Join for FREE,
and start talking with other members, weighing in on community discussions,
Also, by registering and logging in you'll see fewer ads and pesky
welcome messages (like this one!)
APPLY EARLY TO SWARTHMORE! You are a shoe in there
^I don't disagree with your data from an "apples-to-apples" standpoint, although I have no idea where you got it; I assume you took the data from the same source, for the same year. According to the Columbia website, however, one should note that the middle 50% for the ACT this year was 31-34; according to the email to parents describing the class, the middle 50% for the ACT this year was 31-35. It helps when citing data to attribute the source.
Columbia practices affirmative action flagrantly, and the "Why Columbia?" carries less substantial weight if written fairly convincingly.