College Admissions Info

Dean Phan
Dean Phan
University of California - Berkeley, ‘19
BA, Molecular Biology

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

From: Irvine , California
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 14 schools
Accepted At: UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, UCSD, Rice
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1500
Highest SAT: 2170
SAT Prep:
Highest ACT:
ACT Prep:

High School Performance

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

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Lacrosse
Extracurricular Activities: Habitat for Humanity, Hospital Volunteer
How Spent Summers:
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College Application Essays

517 Words
You’ve seen them. They're everywhere. At the mall, at the grocery store, at the park even. They’re filled with a curiosity for exploration that would rival the greatest minds of NASA. With an endless supply of energy, they’re determined to extend the boundaries of the world-- until the pull of cruel nylon drags them back to reality. That’s right: leash babies. I was a leash baby. Despite the early-years leash, my parents gave me a lot...

Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
538 Words
Hair? Check. Cologne? Got it. Poster? Done. Flowers? Oops. Twenty minutes and a trip to the flower store later, I’m walking up her driveway. Meanwhile, my heart is doing a cheetah impression. As I walk towards the door, I trip. Any remaining ounce of confidence escapes my body. ‘Could this have started any worse?’ I spoke too soon. The door opens. I flash a face of panic. I turn around to face a man towering above me. This is...

Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
670 Words
Squeak. Squeak. Clang. I am on one knee. The cold, hard floor digs into my skin. I drop my head to focus on the task at hand. All I can think of is my body succumbing to exhaustion. I struggle to stay stable on one knee. Gasps of air burn my throat like breaths of harsh winter. My heartbeat pounds against my ear drums, drowning out all other noise. I collapse and roll over onto my back. I stare at...

Supplemental Essay:
155 Words
I’ve experimented with a variety of curriculum throughout high school. However, along my academic career, I’ve found one area of school that truly captured my attention: science. Natural sciences stood out among the mathematical theorems and eloquent authors because of its unique ability to explain any facet of life. Chemistry analyzes the composition of nature’s elements. Biology explains the collection of processes that allow for human life. Physics gives a reason for why an apple falls from...

College Admissions Advice

Why I ultimately chose my school
1 Words

How I chose schools to apply to
2 Words

My advice about getting recommenders
27 Words
Choose teachers that genuinely know you as a...

What I’d change about my application process
37 Words
I wish that I had put more thought into essay-writing process...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
38 Words
Interviewed with : Harvard, Duke, Princeton I wish that I had prepared...

What set me apart from other applicants
37 Words
Probably my test scores and grades. I had all A's while...

Why I declined other schools
21 Words
I mainly chose my school based...

Post-college plans
14 Words
I'm looking to apply...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
24 Words
I would recommend volunteering in your community....