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Who at CC is applying to Penn?


Replies to: Who at CC is applying to Penn?

  • ShaunakK98ShaunakK98 Registered User Posts: 649 Member
  • ballofstress123ballofstress123 Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    Early decision CAS!!! Good luck everyone!
  • YSMartinezYSMartinez Registered User Posts: 79 Junior Member
    I'm applying soon. Please chance me?
  • YSMartinezYSMartinez Registered User Posts: 79 Junior Member
    Hi, would you guys please chance me?

    I'm a 21 year old male attending a Texas CC (Houston, close to Rice). Intended Major is Philosophy with English minor, with the ultimate goal of attending a top-twenty law school.


    If you feel it would be helpful, please feel free to read my story on my profile page. Briefly put, I was homeless periodically since age 12 until 18. From about 18-20, I worked in the oilfield while dealing with my dad's medical issues. At 20, just before my 21st birthday, I finally broke into the world of the academics by earning my GED (Honors).

    ACT: 32

    (Math brought me down, got nearly perfect scores in the other sections. In response to this, I've taken math in CC so I can score higher on the ACT math section. I have taken one math, gotten an A, and am about to take the second math. Since the ACT tests college readiness, and I have done college math now, I will do better. Just assume it will be a 34-36? I will retake it, and trust me, I will get a 34-36.)

    GPA: 4.0

    LOR: 4 letters, each powerful and unique.

    One letter by my HS counselor who knew me back when I used to sleep in a van. Naturally, it is an emotionally charged letter with his full backing and support. Also, I forgot to add, I have three outstanding letters from my professors.

    EC's and awards:

    Honors College member

    Honors College Scholarship winner

    Stayton Scholarship for Writing winner (published author in poetry and non-fiction)

    Peer tutor for English/Composition and Rhetoric

    Coauthor for my professor's PhD dissertation,

    ***(Part of my professor's dissertation deals with critiquing the English abilities of immigrants. Therefore, I am not a research collaborator, as I understand it, but a legitimate coauthor. This seems most obvious in that I have produced the entirety of chapter four of his book, which he proceeds to comment on in chapter 5, and which will soon be published at University of Houston-Downtown.)

    Phi Theta Kappa member

    Editor-in-chief of newspaper that spans the college system that I attend, (8 campuses in a major city)

    Thanks for reading all of this. Please let me know what else I can do (and please move if I posted in the wrong place...)
  • SonicsSonics Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    Your GPA and extracurriculars sound solid! Your ECs are also more or less related to your major, so that works in your favour.
    Again, in your case, circumstance matters a lot. And you've done a great job of doing so much despite that.
    Let's say that you do get a 34-36, I'd say you've a fair chance (50 - 60%) of getting in at Penn. But then again you never know cause the ivies are always so unpredictable..
    Good Luck!
  • IvyLeague2IvyLeague2 Registered User Posts: 248 Junior Member
    do they means CC as in Community College, or as in this website (College Confidential)? I see mixed answers here.
  • sweatearlsweatearl Registered User Posts: 89 Junior Member
    How do I know if I got into the M&T program
  • loz4lifeloz4life Registered User Posts: 16 New Member
    @sweatearl I think you would know if you got in, but I'm not sure. I applied for Huntsman, but I have only seen information about the College of Arts and Sciences
  • lslmomlslmom Registered User Posts: 128 Junior Member
    @sweatearl I had the same question 2 years ago. Unfortunately if M&T isn't mentioned on your acceptance letter that means you didn't get in. It seems inconsiderate that Penn doesn't even acknowledge that you applied for a special program especially since the application is a lot of extra work and the main reason some students are even interested in Penn. DS didn't get into M&T but is now doing an uncoordinated dual degree, which he applied for at the end of freshman year. It is the same degrees but more work with less support. He has to take a minimum 6 courses per semester to graduate on time, even though he started out with ap credit for physics, math, computer science and waived out of the beginning Econ and statistics courses.
  • PixelTomatoPixelTomato Registered User Posts: 87 Junior Member
    I feel so sick to my stomach counting down the days for the UPenn decision days.
    can someone please, please chance me?
    I feel like I'm going to be rejected but not knowing is killing me.
    It's like waiting for the guillotine to fall and finally get it over with.

