College Admissions Info

Alice Zhou
Alice Zhou
Cornell University, ‘19
BS, Computer Engineering, Computer Science

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Cornell Engineering '19, RD with Likely Letter, Computer Science Major
From: Arlington , Texas
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 14 schools
Accepted At: Cornell, Rice, UT Austin
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: No
Other Language(s) Spoken: Mandarin

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1550
Highest SAT: 2290
SAT Prep:

High School Performance

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

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Tennis
Extracurricular Activities: Local Orchestra / Symphony / Band
Application Additional Materials:

College Application Essays

Personal Statement: Diversity statement
654 Words
"Eww!" exclaimed several of my classmates during a lecture on Chinese history. Their faces contorted into grimaces of disgust as the teacher showed us a grotesque photo of the Chinese cultural practice of foot binding: a pair of feet twisted at an impossible angle. A boy turned in his seat and, chomping obnoxiously on his minty gum, sneered, "How're your feet, Alice?" The collective gaze of the class seemed to beat down on me. I squirmed in my seat, my...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
52 Words
Tell us about an engineering idea you have, or about your interest in engineering. Describe how your ideas and interests may be realized by—and linked to—specific resources within the College of Engineering. Finally, explain what a Cornell Engineering education will enable you to accomplish. (Please limit your response to 650 words.)

Additional Essay Details:
644 Words
As my thoughts drifted by with snapshots of scenes of the most memorable parts of my summer, I realized more fully than ever why I love engineering: June 21st, 2014 Standing in the dim auditorium at the University of Texas in Austin, I nervously gulped as I nodded at my First Bytes computer science camp teammate. A switch was flipped, a mouse was clicked, and a dub-step version of Demi Lovato's Neon Lights began to play as the multi-colored lights on...

College Admissions Advice

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
16 Words
Try to challenge yourself during...

Why I ultimately chose my school
20 Words
Cornell has a very large alumni...

My advice about getting recommenders
29 Words
Choose recommenders who knew you the best, the longest,...

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
28 Words
Write about something specific to show that you...

How I chose schools to apply to
21 Words
I chose my school out of...