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***Official Princeton University Class of 2021 Regular Decision Results ONLY***

tawhidkhn63tawhidkhn63 Registered User Posts: 89 Junior Member
Haven't seen a decisions thread for this with decisions coming out a month from now so here is the official thread for Princeton class of 2021 Regular Decision applicants. Princeton will announce their decisions online by March 31st with likely letters being posted earlier. Good luck to Everyone!

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[ size=4][ color=green][ b]Decision: Accepted [/b][/color][/size]
[ size=4][ color=orange][ b]Decision: Deferred [/b][/color][/size]
[ size=4][ color=red][ b]Decision: Rejected [/b][/color][/size]

[ b]Objective:[/b
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SAT I (breakdown M/CR/W/Essay):
SAT I superscore (breakdown M/CR/W/Essay):
ACT (breakdown):
ACT superscore (breakdown):
SAT II (subject, score):
Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0):
Weighted GPA:
Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable):
AP (place score in parentheses):
IB (place score in parentheses):
Senior Year Course Load:
Number of other EA applicants in your school:
Major Awards (USAMO, Intel, etc.):
Common Awards (AP Scholar, honor roll, NM things, etc.):


[ b]Subjective:[/b]

Extracurriculars (name, grade levels, leadership, description):
Job/Work Experience:
Volunteer/Community Service:
Summer Experience:


[ b]Writing (Subject, 1-10 rating, details):[/b]

Essays:

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


[ b]Other[/b]

Date Submitted App:
U.S. State/Territory or Country:
School Type:
Ethnicity:
Gender:
Income Bracket Range:
Hooks (URM, first generation, recruited athelete, development):


[ b]Reflection[/b]

Strengths:
Weaknesses:
Why you think you were accepted/deferred/rejected:
What would you have done differently?:
Where else did you apply?


[ b]Other Factors: [/b]


[ b]General Comments & Advice:[/b]
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Replies to: ***Official Princeton University Class of 2021 Regular Decision Results ONLY***

  • HopefullyTigerHopefullyTiger Registered User Posts: 19 New Member
    Decision: Rejected

    Objective:
    SAT I (breakdown): 1520 (800 Math, 720 Reading/ Writing) (Only taken once, this year)
    ACT (breakdown): Didn't take
    SAT II: Didn't take any, planning on Math 1 and 2, Chem and Physics in May. I couldn't take any because of the rule that you can't take SAT and Subject tests on the same date.
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.87 (But officially school doesn't do GPA)
    Weighted GPA: 4.47 (But officially school doesn't do GPA)
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 1/400 (But officially school doesn't rank)
    AP (place score in parenthesis): School schedules all at the end of the year, planning on taking Calc BC, Both Physics C, and Chem
    Senior Year Course Load: AP Calc and Vectors, AP Advanced Functions, Enriched Science, Computer Engineering, Financial Accounting Fundamentals, Enriched Canadian History, Intro to Computer Science, Computer Science, English, Philosophy, AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2, AP Chem 1, AP Chem 2, AP English (All of these are the hardest level of course offered at my school save for regular english)
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): Top Score on Expii Talent Search (featured on an article), 3rd place Ontario High-School Chess Championship (1st place team), COMC best in central ontario, CMO qualifier, 3rd place Math at Macmaster competition and top scores in other major Canadian math competitions

    Subjective:

    Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Chess Club (Vice-President, Co-founder). Math Team (Captain, Founder). Quizbowl Team (Captain), Math Club (Teacher Assistant, Lecturer)
    Job/Work Experience: [N/A]
    Volunteer/Community service: Didn't put any on my application.
    Summer Activities: Self-taught latin, read works by famous philosophers/authors, learned higher physics and mathematics
    Essays:
    Both were very good 10/10 but I guess not enough.


    Recommendations:

    Teacher Recs- I couldn't see the recommendations since I waived my FERPA but I am sure they are great.
    Counselor Rec: Maybe rushed? I don't think I gave enough time.
    Additional Rec: From a close friend and team member for competitions, I was hoping he would add a "social aspect" to my application.

