College Admissions Info

Massachusetts Institute of Technology ‘17
BS, Computational and Applied Mathematics

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Applying to engineering programs without knowing much about engineering
From: Merrick , New York
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Hispanic
Admission: Early Action
Applied To: 11 schools
Accepted At: CMU, Columbia, Cornell, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Stony Brook, UDel, UPenn
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes

Test Scores

Highest SAT: 2400
SAT Prep:
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Other Standardized Tests:

High School Performance

Top 1%
High School Type: Public
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: Choir, School theater/plays, Gay/Straight Alliance, Math Team, Nursing Home Volunteer
How Spent Summers:
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College Application Essays

481 Words
More than anyone else, he was the kid that I identified with during the latter part of my years at elementary school. Let’s call him Henry. On some level, we connected because we were both on the autism spectrum (Asperger’s, to be specific). More specifically, it was due to our intelligence, vivid imagination, and slight social awkwardness. Our bond was especially apparent during our free time, when, instead of talking or playing with the rest of the kids...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
255 Words
Describe your community/environment An unknown person said it best: If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room. Over my academic and extracurricular life, I have grown accustomed to being among the best in my community in interests such as math and music. There is nothing wrong with this fact. It helps me to absorb information about my interests with relative ease, and it allows me to give back to my school community...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
505 Words
What I call the "curiosity" essay: There’s a saying that you learn something new every day. However, due to my curiosity for new information, I learn more new things each day than most. Sometimes, this learning is of an academic nature. I read textbooks ahead of what is required. I explore further information and questions not addressed in the curriculum. I create my own problems and solutions. This type of extra searching ensures that I fully understand the material...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
359 Words
Describe summers essay: My past two summers were both spent at the Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists (PROMYS) at Boston University. For my first year, I went through a highly selective application process and was accepted into the program as one of 50 high school students worldwide. The program, which lasts for six weeks, centers on a number theory course which involves daily lectures and problem sets. These problems are designed to test such skills as numerical exploration, finding structure,...

College Admissions Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
122 Words
I have never been good at speaking on the fly, so I tried to prepare what I would say in interviews as closely as possible. Since I couldn't predict every possible question, and since I couldn't have a word-for-word rehearsed answer to any question, my plan was to find topics that were either most important or that I was most...

How I chose schools to apply to
118 Words
I knew that I had good enough qualifications to get accepted at top schools, and I knew (or at least thought) that I wanted to pursue engineering, so I looked at engineering programs at top schools (mostly schools with a variety of other majors). Another important consideration was that it should be within a reasonable distance from home in New...

My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
62 Words
Both in high school and college, my extracurriculars centered around music. In college, I got involved with a chamber music program (consisting of 3 to 5 member classical music groups). I also am involved in musical theater through the pit orchestra. I choose music as an extracurricular because I enjoy it enough for it to feel like a break from the stress...

What I like about my school’s location and culture
66 Words
What I like about MIT is that the student body is simultaneously diverse and like-minded. We're united by our love for STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics), but we all have something unique to bring to the table. From my side, I value like-mindedness when finding peers, so I felt like I would fit in at MIT, and would still have...

My advice about getting recommenders
105 Words
MIT requires one recommendation from a math/science teacher, and one from a teacher who is not math/science. I chose my AP chemistry teacher and my school choir director. I chose chemistry because that was a class where I showed passion and excelled, which would speak to my academic side. I chose choir because I had been involved with...