Schools: Two schools: Haas at Berkeley (I have enough college credits from high school to transfer this year while fully meeting course requirements), and Wharton at UPenn. If I don’t get into either, I will re-apply to significantly more schools next year, as a sophomore.
Demographics: Male, Freshman at California community college, no hooks.
Intended Major(s): Business Administration.
ACT/SAT/SAT II: 34 on the ACT in high school.
UW/W GPA and Rank: 4.0 for UPenn, ~3.8 for UC. 3.8+ unweighted in high school.
Note: the UC system recognizes college courses taken in high school as part of my “college GPA,” so my UC GPA is in between 3.8 and 3.9. Second note: I was homeschooled from 10th - 12th grade.
Coursework: I’m currently taking the typical major/GE courses. In high school, I took a lot of AP’s and college coursework, including all math courses that are lower-division before graduating (I could technically transfer as a math major; I might go for a double-major in math).
Extracurriculars (college only):
President of Economics Club. Joined last semester when the club was kind of dead; I will be making significant, meaningful changes to the club in order to revitalize it and increase the membership.
Wealth Management Internship at a bulge bracket (you’ve definitely heard of the company). I’m currently doing it part-time. There was a <1% acceptance rate for the position. I cold-called them and was unconnected (i.e didn’t know anyone who worked there).
Investing. Last year, I outperformed the market on a risk-adjusted basis (i.e achieved positive alpha). My current YTD performance sounds more impressive than my risk-adjusted performance last year, so I think I’ll put the YTD number for the application. I spend a significant amount of time on this activity; asset management is a career I am seriously considering for the future.
Investment newsletter. I have gathered a small following; I mainly view the newsletter as a writing outlet and a way to share my research with the public.
(continued from high school) Online business that did low five-figures in revenue. I discontinued it last semester due to chronic unprofitability. It is essentially a failed venture that taught valuable lessons about business.
Essays/LORs/Other: This section is always impossible to judge.