    I'm applying as an international student for Junior transfer from CC

    Ethnicity: Chinese-Malaysian
    Age: 20
    Applied Major:
    Background: I'm an international student who has travelled the world until settling down in the U.S. around 6/7 years ago. I'm fluent in a few languages (mandarin, cantonese, english, japanese) and was born in a third world country. My high school grades weren't very good 3.0 GPA.

    SAT: 1700
    GPA: 3.69 (it would've been around a 3.85/3.9 if it wasn't for ONE quarter. My grandmother died and I was being harassed by a professor which caused me a lot of stress and pain during this time. It's the only quarter that I did badly. My other quarters are mainly As with a few A-'s)

    LOR: both LOR are from science professors. One from my Biology professor and another from my nutritionist professor. I'm planning on entering the health care field.

    Member of the Leo Club (Lions International) for 3 years.
    - Project manager for 1 year in the Leo Club and focused on childhood cancer: I planned fundraisers and activities which helped raise awareness and support for childhood cancer.

    -Social Manager for 1 year in the Leo Club: planned social events for new and current members and also helped with volunteer activities.

    -Recipient of the Silver Seal Award (50 hours in one school year)
    -Overall around 150 hours of volunteering

    Officer of the Japanese National Honor Society for 1 year

    Officer of the Cooking Club for 1 year

    Member of an audition choir for 2 years in High School and one quarter in College

    TA for Mathematics for 1 year

    I was a part of my High School's JV Softball Team for 1 year

    Member of Phi Theta Kappa

    Currently volunteering at a cat adoption center (around 1 year 2-3 hours every week)

    I also added that I take care of my little sister VERY much. My parents are both too busy, so I cook, clean, drive and help her with everything. I've been doing this since my high school years.

    I know my EC's in college is extremely minimal....I'm so terrified that I'm going to be rejected for this....

    In my essay I wrote about the challenges I faced in my youth in a country which was prejudiced against my race, and how my family was denied justice and healthcare after my brother got beat up in school. I talked about how I still love my country, and I want to go back someday to make it a better place. I related this to how I want to enter the medical field and be a part of Penn's interdisciplinary program where I can choose courses which are related to global rights issues as well as science. I also talked about how I wanted to delve into research and study about social issues concerning healthcare and how we can bridge that. I also mentioned that a few aunts and uncles went to Penn and have inspired me to go there too. I also talked about how I wanted to expand my international background and understand and study in different countries (via their study abroad program). I showed a lot of passion and drive for wanting to go to upenn and the reasons behind it.

    Thanks to whoever is reading this and has given me feedback.

  • IgotmyionyouIgotmyionyou Registered User Posts: 38 Junior Member
    ED CAS! So so nervous especially with so many legacies from my school applying.
  • vegucated26vegucated26 Registered User Posts: 210 Junior Member
    @Igotmyionyou me too!! no matter what we will be fine!
  • IgotmyionyouIgotmyionyou Registered User Posts: 38 Junior Member
    Agreed (: Nice to have people here who don't go to my school to talk about this stuff with.
  • IgotmyionyouIgotmyionyou Registered User Posts: 38 Junior Member
    @PixelTomato would love to help you but unfortunately, I've never been good at chancing, and I don't know much about transfers. From what I can tell though it looks like you've worked really hard and done everything you can to give yourself the best shot. Best of luck!
  • aoeuidhtnsaoeuidhtns Registered User Posts: 291 Junior Member
    @PixelTomato Realistically, I'd say your chances are a reach at best for a few reasons: high school GPA, SAT score, and current undergrad GPA. They're going to want to make sure you can handle the academic rigor and the numbers are going to be tough to swallow.
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