College Admissions Info

University of California - Santa Barbara, ‘19
BS, Computer Engineering

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

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.
From: San Francisco , California
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Asian, White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 13 schools
Accepted At: UC Irvine, UCSC, UC Riverside, UCSB, SDSU, San Jose State, Cal Poly Pomona, Iowa State, U of Minnesota
Denied At:
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Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1340
Highest SAT: 1890
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High School Performance

(no specification of weighting)
Top 25%
High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Low at first but improved
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Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: Book Buddies, Outdoors/Hiking Club, Tutoring/Mentoring
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College Application Essays

380 Words
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,...

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,...

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.

College 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...

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...

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 ...

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...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
36 Words
Don't waste your summer. That's it. Do something productive over the...