College Admissions Info

Zack Weiss
Zack Weiss
University of Pennsylvania, ‘19
BS, Biology, Pre-Medicine Studies, Political Science and Government

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

I am a rising freshman at my dream school, the University of Pennsylvania, and I am just trying to help anyone else get into theirs!
From: Bridgewater , New Jersey
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Early Decision
Applied To: 8 schools
Accepted At: UPenn, Rutgers, UVA
Denied At:
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Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1540
Highest SAT: 2260
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High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 5%
High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady
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Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Football, Volleyball
Extracurricular Activities: Debate Club/Team, Charity Drive Organizing, Church, Athletics Organization, French Club, Hospital Volunteer, Key Club, Library Volunteer, Tutoring/Mentoring
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College Application Essays

Her words struck like a sledgehammer to the side of my head. She tried to explain to me that everything would be okay, but I couldn't believe her.The warmth of the early September sun shined through the window onto my face. The birds were singing, the leaves were fading from their lively summer green, and I had just been shattered by the news that my mom was diagnosed with cancer. While she tried to explain to me her prognosis,...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
674 Words
On my bedroom wall hangs a crudely cut out cloud with the words, "In the fourth grade, I hope to learn more science", written in very rough cursive. Although I am eight years older some things have not changed. I still hate making crafts, my cursive remains abysmal, and I am always yearning to learn more science. Biology has always been a true passion of mine. Even at the age of nine I marveled at the fact that trillions of...

College Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
221 Words
I think it is just really easy to get overwhelmed with the whole college admissions process. If I were to go back and change one major thing, it would to start the whole process way earlier. Throughout the summer as I entered by senior year, I visited quite a few colleges and universities, probably around 10. It was a good thing that I visited these schools, but...

What set me apart from other applicants
164 Words
I think a major thing that sets me apart from other applicants is my experience. Throughout my life there were important people in my life that were diagnosed and/or killed by cancer, the most important of which was my mother. This constant experience with cancer, starting from a...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
134 Words
I only interviewed with one school, and that was the University of Pennsylvania. For this interview, I was paired with an alumni interviewer that lived in my local area, and we met at the local Starbucks. I believe this experience...