College Admissions Info

University of Pennsylvania, ‘19
BA, Economics

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

I'm an enthusiastic student, just like you, looking to help out in the college application process. I've lived in four different countries and am part of the University of Pennsylvania Class of 2019.
From: Rye Brook , New York
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: No
Admission: Early Decision
Applied To: 7 schools
Accepted At: UPenn, Binghamton
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Spanish

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1580
Highest SAT: 2340
SAT Prep:
Highest ACT:
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High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 1%
High School Type: Public
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady
Explanation of Any Low Grades:

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Track & Field
Extracurricular Activities: Model Congress / Model UN, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, Community Cleanup / Service
Elaborate on Extracurriculars or Work:
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College Application Essays

An Ongoing Conversation The moments that define us aren’t magnificent, once in a lifetime occurrences. They happen everyday, right under our noses; we just usually don’t notice. My defining moment occurs at 7pm every night, when my dad calls out, “Boys!” That’s our cue. My brother and I rush down the stairs to set the table. Once the table’s set, my family and I convene to eat dinner together. But dinner is far more than just...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
8 Words
This essay is the required Penn supplemental essay.

Additional Essay Details:
657 Words
As a South African, “born free” during the presidency of Nelson Mandela, I have been greatly influenced by his philosophy that: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” So, when, at the age of 15, I began researching colleges the first words I typed into Google were “Ivy League” – a term synonymous with an unparalleled educational institution. That was when I discovered the University of Pennsylvania, saw images of Penn students strolling down Locust...

College Admissions Advice

My advice about getting recommenders
337 Words
When choosing who to ask for a recommendation from, there are several things to consider. Perhaps the most important is what that person can say about you. Far more important than choosing a teacher who likes you, who taught a class you got a good grade in or who has a great reputation, is choosing a teacher who truly knows about you as a person and can advocate on your behalf. Other things to consider include: the class the teacher taught (having a teacher in your intended major is always a plus), if the teacher likes you (even if you...

How I chose schools to apply to
396 Words
When choosing schools to apply to, I made sure to have a good range of schools - safeties, targets, and reaches. It's extremely important to have all three types of schools, since college admissions are a crap shoot. You have to accept the fact that you could end up at any school on your list, even your safety school. When deciding what's a target, safety or reach, look at each schools average SAT, ACT and GPA's and use other aids, like naviance and your schools previous admissions decisions as a guide. That being said, I recommend having no more than 2...

5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
5 Words
Smart, Hardworking,...

What I’d change about my application process
102 Words
I would get started much much sooner. College admissions take time - a long, long time. I started in mid September, but didn't really start with my essays until late September...

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
206 Words
A "why us" essay is exactly that - why do you want to go to this school over the thousands of other schools in the country. Superficial reasons don't apply, such as: it's an ivy (so what? there's 7 more), my parents/teacher/friend told me I should (they're not the one applying), it's a good school (waaaay to vague), the parties...