OFFICIAL Northwestern University ED Decisions - Class of 2014

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<p>Decision: Accepted</p>

[<em>] SAT I (breakdown): 2010/2400, 1410/1600 (640 CR, 770 M, 600 W)
[</em>] ACT: 30
[<em>] SAT II: 750 Math
[</em>] Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.85
[<em>] Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 9/330
[</em>] AP (place score in parenthesis): US History(3), World History(4), English Language(4), AB Calculus(5), BC Calc, Psychology, English Literature, Music Theory, Chemistry
[<em>] IB (place score in parenthesis):
[</em>] Senior Year Course Load: 5 AP's, Symphonic Band
[li] Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.):[/ul] Maryland Distinguished Scholar, Honorable Mention (Academic and Talent in the Arts), if it counts for anything</p>[/li]
[<em>] Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Marching Band (colorguard captain 3 years), NHS (VP), SGA (Secretary 9th Grade), Math Team, MESA, Key Club, Basketball for a year
[</em>] Job/Work Experience: school is my job
[<em>] Volunteer/Community service: HOBY rep for my school, did 100 hours of service last year, pittsburgh mission trip every summer
[</em>] Summer Activities: Pittsburgh Project (mission trip)
[<em>] Essays: Common App- wrote about taking a risk and playing basketball for a year when i had never played it before. Why NU?- wrote about my family's history with NU and mentioned kittens for a metaphor =D
[</em>] Teacher Recommendation: 2 from science teachers, both pretty good
[<em>] Counselor Rec: pretty good- wrote about how lovely of a person i am
[</em>] Additional Rec:
[li] Interview:[/ul] none</p>[/li]
[<em>] State (if domestic applicant): Maryland
[</em>] Country (if international applicant):
[<em>] School Type: public
[</em>] Ethnicity: white
[<em>] Gender: female
[</em>] Income Bracket:
[li] Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.):[/ul] legacy: 2 grandparents, 2 cousins, and an uncle attended</p>[/li]
[<em>] Strengths: My math and extracurriculars
[</em>] Weaknesses: CR and W SAT
[li] Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected:[/ul]</p>[/li]
<p>General Comments:
I am so thrilled! I cannot believe I got accepted!</p>

<p>Decision: Accepted</p>

SAT I (breakdown): CR: 800, M: 670, W: 720
SAT II: Literature: 750
Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 4.0 at school previous to UWC-USA
Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 3/450 at school previous to UWC-USA
AP (place score in parenthesis): English Language (5), Music Theory (5) (aural and nonaural subscores of 5), Statistics (3), US History (3)
IB (place score in parenthesis): English A1 HL (6), Social Anthropology HL (6), Music HL (7), French ab initio SL (7), Chemistry SL (6), Math SL (5/6), total predicted grades: 37/38
Senior Year Course Load: See IB Courses
Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): Davis Scholarship (admission to United World College-USA)</p>

Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis):
UWC-USA: School Newspaper (politics editor, 2008; editor-in-chief, 2009), Recording Studio (chief engineer), Choose Your Weapon: Fighting Nonviolently Summit (head student organizer), Afro-Haitian Drumming and Dance, chorus, brass ensemble</p>

<p>Quakertown Community Senior High School: marching band (soloist, 2006 and 2007; section leader, 2006 and 2007), symphonic band (section leader 2006-2008), jazz ensemble (bassist 2005-2008 performed at MENC biannual conference in 2008), anti-smoking committee
Job/Work Experience: Pizza Hut, June 2007-June 2008
Volunteer/Community service: Montezuma Castle Docent, 2008
Summer Activities: Penn State Summer Music Camp, 2005, 2006; Florida State Summer Marching Band Camp, 2007
Personal Statement:
I remember the exact intersection where I, listening to the car radio, first heard Muse’s breakthrough single, “Hysteria.” Sitting at the intersection of John Fries Highway and Allentown Road, my mind should have been focused on the bass parts in my middle school jazz band, as I was headed to practice that night. When “Hysteria” came on, however, the virtuosic bassline that opens the song captivated me, and even at practice, I could not stop thinking about that bassline. Little did I know that “Hysteria” would act as the musical version of a gateway drug – leading me to new interests in music I may have never discovered without “Hysteria.” </p>

<p>When I returned home, I searched for the song on the Internet, and I soon found myself on a website called Sputnik Music, which featured user-submitted reviews of the album. The reviews seemed positive, so I decided to try my luck and buy Absolution, the album that featured “Hysteria.” Quickly, I became addicted to Muse’s creation. Musically, it was unlike anything I had ever heard. Bombastic, provocative, and grandiose, Muse easily swept me away with their distinct mix of musical complexity and accessibility. I felt so inspired by Absolution that I decided to create my own account on Sputnik Music and try my hand at writing a review on the website. By that time, I was 14 years old, and my writing skills remained undeveloped. My review only described each track on the album in the best language my 14-year-old mind could conjure. The comments users left on the review scathingly attacked me for a lack of detail, and I felt rather dejected. I did not write for another year, but when I started writing again, I wrote about many albums that I discovered by reading other reviews on Sputnik. The genres were disparate – jazz, folk, rock, metal, classical, hip-hop – and my musical mind expanded greatly.</p>

