College Admissions Info

University of Pennsylvania, ‘18
BA, International Relations and National Security Studies, Environmental Studies

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Funny, nice, analytical.... and I can nott believe I am in college already.
From: San Francisco , California
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 15+ schools
Accepted At: UC Berkeley, UCLA, Cornell, UPenn, Carleton, Kenyon, Tufts, Northeastern, Tulane
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Spanish

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1470
Highest SAT: 2110
Other SAT Scores:
SAT Prep:

High School Performance

(no specification of weighting)
Top 25%
High School Type: Magnet
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
College Classes In High School:
Academic Performance in High School: Low at first but improved

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: Jewish Student Union, Local Orchestra / Symphony / Band, School Band, Library Volunteer, Tutoring/Mentoring, Admissions or Post-Acceptance Committee
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College Application Essays

A strange, taboo experience I had in a foreign country, and how it related to my career goals. It showed how I think, and my analytical, outgoing nature.

Additional Essay Details:
911 Words
Below is my application essay to the University of Pennsylvania. They are asking for how well you will fit into their community and what they can offer you. "The Admissions Committee would like to learn why you are a good fit for your undergraduate school choice (College of Arts and Sciences, School of Nursing, The Wharton School, or Penn Engineering). Please tell us about specific academic, service, and/or research opportunities at the University of Pennsylvania that resonate with your...

College Admissions Advice

Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
88 Words
After being deferred I sent two additional recommendation letters, and a letter expressing my continued interest and updating the admissions office with new information. The letter...

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
85 Words
No. Doing so is unethical since it gives an advantage to those with the means to acquire a private counselor. It hurts those who can't afford...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
110 Words
Interviews can be a great time to realize that you don't want to go to a certain school. Dartmouth and Johns Hopkins were not options.... my interviews with their alumni just made me...

How I chose schools to apply to
31 Words
Visits, staying overnight with current students. You REALLY need...

How to increase chances at my school
40 Words
Fit! It's all about fit at UPenn. You NEED to show you...

Post-college plans
9 Words
Joining the foreign...

What I like about my school’s location and culture
9 Words
Urban, places to...

Why I ultimately chose my school
77 Words
Walking into a club meeting and just feeling at home on campus. I loved the people I was meeting and I just felt...

My advice about getting recommenders
108 Words
Teachers who I knew well who I knew wanted the best for me. Also an employer. I did not just go up to these teachers and ask if they would write me...

Why I declined other schools
100 Words
Aid (sorry Tufts and Carleton...)... and a lack of fit.... or a lack of options to do what I wanted to do-- make the most out of college! I really...