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UPenn Class of 2023 RD


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  • UMD2021&2023UMD2021&2023 48 replies1 threads Junior Member
    @BHBHBH27 Congratulations!! Good luck to you at UPenn! My son will also be starting there this fall.
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  • veryconfused22veryconfused22 9 replies2 threads New Member
    Decision: Accepted (after getting deferred)
    Also accepted to: Johns Hopkins, CMU, Wesleyan, Hamilton
    Also waitlisted by: Princeton, Yale, Cornell, Haverford,
    Also rejected by: Swarthmore, MIT, Stanford, Columbia

    SAT I: Math=800 English=720 Essay=13/24
    ACT: Not Taken
    SAT II: Chem=800
    U.S History=740
    Math II=780
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 4.0
    Rank: 2/330
    AP/IB: Chem:5 Calc AB:5 APUSH: 4 US Gov:5 took Physics, Italian, Calc BC and Lit senior year

    Major Awards: Questbridge Finalist?


    Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): High school Lacrosse: 1 year JV 3 year Varsity (2 year captain)
    and some useless minor clubs.

    Job/Work Experience: worked at a junkyard for like 5 months junior year and over the summer.
    Volunteer/Community service: tiny bit of volunteering in school and at a park.
    Summer Activities: Junkyard work and lacrosse summer league.
    Essays: Wrote my common app about hitting a wall with a rock, my Why Penn essay was decent, I wrote about a few chem courses and the labs.
    Teacher Recommendations: from my AP chem and AP calc teachers, they both loved me so I think they were good

    City/Country: Bristol, PA
    School Type: Public (60 percent free or reduced lunch)
    Ethnicity: White
    Gender: Male
    Income Bracket: Max pell grant <35k income
    Received a full ride.
    Hooks (First generation, child of immigrants, pretty poor)

    Why you think you were accepted/not accepted and general comments: Test scores and GPA were good. My common app was ridiculously good and I think it played a large role in my acceptance. I really didnt have alot of extracurriculars or special awards and still got in so my advice is to not go crazy stressing and just make sure your common app is really good and reflects your personality and you should be fine. I think my status as a poor person did make it easier for me to get in though.
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