<p>I spent that entire summer writing music reviews, sometimes writing three per day. They began rather simply; I would pick a few prominent songs off of an album and describe them, using them as case studies for the entire album. As my mind and my writing matured, however, I approached albums from a more holistic perspective. I would discuss various musical characteristics of an album and reference songs on the album to prove my point, much like literary criticism. My writing became exponentially more fluid and sophisticated, and when I returned to school, I found myself at the top of my English classes, writing essays with ease.</p>

<p>As the writing improved on Sputnik, the administration of the site decided to appoint a few of the best writers to become staff reviewers. At age 16, I was the youngest of the first batch of staff reviewers. Quickly, we decided to take Sputnik to a new level of music criticism, determined to reach the upper echelon of websites providing reviews. Within about a year, Google placed us at the top of their search results if someone searched for an album review, and Metacritic, a website that compiles the best of media reviews on the Internet, began promoting our reviews.</p>

<p>Still, my ambition pushed me beyond Sputnik. I wrote for two other sites – The Silent Ballet, a website dedicated to instrumental rock and electronica; and PopMatters, a website that provided pop culture criticism, encompassing music, film, TV, and more. My writing on Sputnik cultivated in me a keen interest in journalism because I could combine my already developed interest in music with writing, something else I always loved. Slowly, this interest in journalism developed into its own, and now, I edit my school’s newspaper and write about American politics and issues within the school. </p>

<p>I want to major in journalism and music because they have become equal interests of mine. None of this journalistic interest would ever have developed without hearing “Hysteria” in the car that one day on the way to jazz band practice. While not my favorite song by any means, “Hysteria” led me into a new world of music and writing that I am now completely immersed and enamored with, a world that I want to remain in for the rest of my life. </p>

<p>Why Northwestern?:</p>

<pre><code>My primary motive for applying to Northwestern is the double-degree program in music and journalism. For nearly five years now, I have balanced my life between these two equal and fervent passions. Indeed, I sought ways to combine them, most notably my foray into music criticism, writing for various websites on the Internet. I have never been able to put one interest in higher priority than the other for an extended period of time, and it is my goal in life to work in both music and journalism. Northwestern is the only school to my knowledge that offers a distinct double-degree program in the two areas.


<p>Of course, the Bienen School of Music and the Medill School of Journalism are among the top in their respective fields, and because of the quality level of education apparent at Northwestern, I do not feel that I would sacrifice quality in either field by attending Northwestern. Bienen offers me Rex Martin as a teacher for my instrument, the euphonium, and Mr. Martin is one of the most respected tubists in the world. The wind ensemble at Northwestern plays a repertoire that would challenge me, and I am sure that through the city of the Chicago, I could find many more performance opportunities. Furthermore, Medill offers me endless opportunity in internships and real-world experience while still providing an excellent education on campus. The Journalism Residency program would allow me to fully experience being a journalist in a professional newsroom while providing me with connections in the media world. </p>

<p>These qualities of Northwestern could not be complemented better than with the city of Chicago. After living two years in Montezuma, NM, at the United World College, I cannot imagine a better contrast to add to my life experience. I have never lived in such an urban environment, and I am beginning to tire of the isolation I experience in New Mexico. I think it is incredibly important to experience as many different living environments as I can, and after living in the suburbs of Philadelphia for seventeen years and an isolated area of New Mexico for two years, living just outside of Chicago, one of the largest and most stimulating metropolitan environments in the country, would be yet another unique environment, perhaps the most intense and stimulating of them all. </p>

<p>I feel Northwestern is the best fit for me of any university because of the quality of education in both music and journalism as well as the opportunities afforded by the city of Chicago. No other university in the country provides such a mix of location, education, and opportunity. </p>

<p>Teacher Recommendation: no access
Counselor Rec: no access
Additional Rec: no access
Interview: had an audition</p>

State (if domestic applicant): PA, school in NM
Country (if international applicant):
School Type: private, 2-year IB Diploma Programme
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Gender: Male
Income Bracket: $30,000 - $40,000
Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): first generation to (hopefully) complete university</p>

