College Admissions Info

Vanderbilt University, ‘20
Chemical Engineering

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

From: Orange , California
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Asian, Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander, White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 6 schools
Accepted At: Vanderbilt, SMU, Cal Poly, UCLA, UC Berkeley
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1520
Highest SAT: 2210
Highest ACT:
ACT Prep:

High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 1%
High School Type: Religious
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady
Explanation of Any Low Grades:

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Golf
Extracurricular Activities: National Honor Society, Church, Junior Classical League / Latin Club, Tutoring/Mentoring
Volunteer Experiences:
Awards Received:

College Application Essays

C, G, Em, D: over and over I strummed these chords on my first acoustic guitar. Every time, the transition between each chord became a little quicker; the sound rang out a little more clearly. It was final exam week of the first semester of my freshman year, and I was trying to take a mental break from studying. By winter break though, these simple chords came together as I learned to play my first songs. I looked up how-to-play...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
525 Words
I was one of six students chosen from my high school to participate in Boeing's High School Internship Program. This was a distinct honor and one that I was excited to experience, even though it meant getting up at 6:30am for eight weeks of my summer! My hope was to work in Boeing's chemistry lab, but I was unexpectedly assigned to their Virtual Manufacturing Lab, otherwise known as the 3D Printing Lab. I thought 3D printing was intriguing, though I...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
482 Words
Macaroni art projects, stacks of ungraded papers, handwritten notes from the tooth fairy, alphabet books, six-string acoustic guitars, Leap Frog learning tablets, world maps on walls, golf clubs and Wii controllers. These are a few random things that have been found strewn about my house throughout the years, sometimes all together, forever part of my childhood world. My parents, both educators, one a preschool teacher, the other inspiring college-age students, valued teachable moments, making my life an academic and spiritual...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
256 Words
My life has been an example of the Law of Conservation of Learning: every learning adventure of my life has been a series of reactions, yet my passion for each subject is retained in each. My first passion was geography. As a four year-old, learning the states and capitals was a game. It soon expanded to mountain ranges, rivers, oceans, and into the rest of the world as I explored the local Library and Internet. My little passion served me...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
251 Words
Hey Future Roomie! We made it (I mean why else would I be writing to you if we didn't?), and I think it would serve us both well if I told you a little about myself before we, you know, share our first quarter together. Unless you don't like me. That would be unfortunate. I love music. I play the guitar, dabble with the piano, and rock the recorder. However, if you hear something that sounds like a trumpet, it's...

College Admissions Advice

Why I ultimately chose my school
124 Words
It was down to UC Berkeley and Vanderbilt. I was a recipient of the Regents' and Chancellor's Scholarship at Berkeley, and their undergraduate chemical engineering program was one of the strongest in the nation. However, in the...

What I’d change about my application process
61 Words
I would have started way earlier. I turned in some applications the night they were due after spending...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
127 Words
I only interviewed with a professor from UC Berkeley for the Regents' and Chancellor's Scholarship (which I received). My advice to those who have this opportunity is to relax and just be engaged during your interview. There were...

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
50 Words
I did not use a private counselor! I was able to get either accepted or...