    Interview: None

    Other

    Applied for Financial Aid?: Yes
    Intended Major: Mathematics/Physics
    State (if domestic applicant):
    Country (if international applicant): Canada
    School Type: Public
    Ethnicity: White
    Gender: Male
    Income Bracket: <$60,000
    Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): None

    Strengths: Test Scores, Rank, Major Awards
    Weaknesses: My age?
    Why you think you were accepted/deferred/rejected: I really don't know.
    What would you have done differently?: Applied early action, done Sat earlier so I could do the SAT II and submit it.
    Where else did you apply?
    Stanford and another school in Canada, it has a 10% acceptance rate so I hope that one will accept me.

    General Comments:
    I am disappointed but I guess there is always transfer right? Next year for sure I will apply to a bunch of top tier schools as a transfer student, I definitely should have applied for more US schools.
  • HopefullyTigerHopefullyTiger Registered User Posts: 19 New Member
    Decision: Rejected

    Objective:
    SAT I (breakdown): 1520 (800 Math, 720 Reading/ Writing) (Only taken once, this year)
    ACT (breakdown): Didn't take
    SAT II: Didn't take any, planning on Math 1 and 2, Chem and Physics in May. I couldn't take any because of the rule that you can't take SAT and Subject tests on the same date.
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.87 (But officially school doesn't do GPA)
    Weighted GPA: 4.47 (But officially school doesn't do GPA)
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 1/400 (But officially school doesn't rank)
    AP (place score in parenthesis): School schedules all at the end of the year, planning on taking Calc BC, Both Physics C, and Chem
    Senior Year Course Load: AP Calc and Vectors, AP Advanced Functions, Enriched Science, Computer Engineering, Financial Accounting Fundamentals, Enriched Canadian History, Intro to Computer Science, Computer Science, English, Philosophy, AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2, AP Chem 1, AP Chem 2, AP English (All of these are the hardest level of course offered at my school save for regular english)
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): Top Score on Expii Talent Search (featured on an article), 3rd place Ontario High-School Chess Championship (1st place team), COMC best in central ontario, CMO qualifier, 3rd place Math at Macmaster competition and top scores in other major Canadian math competitions

    Subjective:

    Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Chess Club (Vice-President, Co-founder). Math Team (Captain, Founder). Quizbowl Team (Captain), Math Club (Teacher Assistant, Lecturer)
    Job/Work Experience: [N/A]
    Volunteer/Community service: Didn't put any on my application.
    Summer Activities: Self-taught latin, read works by famous philosophers/authors, learned higher physics and mathematics
    Essays (details):
    Both were 10/10 or at least I thought so.


    Recommendations:

    Teacher Recs- I couldn't see the recommendations since I waived my FERPA but I am sure they are great.
    Counselor Rec: Maybe rushed? I don't think I gave enough time.
    Additional Rec: From a close friend and team member for competitions, I was hoping he would add a "social aspect" to my application.

    Interview: None

    Other

    Applied for Financial Aid?: Yes
    Intended Major: Mathematics/Physics
    State (if domestic applicant):
    Country (if international applicant): Canada
    School Type: Public
    Ethnicity: White
    Gender: Male
    Income Bracket: <$60,000
    Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): More of an anti-hook: I finished high school in 2 years.

    Reflection

    Strengths: Rank, Test Scores, Major Awards
    Weaknesses: Age?
    Why you think you were accepted/deferred/rejected: I have no idea.
    What would you have done differently?: Applied early action, taken SAT earlier so I could do the subject tests.
    Where else did you apply?
    Stanford and a Canadian School with a 9% acceptance rate.

