College Admissions Info

University of Rochester, ‘16
BA, Political Science and Government, Philosophy

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

College junior trying to work in public policy. Ultimate frisbee in my free time
From: Somerville
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: Both Parents, Grandparent, Sibling, Other Family Member
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 7 schools
Accepted At: Rochester, Case, UMich
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1500
Highest SAT: 2170
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High School Performance

(no specification of weighting)
Top 5%
High School Type: Religious
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Baseball,
Extracurricular Activities: Philosophy Club, Community Cleanup / Service, National Honor Society
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College Application Essays

505 Words
In sports, everyone wants to be the hero. We live in a society that glorifies the star player, but true leadership is doing what it takes to win even if that means sitting on the bench. Last year, as captain of my school’s Ultimate Frisbee team, I learned what true leadership looks like. I have always taken pride in what I do as a member of the Gann Academy Ultimate Frisbee team, so I was especially honored when my...

Supplemental Essay: Strong beliefs/principles
358 Words
The reason that I want to go to college is captured perfectly in one distinction, namely the one between “freedoms from” and “freedoms to.” Often times in order to obtain an important “freedom to” one must first attain a corresponding “freedom from.” In my case, having begun my academic career in a small community-oriented high school, the passion for knowledge and learning that was instilled in me came with a relatively restrictive curriculum. Year after year I was handed a...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
302 Words
A community is more than a group of people with something in common. There has to be some aspect to a group of people with a shared interest that bonds them into a real community. Through my volunteer work at Community Servings, I have found that the experience of coming together to do something good for someone who really needs it has that bonding effect. Community Servings is an organization in the Boston area that cooks and delivers prepared meals...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
579 Words
Attending a small, religious high school has offered me insight into the pros and cons of learning in a small school environment. Although I love the strong sense of unity and community that comes with a small school, there is no question that my high school experience has suffered from both a lack of diversity and a lack of opportunities to do work on academic pursuits that really have an effect on the greater world. High school was great, but...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
712 Words
If there is one word that describes the beginning of my college search process, it’s “Overwhelming.” From the midpoint of my junior year of high school, I was bombarded with a steady flow of shiny information packets from every university this side of the Mississippi. I was quickly forced to recruit my parents as my personal spam filters over the mail slot. “Throw it all away!” I yelled at them. With all this information from all these different colleges,...

Additional Essay Details:
167 Words
The volunteer community at Community Servings, an organization that cooks and delivers meals to families in need, is an important community to me. From the moment I began volunteering something resonated with me. Hundreds of strangers came together to provide for people they had never met and, in doing so, were brought closer together. Recognizing that we were responsible for total strangers made us all, strangers to each other, feel connected to and responsible for one another. In general, communities...

College Admissions Advice

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
144 Words
What immediately attracted me to Rochester was how well I felt it fit who I am as both a person and a thinker. My academic experience has always led me to follow my intellectual passions and attempt to study what I want to...

Most popular extracurricular activities at my college
41 Words
Greek life is very popular at Rochester. There are also a variety...

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
30 Words
The high school I attended paired every student up...

What I like about my school’s location and culture
44 Words
There are a lot of really brilliant people at Rochester but the academic...

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
29 Words
Rochester gave pretty good financial aid. I didn't take...