College Admissions Info

Grant Gardner
Grant Gardner
University of Southern California, ‘19
BA, International Relations and National Security Studies

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Sophomore at Georgetown from Dallas studying International Politics and Russian
From: Dallas , Texas
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 15+ schools
Accepted At: UT Austin, Texas A&M, UC Berkeley, NYU, USC, LSU, UArk, Alabama, Mines, Vanderbilt, Coast Guard Academy, UChicago, Denver U, Pace
Denied At:
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Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Russian

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1450
Highest SAT: 2080
SAT Prep:

High School Performance

(no specification of weighting)
Top 5%
High School Type: Public
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Cross Country
Extracurricular Activities: Boy/Girl Scouts
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College Application Essays

Personal Statement: Story central to identity
517 Words
While family tensions and divorce are regrettably common in today's society, my parents' divorce and subsequent legal confrontations have marred and continue to adversely affect my life. Tensions between my parents resulted in my sister and I unwittingly assuming the role of peacekeepers at a young age and we were both fundamentally changed by that role. Ever since the first grade, my parents have been polarized regarding two main issues: finances and child custody. As I grew older, I began...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
550 Words
USC students are known to be involved. Briefly describe a non-academic pursuit (such as service to community or family, a club or sport, or work, etc.,) that best illustrates who you are, and why it is important to you. (250 word limit) I have thoroughly enjoyed participating in policy debate at my high school and through the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance. Our program may not widely recognized, but debate has provided me with a productive medium to propel new ideas into...

College Admissions Advice

How to increase chances at my school
59 Words
USC has a specific feel to it's acceptance pool and student body. It sounds stereotypical but it takes...

Why I ultimately chose my school
46 Words
I felt far more welcomed at USC than other colleges I visited. There's an...

Most popular extracurricular activities at my college
13 Words
Photography, Job at the...

My favorite course thus far, and why
35 Words
IR 210 with Stephen Lamy. Lamy is the professor that convinced me...

5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
5 Words
Insightful, Athletic,...