    General Comments:
    I am very disappointed. I guess there is always transfer. Next year I will apply to a bunch of top tier schools as a transfer student.
  • dogluvr19dogluvr19 Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    edited March 2017
    Decision: Accepted

    Objective:
    SAT I (breakdown M/CR/W/Essay): 1560 (new SAT) 800 Math/760 Reading and Writing/18 Essay
    ACT: never took
    SAT II (subject, score): Math 2 (800), Physics (770)
    Weighted GPA: 4.3872
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 10/327
    AP (place score in parentheses): Human Geo (5), WHAP (5), APUSH (4), Physics 1 (4), Calc BC (5), Psych (5), English Lang (5)
    Senior Year Course Load: Calculus 3 and Diff Eq at community college, AP Stats, AP Physics C, AP Govt, AP Macro, AP Comp Sci, Choir
    Number of other EA/RD applicants in your school: 1 accepted EA, at least 1 other applied RD
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel, etc.): none?
    Common Awards (AP Scholar, honor roll, NM things, etc.): AP Scholar w/ Distinction, National Merit Finalist, Honor Roll


    Subjective:

    Extracurriculars (name, grade levels, leadership, description):
    Choir: 9 - 12, Soprano 2 section leader in my Varsity choir, choir council member, made All-State twice, Outstanding Soloist at state solo and ensemble.
    Theatre: 9 - 12 (although less as I got older due to scheduling), did competitive One-Act contests as well as a lot of plays and musicals, acted and worked on tech crew (stage managing and sound)
    Computer Science UIL: 12, worked on teams to solve problem sets
    Also playing piano with the school band and cheerleading
    Job/Work Experience: worked as a camp counselor at Girl Scout summer camps
    Volunteer/Community Service: part of local teen arts council
    Summer Experience: usually either visit family overseas or vacation with my family


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

    Essays:
    Common App Essay: 9/10, about life lessons learned from knitting
    Engineering Essay: 6/10, put it off for a while and ended up rushing
    Princeton Supplement: 8/10, about gender inequality in STEM fields ("problems have more complex causes")

    Teacher Recommendation #1: computer science, very high (she loves me)
    Teacher Recommendation #2: ap lang, probably high but he also writes a lot of letters
    Counselor Rec: pretty high, she really likes me
    Additional Info/Rec: voice teacher, 10/10
    Interview: 8/10 went really well, interviewer and I spent a lot of the time just talking
    Art Supplement: 8/10 submitted videos of me singing, same videos got the MIT choral director to contact my voice teacher about them


    Other

    Intended Major: Computer Science (BSE)
    Date Submitted App: December 30th
    U.S. State/Territory or Country: Texas
    School Type: public
    Ethnicity: white
    Gender: female
    Hooks (URM, first generation, recruited athlete, development): born in Israel?


    Reflection

    Strengths: good grades + music extracurriculars and STEM extracurriculars
    Weaknesses: no real hooks
    Why you think you were accepted/deferred/rejected: I think my personality and my love of learning was really able to show in my application.
    What would you have done differently?: I wouldn't have waited so long to finish!
    Where else did you apply? Accepted at Rice and UT, rejected at MIT

    General Comments & Advice:
    I wasn't even nervous waiting for results because I was so sure I would get rejected. Anything can happen!
  • SoChalkedSoChalked Registered User Posts: 26 New Member
    edited March 2017
    Decision: Accepted

    Objective:


    SAT I (breakdown): 2290 (750 M, 740 CR, 800 WR, 10 E) (old SAT)
    ACT (breakdown): n/a
    SAT II: Physics (780), Math II (750), Literature (730)
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 4.0
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): Top 10% (school doesn’t rank)
    AP (place score in parenthesis): World History (5), English Lit (5), English Lang (5), Euro (5), Micro (5)
    IB (place score in parenthesis): n/a
    Senior Year Course Load: AP Calc BC, AP Physics, AP Mandarin, AP Macro, Honors English, Religion Course
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): NMSF (?), several school-wide awards

    Subjective:

    Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis):
    Highly ranked in several auditioned choirs (District, Regional, All-State, All-Easterns) (10-11)
    Co-President of A Capella Group w/ 20+ members (12)
    Theatre board (11-12), lead parts in most of school plays/musicals (9-12)
    First team mock trial (10-12) Mock Trial board (12)
    Founded a street performance club, we perform @ our local city to raise money for a musical education charity (12)
    Job/Work Experience:
    College-level internship at a startup translation company for two months (summer after 11)
    Interned at local theatre as a camp counselor & in the box office (summer after 9)
    Volunteer/Community service:
    Club that I mentioned above
    Planned & executed a music fundraiser for the aforementioned local theatre in my backyard- raised over $3,000
    Summer Activities:
    Studied abroad in China for 1 month, took classes in Chinese, lived with Chinese host family (summer after 10)
    Did a program in Spain where we studied Spanish language, culture, history, architecture (this experience was more social than educational...)
    Essays (rating 1-10, details):
    Common App: 9/10. Cliche topic but spoken in my true voice. Brought many family members to tears. Pton Supp: 8/10. Decent, but not as personal as my common app

    Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):


    Teacher Rec #1: been watching me in musicals since 6th grade. Adores me, junior year history teacher. Mock trial coach too. 10/10
    Teacher Rec #2: Junior year english teacher, didn’t know her too personally but she loved the work I put in to her class and writes super eloquently, loved my performances in the plays & still enthusiastically runs up to me in the hallway, 9/10
    Counselor Rec: was one of the mentors on my trip to China, knows me really well, 10/10
    Additional Rec: CEO of small business I interned at. I’ve read it, really excellent. Highlights drive/initiative/work ethic. 9.5/10
    Interview: Went great! Alumnus of both my high school & Princeton. We talked a bunch about theatre. Lasted almost 2 hours!

    Applied for Financial Aid?: No
    Intended Major: Econ
    State (if domestic applicant): OOS
    Country (if international applicant): USA
    School Type: Private
    Ethnicity: White
    Gender: Male
    Income Bracket: $200k+
    Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): full pay?
    Reflection

    Strengths: Evident passion for music & theatre, with choir rankings/leadership/supplement to show for it. Essays were very genuine; I didn’t try to show off/be funny
    Weaknesses: No passion demonstrated for my intended major (econ), English teacher rec, sat score?
    Why you think you were accepted/deferred/rejected: I demonstrated my passion for languages and music/theatre very well in my app, and kept up good grades for four years.
    Where else were you accepted/deferred/rejected: deferred from Princeton EA but eventually accepted! Also accepted to UVa, Georgetown, Penn, & BC Honors. Rejected by Harvard. Wailisted by Northwestern & Vandy, but hey Princeton was my #1 all along sooooo….
  • david_pdavid_p Registered User Posts: 74 Junior Member
    edited March 2017
    Decision: Waitlisted

    Objective:
    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


    Subjective:

    * 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)

    Essays:
    * 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.

    Other:


    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!
  • themathrunnerthemathrunner Registered User Posts: 19 New Member
    edited March 2017
    Decision: Rejected
    White Male deferred from SCEA
    SAT I (breakdown M/CR/W/Essay): 800/800/710 on old, 800/800 on new
    SAT I superscore (breakdown M/CR/W/Essay): only took once each
    ACT (breakdown): 35S/35E/35R/36M/22W (didn't send)
    ACT superscore (breakdown): only took once
    SAT II (subject, score): 800 Math 2, 730 US History, 710 Physics (didn't send physics)
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.85 by my own calculation, my school only reports my weighted
    Weighted GPA: 4.56 as of end of junior year, higher now
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): top 10%
    AP (place score in parentheses): Calc BC (5), Stats (5), USHist (5), Eng Lang (5), Physics 1 (5) World Hist (4)
    IB (place score in parentheses): no
    Senior Year Course Load: 7 classes, the max at my school, 5 APs, one fine art, 1 post-AP
    Number of other applicants in your school: 1 that I know of, he got rejected
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel, etc.): none
    Common Awards (AP Scholar, honor roll, NM things, etc.): Won some state-wide and local academic contests, NMSF

