Hi I’m a senior applying to Duke ED this fall into the Pratt school of engineering.
Location: New Jersey, Demographic: Indian Male
GPA: 95.5/100.0 (pretty average - I go to a very competitive school)
Not submitting SAT or ACT
SAT Math II - 800
SAT Physics - 790
AP Computer Science A - 5
AP Calculus BC - 5
AP Physics C Mechanics - 5
Created a business to make balloon animals at local events. Work twice per week at pediatrician’s office making balloon animals for patients. (I’ll be including website link in application.)
President (11th, 12th) of volunteering group at my local temple. (Participated all four years.)
President of school’s Key Club (12th) Treasurer (11th). (Participated all four years) Created a PPE Donation drive and coordinated with over 10 hospitals to send donations to.
12th grade summer internship with bioscience graduate school: Rockefeller University. Created a web app analyzing RNA Sequencing data from SARS-CoV-2 infected cells.
Won awards at 5 regional and state competitions for research in 10th and 11th grade.
(Jersey Shore Sci. Fair, Delaware Valley Sci. Fair, New Jersey Academy of Science, Invitation to DOW Chemical to present findings)
11th grade “internship” working for a VP at Goldman Sachs.
Won first prize at Eye Level Literacy Competition in the NJ/NY region for an essay.
Hobbies: Play an Indian drum. Won a few awards for photography
My guidance counselor told me that my common app essay was “definitely one of the top 5 [she has] ever read.”
(It is about my journey making balloon animals and creating a business.)
My two supplemental essays are decent at best however. Nothing crazy stands out in either of them.
Please let me know my chance of acceptance. Thank you so much!