College Admissions Info

joshpurtell
Yale University ‘21
BS, Chemical Engineering

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Athletic polyglot with passion for maths and physics well read in philosophy and linguistics
From: Beaver , Pennsylvania
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Accepted At: UPenn, CMU, Duke, Vanderbilt, Minerva, Colby, UNC
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Test Scores

1540
SAT
36
ACT
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High School Performance

4.50
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Top 1%
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady

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College Application Essays

On January 14th, in the winter of my sophomore year, Foster the People — my favorite band — released a single named "Coming of Age". The lead singer later described how his time in the Czech Republic, my second home, influenced the song. I could never have foreseen the preternatural accuracy with which the song would narrate my life that year. Earlier that winter, just as the cold winds began to bear soft, delicate snowflakes, my father was diagnosed with cancer of...









Supplemental Essay for CMU: “Why us” school essay
588 Words
public class Hello { public static void main(String[] args) { System.out.println("Hello Carnegie Mellon!"); } } Early last spring I received a thick letter from Carnegie Mellon: "Congratulations, you've been accepted to the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Sciences." To say I was ecstatic would be an understatement; spending five weeks at CMU, learning from some of the best professors in the world, and doing lab work in state of the art laboratories —a far cry from the bunsen burners we...









Supplemental Essay for UPenn: “Why us” school essay
672 Words
The University of Pennsylvania was designed to be, in Benjamin Franklin’s words, a university that would put knowledge to use in the service of Mankind. As technology now advances at blistering pace, it takes a profound foundational technical education, complemented by a strong humanities background and channeled through excellent research opportunities, to make an engineer knowledgeable, flexible, and experienced enough to have a meaningful impact on the world. It takes a Penn education. In my experience, the inspiration for...









Supplemental Essay for Duke: “Why us” school essay
152 Words
Scientific exploration begins with theory, but it certainly doesn't end there; the real fun begins when you apply that understanding to create. During my time applying quantum physics to develop novel superconductors at Carnegie Mellon, I experienced this first hand. Duke is the perfect place to take my engineering to the next level: not only is Pratt highly regarded, but it's on the rise. No other school has so much momentum; Duke is quickly becoming the premier engineering institution, and...



College Admissions Advice

What set me apart from other applicants
47 Words
Begin with a strong base - good grades and test scores. Next, build a...





My advice about getting recommenders
67 Words
Choose teachers who know you best - I applied either for chemistry or physics to every university, and yet I...





What I’d change about my application process
48 Words
Apply to a single-choice early action school in the early round, such as Princeton...