<p>So, I visited UPenn and I fell completely in love. The machine shop was awesome (Not the most well-equipped though, but the Robotics lab rocked). The architecture was the best I've ever seen and every path on campus was populated with extroverts. Also loved Philly(i'm from CA) - every street corner had a recycling bin. I'm hoping to get into a double-degree program with Wharton business and the Engineering school (straight up engineering).</p>
<p>If you could chance me, and also answer some questions, that would be stellar.
Race: White, American Born 1st generation Russian Jew (Russian 1st Lang)(Russian as 1st Lang)(parents emigrated on refugee status post-WWII) Parents highly educated though.
2310 SAT(super of 2, 800 on Math1), 800Math2,800Bio Molecular,750Chem (do I give chem or just the 2 800s?)
APs: 9 so far, all 5s except Computer Science A (no idea what happened). 3-5 more next year; Bio,Chem,USH,EuropeanH,CalcBC,CompSciA,PhysC Mechanics,Micro Econ,Macro Econ.
GPA: 3.85 (like 4.25 with boost from honors/APs but that's weighted).</p>
Robotics Club: Spend like 40h/week during build season, VP of Finance(in charge of stuff like purchases), only individual trained (near-professional-level skills) in CAD and CAM software(designing a robot and converting the design into something a CNC machine can make), 2 years in programming division, 1 year in Mechanical, distinguished myself greatly as Mechanical engineer/machiner.
Sports: Couple seasons in swimming/soccer, 4 year for water polo, possibly captain senior year.
Theatre: Part of 'documentary' theatre production about Iraq war, seriously impacted me, a musical, president/leader of Male A Capella group (organized field trip, recruiting, etc., introduce song choices).
StuCO:Senior Class Treasurer, already have done a lot in terms of fundraisers. Designed an outsideclassroom the senior class can pay for as their class gift. Will likely be built by robotics. (Nothing fancy, just some technical drawings, minimal electronics)
Unrelated stuff for school: Designed and conducted a study on paper waste at the school (picked up several thousand pages from printers and looked at what people were leaving behind). Also trying to add a page to the school website which is like google-maps but for the school (for newcomers). Wrote an A* pathfinding algorithm for it and spent a lot of time mapping the school, it'll happen eventually.
Personal Interests: Extremely into everything, and if i'm not into something I work hard at it until I'm good enough at it to be justified in saying I'm not into it. French is an example. Do a lot of investing (have a brokerage account with Merryl Lynch - going on 5 years now) and I spend a lot of my time reading about global events and politics.</p>
<p>Thanks for reading up until now.</p>
<p>That being said, I have a few questions - does it make a huge difference to apply ED? If I want to go for ED double degree (Engineering and Business) and I get into school but not the 2-degree-program does that mean that I am still forced to accept the ED acceptance even if I didn't get in where I wanted? Is it possible to switch schools after you get in? Of the engineering 'majors' which are fun? I like mechanical and comp sci but have no experience with electronics (yet). Of the business majors, can you explain to me what you actually learn in business? I'm into finance a lot, but I want to know how it overlaps with business at Wharton and what it's overlapping with.</p>
<p>Thank you so much for your responses, UPenn is definitely my top choice of all colleges if you disregard any prestige/etc factors, and I would really like to get in. Harvard and Chicago are runner ups (Cornell might be in there somewhere but need to research it a lot more)</p>