    Extracurriculars: Lots with plenty of leadership but nothing THAT exceptional - I don't feel like going into detail.
    Essays: Good I think, definitely no typos or grammar errors since I proofread well and pretty good content.
    Letter of Recommendation: One from my Physics teacher and one from an english teacher, should be super great.
    Other apps: Princeton SCEA (D->R), Georgia Tech EA (A), Case Western RD (A), MIT RD (R), Harvard RD (W), UChicago RD (W) and Carnegie Mellon (W).
  • CrystalRose7CrystalRose7 Registered User Posts: 29 Junior Member
    Decision: Waitlisted


    Objective:

    SAT I (breakdown M/CR/W/Essay): 1440 (720 M and E)
    ACT (breakdown): 32 (36 E, 28 M, 32 R, 31 S)
    SAT II (subject, score): Spanish 800, Biology E 690
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.96
    Weighted GPA: 4.46
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 2/107
    AP (place score in parentheses): Biology (3), English Lit (3), Spanish Culture (5), Art (3)
    Senior Year Course Load: Economics, Government, AP English Language, AP Calc AB, AP Physics 1, Psychology, Intro to Human Biology (Dual Enrollment), Medical Terminology (DE), Chemistry (DE), Intro to Public Speaking (DE)
    Number of other applicants in your school: 0
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel, etc.): Scholastic Art and Writing Gold and Silver Keys
    Common Awards (AP Scholar, honor roll, NM things, etc.): Creative Communication Poetr


    Subjective:

    Extracurriculars (name, grade levels, leadership, description): Creative Writing Club-Treasurer (Formed this year)
    Job/Work Experience: Algebra I Tutor
    Volunteer/Community Service: 500+ hours from Interact, tutoring and Catholic lector
    Summer Experience: Catholic Lector, Dual Enrollment


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

    Essays: 9/10

    Teacher Recommendation #1: 9/10
    Teacher Recommendation #2: 8/10
    Counselor Rec: 8/10
    Additional Info/Rec: No idea
    Interview: 7/10


    Other

    Date Submitted App: Last day
    U.S. State/Territory or Country: California
    School Type: Small public
    Ethnicity: Mexican
    Gender: F
    Income Bracket Range: Less than 90k
    Hooks (URM, first generation, recruited athelete, development): URM, first generation


    Reflection

    Strengths: Academics
    Weaknesses: Extracurriculars
    Why you think you were waitlisted: Essays, major (French and Italian + Molecular Biology (Pre-med))
    What would you have done differently? Emphasized my love of language
    Where else did you apply?
    Accepted: UCB, UCLA, UCD, UCSC, USC, Rice
    Waitlisted: Princeton
    Rejected: Stanford EA, Harvard, Yale, Yale NUS


    Other Factors:


    General Comments & Advice:
    Honestly, I knew this was a long shot. In my heart I'm disappointed I didn't get in but in my head the fact that I was waitlisted is more than I expected. I'd recommend getting to know the university well and really looking into what they're looking for.
  • asianfangasianfang Registered User Posts: 189 Junior Member
    edited March 2017
    Posting for sister
    Decision: Deferred -> Rejected

    Objective:

    SAT I (breakdown M/CR/W/Essay): 1510 (710 Verbal, 800 Math)
    SAT I superscore (breakdown M/CR/W/Essay): 1510
    ACT (breakdown): 35
    ACT superscore (breakdown): 35
    SAT II (subject, score): 800 Math 2C, 800 Chemistry
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 4
    Weighted GPA: 4.7/4.8
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): No rank or percentile
    AP (place score in parentheses): 6 5's and a 3, I think
    IB (place score in parentheses):
    Senior Year Course Load: MV Calculus, Linear Algebra, AP Literature, AP Psychology, AP Physics C, AP Government, AP Macroeconomics, others
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel, etc.): High School Swimming All American Consideration Award x 2
    Common Awards (AP Scholar, honor roll, NM things, etc.): NMF, AP Scholar, School Awards


    Subjective:

    Extracurriculars (name, grade levels, leadership, description): Swimming
    Job/Work Experience: Swimming
    Volunteer/Community Service: NHS
    Summer Experience: Swimming


