College Admissions Info

University of California - San Diego, ‘19
Civil Engineering

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Structural/Civil Engineering major and Urban Planning & Studies minor at Revelle College, UC San Diego
From: Santa Cruz , California
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander, White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 8 schools
Accepted At: UT Austin, San Diego, Arizona State, SDSU
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1350
Highest SAT: 1910
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High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 10%
High School Type: Public
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
Academic Performance in High School: Low at first but improved
Explanation of Any Low Grades:

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Baseball, Football, Track & Field
Extracurricular Activities: Marching Band, Model Congress / Model UN, School Jazz / Orchestra
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College Application Essays

495 Words
When I was a freshman, I would spend my Friday nights at our high school football games. For one night a week, these ordinary kids became superstars. I longed to step into their shoes, but as a shy, skinny, unathletic kid, I was always too scared to take the chance. After two years, the football bug finally struck a chord with me, and I joined the team. I was faster and stronger than I was before, but had no chance...

College Admissions Advice

5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
84 Words
Extremely studious, extremely studious, extremely studious, extremely studious, and extremely studious. Note how I did not say "social", or "relaxed", or even "fun-loving". There are...

What I’d change about my application process
94 Words
I did not take any SAT study courses or read SAT study books, or even study for the SAT for that matter. At the time I felt like...

Why I ultimately chose my school
70 Words
I seriously considered Arizona State and San Diego State for about 15 minutes. Then went back to UCSD. Those schools are more ...

What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling
252 Words
In college, you're allowed to fail. Will you fail? Maybe. You're not inadequate if you do; everyone who got in is adequate. I've had to drop classes to prevent failing, which is about the same, minus the GPA hit. In high school, you can fail, but you almost have to actively try to fail. Showing up and maintaining a pulse is enough to "pass" in high school. In college, you must meet the pace of...

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
231 Words
If you know what you want to study, here is a simple formula: don't borrow more money than your first year's salary. The math works out when you account for interest rates and fees and such. You *need* to know before you enroll: how much each year is going to cost, how much you can pay out of pocket, and how much you have to borrow. Times four. If...