College Admissions Info

University of California - Berkeley, ‘19

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Hey! I'm Riley, and I'm gonna show you how I was admitted into the number 1 public university in the world, UC Berkeley, as well as all the UC's I applied to. Leggo!
From: Pleasant Hill , California
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: Parent
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 6 schools
Accepted At: UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Irvine, UC Davis, UCSB, UCSD
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Cantonese, Mandarin

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1540
Highest SAT: 2260
Other SAT Scores:
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High School Performance

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High School Type: Religious
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady
Explanation of Any Low Grades:

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Volleyball
Extracurricular Activities: After School Program Coordinator, After School Program Coordinator, Community Cleanup / Service, Culinary, Yearbook
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College Application Essays

Scuff, scuff, scuff. Another half hour of swinging my trusty pickax at the hard, dry dirt and I need a break. Breathing a frosty cloud into the Saturday morning air, I peer at the net and imagine a perfect play - pass, set, kill - as a smile illuminates my face. Schlip. A sip from a thermos of warm ginger tea fuels a mental review of the day's schedule: studying, volunteering at the old nun's home, then lion dance practice,...

Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
578 Words
UC Prompt I attend the Developing Virtue Boys School (DVBS) on the grounds of the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, a large Buddhist monastery in rural Northern California, where rubbing elbows with monks, devoted laypeople and peacocks is the norm. Yes, my next door neighbors are monks. Transitioning from public school to this private religious institution in tenth grade wasn't easy. As a freshman in public high school, I had a rich social life and enjoyed the freedom of a...

Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
471 Words
Also included in the application is an additional comments section, where you can address a variety of topics. I was milking this section for all it had to add in extra stuff that might help my application or explain away any discrepancies within my application. Here is what I wrote: My freshman year grades aren't too hot and there is a reason for that, aside from the mere adjustment period from sneeze-and-get-an-A middle school classes to actual higher-level courses in...

Additional Essay Details:
64 Words
Above, I put one of two essays that I wrote for my UC App. My profile is geared towards people applying to UC Berkeley or any UC, so this is helpful for that type of student. The first essay is, in my opinion, the better of the two. However, the two essays work in tandem to describe me as a person and college applicant.

College Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
51 Words
START EARLY! I waited til the last minute and got lucky with my UC App,...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
26 Words
I recommend working one summer, volunteering two summers,...

My advice about getting recommenders
70 Words
Be polite, and pick a teacher who you really feel knows you as a person. Don't just pick a teacher just...

Why I ultimately chose my school
60 Words
I felt at home. This is obviously difficult to describe but I will say this: I loved the...