Hello! I applied ED to Columbia a while back and if anybody has a good sense as to my odds of admission, feedback would be greatly appreciated. Without my essays and supplementals posted (I don’t quite feel comfortable posting them and I got plenty of feedback already), here is the bulk of the information.
Submitted on orchestral instrument: Two pieces on cello, recorded with the help of professor at local university. Did not apply for Columbia/Julliard exchange program.
Asian (China) and White (Europe); Not Hispanic
Mandarin (at home); French; English (first language, at home)
Intended School/Major: Columbia College; Econ/Poli-sci (Pre-Law)
GPA 4.0 unweighted; 5.09 weighted
Taken: European History (4); Psychology (5); Calculus AB (5); English Lang (4); Macroeconomics (5); Microeconomics (4); U.S. History (5).
In Progress: Biology; English Lit; French Lang; U.S. Gov; Statistics
ACT: 36 Composite (35 English/35 Math/36 Reading/36 Science); 09 on Writing
SAT II: 800 U.S. History; 800 Math II
National History Day: 1st Place in States & Regionals; 7th in Nationals at Runoffs (Group Documentary) (9)
National Honor Society
AP Scholar with Distinction
French National Honor Society
PSAT/National Merit Commended Student
Activities/Extracurriculars (paraphrased; all are 9-12):
- Private study of music, develop skills to impact the world through music. Piano and cello.
- Principal cellist and section leader (11-12) of my youth symphony orchestra.
- President (12), lead (10-12), and student director (12) of school theatre company.
- Vice president (9-12), section leader (9-12) tenor (9-10, 12) and bass (11) sections of my church’s youth choir. Solo on tour (9-12); guest accompanist (cello, piano) and substitute conductor.
- Principal cellist (12) of local audition-based string ensemble. Won competitions in New York, NY and Hershey, PA. Will compete (and solo) in Orlando, FL.
- Planner/accompanist/performer (piano, cello, vocals) in school charity concert benefiting homeless shelter. Raised almost $10,000 in 2019.
- Chief editor for school journal publishing student writers on current events and societal topics.
- Service representative and VP of church’s youth council (11-12). Coordinate service days and outreach efforts; Run weekly youth group meetings; Act as liaison to clergy and church staff.
- Varsity (10-12) academic competition team, answering quiz bowl questions specializing in music and history. Won regional league (9) and compete three times in nationals in Washington, D.C. (10-12).
- Annual summer service project in constructing homes for low-income families in the Appalachian Mountains.
In terms of letters of rec, counselor letter of rec is at least reasonably strong with specific instances of leadership. and character Two teacher letters I have not read, but I have a strong relationship with both teachers, one of whom offered to write the letter before I had the chance to ask.
If you’re reading this sentence, thank you for making it to the bottom of my rambling! I would greatly appreciate an honest assessment of what my chances may be. I won’t be absolutely devastated if I am rejected from Columbia, but it is a clear first choice for me.