College Admissions Info

University of Southern California, ‘19

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Chemical Engineering Major, Dance Minor at USC
From: Shrewsbury , Massachusetts
Gender: Female
First Gen College Student: No
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Applied To: 10 schools
Accepted At: Tulane, Case, Rochester, UMass, Drexel, Stony Brook, UMBC, UCSB
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Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Spanish

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1490
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High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 10%
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Academic Performance in High School: High at first but got worse
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Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Dance (Recruited)
Extracurricular Activities: Tutoring/Mentoring, Spanish Club, Green Club, Local Orchestra / Symphony / Band
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College Application Essays

I am a sweatpants aficionado. Not because I am lazy, but because I am a dancer. Their accumulation in multiple drawers serves as an anthology of memories that is, quite literally, comforting. From my understanding, most people throw on their favorite pair to relax after school or work, sighing finally home. My pair of sweatpants is of a faded carbon black. The fit is remarkably streamlined, with pockets for hair elastics and elastics that tenderly hug my ankles. On the...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
249 Words
​After attending the October Information Session in Boston, Massachusetts, I felt confident that the University of Southern California would offer the optimal environment for me to study chemical engineering while actively pursuing other interests, like dance, music, and Spanish language. I have long known that a career in chemical engineering is my calling. I feel that the profession is suited to my personality type and learning style because it is hands-on and collaborative, with a focus on technology, community outreach,...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
274 Words
Prompt: Some people categorize engineers as geeks or nerds. Are you a geek, nerd, or neither? Why? (250 word limit) · Operational definitions are necessary to distinguish between “geek” and “nerd” and determine which one, if either, best aligns with my personality. As sponsored by the extremely reliable, my understanding of these words is as follows: · Geek: specialist in a certain subject matter · Nerd: stupid, irritating, ineffectual, or unattractive person; “a single-minded person obsessed with a nonsocial hobby” I always...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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Supplemental Essay: Other
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Two questions posed by USC. Put time into your essays. These were two that I think worked and really helped me get in.

College Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
51 Words
I wish I had higher standardized test scores. I was really committed to dance and...

How I narrowed down my essay topics
77 Words
To get my ideas, I would go on a website that would monitor how many words you typed in a given time frame,...

What set me apart from other applicants
111 Words
I think what set me apart wasn't my scores or grades, but it was the ability to have relatively good scores and grades while being really involved in a diverse set of extracurricular...

How I would rate the career center or my advisor (USC)
25 Words
My first-year advisor was not great. Discouraged me...

Research, job or internship opportunities available to students at my school (USC)
52 Words
Much harder to get research than anticipated. It's hard to get a good class schedule, and...

What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling (USC)
40 Words
Certain APs count as GE credit. If I had known this when...

How I would describe the wider community surrounding campus (USC)
45 Words
Not as bad as people make it sound. Most of the neighborhoods within 4 blocks...

My plans for a typical weekend (USC)
65 Words
Game Day is HUGE at USC. You don't have to get involved in it, but it makes life much more...

Most popular extracurricular activities at my college (USC)
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Greek Life is really popular at USC. I didn't think I would join a sorority because I thought the Greek system was shallow and arbitrary, but I gave it a shot...