College Admissions Info

Sam Oxy
Sam Oxy
Occidental College, ‘18
BA, Economics, Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Incoming Sophomore at Occidental College
From: Portland , Oregon
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: Both Parents
Admission: Early Decision
Applied To: 11 schools
Accepted At: U Oregon, Rhodes, Santa Clara, Denver U, Denison
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Spanish

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1320
Highest SAT: 1850
Other SAT Scores:
SAT Prep:

High School Performance

(no specification of weighting)
Top 25%
High School Type: Public
College Classes In High School:
Academic Performance in High School: High at first but got worse
Explanation of Any Low Grades:

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Cross Country, Track & Field, Tennis
Extracurricular Activities: Model Congress / Model UN
Elaborate on Extracurriculars or Work:
How Spent Summers:
Volunteer Experiences:
Awards Received:

College Application Essays

501 Words
My week at Steens Mountain Running Camp was the most physically challenging of my life. The camp is well known in running circles for its tough conditions and brutal challenges. Typically, I am a cautious person and prefer observing before participating. Unfortunately for me, driving eight hours into Southern Oregon to watch the first session of camp was not an option. Signing up involved a bit of risk, courage, and a lot of peer pressure. I eventually did it, though...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
303 Words
Occidental is a perfect fit for me academically and socially. Academically, there are fantastic professors, a strong economics program, and an exclusive United Nations internship, but the opportunities for undergraduate research are most enticing. When I first noticed Oxy’s strong emphasis on undergraduate research I was a little unsure due to my lack of enthusiasm in high school for assigned research projects. I do not enjoy research projects now, why would I in college? At Oxy, however, the access...

Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
240 Words
I am a cautious person by nature, and do not readily believe things without a little investigation. One habit that exemplifies this trait is my tendency to reply to statements with a surprised and high pitched “Really?” My friends were the first to point out this verbal mannerism of mine and soon I started catching myself whenever I said it. As I kept noticing this reflex I grew less and less fond of it. I began to think I sounded...

College Admissions Advice

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
64 Words
Try hard to find summer internships. It doesn't have to be in the field you are most interested in,...

5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
34 Words
The typical student at Occidental (Oxy) is socially aware, open-minded,...

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
71 Words
The single most helpful resource of my college admissions process was my private college counselor, Eric Delahoy. Eric was immensely helpful...

What set me apart from other applicants
97 Words
My GPA and SAT scores were middle-of-the-road in Oxy's applicant pool, but I believe what made me stand out were my application essays. I spent countless hours editing and...

What I like about my school’s location and culture
134 Words
Occidental's locations and culture were the two most appealing aspects to me. The location is hard to beat, Oxy is located in East Los Angles, nestled between Downtown and Pasadena. There are ample opportunities for internships in LA as well...