Strengths: I had an interest in Northwestern's particular double-degree program with music and journalism. I demonstrated my interest in the school by going on every tour I could, going to a few presentations they gave in my area, and attending my audition in person. Also, I go to one of the premiere high schools in the country, so I guess that helps. Though my grades at UWC are not perfect, they were perfect before attending UWC. I had excellent critical reading and lit SAT scores, and math at least fell in the average. My music resume was very strong, and I have some journalistic experience.
Weaknesses: My grades at UWC were not perfect, and pretty average for my school. My journalism experience has never been merited; I never entered any competitions or compared myself to other writers of my age.<br>
Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: I think I was accepted because I showed dedication and interest in NU. Also, I did demonstrate proficiency specifically in the areas I intend to study.</p>

<p>General Comments:</p>

<p>I don't think this application would get me in regular decision, and a large factor of my acceptance was being in the ED pool and showing commitment to the school. Good luck to everyone!</p>

<p>Decision: Accepted</p>

[<em>] SAT I (breakdown): CR- 760; M- 700; W; 750
[</em>] ACT: 32
[<em>] SAT II: Literature- 760; US History- 680
[</em>] Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.97
[<em>] Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 1 or 2 out of 350+
[</em>] AP (place score in parenthesis): Human Geography (5); US History (3); US Government (currently enrolled); English Literature (currently enrolled)
[<em>] IB (place score in parenthesis): none
[</em>] Senior Year Course Load: Unusual (Some free periods due to scheduling issues, but several independent classes to make up for it)
[li] Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): NMS Commended Student; high school's "Outstanding Junior" (selected by faculty)[/li][/ul]</p>

[<em>] Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Journalism (editor-in-chief); writing club (founder); China Club (founder); Key Club, NHS, Mock Trial, Drama, Stock Market Game,
[</em>] Job/Work Experience: none
[<em>] Volunteer/Community service: Weekly volunteer with local mission, summer work at local camp for at-risk kids, lots of volunteer web and graphic design
[</em>] Summer Activities: 2009 TN Governor's School for the Humanities
[<em>] Essays: I wrote about my experience at Governor's School and the ensuing self-discovery, with a short answer about my interest in Chinese
[</em>] Teacher Recommendation: An awesome one from my Journalism/ AP English teacher, who has 30+ years of experience and called me one of her best
[<em>] Counselor Rec: Never saw, but I guess it couldn't have been terrible
[</em>] Additional Rec: One from the Gov. School director, which was probably awesome
[li] Interview: none[/ul]</p>[/li]
[<em>] State (if domestic applicant): TN
[</em>] Country (if international applicant): n/a
[<em>] School Type: Public high school
[</em>] Ethnicity: Caucasian
[<em>] Gender: Male
[</em>] Income Bracket: $55,000-$65,000
[li] Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): none[/ul]</p>[/li]
[<em>] Strengths: Passionate about my intended major (Chinese language), with lots of classes and EC's in that area (including one self-designed independent study in Chinese Literature); strong upward trend SAT I math scores (570 to 630 to 700)
[</em>] Weaknesses: I was worried about my AP and SAT II scores, or lack thereof; and my relatively small amount of community service/ EC's
[li] Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected:[/ul] I doubt they get many freshman applicants interested in a Chinese major, and I guess my test scores and other stuff wasn't too bad</p>[/li]
<p>General Comments: Due to some financial oddities, my EFC might be a good bit more than my family could afford without extensive scholarships and loans. NU's 100% policy was a huge factor in my decision to apply ED. If the EFC is indeed too high, we plan to appeal; but in the meantime, if I don't find lots of scholarships I'll have a really hard time enrolling.</p>

<p>Accepted! I'll update stats later :]</p>

<p>Decision: Accepted</p>

<p>SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATIONS THEATER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!</p>

[<em>] SAT I (breakdown 800 CR, 780 M, 800 W)
[</em>] ACT:
[<em>] SAT II: French 730, Eng Lit 760, US History 780, Math 740
[</em>] Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.51
[<em>] Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): school doesn't rank<br>
[</em>] AP (place score in parenthesis): English Lit (5) English Lang (5) French Lang (4) Statistics (4) US Hist (4)
[<em>] IB (place score in parenthesis):
[</em>] Senior Year Course Load: AP-level English, History and French, Advanced Environmental Science, AP Cal
[li] Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.):[/ul] Scholastic Writing Awards - Gold Key for Poetry </p>[/li]
[<em>] Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Senior Class President, Co-head of Women's Org, LOTS of theater - acting, directing, diversity stuff
[</em>] Job/Work Experience: summer internship at some foundation in Seoul, Korea
[<em>] Volunteer/Community service: 72 hours in India summer after freshman year
[</em>] Summer Activities: listed above...
[<em>] Essays: main essay - about how crying, to me, isn't a form of weakness but something that tells me I care about something and must take action! why NU essay - about how I want to succeed as both a scholar and a theater artist and how at Northwestern I could be both:)
[</em>] Teacher Recommendation: history teacher, english teacher, theater teacher - all good, especially history and theater
[<em>] Counselor Rec: good
[</em>] Additional Rec:
[li] Interview:[/ul] alumni - was kind of awkward </p>[/li]
[<em>] State (if domestic applicant): Massachusetts (boarding school) but I live in Virginia
[</em>] Country (if international applicant): South Korean citizenship
[<em>] School Type: small independent private
[</em>] Ethnicity: Asian/Korean
[<em>] Gender: female
[</em>] Income Bracket:
[li] Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.):[/ul] </p>[/li]
[<em>] Strengths: good essay, lots of extracurriculars, great SATs
[</em>] Weaknesses: gpa
[li] Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected:[/ul] I think I was accepted despite the low gpa because of 1. AP-heavy courseload 2. the fact that my school grades really hard 3. high SATs 4. good extracurriculars and essays </p>[/li]
<p>General Comments:</p>