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

    Essays: Decent but pretty cheesy

    Teacher Recommendation #1: Good
    Teacher Recommendation #2: Good
    Counselor Rec: Generic
    Additional Info/Rec: None
    Interview: She told me she didn't really 'click' with the interviewer. He really represented the "WASP" vibe that Princeton is notorious for.
    Art Supplement: Nope


    Other

    Date Submitted App: Before 11/1
    U.S. State/Territory or Country: Midwest
    School Type: Large Public
    Ethnicity: Asian
    Gender: F
    Income Bracket Range: Upper Middle Class
    Hooks (URM, first generation, recruited athelete, development): Female in CS


    Reflection

    Strengths: Probably nothing, in comparison to the applicant pool
    Weaknesses: Lack of impactful extracurriculars and almost no STEM participation
    Why you think you were accepted/deferred/rejected: 6.1% is low
    What would you have done differently?: Maybe be a faster swimmer
    Where else did you apply?
    In chronological order:
    Princeton (SCEA deferral, rejection)
    UIUC CS (Accepted)
    MIT (Accepted)
    UChicago (Waitlisted)
    CMU SCS (Accepted)

    Other Factors:
    Athletic support at MIT, Chicago, and CMU. No LOCI after the deferral.

    General Comments & Advice:
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  • greenstudentgreenstudent Registered User Posts: 230 Junior Member
    [ size=4][ color=red][ b]Decision: Rejected [/b][/color][/size]

    [ b]Objective:[/b
    ]
    SAT I (breakdown M/CR/W/Essay): 1450
    SAT I superscore (breakdown M/CR/W/Essay):
    ACT (breakdown):
    ACT superscore (breakdown):
    SAT II (subject, score): French 790, Literature 730
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): My school doesn't do them but around 3.9
    Weighted GPA: Again, school doesn't do but 4.2ish
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): N/A
    AP (place score in parentheses):
    IB (place score in parentheses):
    Senior Year Course Load:
    Number of other EA applicants in your school:
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel, etc.):
    Common Awards (AP Scholar, honor roll, NM things, etc.):


    [ b]Subjective:[/b]

    Extracurriculars (name, grade levels, leadership, description): Grade 8 Music, several leadership roles throughout strongly related to my intended major, writing a book, recreational sport
    Job/Work Experience: Shop customer assistant, voluntary teaching assistant
    Volunteer/Community Service: Voluntary work in a school in my country as well as abroad
    Summer Experience: Working, language immersion in France


    [ b]Writing (Subject, 1-10 rating, details):[/b]

    Essays: I thought they were great...obviously not.

    Teacher Recommendation #1: Didn't read
    Teacher Recommendation #2: Didn't read
    Counselor Rec: Didn't read
    Additional Info/Rec:
    Interview: Yes, I thought it went well
    Art Supplement: N/A


    [ b]Other[/b]

    Date Submitted App: On the deadline oops
    U.S. State/Territory or Country: England
    School Type: State but selective (top 25% ish)
    Ethnicity: White
    Gender: Female
    Income Bracket Range: 100-150k
    Hooks (URM, first generation, recruited athelete, development):


    [ b]Reflection[/b]

    Strengths: Honestly? Not much. My whole application seems average at best
    Weaknesses: SAT, essays maybe weren't as good as I had hoped, nothing really stands out
    Why you think you were accepted/deferred/rejected: International... My chances were always low, and there's nothing on my application that makes me stand out at all.
    What would you have done differently?:
    Where else did you apply?


    [ b]Other Factors: [/b]


    [ b]General Comments & Advice:[/b]

    Although I may have just been rejected everywhere I applied, I am still glad that I put the time and effort into applying abroad (despite the hefty hole in my bank account...). I've learnt so much more about the American education system and genuinly enjoyed quite a lot of revising for and taking the SAT, and I met such a variety of interesting people during my interviews. After the rollercoaster of applying, I'm off to a great uni in the UK and I very much hope to come out to America for my graduate degree.

