- US Citizen
- State/Location of residency: TX
- Type of high school : Extremely Competitive Public
- Gender/Race/Ethnicity: Asian
- Other special factors (first generation to college, legacy, athlete, etc.): None
Molecular Biology/Biology on Pre-Med Track
GPA, Rank, and Test Scores
- Unweighted HS GPA: 3.91/4.0
- Weighted HS GPA (incl. weighting system): 5.08/6
- College GPA (for transfers):N/A
- Class Rank: Weakest part of my application, around top 12%, significant donward trend from priorly being top 5% with a 4.0.
- ACT/SAT Scores: 1530 SAT (730 RW, 800 M) 35 ACT (35, 35, 35, 35)
(AP/IB/Dual Enrollment classes, AP/IB scores for high school; also include level of math and foreign language reached and any unusual academic electives; for transfers, describe your college courses and preparation for your intended major(s))
17 AP Classes, all AP Sciences, Math up to Calculus BC
Science Olympiad State
National Merit Semifinalist
USABO Commended Semifinalist
More State-Level Awards
Applying for scholarship competition awards
(Include leadership, summer activities, competitions, volunteering, and work experience)
Research Internship at Duke University, 40hrs/wk, 3 weeks, conducted research alongside PHD students surrounding molecular biology and cancer cells.
Research Internship with global laboratory, scheduled for august to may 2022, surrounding environmental science and global change.
Research Internship with local university this summer, conducting research on neurobiology
Policy Translation Team for prestigious university, write op-eds, conduct reports, and meet with lawmakers in order to propel a movement dedicated to stopping eating disorders
Medical Shadowing under multiple specialties, including psychiatry, cardiology, and surgery departments.
(Note: Unsure of whether I can group shadowing into 1 ec, or have to list them separately)
School HOSA President. Manage club affairs of the first established HOSA chapter in our district.
.Independent research on neurobiological mechanisms. Working under the guidance of an individual professor, research not affiliated with university or program. Unlikely to have any sort of publication done by applications, only end of senior year.
Scattered Volunteering, including American Red Cross, Local Clinic, Habitat for Humanity etc.
Mayor’s Youth Council. Selected to be a part of the local Mayor’s high school youth council to help with district decision making
I am quite confident in my essay writing, and hope they carry my application. However the essay is too subjective for me to gauge, so I’d like to think they are very strong but we won’t truly know.
LORs should be alright, teacher LOR’s around average to above average, I do hope to get a LOR from my research professor at Duke, which if attained should be quite good.
Cost Constraints / Budget
I am fortunate enough to where there is no issue with cost constraints and budget, any school is within affordable ranges
(List of colleges by your initial chance estimate; designate if applying ED/EA/RD; if a scholarship is necessary for affordability, indicate that you are aiming for a scholarship and use the scholarship chance to estimate it into the appropriate group below)
Between Rice, Duke, and Johns Hopkins University
any advice would be helpful to decide between the 3.
Safety (certain admission and affordability)
Case Western University
2 of 3 (Rice Duke JHU ) that I did not ED.
UT Austin (Non-Auto Admit, In-State)
University of South California
University of California - Berkeley
WashU in St. Louis
University of Pennsylvania
Texas A&M BS/MD
Might add more BS/MD to my list.
My stats are extremely poor in the context of my reach schools, considering I am an unhooked asian male.
My EC"s in my opinion are decent, but for admission into schools listed above and especially BS/MD programs I am significantly worse than what’s required, scrolling through subs on this website have proven that
I do hope that essays can bridge the gap and allow for admission into 1 or 2 of the many schools listed, although that’s extremely unlikely. I do hope that I can at least hit my match schools, and possibly scrape by with a non-auto admit to UT Austin.
BS/MD’s are extremely unlikely, as I don’t have as much volunteering/medical experience as most applicants and my stats are quite poor, however I’ve learned from other’s experiences that there is never harm in applying and trying my best.
Any advice on ED is helpful. ED is my best bet to get into one of the listed 3 schools, I am not sure if attaining the LOR from Duke will help my admisssion chances there significantly. From what I can tell JHU has the highest ED rate, and does not count legacy, which only increases its credibility, but Rice seems to be slighly less competitive in terms of applicants overall, albeit a lower acceptance rate for ED.