College Admissions Info

Massachusetts Institute of Technology ‘16
BS, Architecture

Profile Overview

Profile contains
  • Test Scores
  • High School Performance
  • Extracurriculars & Awards
  • Personal statement
  • 5 advice topics

Student Background

From: Shanghai
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 8 schools
Accepted At: Northwestern, MIT, UVA, McGill, NYU
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Mandarin

Test Scores

Highest SAT: 2300
SAT Prep:

High School Performance

Top 5%
High School Type: Boarding
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: Math Team, Tutoring/Mentoring, Charity Drive Organizing, Drama production crew
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Awards Received:
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College Application Essays

251 Words
I used to be a person that refused to leave my comfort zone. My art teacher hated it and constantly pushed me to leave it, to try new things, and to stop being so uptight and detail-oriented. Sophomore winter, I was working on a charcoal piece of the school chapel for my AP portfolio. I had been working for a week, and in his words, I was “stuck”, too fixated on the details to get to the actual piece. He...

College Admissions Advice

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
76 Words
My private admissions counselor was Christine Chapman with Chapman Educational Services (, and I had formed a relationship with her earlier when I was looking for boarding schools. She recommended 2 things: start early in the application writing process, and be honest and concise. Don't try to write something that you think the admissions reader will like;...

My advice about getting recommenders
66 Words
I had my art teacher, my junior AP English teacher, and my AP Calculus teacher write my recommendations. All three were people that I had formed close relationships to, which was why I chose to have them write my recs. Most important recommendation regarding this is to really try and make friends with your teachers early on, because it'll ultimately...

How to increase chances at my school
59 Words
Unless you're truly passionate about robotics, I would skip that - almost every other applicant to MIT is on their high school robotics team. If you are extremely passionate about something that might be uncharacteristic to your image of MIT, do it anyway - I've been an artist my entire life, and I think that's what set me apart.

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
54 Words
Have fun, but learn something/do something in the process. My high school summers were spent at colleges doing pre-college programs about things that I was genuinely interested in - design, number theory, architecture. The rest of those summers were spent traveling and learning about new cultures, something else that I'm very passionate about.

How I chose schools to apply to
50 Words
My college counselor was instrumental in this - he made out a list of colleges that he would really like me to apply to, and I arranged (with a friend) a huge cross-country college tour. From there, I picked the schools I applied to based on information from those tours.