<p>Decision: Accepted</p>

[<em>] SAT I (breakdown): Did not Submit
[</em>] ACT: 31
[<em>] SAT II: Math II-770 Chem-630
[</em>] Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.95, 4.51-weighted
[<em>] Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): N/A
[</em>] AP (place score in parenthesis): (5)-AP Stat, (4)-AP Span
[<em>] IB (place score in parenthesis):
[</em>] Senior Year Course Load: AP Bio, AP Physics B, AP AB Calc, Anatomy, Psychology, Modern American Lit, Bio Ethics
[li] Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.):[/ul]</p>[/li]
[<em>] Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): (Captain of Varsity Rowing Team), (Captain of Ski Team), (Executive Board of National Honor Society)
[</em>] Job/Work Experience: Yes a few, wrote my essay on one of these.
[<em>] Volunteer/Community service: Volunteered and Shadowed in a hospital, other volunteer work.
[</em>] Summer Activities: Work and Volunteer Work
[<em>] Essays: About a very unique experience
[</em>] Teacher Recommendation: Very good
[<em>] Counselor Rec: Very Good
[</em>] Additional Rec: NU Employee
[li] Interview:[/ul] Yes with an alumni and admissions counselor</p>[/li]
[<em>] State (if domestic applicant): MA
[</em>] Country (if international applicant):
[<em>] School Type: Public
[</em>] Ethnicity: White
[<em>] Gender: Male
[</em>] Income Bracket:
[li] Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.):[/ul] Very good interviews with alumni and admissions counselors</p>[/li]
[<em>] Strengths: Grades and Extracurriculars
[</em>] Weaknesses: Standardized Test Scores
[li] Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected:[/ul] </p>[/li]
<p>General Comments: WCAS 2014!</p>

<p>Decision: Accepted</p>

[<em>] SAT I (breakdown): didn't take
[</em>] ACT: 31 ( 32 E, 34 M, 27 R, 31 S)
[<em>] SAT II: 770- Math level 2, 760- Chem, 730- US history
[</em>] Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 4.0
[<em>] Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 8/660 top 1%
[</em>] AP (place score in parenthesis): Chem- 4 US History- 4
[<em>] IB (place score in parenthesis):--
[</em>] Senior Year Course Load: AP Calc BC, AP physics, AP bio, AP psych, world lit
[li] Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.):[/ul] academic achievement award, spanish honor society ~ Nothing major</p>[/li]
[<em>] Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Spanish Club, peer helpers, NHS, Mu Alpha Theta (secretary)
[</em>] Job/Work Experience: Pharmacy Tech internship, Election judge
[<em>] Volunteer/Community service: Nursing Home, in school functions, hospital ~ 100 hrs
[</em>] Summer Activities: Internship
[<em>] Essays: Mediocre. Why NU was very simple and explanatory. Common App was about a lady i met at the nursing home who had osteoporosis and her optimism influenced me.<br>
[</em>] Teacher Recommendation: extremely good. teacher worked on it over summer and he went to NU. i deeply thank him.
[<em>] Counselor Rec: excellent
[</em>] Additional Rec: none
[li] Interview:[/ul] none</p>[/li]
[<em>] State (if domestic applicant): Illinois
[</em>] Country (if international applicant):
[<em>] School Type: Public
[</em>] Ethnicity:Asian- Indian
[<em>] Gender: Female
[</em>] Income Bracket:80,000
[li] Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.):[/ul] none</p>[/li]
[<em>] Strengths: GPA, sat subjects, teachers recs
[</em>] Weaknesses: extracurriculars, test score?
[li] Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected:[/ul] early sooo happy...can't wait to meet u guys ....NU 2014!!</p>[/li]
<p>General Comments:</p>

<p>Decision: Accepted</p>

[<em>] SAT I (breakdown): 2400
[</em>] SAT II: 800 Lit, 760 US History, 760 Math II
[<em>] Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.7
[</em>] AP (place score in parenthesis): BC Calc (5), English Lit (5), Latin Vergil (4), US History (4)
[<em>] Senior Year Course Load: Linear Algebra, English, Latin 5, Greek 2, AP Physics, Drama
[</em>] Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): National Merit Semifinalist[/ul]</p>

