micoffey
micoffey,
UCSB ‘19
B.S., Computer Engineering
I didn't come to high school with a plan. I cruised for the first half of school. And then it hit me, I needed to get into a good school. So I reinvented myself in two short years.
Features Included
3
Essays
13
Schools
15
Scores
5
Advice
3
ECs
0
Sports

Background

Hometown San Francisco, California
GenderMale
EthnicityAsian, White Non-Hispanic
AdmissionRegular Decision
English First Language Yes

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • University of California - Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA)
  • University of California - San Diego (La Jolla, CA)
  • University of California - Irvine (Irvine, CA)
  • University of California - Davis (Davis, CA)
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  • University of California - Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA)
  • University of California - Riverside (Riverside, CA)
  • San Diego State University (San Diego, CA)
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (San Luis Obispo, CA)
  • Iowa State University (Ames, IA)
  • University of Minnesota - Twin Cities (Minneapolis, MN)
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University of California - Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA)

Applied for a B.S. in Computer Engineering

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

School Specific Advice

More Essays

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Personal Statement
380 Words
Chinese heritage, Diversity statement, Family background
One of the first questions people ask me after learning my name is “What race are you?” Faced with this question, I usually reply in a humble tone “Guess”. Most of these guesses are incorrect, or only half correct. In reality, I straddle the line between two races. My mother is a first generation Chinese immigrant and my father is an Irish and Italian American. I’m a mix between European and Asian. Being a child of two diverse worlds,...
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Supplemental Essay Explaining low grades/scores
602 Words
This summer [between junior and senior year], I was enrolled in the Academic Talent Development Program at UC Berkeley, studying AP Biology. I was in a class, among some of the best students in the Bay Area. At first, I wasn’t sure if I belonged to the class. As a student, I’ve had a history of carelessness, even failure, in academics. In eighth grade, I failed Algebra 1; in sophomore year, I received my first D in high school,...
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Additional Essay Details
32 Words
My first personal statement described me as a person, with my heritage and beliefs. My second personal statement discussed my academic history, my failures, and my experience and attempts to improve academically.
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General Admissions Advice

What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling
48 Words
UCSB can be a party school, but the students here play hard and work...
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How to increase chances at my school
67 Words
The University of California system works in a way that being a star student in a lower ranked school is...
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Why I declined other schools
65 Words
For me, the college admissions process was almost completely on prestige and admissions rates. Universities with lower admission rates were ...
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Why I ultimately chose my school
72 Words
UC Santa Barbara is a literal paradise. It's housed in a small town, but it's not in the middle of nowhere. You...
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Recommended summer activities during high school and college
36 Words
Don't waste your summer. That's it. Do something productive over the...
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High School Performance

GPA
3.60
(no specification of weighting)
Rank
Top 25%
 
High School TypePublic
College Classes In High School
Academic Performance in High School Low at first but improved
Explanation of Low Grades

Test Scores

Highest ACT
32
 
ACT Score Details
 
Other ACT Scores
Highest SAT
1890
 
SAT Score Details
 
Converted SAT Score1340
Other SAT Scores
SAT IIs
PSAT Scores

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details8 classes and scores

Sports

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesBook Buddies, Outdoors/Hiking Club, Tutoring/Mentoring
Elaborate on Extracurriculars or Work

Experience & Awards

How Spent Summers
Volunteer Experiences

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