College Admissions Info

Princeton University, ‘20
BA, International Relations

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

From: Los Angeles , California
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Asian, White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 14 schools
Accepted At: Amherst, Brown, Harvard, Northeastern, Northwestern, Princeton, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UPenn
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: French, Korean

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1550
Highest SAT: 2270
SAT 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: Tennis
Extracurricular Activities: Student Council / Government, Model Congress / Model UN, Nonprofit, NGO or Charitable Organization, Local Orchestra / Symphony / Band
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College Application Essays

I talked about my relationship with my parents. I recalled an atlas that they gave me when I was really young and how it piqued my interest in international affairs.

Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
44 Words
I wrote about a charity club that I founded, the work that we do, and our impact on the international humanitarian crisis. I specifically discussed a time when there was a massive wildfire near campus when my club was hosting an equally massive fundraiser.

Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
12 Words
This was an essay for Amherst that explored my (multi)racial identity.

Additional Essay Details:
35 Words
I wrote a LOT of essays besides the ones listed. This includes "Why Us" essays, activity essays, scholarship essays, etc. Message me if you'd like to know more or if you'd like to read them!

College Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
134 Words
I would have applied to fewer schools. Going into the college application process, I wasn't really sure what I was looking for in a school. For example, I applied to Yale University (a huge school in an extremely urban environment)...

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
58 Words
I had very little support throughout the college application process. My high school counselor works with ~600 students,...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
511 Words
Brown: My Brown interview was at a local park. It was really casual (he brought his dog!!!) and I just talked a bit about my extracurriculars and he told me a bit about Brown. Overall it lasted around an hour. It wasn't anything extraordinary, but I was still admitted. UC Berkeley (Regents Scholarship): This was by far my best interview. I was admitted to Berkeley early since I was nominated for the Regents Scholarship, and I had to have an interview to be further considered for the scholarship. A professor talked with me about my essays and extracurriculars, and it...

Why I ultimately chose my school
498 Words
I received the Gates Millennium scholarship, so finances were not a determining factor in my college choice. HOWEVER, I can't stress enough that you should NOT go into substantial debt just to go to a prestigious school! Please choose a school that's financially viable for you and your family. You don't want to regret your decision 20 years later when you're still paying off student debt. In total I was accepted to Amherst, Brown, Harvard, Northeastern, Northwestern, Princeton, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UCSD, UC Irvine, and the University of Pennsylvania. I knew that I did not want to attend an institution that...

My advice about getting recommenders
150 Words
Choose recommenders who really know you well inside AND outside of the classroom. Don't solely choose them because you performed well in their class(es). My AP World History / AP US History teacher, whose classes I excelled in and also contributed extensively to discussion, knew...