College Admissions Info

mark_pino
mark_pino
University of Pennsylvania, ‘20
BS, Finance, Marketing

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Hello! I'm a Freshman at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School. I plan on concentrating in finance, marketing and social impact. In high school I was active in LGBTQ advocacy and music. I can help with any questions you have about admissions
From: Linwood , New Jersey
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Early Decision
Applied To: 1 school
Accepted At: UPenn
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Italian

Test Scores

2130
SAT
Converted SAT Score: 1480
Highest SAT: 2130
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High School Performance

4.50
GPA
Top 1%
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High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: Gay/Straight Alliance, Community Cleanup / Service, Diversity Committee / Minority Initiative, Italian Club, Key Club, Local Orchestra / Symphony / Band, Math Team, Nonprofit, NGO or Charitable Organization, National Honor Society, School Band, School Jazz / Orchestra
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College Application Essays

With weak knees, I stepped onstage in front of a sleek glass podium. Hundreds of eyes were glued to my face. A trickle of sweat crawled down my back, my bowtie felt like a noose around my neck and my tongue began to crack from dehydration. To my left was Ryan Murphy; to my right was Julia Roberts. This was it. I swallowed a deep breath of air and began to share my story. Growing up, I never had any...









Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
665 Words
Penn Supplemental How will you explore your intellectual and academic interests at the University of Pennsylvania? Please answer this question given the specific undergraduate school to which you are applying. (400-650 words) There seems to be a dichotomy between capitalism and social justice. If the world was run in a machiavellian style, exploitation and oppression would cripple all but the very wealthy. Where do we draw the line to ensure everyone is treated fairly, everyone has equal opportunity, everyone has...









College Admissions Advice

My favorite course thus far, and why
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In high school, my favorite course was AP World History by far. In my experience with the American public school system, I was never exposed to histories, cultures, and...





5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
155 Words
In high school most students were apathetic, concerned-only-about-social-perception, partier, egotistical, and lack-of-desire-to-learn, However in college everyone is completely different. At Penn I have met so many fun and interesting people. I'm not going to lie and say there are no undertones of stress or competition, but for...





What I’d change about my school if I were student body president
79 Words
For my high school, I would work with school administration to create internship programs with various local businesses and organizations. I would also try...





What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling
77 Words
For a student going through high school, I would say that just staying within the programs of high school are not enough to...





List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
170 Words
University of Pennsylvania - One of the best ways to make a great impression is to make sure you smile! I know college interviews are nerve-racking but don't let that hinder your personality from coming through. Make sure coming in to the interview that your up to date with major news...





Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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Summer classes at local college - definitely the most accessible for all students to complete. Take classes in courses you are genuinely interested in/helpful to your major Internships - Many organizations don't advertise internship programs...





What set me apart from other applicants
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My LGBTQ leadership experience and Essays. After admission to Penn, I received an email from the Kelly's...





Why I ultimately chose my school
120 Words
Before I applied to any schools, I knew right off the bat I wasn't going to receive any financial aid. I filled out all of the net-price calculators that each school offers and they all came...





What I like about my school’s location and culture
63 Words
The major factor for me when applying to schools was the school had to be in a major city....





Reaching out to professors and coaches at schools I applied to
526 Words
I sent emails out to all of the Music directors from the schools I considered applying to in July before my Senior Year. Earlier that Year (May) I took part in All State band, and our band director was the music director of the UNC Chapel Hill Wind Ensemble. He advised all of us, even if we aren't planning on majoring in Music, to just send out cold emails to the directors from every university we're considering applying to. I was hesitant at first to do it, but decided to just go for it. I searched on college websites for...











What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
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I said this in the question about good interview tips, but to restate, don't talk about general things like the school's...





My advice about getting recommenders
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Make sure you find a teacher that you really connected with and thrived in the classroom. While every college is different, I know Penn really reads the letters of recommendation and knows the difference between BS and genuine reflection. You want your teacher to say "So and so was the best (or one of the best) student(s) I have ever taught in my...





How to increase chances at my school
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Look at the summer programs your dream school offers and read reviews about the impact they have on admissions. I know that for Wharton,...