College Admissions Info

BerkeleyStudent
BerkeleyStudent
University of California - Berkeley ‘20
BA, Computer Science

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

UC Berkeley Student majoring in Computer Science and Economics
From: Walnut Creek , California
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: Both Parents
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 10 schools
Accepted At: UCLA, USC, Duke, Cal Poly, UT Austin, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCSB
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: English, Spanish, Arabic

Test Scores

2340
SAT
36
ACT
Converted SAT Score: 1580
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High School Performance

4.40
GPA
Top 5%
Rank
High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Tennis, Football, Soccer
Extracurricular Activities: American Heart Association, Computer / Technology Volunteer
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College Application Essays

Personal Statement : Overcoming personal struggle
487 Words
The allure of dusty, old computer monitors was too intriguing to ignore. They looked as if they hadn’t been used in years, and the two boxy contraptions were amusing to me. Overcoming the urge to leave a musty lounge in the Byron Park retirement residence, where I was volunteering to haul away old furniture, I asked an elderly man if anyone ever uses these computers. “No,” he replied, “no one knows how to use them.” I began going back...







Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
95 Words
The allure of dusty, old computer monitors was too intriguing to ignore. They looked as if they hadn’t been used in years, and the two boxy contraptions were amusing to me. Overcoming the urge to leave a musty lounge in the Byron Park retirement residence, where I was volunteering to haul away old furniture, I asked an elderly man if anyone ever uses these computers. “No,” he replied, “no one knows how to use them.” I began going back...



College Admissions Advice

How I chose schools to apply to
105 Words
Of course, how happy you are during your college years should be big factor in choosing a school! Given how many colleges there are, chances are you can find one that will...





What I’d change about my application process
127 Words
Instruction is often overlooked when considering colleges. However, given that one of the primary goals of college is supposedly to learn and given that you are (or certainly should be) spending a plurality of your time in the...





What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling
106 Words
Apply as early as possible. We read applications as soon as they come into our office. But we receive a huge number of applications on the actual deadline day, which can be...





Most popular extracurricular activities at my college
75 Words
Whether you join the ski team, a sorority or a people-watching club (yes, Campus People Watchers is a real club at the U),...





How to increase chances at my school
118 Words
I'm always hesitant about using the word passion, simply because it comes up so often when talking about college apps. Just the same, having passion for something - excitement, fervor, a fire in the belly,...





What I’d change about my application process
125 Words
A college application is, by its very nature, an invitation for you to highlight your accomplishments without being haughty about them. Admittedly, walking the line between self-confidence and arrogance is hard - my personal opinion is that, on...





What I like about my school’s location and culture
128 Words
Every school has its own culture, and Berkeley is no different. Although you don't have to know the whole history of each school you apply to, I think it helps to at least know a little about the...





What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling
132 Words
Between college applications, classes, extra-curriculars, and everything else, senior year is very stressful. I understand, because I've been there. Ultimately, even though sometimes you may want to tear your hair out over this, that, and the other - I can...





What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling
81 Words
There’s no hard and fast rule about how many colleges you should apply to. I personally applied to 11, and that was too many....





How I chose schools to apply to
182 Words
You should start by casting a wide net of possible colleges. One good way to find a good starting list of colleges is to use the College Board’s College Search function. This contains some good methods for choosing colleges, but it does not have anything close to an indicator of quality. To look at...





5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!) (UC Berkeley)
73 Words
Berkeley loves unique people who are passionate about what they want to do. Like the other UC schools, grades and test scores...





How to increase chances at my school (UC Berkeley, UCLA)
93 Words
Berkeley and UCLA are the most competitive UC schools and often compete for California's best students as well as international and out of state students. While Berkeley is...





What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling (Columbia, Stanford, Duke, UC Berkeley, UCLA, USC, UC Davis, UCSB, UC Irvine, UT Austin, Cal Poly)
104 Words
I know I wouldn't have wanted to hear this it when I was applying, which is why I saved it for the end. Fact is, most applications aren't due until December 31,...