Hi guys, I’m pretty new to College Confidential. The college admissions process is so complicated these days that no one really knows how to be guaranteed admission, which is nerve wracking. But without further ado, here are my stats and extracurriculars. Don’t be afraid of be brutally honest, because I applied to so many reach schools and idrk if I even have a large chance. I know my grades aren’t exactly AMAZING but I still want to hear some opinions. Please chance me for the following schools (applied to all RD):
UPenn (I applied to their bio-dental program, but even just plain admission to Penn would be great)
Basically all of the UC’s but I wish to know about UCB and UCLA
I already got into a couple of safeties so no need to wonder about that.
Ethnicity: Asian- Chinese/Vietnamese
UW GPA: 3.7-3.8 ish
Career goals: Dentist or doctor (Greater chance of becoming a dentist because grades not special)
W GPA (cumulative including 1st semester of senior year): around 4.1
Senior year courses: Religions of the World (2nd semester), AP Calc AB, AP Language and Composition, AP Biology, Spanish III, AP Psych, Global Economic Justice (1st semester), Visual Arts II (1st semester)
Took one class at a community college over the summer: General Biology, got an A in the class
AP Tests: 5 on AP Lit
SAT Subject Tests: 670 on Bio E
, 760 on Math II
SAT: 1500 superscore, 1480 highest score
Note: my freshman year I didn’t take school very seriously, so I ended up taking all regular classes that year and got like a 3.65 gpa that entire school year. Sophomore and junior year I upped my game and took 3 honors courses in sophomore year, and 2 honors courses and 1 AP my junior year. At my school, honors and AP are worth the same amount of credit.
I tried far harder in senior year with higher courses and like a 4.5 W GPA but a little late IMO.
- JV tennis team Sophomore year
- Member of various clubs such as Interact
- Take Piano lessons
- Used to take art lessons from a professional art teacher
- Work weekly at father’s dental office
- Psychology summer camp in Pennsylvania (I did this because I did lots of volunteering with Autistic children)
- Used to play basketball in a league
- Used to play recreational golf in a well known league that teaches life skills and golf skills to children. (I eventually volunteered here for a couple of months)
SO MUCH VOLUNTEERING. I have volunteered extensively in the following (sorry for the vague descriptions):
- nonprofit organization that tutors autistic children in art. I tutor a child weekly. I’ve volunteered here for well over 100 hours per year.
- dental volunteer trip to serve poor children in Guatemala for a week
- assist mother in dental clinic at center that rehabilitates homeless and substance abusers
- assist poor children in the local area with a variety of fun tasks such as piano tutoring and food making (since 7th-8th grade)
- oral hygiene instructor for preschoolers
- assistant at Buddhist center (have been going here since 6th grade)
- Presidents volunteer service award for 3 years straight. Most likely the highest service award I’ve gotten so far. It’s an award for students who have completed extensive service hours for qualifying organizations. Received this award for my volunteering with Autistic children. I got Gold every year, which is the highest Presidents volunteer service award.
- School award for 125+ hours of volunteering (expected to receive this for all years of highschool)
- Took a dental course in SoCal to obtain the following certifications: Dental radiation safety certificate, CPR certified, 8 hour dental infection control certificate, and California dental practice act certificate.
- NHS and CSF member since freshman year.
AP Lit: unsure of what he wrote, but he seemed to like me. I believe I completely surpassed his expectations by getting a 5 on the AP Lit Test, which was only 5.2% nationwide and most of my classmates didn’t get this score. He’s also a really popular teacher at my school. I think his rec letter was probs good.
Pre Calc H: one of my favorite teachers who I’ve been a student of for two years. Excelled in her class and I think she rlly liked me. I’m quite sure that her rec letter was a 10/10
Counselor rec: not fully sure of how good her letter might have been, but she’s rlly nice and I meet up with her often. Hopefully she knows me well enough but I think she gave a pretty good letter.
Director of rehabilitation center: really nice guy who I’ve known for around 6 years because I began volunteering since 6th grade in the dental clinic. His rec letter wasn’t exactly the most personal but it gave colleges a full idea of the duties I had while volunteering.
Essays (probably the strongest aspect of my application)
I believe my common app essay was the best out of all, and was really personal. Centered around my asian identity and a cultural struggle and it felt like a powerful piece. I talked about the conflicting, paradoxical nature of American identity and Asian identity. Delved deep into what truly made me ME.
My supplementals were pretty good IMO, maybe not STELLAR but some were pretty creative and had humor. I literally did a meme reference for one of stanford’s short response questions.
My UC essays were good in my opinion, and I spent lots of time trying to “perfect” them. They weren’t necessarily “powerful” like my common app essay but I tried pretty hard for them.
Thank you so much guys for reading this. Really appreciate it.