I found out that historically my school has gotten about 2 people into Brown out of generally around 18 applicants. None of these applicants were ED.
One of the people who got in last year had a very similar demographic profile to me, but I think that my profile is slightly stronger than his (better gpa, test scores, ec’s, arts supplement)
No one else that I know of at my school is applying ED to Brown.
My college counselor told me to keep the common app essay regarding Brown (but I will of course change it for other schools). To answer the question regarding whether or not I’m overestimating the significance of my time there, I could see how I could come off like that but I, as well as those around me, noticed a somewhat drastic personality shift after my time there.
I changed my video portfolio to focus more on myself rather than my time at Brown because I didn’t want to seem like I was milking Brown. The premise of the video is that I describe how my application seems like the typical “high-achieving student’s” application, but then I talk about my favorite books, my unorthodox study habits, and what kind of music I listen to. I feel like how I describe it somewhat undersells my video, but if you want to get a decent idea of what my video’s like, check out Jeremy Lin’s “How to Get Into Harvard” video (mine is not racially charged, of course).
To those suggesting I change my “Why Brown” essay into something the admissions officers don’t know, here is the prompt for that essay: “Brown’s Open Curriculum allows students to explore broadly while also diving deeply into their academic pursuits. Tell us about any academic interests that excite you, and how you might use the Open Curriculum to pursue them while also embracing topics with which you are unfamiliar. (200-250 words)”.
As for recommendations, here is where I would rank them:
Math teacher: 9/10
English teacher: 7/10
Orchestra conductor: 9/10
As for my arts supplement: to those who feel they can judge/rate my arts supplement, PM me and I can send you an MP3 of my supplements (I recorded a video but am not comfortable sharing my face)