College Admissions Info

jacob8598
jacob8598
Duke University, ‘20
BS, Biology

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

I am a proactive student who loves to play hard and work a little harder.
From: Springfield , Virginia
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Accepted At: VA Tech, Cornell, GA Tech, George Mason, UVA
Denied At:
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Withdrew From:

Test Scores

2120
SAT
35
ACT
Converted SAT Score: 1480
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High School Performance

4.404
GPA
Top 1%
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Track & Field, Cross Country
Extracurricular Activities: National Honor Society, Math Team
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College Application Essays

Personal Statement for Duke, Cornell, Yale, GA Tech, UVA: Creative personal story, Story central to identity, Transition to adulthood, Work experience
664 Words
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...









Supplemental Essay for Duke: “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...



College 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...







How to increase chances at my school (Duke)
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...