[<em>] Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): co-head of a cappella group, lots of theatre, chorus, Political Awareness club, tour guides, GASP
[</em>] Essays: my Why NU one was great, if I may say so myself. my Common App one was very personal but hopefully not sappy
[<em>] Teacher Recommendation: sent in 2- didn't read either
[</em>] Counselor Rec: didn't read
[<em>] Additional Rec: from drama teacher- didn't read
[</em>] Interview: didn't interview[/ul]</p>

[<em>] State (if domestic applicant): NY
[</em>] School Type: Private
[<em>] Ethnicity: Caucasian
[</em>] Gender: Female
[li] Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): none that I can see[/ul]</p>[/li]
[<em>] Strengths: SAT, difficult of course load, obvious dedication to theatre
[</em>] Weaknesses: little official acting training
[li] Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: in theory, my academic stats make me "overqualified" for NU--although it's an incredible school--but I was worried I didn't have enough theatre credits[/ul]</p>[/li]
<p>General Comments: so happy! woohoo theatre majors</p>

<p>Decision: Accepted
SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATIONS (for Radio/Television Film)</p>

[<em>] SAT I (breakdown): 2080 (CR: 740, W: 730, M: 610) NOTE - did not submit.
[</em>] ACT: 32
[<em>] SAT II: N/A
[</em>] Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.98
[<em>] Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): N/A
[</em>] AP (place score in parenthesis): European History (4); Psychology (5); Lang & Comp (5)
[<em>] IB (place score in parenthesis): N/A
[</em>] Senior Year Course Load: AP Biology; Global Studies; AP Lit & Comp; AP US History; Physics; AP Latin: Vergil
[li] Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): National Merit Commended Scholar; Missouri Scholars Academy student[/ul]</p>[/li]
[<em>] Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Stu-Co (Rep in 11th, Secretary in 12th); NHS; Drama Club; Journalism Club; Jazz Band (Flute, 1st Chair); Horseback riding
[</em>] Job/Work Experience: Moderator (10-15 hours/week); Freelance Crafting
[<em>] Volunteer/Community service: Adopt-A-Spot, Boys & Girls Town, Halloween Night Of Fun (NHS); Relay for Life; Therapeutic Riding Center Volunteer; MSA opening day volunteer
[</em>] Summer Activities: Horseback riding; crafts; writing (NaNoWriMo participant and winner)
[<em>] Essays: My Common App was on The Doctor from Doctor Who, and how his example showed me I could be exactly who I was when I was in doubt about it. My 'Why Northwestern' was a story of my time at the Northwestern Model UN conference and how much I enjoyed it, what it showed me about Northwestern, it's people, etc.
[</em>] Teacher Recommendation: A glowing but somewhat generic one from my MSA teacher and Drama Club director, and what I imagine is an absolutely wonderful one from my 10th Grade/2 AP's English teacher that showed how much she knew me.
[<em>] Counselor Rec: I go to a small school, and my director has only had to deal with around 100 kids total. My graduating class is 7 people, so he had plenty of time to write a nice one and he did. He has known me for four years, and taught me in Pre-Calc last year.
[</em>] Additional Rec: N/A
[li] Interview: N/A[/ul]</p>[/li]
[<em>] State (if domestic applicant): Missouri
[</em>] Country (if international applicant):
[<em>] School Type: Independent
[</em>] Ethnicity: Caucasion
[<em>] Gender: Female
[</em>] Income Bracket: $50,000 - $60,000
[li] Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): None in particular[/ul]</p>[/li]
[<em>] Strengths: My essays were highly worked over and I felt they were very strong. My recs were strong. My class load/GPA is quite good.
[</em>] Weaknesses: I wasn't sure about my extracurriculars, and my ACT could have been a little better (only took it once, in my junior year). No SAT II's.
[li] Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: I think my strengths probably did the trick. I also had visited the campus and shown definite interest.[/ul]</p>[/li]
<p>General Comments:
I. Am. So. Excited. I can't even think about studying for finals right now! I was checking all day, and I checked at 5 PM sharp on my cell phone. It wouldn't take me to the page, and my girlfriend got a VERY frantic text. She asked if I wanted to know, I replied "Do I?", and her response of "Yeah, you do" sent me grinning. I am PUMPED!</p>

<p>Decision: Accepted
SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATIONS (for Communication not Theatre like everyone else)</p>