    Congratulations to everyone who was admitted, you really deserve it!

    And sure, rejection hurts but try and take more from the journey than just the end result.
  • KrazyKing5461KrazyKing5461 Registered User Posts: 61 Junior Member
    edited March 2017
    Decision: Accepted

    Objective:
    SAT I (breakdown): 2400 (first attempt)
    ACT (breakdown): 34, did not send
    SAT II: 800/800/800 Math2/Chem/Physics
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 4.0
    Weighted GPA: N/A
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): Top 2%
    AP (place score in parenthesis): Seven 5s, one 4
    IB (place score in parenthesis):
    Senior Year Course Load: Pretty rigorous
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): Nothing THAT major. National Merit Finalist, AIME, National AP Scholar, nothing else really worth mentioning.

    Subjective:

    Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Varsity tennis, piano, quiz bowl (captain), science bowl (captain) orchestra. Placed at state in tennis, a couple of major piano accomplishments, made nationals for science bowl.
    Job/Work Experience: None
    Volunteer/Community service: About 250 hours at hospital.
    Summer Activities: Mostly relaxing. Playing a lot of tennis and video games. Also got most of my volunteering done over the summers.
    Essays (rating 1-10, details): I wouldn't call myself a terrific writer, but I can get the job done.. Common App was maybe a 7-8/10. The Princeton supplement was probably my best one of all. Give myself a 9/10. Might be the reason Princeton was the only Ivy I was accepted to hahaha. My other essays were relatively mediocre.
    Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):

    Teacher Rec #1: History teacher, didn't read. He thought really highly about me though, so I'd guess 9-10/10.
    Teacher Rec #2: Physics teacher, also didn't read. He's had many more students far smarter than me, but I think I still stood out in my class. Plus he has a reputation for writing awesome recs. 8/10 probably.
    Counselor Rec: Didn't know her that well personally. Probably a 7/10?
    Additional Rec:
    Interview: Just a casual conversation really. I don't think it had much of an effect.
    Other

    Applied for Financial Aid?: Yes.
    Intended Major: I put physics, but probably going to change.
    State (if domestic applicant): One in the Midwest
    Country (if international applicant):
    School Type:
    Ethnicity: Asian (Chinese)
    Gender: Male
    Income Bracket: Less than $100k.
    Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): Nope.

    Reflection

    Strengths: Stats and being well rounded I guess.
    Weaknesses: No major strengths or extraordinary achievements.
    Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: Stats and being well rounded I guess.
    Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected:

    Accepted: Duke, Vanderbilt, Princeton
    Rejected: MIT, UPenn, Yale
    Waitlisted: Harvard, WashU

    General Comments: Hope my results will help future applicants out! I think what I can take away from my results is that the top schools really are kind of a crapshoot once you have the stats. However, something encouraging I've noticed from observing other people's results is that, in general if you're a top notch candidate, you should get into AT LEAST one top 20 school. Still no guarantees though.
  • daboombasdaboombas Registered User Posts: 72 Junior Member
    Decision: Accepted

    Objective:

    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

    Subjective:

    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.

    Other:

    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 (?)

    Reflections:

    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? I just got lucky. 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)
  • zeezeebeezeezeebee Registered User Posts: 164 Junior Member
    Decision: Accepted!!!


    Objective:

    SAT I (breakdown M/CR/W/Essay): 2370

    SAT I superscore (breakdown M/CR/W/Essay): No superscore

    ACT (breakdown): Did not take

    SAT II (subject, score): Math II, 800; Chemistry, 800; Biology E, 800

    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 4.0

    Weighted GPA: My school doesn't do these

    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): These either

    AP (place score in parentheses): AP Computer Science (5), AP World (5), AP US (5), AP Stat (5), AP English Language and Composition (5)

    IB (place score in parentheses): Nopity nope

    Senior Year Course Load: This year I am also taking AP Spanish, AP Calculus BC, and AP Physics C. I am also an AP Computer Science TA, but everything else I do is standard.
    Number of other EA applicants in your school: None

