College Admissions Info

University of Southern California, ‘19
BS, Molecular Biology

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Typical Student from Chicago who has had the best of the American/Hispanic Culture. As well, I applied to 25 schools
From: Chicago , Illinois
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Hispanic
Legacy: Both Parents
Admission: Regular Decision, Early Action
Applied To: 15+ schools
Accepted At: USC, NYU, UMich, UCSD, Rochester, BC, BU, Miami OH, Loyola U Chicago, Miami, U of Minnesota, Drexel, Illinois
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Spanish, French

Test Scores

Highest ACT:
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High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 5%
High School Type: Public
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
College Classes In High School:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Volleyball
Extracurricular Activities: Debate Club/Team, National Honor Society, Key Club, Tutoring/Mentoring, Community Cleanup / Service
Elaborate on Extracurriculars or Work:
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College Application Essays

In today’s society, bullying is a very unfortunate thing that occurs. Society has always had a distinction between in-groups and out-groups and how there’s a social distinction between them. But what is one is placed in an out-group, without ever belonging there? Throughout my life the label of “gay” has followed me as long as I can remember. It’s something, that no matter what school I go to, or the person I meet, it just happens to...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
652 Words
Why UPenn "Ever since I was a young child, I would question the reasons to why I had brown eyes and my cousin had blue eyes if we were of the same blood. With that question in my mind through my childhood, I slowly answered my own question through my studies of the science and what lead to become my passion of study: genetics. Throughout my high school experience, the biological sciences and genetics have been the academic subjects I...

Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
248 Words
Being an immigrant into the U.S at the age of 9 and moving from multiple houses, my life has had a variety of twist and turns from place to place. Despite the multiple moving, my family life and cultural interactions have allowed me to become the person I am today. Being raised in a Hispanic household where my whole family has gone to a university and completed a masters, discipline was the main factor that was placed upon me ever...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
906 Words
A neon installation by the artist Jeppe Hein in UChicago’s Charles M. Harper Center asks this question for us: “Why are you here and not somewhere else?” (There are many potential values of “here”, but we already know you're “here” to apply to the University of Chicago; pick any “here” besides that one). - Inspired by Erin Hart, Class of 2016 In life, many people have the tendency to ask why they are born in this century and not a...

Supplemental Essay: Scholarship application
674 Words
1. Proponents of cognitive enhancement–the use of “smart pills,” deep brain stimulation with electrodes, brain-to-computer interfaces, and the like–describe a future with smarter, more productive, and higher achieving individuals. Critics of the vision voice ethical concerns about such technologies, as well as the social and professional consequences for those who cannot afford or choose not to use them. In your view, should cognitive enhancements be widely available? In the time we live in today, technology is something that has...

College Admissions Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
154 Words
I think if there is the opportunity to go about and apply for an interview, take it! It is honestly the best way to go out of the paper that just says your name, school, and scores. It let's the school know you are more than...

What I’d change about my application process
140 Words
BE YOURSELF! Don't write about what you think the school wants, because if not then they will not really get a true feeling of who you are. They might have the model student but if you are not that person, you will...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
111 Words
Try a program out the summer before the application process which will let you have an in depth view at your academic interest. It will be your first taste of a college experience...

Why I ultimately chose my school
291 Words
I applied to 25 schools because of how competitive the process was, so if there is anybody who knows the struggle of writing the college essays, it was me. When March came along, I got accepted to 15 schools, which meant it was the time to sit down and make a cut from the 15 I had received a yes from. I think the best way to narrow it down was to decide where you see yourself at the most. I applied to all 25 with intention and heart of going...

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
184 Words
"Why?" Writing that for 25 schools and each being a different essay that was not recycled is something I can truly say I mastered at. I think the best way to write a "why" essay, is for you to research the school and really see what make the school the best for you. Write the essay...

Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
180 Words
From my 25 schools, I got waitlisted at 3 schools, UCLA, UChicago, and UPenn. I appealed UC Berkeley from the rejection. I think the way I approached each one was by rewriting to them why I wanted to go to their schools and how being on the waitlist itself was an honor. I showed new aspects...