College Admissions Info

Columbia University, ‘19
BA, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Economics

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

I am a college freshman pursuing biochemistry and economics majors. Presently, I aim to apply my fundamental interests to create new, accessible solutions for medical therapies currently underdeveloped and/or inaccessible to the general population.
From: Cedar Rapids , Iowa
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 12 schools
Accepted At: Columbia, JHU, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UT Austin
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Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Spanish

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1530
Highest SAT: 2240
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High School Performance

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

Extracurricular Activities: Science Club/Team, Admissions or Post-Acceptance Committee, Charity Drive Organizing, National Honor Society
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College Application Essays

The ball plummeted to the court, stopped for a passing moment as if to taunt me, then rocketed into the air, narrowly escaping the edge of my racquet. I let out a sigh, pursed my lips, and chalked up another loss to Rory Samuels. By now, one would expect that I would be used to it, this being my fourth straight loss to the guy. Even if it weren’t, nobody in his or her sane mind would think I...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
12 Words
Please tell us what you find most appealing about Columbia and why.

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
57 Words
Johns Hopkins University was founded in 1876 on a spirit of exploration and discovery. As a result, students can pursue a multi-dimensional undergraduate experience both in and outside of the classroom. Given the opportunities at Hopkins, please discuss your current interests—academic or extracurricular pursuits, personal passions, summer experiences, etc.—and how you will build upon them here.

Additional Essay Details:
504 Words
Midnight on an unsurprisingly warm, Texas-winter Wednesday of my junior year, and I was cooped up a hundred feet below ground in a laboratory basement, anxiously waiting for the IR spectrum to form and see if my reaction had worked. I knew exactly how a successful spectrum should look, since it had slipped my grasp at least a dozen times before. I also knew that if it eluded me this time, I wouldn’t have the resources to try again,...

College Admissions Advice

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
64 Words
Seek mentorship in whatever it is you enjoy: if you want to get into research or medicine, work in...

Why I declined other schools
61 Words
I was accepted to and declined Johns Hopkins (Biomedical Engineering), UC Berkeley/UCLA, and UT Austin. Personally, these...

Why I ultimately chose my school
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I chose to attend Columbia University due to its mix of diversity, strong core education, open-arms attitude toward undergraduate research,...