jacob8598
jacob8598,
Duke ‘20
B.S., Biology
I am a proactive student who loves to play hard and work a little harder.
Features Included
2
Essays
7
Schools
15
Scores
2
Advice
2
ECs
2
Sports

Background

Hometown Springfield, Virginia
GenderMale
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Duke University (Durham, NC)
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Blacksburg, VA)
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA)
  • George Mason University (Fairfax, VA)
  • University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)
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Duke University (Durham, NC)

Applied for a B.S. in Biology

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Once Upon a Pollywog I measure my wealth in crickets. I know it seems odd to gauge my fortune that way, but today, I am content knowing that I have a reliable enough income to purchase a steady stream of insects to feed my first pet, a tree frog named Marshall. A sky-blue, marshmallow-of-a-frog with a permanent smile and clown-sized feet, he is about the size of a kiwi but the shape of a beefsteak tomato. In retrospect, he signifies...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
146 Words
The word “lemurs” stood out during a five-college presentation I attended last spring. After a short Google search, I was knee-deep in admiration for a school that houses and studies over 250 lemurs. Further research into Duke wielded similar excitement as cross-disciplinary classes like Behavioral Ecology and the Evolution of Animal Behavior and Biology for Engineers caught my attention, as did transformational programs like DukeEngage that allow students to make an impact in the world. It quickly became evident that Duke...
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School Specific Advice

How to increase chances at my school
150 Words
Duke's acceptance philosophy differs from the other highly ranked schools in the nation (particularly Ivies). Because it is not in a league, it doesn't have to function like a league-- and it acts accordingly. While you will never find the philosophy I am about to...
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More Essays

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General Admissions Advice

How I chose schools to apply to
303 Words
When choosing to apply to schools, it is important to follow the common advice: pick out safety, target, and reach schools. There is an even further dichotomy within these categories, as I will explain. Safety schools should be chosen with mostly cost and location in mind. A safety school by definition is one that your credentials indicate that you will almost certainly get into. If you aren't shooting for the stars with this school, it is most plausible to find a cost-effective school (which often means staying in-state too). A target school is one where your application will be competitive...
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High School Performance

Weighted GPA
4.40
 
Rank
Top 1%
 
College Classes In High School
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest ACT
35
 
ACT Score Details
 
Other ACT Scores
ACT Prep
Highest SAT
2120
 
SAT Score Details
 
Converted SAT Score1480
Other SAT Scores
SAT Prep
SAT IIs

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details10 classes and scores

Sports

SportsTrack & Field, Cross Country

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesNational Honor Society, Math Team
Elaborate on Extracurriculars or Work

Experience & Awards

Volunteer Experiences
Awards Received

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