[<em>] SAT I (breakdown): 2000/2400 1340/1600 CR:690 M:650 W:660
[</em>] ACT: 31
[<em>] SAT II: n/a
[</em>] Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.87
[<em>] Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 11/323
[</em>] AP (place score in parenthesis): US History (4), English Language (4)
[<em>] IB (place score in parenthesis): n/a
[</em>] Senior Year Course Load: AP Macroeconomics, AP Government, AP European History, Pre-Calculus Honors, AP English Literature, Academic Decathlon
[li] Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.):[/ul] National Merit Commended Scholar, Various state writing awards, Lions Club Student of the month, Rotary Club Recognition, Key Clubber of the Month, AP Scholar</p>[/li]
[<em>] Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Key Club Volunteer organization (President/Editor), Ambassadorial Program (leader), History Club, Expository writing team, Academic Decathlon, NHS
[</em>] Job/Work Experience: babysitting for various teachers
[<em>] Volunteer/Community service: Trick or Treat for UNICEF (all four years/orchestrated event at school), Local YMCA (coached toddler teams), shelving books at my school library, ringing bells for Salvation army 2 hours a week in December
[</em>] Summer Activities: being a bada ss
[<em>] Essays: I wrote an essay about a really personal thing and my why NU was kinda corny but I guess it worked, but it was basically how my family didn't exactly think I could get in and they took me to visit to prove that to me and now I want to go even more.
[</em>] Teacher Recommendation: This was my best letter, the teacher that wrote it for me is really close to me and I babysit for his children and he was my PSAT summer coach, so I see him more than most students see their teachers. He wrote me a phenomenal letter simply because he knows me so well and I know that it was a key factor in my admission.
[<em>] Counselor Rec: Another good letter, I make it my habbit to establish connections with those that are doing things for me simply because I don't want the letter to just be font on white paper. He got recs from three of my other teachers and combined them.
[</em>] Additional Rec: The principal of my school also wrote me an additional letter.
[li] Interview:[/ul] I met with a young guy who had just gotten his grad degree a year or two before and I was the first kid he had ever interviewed. We spent an hour talking about The Catcher in the Rye and The Great Gatsby. I guess I'm really personable.</p>[/li]
[<em>] State (if domestic applicant): Texas
[</em>] School Type: Public
[<em>] Ethnicity: White, Non-hispanic
[</em>] Gender: Female
[<em>] Income Bracket: 60,000
[</em>] Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.):[/ul] First generation, single parent family, weird circumstances</p>

[<em>] Strengths: Everything I'm involved in at school, I could have gotten an incredible letter of rec from. When I'm involved in something, I'm involved completely.
[</em>] Weaknesses: My scores don't seem to be as high as everyone else's.
[li] Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected:[/ul] I honestly think I got accepted because of my personality. My interviewer said that was his favorite thing about me along with my determination to get into NU. It's good to not just be words on a page, but to be a whole picture, faults and all.</p>[/li]
<p>General Comments: Part of the reason that I applied ED was because of the financial aid clause, so I'm really hoping that pulls through.</p>

<p>Decision: Accepted</p>

SAT I (breakdown): 2190 (CR: 680, W: 710, M: 800) NOTE - did not submit.
ACT: 32 (not submitted)
SAT II: 800 Math IIC
Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.8ish
Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): N/A
AP (place score in parenthesis): Calculus AB (4)
IB (place score in parenthesis): N/A
Senior Year Course Load:
Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): National Merit Commended Scholar</p>

Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Grade Gov't Treasurer (10-12) Secretary (9), Sports Editor of Newspaper.
Volunteer/Community service: Special Needs Assistance Program
Summer Activities: Johns Hopkins CTY in Santa Cruz
Essays: My Common App was on "The Dash" by Linda Ellis and how it has motivated me in life. My 'Why Northwestern' was a story of my visit in May when everything that could have gone wrong did.
Teacher Recommendation: Science Teacher and History Teacher.
Counselor Rec: I guess nice. Counselor only dealt with about 40 kids.
Additional Rec: N/A
Interview: N/A </p>

State (if domestic applicant): Maryland
Country (if international applicant):
School Type: Private
Ethnicity: Caucasion
Gender: Male
Income Bracket:
Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): None in particular</p>

