College Admissions Info

Rice University, ‘21
BS, Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Lover of all things STEM from the Pacific Northwest
From: Seattle , Washington
Gender: Female
First Gen College Student: No
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Accepted At: Baylor, Alabama, Oklahoma U, U of Houston
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Test Scores

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High School Performance

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Top 1%
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: Tutoring/Mentoring
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College Application Essays

Personal Statement for Rice, Baylor, Alabama, Oklahoma U, U of Houston, Emory, WashU, Washington: Interest in other academic subject
572 Words
“APUSH? More like APUSH me off a cliff!” my seniors would often groan. Hearing that, I didn’t have high expectations for my junior year AP US History class. My middle school history classes in India were lecture based and focused on the recollection of facts. Not having much background in American history didn’t help either. Things quickly changed once the school year began. My teacher, Mr. Ivy, did a great job of engaging the class in discussions, drawing...

Supplemental Essay for Rice: “Why us” school essay
254 Words
“I’m attending Rice!” my good friend Jennifer Yeh told me in 2015 – and that was how I first learned about Rice. Junior year marked the start of my college search. After attending information sessions, researching online, and talking to seniors, my top criteria for an undergrad college emerged. To me, challenging academics, research opportunities, collaborative community, a medium-sized school, and a diverse urban setting were critical. At Rice’s information session, I learned about Rice’s 90% medical school acceptance rate...

Supplemental Essay for Rice: Diversity statement
511 Words
“Oh gosh, we’re going to fall off, gosh! What are those berries? Oh gosh, gosh!” I exclaimed. The elephant we were riding made her way steadily down the uneven hill through the lush forests of Kerala, India. I was worried I would fall off, but still curious about the lusciously red berries I had just seen. My dad joked, “Those must be goshgosh berries!”. Now, anytime I get excited about learning new things, my family laughingly says, ‘Varsha’s...

Supplemental Essay for Rice: “Why us” school essay
145 Words
I breathed a sigh of relief as I held the 3D prosthetic model in my hands, the joint moving smoother than I imagined. Weeks of effort by our team - from days of modeling and tinkering to several failed 3D model prints had finally paid off. Computer science classes showed me I love to build, and my internship at Microsoft reaffirmed that. The 3D prosthesis project, however, was special - motivated by the story of a friend who had devastatingly...

College Admissions Advice

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
98 Words
Colleges love it when you use your summers productively! Don't do everything in the summer, but do something that interests you/can help your college profile. Whether that be...

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
73 Words
I didn't apply to any scholarships originally, but I wish I did since I knew I wouldn't qualify for financial aid. I...

My advice about getting recommenders
249 Words
Definitely ask them well in advance. I asked most of my recommenders the spring before senior year, so they had plenty of time to work on it. If your recommenders offer to let you take a look at your recommendation (many of mine did) 100% take that offer!! While you can't outright ask them to take out or add something you think will benefit your profile, you can suggest things. If you have a particularly...

Post-college plans
74 Words
I applied to Rice University because I want to go into Medicine - I hope to be a practicing doctor someday! I...

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
230 Words
I in fact used a private admissions counselor for applying specifically to BS/MD schools but he also gave me advice on applying to normal schools. As you can see on my profile, I did end up applying early decision to Rice and am going there. However, before being accepted by Rice I applied to several BS/MD programs as they tend to have early due dates. He...

What I’d change about my application process
68 Words
I worked the summer before (an internship at Microsoft) but I wish I had spent some more time drafting essays...

How I chose schools to apply to (Rice)
153 Words
Originally, I had a list of nearly 20 schools I was applying to. As you can see, I didn't apply to all of these - the reason being I applied to Rice ED (early decision)! The schools I chose are well known for supporting students interested...

How to increase chances at my school (Rice)
75 Words
Rice definitely wants to see a genuine interest in their school - they have a few more supplementary essays than other schools...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience (Rice)
52 Words
I interviewed with a recent grad from Rice. She was very nice but basically just asked...

What I like about my school’s location and culture (Rice)
97 Words
Rice is located in the great city of Houston, Texas - which is actually considered the most diverse city in the USA! It's a big city too, and it'sjust...