College Admissions Info

University of Pennsylvania, ‘20
BA, Cognitive Science, French Language and Literature

Profile Overview

Profile contains
  • Test Scores
  • High School Performance
  • Extracurriculars & Awards
  • 8 advice topics

Student Background

First gen college student at Penn! Lover of traveling, languages, and cultures. I'm eager to give advice for the application process at any time! Message me if curious to see my essays.
From: Annapolis , Maryland
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Black / African American
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 9 schools
Accepted At: UPenn, Dartmouth, Cornell, JHU, Georgetown, Middlebury, BU
Denied At:
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Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: French

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1370
Highest SAT: 1940
SAT Prep:

High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 10%
High School Type: Public
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: French Club, Math Team, Tutoring/Mentoring, Community Cleanup / Service
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College Application Essays

None Reported

College Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
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I would have applied to more Ivy League schools such as...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
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Face to Face: Georgetown (1 hour), Brown (30 mins), Cornell (1 hour), Middlebury (1 hour) Over the Phone: Dartmouth (30 mins) Skype: UPenn (30 mins) Even though I had so many interviews, I still got nervous right before each one. I definitely recommend preparing for them by making a list of what you like about the school, what makes it unique (!!), your extracurriculars in and out of school to talk briefly about, clubs you plan to join at the school, personal qualities and hobbies, and plans after college (they don't have to be definite, just make yourself sound ambitious). Absolutely DO NOT forget to come up...

What set me apart from other applicants
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In my personal opinion, I believe that what set me apart was not my test scores or extracurricular activities list (obviously), but the consistency I showed throughout my application. I emphasized a love for the French language in my essays, had my French teacher write me a recommendation letter, traveled to France, took French all four years of high school and got an A, took the the French SAT Subject Test and...

Why I ultimately chose my school
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In the end, Penn was where I could see myself thriving in college. I loved how Penn was located in Philadelphia, so I could have...

How I chose schools to apply to
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What I mostly focused on was the strength of a school's foreign language program, study abroad opportunities, academic reputation, and opportunities for my majors. Distance wasn't a huge...

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
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My advice about getting recommenders
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If you have good relationships with your teachers, then asking for a recommendation letter won't be very difficult. They've most likely written letters in the past and expect college-bound students to ask for them each fall. Offer to send them your resume if they don't request it. Give...

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
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I applied to many scholarships, including the Gates Millennium Scholarship. This required me to write 8 essays, and submit two recommendation letters. I ending up being part of the 1,000 scholars...