIT SUPPLEMENTARY ESSAYS; 10/10. As I felt the short answers didn't satisfy me, I submitted two supplemental essays; one about my passion for music and another about an eye-opening revelation about the nature of the politically conservative/why I want to study Sociology. They were very, very carefully edited and I am still proud of their quality to this day.

    Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):

    Teacher Rec #1: 7/10; Current AP Lit. Teacher. He didn't really know me super well at the time but he commented on my humor and easygoing/helpful nature in class. Have not seen it but I assume that it was very well written because... well... he IS an English teacher... but perhaps not the most personal or in depth.

    Teacher Rec #2: 9/10; Junior AP Lang. Teacher. We have a great relationship and I did very well in her class! I haven't seen this one either but I know she writes very good letters and she told me she really tried to make me shine.

    Counselor Rec: 10/10; My class counselor. I've known her since Freshman year and we talk regularly! She knows that I try hard and knows me very well as a person and as a student. She showed it to me and it was a real standout recommendation; she highlighted my interest in music as well as my passion for teaching.

    Additional Rec: 9/10; My Internship director and Youth Symphony Conductor. I've known him for 5 years, and he knows me really well as a musician and as a person. We are wonderful friends! He showed me the letter and it really spoke volumes about my personality and character as well as my diligence and dedication when it came to music.

    Interview: 8/10; I had a wonderful lady who graduated from Brown in about '07 (if I remember correctly!). She actually went to medical school, so we got into talking about Biology and the research that led me to present at JSSF (see above "Major Awards". I was really nervous, though, so I might have come off as a bit awkward and there were some lulls in the conversation. Overall, however, I think it helped my application as I didn't really go much into that subject with my application.


    Applied for Financial Aid?: Yes
    Intended Major: Sociology/Linguistics
    State (if domestic applicant): HI
    Country (if international applicant):
    School Type: Public
    Ethnicity: Asian (Korean/Chinese)
    Gender: F
    Income Bracket: 80,000 ~ 90,000
    Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): Nothing really


    Music (it's my spike; I play multiple instruments)
    Passionate, genuine essays
    Took the most rigorous courseload possible (All the AP's offered at my school)
    I put some humor into my application

    I had 4 B's on my transcript (2 from Junior year and 2 from Senior)!!!!
    AP Scores were not strong
    My skills are very lopsided (all my B's were in Math and Physics; my talents only seem to lie in English and History)
    ... Asian Female™

    Why you think you were accepted/deferred/rejected:
    I tried to make my application really "me" and show that I fit in to the slightly offbeat (yet still academically oriented) nature of Brown. Although I didn't really stand out academically in a pool of such talented students, I think that my motivated nature came through in my application via my commitment to Music.

    Where else were you accepted/deferred/rejected:
    Rejected- Yale, Cornell
    Accepted- UHM, Boston University

    General Comments : Congratulations to my fellow admitted students! I hope to attend and meet you all come September. To anyone reading this as a nervous Junior/Senior; I totally feel you... Just believe in yourself and put your best self forward in the application process! Don't try to be someone who you aren't; the best college choice is the one you want and wants you back, so it will all work out in the end. Best of luck to all of you!
  • viwielviwiel Registered User Posts: 17 New Member
    Decision: Accepted

    SAT I (breakdown): 1580 (lol don't remember breakdowns)
    ACT (breakdown): 36 (36 Reading, 36 Math, 35 Science, 11 Writing [I think])
    SAT II: 800 - Math II, 800 - Biology M
    Weighted GPA: 5.67
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.98
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): School doesn't rank
    AP (place score in parenthesis): Human Geography (5), World History (5), Biology (5), US History (5), Chemistry (5), Physics I Mechanics (4), English Language & Composition (5), Calculus AB (5)
    Senior Year Course Load: Calculus BC AP, English Literature AP, Physics C Mechanics AP, Organic Chemistry Honors, Statistics High Honors, Macroeconomics AP, US Government AP
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): National Merit Finalist, National AP Scholar, Silver Knight Nominee for Science (it's a regional award in Florida, ongoing), AIME Qualifier, International piano competitions semifinalists, Miami International Piano Festival Participant, math competition awards (not reported), some other things I can't remember off the top of my head at the moment


    Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Whew, here we go. Pre-Medical Society (President), [Name deleted for privacy] Nonprofit Organization (Student President, got the nonprofit certification), Science Honors Society (Secretary), Mu Alpha Theta, Varsity Swimming, English Honors Society, National Honors Society, pianist in international/national competitions, American Medical Women's Association Preventative Task Force Member, Rho Kappa, Quiz Bowl (Co-Captain), Spanish Honors Society
    Job/Work Experience: Worked as a waitress at a local sushi restaurant for the summer between junior & senior years
    Volunteer/Community service: Almost 1300 hours at local hospitals, part of my nonprofit organization, tutoring, etc.
    Summer Activities: Was a theatre and piano instructor for a couple of summers, did a lot of volunteering, travelling, etc.
    Essays (rating 1-10, details):
    #1 (Elaborate on extracurricular) - 10/10
    #2 (Why major?) - 9/10
    #3 (Why Brown?) - 10/10
    #4 (Where you've lived) - 10/10
    #5 (Importance of community) - 9/10
    Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):
    Teacher Rec #1: 10/10 (She really loved me and apparently has told all her classes, even her junior class this year, about me??)
    Teacher Rec #2: 8/10 (Nice person, but don't think she wrote as well as teacher above)
    Counselor Rec: 10/10 (We really connected, really pushed me to apply to schools that would fit and basically asked me what sorts of things I'd like her to write in the letter; she's even helping me to get off of a couple of waitlists lol)
    Additional Rec: From piano teacher - 9/10 (don't know whether it made that much of a difference, but I did submit a portfolio of my piano playing)
    Interview: Didn't have one


    Applied for Financial Aid?: Yes
    Intended Major: Science & Society
    State (if domestic applicant): Florida
    Country (if international applicant): US of A
    School Type: Private
    Ethnicity: Multiracial
    Gender: Female
    Income Bracket: <$60,000
    Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): I'm not sure if being multiracial is a URM...Uh, I wrote a lot about how my childhood in Australia affected my life though (I lived in Sydney for 7 years)


    Strengths: Submitted portfolios of digital design work and piano, maybe religion & multiracial background, first-generation American, kinda take pride in my writing skills, nonprofit organization
    Weaknesses: Grades were kind of eh because of some situations I had in sophomore year, but I brought them back up for junior and senior years
    Why you think you were accepted/deferred/rejected: Worked really hard, and I felt like my true self honestly showed through. The portfolios must have done something as well; digital design isn't seen that often in girls. When they say to write honestly, they really mean it.
    Where else were you accepted/deferred/rejected:
    Accepted - Vanderbilt
    Waitlisted - Harvard, UChicago

    General Comments :To be honest, I thought I got rejected/waitlisted at first because other schools would have a huge CONGRATULATIONS flashing on the screen when you log in. When I saw the actual acceptance letter though, I literally screamed. Best day in a long time. So glad that I'm ending high school on a great note and I'm happily looking forward to the next four years in an amazing, wonderful school. Can't wait to meet my fellow '21-ers soon enough.
  • DolemiteDolemite Registered User Posts: 1,997 Senior Member
    Posting this for my D as I think her being rejected is more info than the other places she was admitted. Brown was the only ivy that rejected her. She has a lot of great choices so don't feel bad for her :D

    Decision: Rejected

    SAT I (breakdown M/CR/W/Essay):
    SAT I superscore (breakdown M/CR/W/Essay):
    ACT (breakdown): 36C - 36E, 36R, 35M, 35S - 1 sitting
    SAT II (subject, score): 800 Lit, 740 Math 2, 730 Bio
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0):3.92
    Weighted GPA: n/a
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): n/a
    AP (place score in parentheses): School does not offer
    IB (place score in parentheses): School does not offer
    Senior Year Course Load: Standard + Calc 1 and 2 @ UPenn - Arabic @ Drexel
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel, etc.): none
    Common Awards (AP Scholar, honor roll, NM things, etc.): NHRP, NMF, US Presidential Scholar nominee


    Extracurriculars (name, grade levels, leadership, description): Drexel Student Fellows (Research and Presentation at Intl Conference) Journalism Club/Magazine Editor, Arabic Arts and Culture Club, Piano/Guitar
    Job/Work Experience: Tutoring
    Volunteer/Community Service: Election Ambassador
    Summer Experience: Neuroscience Academy