<p>How did you not submit an SAT or an ACT?</p>

<p>Decision: Accepted</p>

[<em>] SAT I (breakdown): 740CR 760M 760W
[</em>] ACT: Didn't send
[<em>] SAT II: Didn't send
[</em>] Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.9
[<em>] Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable):n/a
[</em>] AP (place score in parenthesis):Chemistry - 5
[<em>] IB (place score in parenthesis):
[</em>] Senior Year Course Load: H. British Literature, AP Calc BC, AP Physics C: Mech, AP Psychology, AP Biology, AP Spanish + band and orchestra during lunch and study hall
[li] Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.):[/ul]</p>[/li]
[<em>] Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Youth symphony; school band, orchestra, marching band (Principal flute), spanish TA and tutor, Nation Honor Society, American Field Service (Secretary), Yearbook 9th and 10th grade only (jr. and copy editor), and a lot of other stuff that didn't matter to me as much.
[</em>] Job/Work Experience: Restaurant hostess - in my 3rd year
[<em>] Volunteer/Community service: bunches of summer hours outside of school, and a lot of tutoring during school year
[</em>] Summer Activities: Volunteered at a hospital, went to music camp, researched, plus band camp 2 weeks every year.
[<em>] Essays: For common app I wrote about performing Mahler 1, and for the supplement... a bunch of things.
[</em>] Teacher Recommendation: Pretty good.
[<em>] Counselor Rec: Even if he hated the student, he'd write a good one because he says it's his job to get his kids into college, and since he didn't hate me, I'm assuming it was a decent rec.
[</em>] Additional Rec:
[li] Interview:[/ul]</p>[/li]
[<em>] State (if domestic applicant): PA
[</em>] Country (if international applicant):
[<em>] School Type: Public...?
[</em>] Ethnicity: Asian
[<em>] Gender: Female
[</em>] Income Bracket: I don't really know...?
[li] Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.):[/ul]</p>[/li]
[<em>] Strengths: Extracurriculars? and I had decent grades
[</em>] Weaknesses: Lack of awards, maybe my SAT scores
[li] Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: I'm a crazn? haha.[/ul]</p>[/li]
<p>General Comments:
! Was half expecting to be rejected. I'm so glad!</p>

<p>Decision: Accepted</p>

[<em>] SAT I (breakdown): 710M. 590W, 690CR, 1990
[</em>] ACT: 31, Writing score of 9.
[<em>] SAT II: N/A
[</em>] Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.8
[<em>] Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 16/325
[</em>] AP (place score in parenthesis): English Lit - 3, US Hist - 2 Euro Hist - 2
[<em>] IB (place score in parenthesis):
[</em>] Senior Year Course Load: Creative Writing, Psychology AP, Advanced Repertory Theater, Calculus BC AP, English 12 AP, Strolling Strings (Performance Orchestra), Spanish 2
[li] Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.):[/ul] Eagle Scout Rank, Principal's Honor Roll, Scholar Athlete, Shooting Stars Nominee</p>[/li]
[<em>] Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Cross Country 4 Years, Swim-team 4 years (Varsity Captain) Track 3 years. National Honor Society 2 years, Pep Club Vice President, Student Council 1 year, Original One Act playwright 2 years.
[</em>] Job/Work Experience: None
[<em>] Volunteer/Community service: Around 100 hours. But I forgot to put it anywhere on the application.
[</em>] Summer Activities:
[<em>] Essays:
[</em>] Teacher Recommendation: 3. 1 from Psych Teacher (Incredibly well written), 1 from English Teacher (Another I trust was well written) 1 from Drama Teacher (Also well written)
[<em>] Counselor Rec: Very good.
[</em>] Additional Rec: None
[li] Interview:[/ul] None</p>[/li]
[<em>] State (if domestic applicant): Kansas
[</em>] Country (if international applicant): U.S.
[<em>] School Type: Public High School
[</em>] Ethnicity: White
[<em>] Gender: Male
[</em>] Income Bracket: Upper-Middle
[li] Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.):[/ul] None</p>[/li]
[<em>] Strengths: My athletic and academic background were both strong, as was my other extracurriculars. Eagle Scout is also not something to scoff at.
[</em>] Weaknesses: Forgot to put community service hours.
[li] Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected:[/ul] I felt my recommendations were incredibly strong. I also felt my essays were pretty decent, especially the "Why NU" one. </p>[/li]
<p>General Comments:I cannot wait.</p>

<p>Decision: Accepted</p>

SAT I (breakdown): 2150/2400, 1440/1600 (750 CR, 690 M, 730 W)
Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.58
Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 21/280
Senior Year Course Load: 3 APs (spanish, stat, lit)
Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.):
National Merit Commended Student</p>

Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): school newspaper (editor in chief), film festival (co-director), peer ministry (retreat leader, teacher for a 1st grade class, co-facilitator for confirmation candidates), field hockey 4 years, National Honor Society
Job/Work Experience: lifeguarding 2 years, hostess at local grill 1 year
Volunteer/Community service: peer ministry and teaching at my church (very involved)
Summer Activities: art classes at the art institute of boston, lifeguarding
Essays: Common App- wrote about going into Boston for art classes on my own for the first time, played up the independent thing
Why NU?- mentioned specific details i heard on the tour about Medill
Teacher Recommendation: 1 from art teacher for 2 years, 1 from 2 year journalism teacher/english teacher
Counselor Rec: they dont let us see them
Additional Rec:
Interview:1 from leader of youth services at my church</p>