    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel, etc.): Regeneron STS Semifinalist, American Fine Arts Festival 5 time concert winner

    Common Awards (AP Scholar, honor roll, NM things, etc.): National Merit Finalist, Harvard Book Award, Bausch and Lomb Scholarship Award from Rochester, National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist, WESEF 3rd place engineering category, Cum Laude Society (Top 10%), World Languages Honors Society


    Subjective:

    Extracurriculars (name, grade levels, leadership, description):
    Piano- I am a 5 time American Fine Arts Festival Competition winner and have A+ ratings on level 6 NYSSMA for 6 years
    Trombone- I play in my high school's jazz band as first chair and have A+ ratings on level 6 NYSSMA for 4 years
    Academic Challenge- I am the captain of my school's quizbowl/academic challenge team
    Peer Tutor- I tutor a wide variety of subjects as part of my school's peer tutoring club, from math to English. If I got paid for this, it would be a job/work experience, but as is, it is, alas, only a club
    Math Club- I only joined last year but it's a lot of fun and I wish I had joined sooner
    Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society member
    Computer Science TA- I am a teacher's assistant for the AP Computer Science class, and I help teach material and hold office hours after school
    Freshman Science Research Club- I am a curriculum module coordinator and mentor figure for freshmen looking to go into my school's science research club


    Job/Work Experience: None bc I am perpetually unemployed, haha

    Volunteer/Community Service:
    I make beaded crafts and origami cranes for the Arc of Westchester, a local organization that helps those born with developmental disabilities and their families. My crafts are sold to help fundraise for some of their programs.

    Summer Experience:
    I took summer courses at SUNY Albany for science research


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

    Essays: Pretty good I think? My main thing is like humor so I wrote an essay comparing being a girl in engineering to accidentally walking into the boy's bathroom. I think most of my essays followed this humor track although my academic integrity essay was kind of terrible (thanks word limit!)

    Teacher Recommendation #1: I honestly have no clue
    Teacher Recommendation #2: ^same
    Counselor Rec: ^im pretty sure she forgot who i was lol
    Additional Info/Rec: My piano teacher wrote this one, and she really loves me. I also asked my science research mentor to write me one.
    Interview: No interview


    Other

    Date Submitted App: ?? i don't remember?
    U.S. State/Territory or Country: NY
    School Type: Public
    Ethnicity: Asian
    Gender: Female
    Income Bracket Range: No clue
    Hooks (URM, first generation, recruited athelete, development): Nope


    Reflection

    Strengths: Humor and unique perspective, definitely a unique application if not a good one
    Weaknesses:
    Why you think you were accepted/deferred/rejected: Probably Regeneron STS
    What would you have done differently?: Applied EA? The wait was really killing me
    Where else did you apply?:
    Rejected: Stanford, UC Berkeley
    Waitlisted: Harvey Mudd, Carnegie Mellon Computer Science (2nd Choice major)
    Accepted: UIUC, UC San Diego, UCLA (with Likely), MIT, Caltech, Cornell (with Likely), Brown, Princeton, UC Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon Engineering (1st Choice Major)

    Other Factors: I'm the first person from my school to get into Princeton for like... a while. There used to be a rumor that Princeton had "cursed" our school. Honestly, I think it was just that the rumor discouraged people from applying, but I'm pretty siked to have gotten in! I love tigers. I think they're adorable.

    General Comments & Advice: Be yourself I guess?
  • TiggerDadTiggerDad Registered User Posts: 1,825 Senior Member
    edited March 2017
    @zeezeebee - ^^ Can't get accepted AND rejected to UC Berkeley.
  • zeezeebeezeezeebee Registered User Posts: 164 Junior Member
    @TiggerDad oh shoot you right, haha, rejected from UCB just forgot to move around my list
  • uclaparent9uclaparent9 Registered User Posts: 1,277 Senior Member
    Looks very unreal to get rejected to some of those schools with your stats!
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