College Admissions Info

gchenfc
gchenfc
Duke University ‘19
BS, Mechanical Engineering

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

I'm enthusiastic and ambitious.
From: Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 15+ schools
Accepted At: Duke, Penn State, Pitt
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes

Test Scores

2320
SAT
Converted SAT Score: 1570
Highest SAT: 2320
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High School Performance

4.50
GPA
Top 1%
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High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady
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Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Soccer, Swimming/Diving
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College Application Essays

How much does the moon influence your weight? What path does a boomerang take? Questions like these run through my mind like squirrels through a forest; and I take it to myself to explore them. Finding and solving real world problems make up who I am. Exploratory endeavors outside of school are staples to my education, teaching me lessons that I would not otherwise learn. One example of my many adventures started in chemistry class with a lecture about Graham's...









Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
157 Words
Pratt School of Engineering One of the undergraduate aspects at Duke which particularly appeals to me is the diversity of research at Duke. I always ask colleges, "What makes your research opportunities different than the other guys'?" Duke is unique in its extensive animal research. I love studying the diversity of wildlife and I can't imagine any other university offers quite the same experience as Duke, with attractions such as the largest lemur sanctuary outside Madagascar. Furthermore, Duke also has...



Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
260 Words
Share a Perspective Response When I want something for aiding my education, I can generally get it. Sitting on my desk is a salvaged optical disk drive that I disassembled to understand the lensing and linear actuator, two weathered computers for both researching and programming on different platforms, and a violin, Craigslist piano keyboard, and eBay guitar nearby to experiment with music. I am fortunate to have the means to complement desire and resourcefulness. Unfortunately, not everyone has the means....





Additional Essay Details:
562 Words
Science Related Extra-Curricular Activities Accomplishments: • USA Mathematical Talent Search medal winner - 2012-13 & 2013-14 • American Invitational Mathematics Examination qualifier - score of 5 • top school scorer- 2014 • American Mathematics Competition • Top scorer in school - 2013 • Mu Alpha THeta math honor society treasurer - 2013, 2014 • Mathematical Council of Western Pennsylvania finalist - 2012, 2013, 2014 • Pennsylvania Mathematics League finalist - 2013, 2014 • American Regions Mathematics League Mathlete - 2013, 2014 • Mandelbrot Competition regional top 10 scorer - 2012, 2013 • Calcu-solve • 1st place winner - 2011, 2012; 2nd place winner - 2013, 2014 • Purple Comet Math competitor - 2012 • Regional...









College Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
84 Words
I would have spent more time laying out my application and polishing my essay. The way you convey yourself is just as important if not...





List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
108 Words
Every school and every interviewer is different so you have to adjust to show them that you are the right fit. It really helps to know the school through research, visits, and...





Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
148 Words
I did NOT use a private counselor, but 2 of my interviews directly asked me if I had and when I said I didn't, they expressed very, very negative views towards the use of private college counselors. I believe the two were Brown and Dartmouth...





Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
76 Words
I had qualified for the American Invitational Mathematics Examination but the scores didn't arrive until mid-April so when they did arrive, I sent...





Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
76 Words
I had qualified for the American Invitational Mathematics Examination but the scores didn't arrive until mid-April so when they did arrive, I sent...





My advice about getting recommenders
172 Words
The most important thing about recommenders is that they really especially like you and WANT YOU TO SUCCEED. It is important that they be good writers, but teachers who really care about your success will write glowing recommendations whereas teachers who just like you because you pay attention in class will write...