State (if domestic applicant): Massachusetts
Country (if international applicant):
School Type: public
Ethnicity: white
Gender: female
Income Bracket:
Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.):strong journalism portfolio of all my best articles</p>

Strengths: portfolio, church service, well-roundedness
Weaknesses: M SAT and GPA
Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected:journalism portfolio and showed interest in NU in as many ways as possible</p>

<p>General Comments:
I'm so excited, can't wait!!</p>

<p>Decision: Rejected</p>

[<em>] SAT I (breakdown): R-730 M-720 W-730
[</em>] ACT: 33
[<em>] SAT II: Chemistry 710, Math II 740
[</em>] Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): Not sure: Weighted: 4.09
[<em>] Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): Not ranked
[</em>] AP (place score in parenthesis): APUSH 4, LANG 4, MICRO 4, MACRO 4, CHEM 3, CALC 4
[<em>] IB (place score in parenthesis):
[</em>] Senior Year Course Load: All APs
[li] Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.):[/ul] Science Fair Finalist, Published work in Professional Research Journal, Various Research Awards from state competitions</p>[/li]
[<em>] Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Rowing (4 years), Writing
[</em>] Job/Work Experience: Laryngeal Lab Technician
[<em>] Volunteer/Community service: Humane Society Shelter
[</em>] Summer Activities: Worked in research lab
[<em>] Essays: Clearly not as good as I thought they were. But they were pretty great.
[</em>] Teacher Recommendation: I'm guessing great.
[<em>] Counselor Rec:I'm guessing great.
[</em>] Additional Rec: Doctor Rec was outstanding.
[li] Interview:[/ul] Didn't take</p>[/li]
[<em>] State (if domestic applicant): Florida
[</em>] Country (if international applicant):
[<em>] School Type: Private
[</em>] Ethnicity: White (uh oh)
[<em>] Gender: Male
[</em>] Income Bracket:
[li] Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.):[/ul] Major accomplishments in the field of laryngeal research.</p>[/li]
[<em>] Strengths: Research, ACT, Essays and Recs
[</em>] Weaknesses: GPA, Not having an interview?, Being white?
[li] Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected:[/ul][/li]Not really sure, I guess GPA.
General Comments:
ugh. don't want to start more Apps.</p>

<p>Decision: Deferred</p>

[<em>] SAT I (breakdown): 760 CR 800 M
[</em>] ACT:
[<em>] SAT II: 800 Math II, 750 US History
[</em>] Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.7
[<em>] Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable):
[</em>] AP (place score in parenthesis): US (5), Euro (4)
[<em>] IB (place score in parenthesis):
[</em>] Senior Year Course Load: AP Calc BC, AP Government, AP Physics, AP Psychology, AP Economics, World Literature, AP Spanish V
[li] Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.):[/ul]</p>[/li]
[<em>] Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Good, not great
[</em>] Job/Work Experience: Steady part time job since 9th grade (20-25 hours per week)
[<em>] Volunteer/Community service: Various organizations/trips
[</em>] Summer Activities: Volunteer/Work
[<em>] Essays: Common App decent, NU Supplement great
[</em>] Teacher Recommendation: Idk
[<em>] Counselor Rec: Idk
[</em>] Additional Rec:
[li] Interview:[/ul]</p>[/li]
[<em>] State (if domestic applicant): MN
[</em>] Country (if international applicant):
[<em>] School Type: Public
[</em>] Ethnicity: White
[<em>] Gender: M
[</em>] Income Bracket:
[li] Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.):[/ul]</p>[/li]
[<em>] Strengths:
[</em>] Weaknesses:
[li] Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected:[/ul] </p>[/li]
<p>General Comments: I'm not too sure why I was deferred. It sucks to wait longer, but I guess everything happens for a reason.</p>

<p>Decision: Accepted

[<em>] SAT I (breakdown):2160 (740CR 740M 650W)
[</em>] ACT:36 (34R 36M 36W 36S essay-8)
[<em>] SAT II: Math II-800, Physics 800, Chemistry 730
[</em>] Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.7
[<em>] Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable):top 15%
[</em>] AP (place score in parenthesis):USH(4) Stats(5) PhysB(5) USGov(5) CompGov(4)
[<em>] IB (place score in parenthesis):-
[</em>] Senior Year Course Load:AP Euro, AP Calc BC, AP Phys C, AP Bio, AP Lit
[li] Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.):[/ul] Nat Merit Commended</p>[/li]
[<em>] State (if domestic applicant):Ohio
[</em>] Country (if international applicant):
[li] School Type:Public</p>[/li]
[<em>] Strengths:Test scores
[</em>] Weaknesses:GPA
[li] Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected:[/ul] I dunno, but i'm sure glad I was.</p>[/li]
<p>General Comments: Congrats to everyone who got it, good luck in your search for those who did not.</p>

<p>also @euphonos, you probably don't want to put up the entire text of your essay.</p>