College Admissions Info

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

I'm a transfer student from a community college
From: Jakarta , Indonesia
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: No
Admission: Transfer
Applied To: 14 schools
Accepted At: Swarthmore, Vanderbilt, UC Berkeley, UCLA, Drexel, Hofstra
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: No
Other Language(s) Spoken: Malay/Indonesian, Mandarin, English

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1290
Highest SAT: 1810
Other SAT Scores:
SAT Prep:
Highest ACT:
Other ACT Scores:

High School Performance

(no specification of weighting)
Top 5%
High School Type: International
College Classes In High School:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Elaborate on Extracurriculars or Work:
How Spent Summers:

College Application Essays

Personal Statement: International background
700 Words
This is my CommonApp essay, which was sent to all the schools that I have applied to. Please provide a statement that addresses your reasons for transferring and the objectives you hope to achieve. Language is a wonderous tool that enables people to express emotions, persuade others, and share knowledge. To understand a person, you must first understand the language that they are using.  I started to become familiar with the interactions between human behavior and language by learning my...

Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
19 Words
In this part, I wrote about my experience of being discriminated against and how I overcame it.

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
22 Words
I specify my interest in those schools. I also researched about their professors in addition to the research opportunities that they offered.

Supplemental Essay: Strong beliefs/principles
28 Words
In this part, I pronounced my fascination towards language and my interest towards teaching. I believe that by understanding others, I might be better able to understand myself.

Additional Essay Details:
1006 Words
For the CommonApp essay, I mainly made a very general essay. I changed the name of the schools each time before I sent it--although it was not required. I was just trying to be more personate to each schools. I had this essay being reviewed the most. I think it is crucial that this part of the essay being focused the most, since it would be sent to all the schools that I applied to. My strategy to fulfill all...

College Admissions Advice

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
75 Words
I did use the counseling facilities in my previous community college extensively. However, since they are mainly focusing more in helping to help...

How I chose schools to apply to
50 Words
I am mainly aspired to transfer to a smaller schools, in which I may have...

Post-college plans
17 Words
I am planning to go...

What I’d change about my application process
87 Words
I honestly applied to more schools than needed. If I were to go back and re-do the application process, I would never do that again. I...

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
48 Words
Research about the school!!! Show them that you know some parts of the school...

What set me apart from other applicants
79 Words
Truthfully, neither my ACT nor SAT were promising enough to get me into any top-tier schools. I did not have 4.0 GPA in my previous...

My advice about getting recommenders
50 Words
My calculus and physics professors wrote that for me. I think choosing who will write...

Why I declined other schools
28 Words
The other schools are mainly large research universities....

Why I ultimately chose my school
28 Words
I wanted to go to a liberal art...