College Admissions Info

harvardrachael
harvardrachael
Harvard University ‘17
BA, Sociology

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Harvard Class of 2017. Rugby player, entrepreneur, and LGBTQ activist.
From: Detroit
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Early Action
Applied To: 7 schools
Accepted At: Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Stanford, Naval Academy, UMich, MSU
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Spanish

Test Scores

2270
SAT
34
ACT
Converted SAT Score: 1550
Highest SAT: 2270
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High School Performance

3.94
GPA
Top 5%
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High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Low at first but improved
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Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Hockey
Extracurricular Activities: National Honor Society, Athletics Organization, Big Brother/Big Sister, Community Cleanup / Service, Diversity Committee / Minority Initiative, Gay/Straight Alliance
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College Application Essays

It felt like an eternity. After three hours of waiting, the fire department's crowbars slowly pried through the doors of the halted elevator, which was filled well over capacity with myself and ten other students from around the country. We were all there for the same reason: the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network flew us to Washington, D.C. to speak to legislators about the need for school climate change. More specifically, we were lobbying for two bills that...







Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
48 Words
I explained my career interests. I have always known I wanted to go into startups, so I talked about my lifelong interest in social entrepreneurship and the future that I see for myself. I did talk a bit about involvement with social entrepreneurship and economics groups at school.

Additional Essay Details:
128 Words
In both of my essays, I used an interest or a story to convey important details about myself. I elaborated extensively on some of my personal history, allowing me to provided an extended window into my community service and career exploration. Essentially any essay can be turned into a way to highlight your strengths as an applicant. Don't just talk about abstract interests. Make your essays relatable by highlighting specific impressive experiences and also discussing your trajectory going forward. For...



College Admissions Advice

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
41 Words
I didn't use a private admission calendar. Instead, the summer before my...





Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
46 Words
I personally was admitted EA, but many of my friends who were admitted after...





List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
90 Words
Most interviews are essentially the same. They want to know what differentiates you as an applicant. Everyone has the high tests scores and GPA, and most people...





Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
98 Words
Start early! I got ~$150,000 in outside scholarship offers because I was organized. I spent most of my junior year curating a long list of scholarships I was eligible for....





How I chose schools to apply to
103 Words
When I decided whether or not to apply to a school, I simply asked myself: would I attend this school over the University of Michigan (a state school that I knew...





My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
48 Words
In college, I play rugby and serve as the social chair for my team....





Post-college plans
29 Words
After college, I plan to move to San Francisco...





How to increase chances at my school
91 Words
Nearly any applicant to Harvard meets their averages for grades and test scores. In fact, Harvard could fill entire classes with valedictorians. To get into Harvard, you...





Reaching out to professors and coaches at schools I applied to
35 Words
I didn't really reach out to professors or coaches until after...





Recommended summer activities during high school and college
58 Words
Do things you are passionate about. Don't waste money on expensive summer school or guided travel unless...





What I like about my school’s location and culture
94 Words
Harvard is in a really cool "bubble" of Cambridge, MA. It is very CLOSE to urban resources, with incredible public transportation, but kind of has its own culture...





What I’d change about my application process
49 Words
I probably would have actually visited more schools. I didn't feel like I actually had...





What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
85 Words
Focus on specifics that matter to you. Colleges can tell when an essay is generic. It is okay to use some generic portions, IF colleges you...





What set me apart from other applicants
49 Words
I had the academic credentials that you need to get in. However, I also had...





My advice about getting recommenders
126 Words
I went to a public school, so my recommendation letters were somewhat limited. I worked as early as freshman year to establish a deep relationship with my guidance counselor. I tried to stop by frequently for visits and...





Why I declined other schools
85 Words
When I got into Harvard in Early Action, my safety schools (University of Michigan and Michigan State) felt irrelevant. I decided I didn't want to box...





Why I ultimately chose my school
38 Words
I ultimately decided that Harvard was not only the best academic...