    Writing (Subject, 1-10 rating, details):

    Essays: I thought her essays for Brown were the best ones from all of her applications

    Teacher Recommendation #1: ?
    Teacher Recommendation #2: ?
    Counselor Rec: ?
    Additional Info/Rec:
    Interview: ?
    Art Supplement: n/a


    U.S. State/Territory or Country: Pennsylvania
    School Type: Specialized Project-based curriculum
    Ethnicity: Latina
    Gender: F
    Income Bracket Range: Middle-class
    Hooks (URM, first generation, recruited athelete, development): URM


    Strengths: High Stats - Specialized curriculum differentiated her from the crowd.
    Weaknesses: Lack of Community/Volunteer service other ECs
    Why you think you were accepted/deferred/rejected:
    What would you have done differently?:
    Where else did you apply?
  • dodikmichi98dodikmichi98 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    [asize=4][acolor=#008000]Decision: Accepted PLME[/color][/size]

    SAT I (breakdown): 2310 (800CR, 750 Math, 760 Writing)
    ACT (breakdown):
    SAT II: 800 chemistry, 780 math 2, 800 us history
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 4.0
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 1 or 2 out of 160
    AP (place score in parenthesis): 5 chemistry (self study), 5 biology, 5 us history, 5 literature, 5 european history,
    IB (place score in parenthesis):
    Senior Year Course Load: ap stats, ap bc calc, ap physics 1, spanish, english, 20th century history
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): none

    Subjective: sorry this is so disorganized, if you have any questions, please PM me :) ! CC has helped me so much, and I would love to pay it forward.

    Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): science fairs and lots of long-term research internships throughout summers and school years (submitted research paper for publication and various abstracts for conferences); played tennis year round and played some hockey; some shadowing at hospital, sci-fi fantasy club,

    Volunteer/Community service: volunteered at a horse farm for a few years, founded a tennis club at a local boys and girls club, volunteered at place that helps people with disabilities,

    Summer Activities: research, tennis, volunteering

    Essays (rating 1-10, details): I thought all of them were 10/10. I worked so hard on them. i really showed my interest in brown and tried to show that I try my best to be a kind person. (but I'm biased haha)
    Common App: talked about one of my volunteering experiences, i tried my best to show that I'm a caring person
    Brown Short Answers: talked about interest in community service, science, and exploring other subjects. also talked about the impact of sports on my life. showed interest in brown and was very specific
    PLME essays: spent three months on these essays. for the first essay, talked about my shadowing experiences, and for the second essay, talked about my interest in learning about Spanish-speaking cultures as well as biology

    Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):
    Teacher Rec #1: from ap literature teacher. She let me read her letter, and I was so touched. she said that I was one of the best in her career and that I was like a son to her
    Teacher Rec #2: from one of my STEM teachers, didn't read. She helped me apply to a lot of high school research programs and already had written multiple recommendations for me. she loved me. i was basically her teacher's pet haha. also, i'm in a club that she runs
    Counselor Rec: probably generic or maybe slightly above average
    Additional Rec: from my PI. got to read it, was really good. Said I was best high schooler (and kindest) he has ever had in his lab
    Interview: went really well, my interviewer was very nice and really liked me. was about 45 minutes


    Applied for Financial Aid?: nope
    Intended Major: biology and hispanic literature and cultures
    State (if domestic applicant): New York
    Country (if international applicant): USA
    School Type: Private
    Ethnicity: Asian
    Gender: Male
    Income Bracket:
    Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.):

    Reflection: I cannot believe I got in! I got rejected/waitlisted to all of the other ivies. So, I think what truly made the difference was the amount of time I spent on all of my essays. Just be yourself! If you aren't "quirky" or "funny," don't try to be. I'm shy/introverted and didn't try to force anything.

    Why you think you were accepted/deferred/rejected:
    Accepted: College of William and Mary, BU (full scholarship and honors college), UVA, Northeastern (with scholarship and honors college), NYU, University of Richmond (full ride), state flagship (scholarship and honors college), Johns Hopkins,
    Waitlisted: Columbia, UPenn
    Rejected: Harvard (second interview-> deferred -> rejected), Yale

    General Comments : Good luck to everyone! PM if you have questions!!!
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