Hiiiii Columbia’s my dream school but I have mediocre stats for their level of competitiveness so, let me know if there’s anything I can work on this late in the game to help my chances! I understand that admit rates are low and it’s obviously a reach, just looking for any insight
SAT I (breakdown): 1550, 780 RW 770 M
SAT II: Taking Math II and Eng Lit in October
Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.7
Weighted GPA: 4.1
Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): top 10%
AP (place score in parenthesis): Calc AB (4), World (4), Bio (3), English Lang (3), APUSH (3), failed two tests that i won’t be submitting lol
Senior Year Course Load: 5 APs: Macro, EnvSci, Literature, Stats, taking US Gov second semester. 2 visual art classes
Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): :/// Presidential Service Award, finalist in a few debate invitationals and a lot of local competitions. AP Scholar and Honor roll n stuff.
Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis):
Debate, 4yrs (President)
hs democrats, 4yrs (president)
Journalism, 4yrs (editor)
Varsity Golf, 3yrs
Paid tutor, 2yrs
Tutoring (club president)
Handful of community service clubs, probably will only report one max
volunteered on some local political campaigns
Summer Activities: one paid summer camp thing at a top 20 school
Essays (rating 1-10, details):
Common App Essay: 8 or 9 but I’m still editing it. Talks about my ethnic identity and how I overcame internal conflict, and how I’ve learned to embrace who I am through debate and activism
Lists: 10, solid amount of books, movies, etc from a variety of creators and genres that i think represents my personality well
Why Columbia: 8, I like it but def room to improve. I talk about how core curriculum would allow me to explore a wide range of interests and how I could prosper within columbia+NYC’s activism culture
Intended Major Essay: 9, again could probably improve but I think it’s decent. Columbia is the only school I’m applying to with the major I want and I think I expressed that?
Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):
Teacher Rec #1: 10. AP English teacher, really likes me, had him for two years. I think he’d have a lot of really good stories and things to say about me.
Teacher Rec #2: 10, AP History teacher, same as 1.
Counselor Rec: 8, I don’t know her super well but I’ve heard she writes good letters
Interview: haven’t done it yet obv but I feel relatively confident, esp. since I do debate
Applied for Financial Aid?: Yes? I don’t anticipate it but worth a shot right?
Intended Major: Sustainable Development
State (if domestic applicant): California
School Type: Public, competitive
Ethnicity: Japanese and white
Income Bracket: upper middle/lower upper
Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): First generation college, queer, mixed