First post ever so might be a bit messy.
- Born and currently living in Oregon
- Upper-middle class
- High school is a private Catholic School
- No legacy for Brown
-Engineering Concentration or Engineering/PoliSci dual concentration
GPA, Rank, and Test Scores
- Unweighted HS GPA: 3.99/4.0
- Weighted HS GPA (incl. weighting system): No idea? I would guess around 4.3 (an AP is a +0.5 weight, an honors class is a +0.3 weight)
- Class Rank: no ranking system
- SAT: 1570 (770 Reading/Writing, 800 Math)
(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))
APs I’ve taken: Compsci, Calc AB, Calc Prep (zero period that’s basically Calc BC), English Language, Physics C E+M
APs I’m gonna take: English Literature, Spanish Language, Comparative Governments, Physics C Mechanics
AP scores: Compsci (4), Calc BC (5), English Language (5), Physics C E+M (5)
Dual enrollment’s I’ve taken: Linear Algebra, Biology (Honors)
Dual enrollment’s I’m gonna take: Multivariable Calculus
Level of math reached: Linear Algebra/Multivariable Calculus (don’t know which is a higher level)
Level of foreign language reached: AP Spanish V Language
-Selected for All-State and All-Northwest Orchestras
-Science Olympiad State Astronomy Award (2nd Place)
-National Merit Semifinalist (I don’t know what it’s actually called, but the one you get for a high PSAT score. I know it hasn’t officially come out yet, but I got a score that historically exceeds Oregon’s cutoff, so I’m confident I’ll get this award)
-Linear Algebra Department Award and AP Computer Science Department Award
-Scholar Athlete Award
(Include leadership, summer activities, competitions, volunteering, and work experience)
Portland Youth Philharmonic (Local Orchestra, we perform at Portland’s concert hall as well as high schools)
35 weeks/year, 12 hrs/week
9, 10, 11, 12
Men’s Tennis Team (varsity, otherwise self-explanatory)
15 weeks/year, 15 hrs/week
9, 10, 11, 12
Model United Nations (Leader for 11th and 12th grade, Committee Chair for 11th grade and probably 12th grade)
27 weeks/year, 5 hrs/week
9, 10, 11, 12
Science Olympiad (A team, got astronomy silver medal in 11th grade, team won 2nd overall at state)
28 weeks/year, 5 hrs/week
9, 10, 11, 12
Volunteering (Working with marginalized communities such as those with disability, those suffering from poverty, those suffering from food insecurity)
3 weeks/year, 30 hrs/week
9, 10, 11, 12
Internship (Intern in the Molecular/Medical Genetics Department at the Oregon Health and Science University. Did loads of Data Analysis using plots, got pretty familiar with R)
25 weeks/year, 10 hours/week
Summer Institute of Mathematics at the University of Washington (we did a lot of math, funded by scholarships, taught by UW professors, six different courses)
6 weeks/year, 60 hours/week
Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival (lots of music playing, taught by music professors/members of orchestras, master classes and community workshops were offered)
4 weeks/year, 15 hours/week
Summer@Brown (I know this is really not prestigious at all but I’m gonna put this on here for the Brown App) (i took a course in alternative energy engineering)
2 weeks/year, 25 hours/week
Private tutor (teaching neighborhood kids about math/tennis)
30 weeks/year, 4 hours/week
9, 10, 11
I wrote one specifically for Brown about my time at Summer@Brown and how I learned the joy in working with other people. I know it sounds corny but I’d say it’s a solid 8.5/10. My counselor, my parents, and my friends loved it, but I think that it might be too corny.
Brown Supplement about Open Curriculum:
I’d say 8/10. I talked about how PoliSci and Engineering are often treated as two separate fields in a traditional education system, and I’m gonna use the open curriculum to mesh the two together. Used MUN as the hook and transitioned into the main topic. Only an 8/10 because right now its a bit wordy so I’m gonna need to cut some words out.
Brown Supplement about being challenged by a different perspective:
9/10. I absolutely love what I wrote but don’t want to rate it a 10/10 because I don’t think anything can be a 10/10. I wrote about how I used to view religion in a skeptical light and just dismissed it because it contradicted science. After a certain class that I took, I learned to look for truth in everything rather than dismissing something that contradicts my personal beliefs. My only concern is that a lot of people are going to write about the same thing.
Brown Supplement about Joy:
7.5/10. Still a work in progress, but I’m getting there. I wrote about LEGOs and how, in a world that values completed products, the process of building is what brings me joy. Again, I’m worried a lot of people will write about the same thing.
Brown video supplement:
8/10. I took the admissions officer watching (who probably knows Brown campus) on a tour of Brown but from my perspective. I call out certain areas and include clips of my time at Brown. I feel like I’m really milking Summer@Brown, so I’d love to hear feedback about that.
Also gonna submit a music supplement
Cost Constraints / Budget
It is an absolute privilege to not have to worry about paying for college, so if your parents are paying for your college tuition, please tell them you love them. No cost constraints.
This application is specifically for Brown ED so my app for other schools will look a bit different. I would love to know if my stats+ECs hold up for my other schools as well, though!
(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)
Oregon State University, Arizona State University
- Likely (would be possible, but very unlikely or surprising, for it not to admit or be affordable):
Santa Clara University (EA), University of Washington, UCSD
Northeastern (EA), UC Berkeley (I have legacy here), Boston University, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame
Brown ED, Carnegie Mellon, Columbia (sibling), Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, Rice, Stanford, UMich (EA), Vanderbilt, WashU, UCLA, USC (Merit Scholarship that gives me half off i don’t know what its called)
I’m looking for my chances specifically for Brown ED, but I’d love chances for other schools too if you feel like it. Please be brutally honest: if you don’t think I’m going to get into a school, please just tell me. Thank you!