College Admissions Info

Columbia University, ‘21
BA, Economics

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Hi everyone! I'm originally from the Midwest but am studying economics, political science, and music at Columbia University.
From: Granger , Indiana
Gender: Male
First Gen College Student: No
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Accepted At: NYU, Cornell, Notre Dame, Rice, USC
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:

Test Scores

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High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 1%
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Tennis
Extracurricular Activities: Local Orchestra / Symphony / Band, School Jazz / Orchestra, Student Council / Government, National Honor Society, Tutoring/Mentoring, Church, Nonprofit, NGO or Charitable Organization, Nursing Home Volunteer, Hospital Volunteer, Political Campaign, Quiz Bowl/Academic Bowl, Science Club/Team
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College Application Essays

Personal Statement for Columbia, NYU, Cornell, Notre Dame, Rice, USC: Anxiety before a competition, Art/acting/singing, Childhood memory, Interest in fine arts
649 Words
A few years ago, I was offered the opportunity of a lifetime. As First Prize winner in the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, I was able to perform at a recital hall of remarkable physical beauty and unmatched prestige: Carnegie Hall. Such an occasion is the archetype of success. Perhaps that is why, during weeks leading up to the performance, friends and family always felt it necessary to bring it up. “You know, Peter is going to be performing...

Supplemental Essay for Columbia: “Why us” school essay
292 Words
Columbia is one of the few schools in the country that maintains such a strong commitment to the liberal arts. While many may shy away from the Core Curriculum, I am intrigued by it, given its emphasis on history, literature, and policy, which are already some of my main academic interests. The Core allows for intense debate, discussion, and contemplation of these subjects and their impact upon other fields and society as a whole. Such a broad study of the...

College Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
23 Words
I would have applied to fewer schools...

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
32 Words
I never even investigated using a private admissions counselor. If...

My advice about getting recommenders
20 Words
Make sure that you ask to...

How to increase chances at my school (Columbia)
55 Words
Columbia loves specific talent! Almost everyone I've met is very talented in terms of artistic ability, musical...

How I chose schools to apply to (Notre Dame)
36 Words
Keep in mind that Notre Dame is 80% Catholic. Being Catholic is...