College Admissions Info

University of Pennsylvania, ‘18
BA, Language Studies and Linguistics, Anthropology and Archaeology

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Writer, artist, dancer, scholar
From: Hanover, NH , New Hampshire
Gender: Female
First Gen College Student: No
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Accepted From Waitlist
Applied To: 9 schools
Accepted At: UNH, UPenn
Denied At:
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Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: French, Spanish

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1550
Highest SAT: 2270
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High School Performance

(no specification of weighting)
Top 1%
High School Type: Public
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: Dance, Equestrian
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College Application Essays

Personal Statement: Creative personal story
595 Words
The library was quiet and calm the day I discovered my favorite poet. I drifted through the narrow stacks with light steps, not wishing to disturb the fragile peace of the place. It seemed to me a massive dovecote, filled with pale-winged pigeons of books, wings folded, asleep. I ran my fingers gently across their bindings, a fond touch, asking for nothing; I would let the next book find me. I had no idea which section I had wandered into...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
517 Words
Penn’s devotion to the intellectual growth of its students is clear. With a flexible curriculum and opportunities for undergraduate research, Penn makes sure that its students are free to pursue all their intellectual passions. I have always had unusual interests--Egyptian Hieroglyphics, Ethnobotany, Papyrology, Argentine Tango, etc.--and any interest I have becomes a passion almost immediately. I don’t do things halfway. I like to delve deeply into a subject, looking for connections, following the rabbit holes into infinite...

Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
496 Words
Last year I went to an Argentine tango class on a whim. I arrived late, coffee in hand, too many bags draped over arms, utterly unprepared. I had found out about the class in an email just minutes before, thought, ‘tango might be interesting’, and abandoned my homework for a later hour. So there I was, yanking my boots off to reveal mismatched socks and joining the circling mass of new dancers practicing the tango walk. I pretended to know...

Additional Essay Details:
934 Words
In a competitive college application environment where high scores on the SATs and a dozen extracurriculars have become the norm, your essays are absolutely the most important part of your application. It’s important that they give the admissions officer a picture of who you are and why you’re good for the school. Think of the qualities the school might be looking for for—leadership, teamwork, honesty, creativity, curiosity, determination, etc.— and pick a topic that highlights how you...

College Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
106 Words
I would have applied early. It really does increase your chances of getting in and it shortens the process a lot. I regret that so much of my senior year, my last...

How I chose schools to apply to
228 Words
For me, choosing which schools to apply to was mostly a matter of money. I focused on the ivies because they have the best financial aid out there (no loans!) so if you're not really wealthy they'll actually be cheaper than most selective, smaller liberal arts colleges. It's also important to be aware of whether a college has need blind admissions or not. The ivies do--note that I...

Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
174 Words
After I was waitlisted, I sent in a letter to restate my interest in the school, offer an update on my academic and extracurricular career, and offer some explanations about my unconventional curriculum (which I realized too late was probably the reason I had some trouble getting in.) Also, many of my...

My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them (UPenn)
120 Words
Performing arts at Penn are really amazing. The clubs are really tight knit, and the shows are very high quality. I'm part of West Philly Swingers (swing dance troupe) and Tir na nOg (Irish dance) Not...

What I like about my school’s location and culture (UPenn)
258 Words
Penn's location is absolutely unbeatable. Philadelphia is an amazing city with all sorts of things to do. I was actually hesitant to come to Penn because of its location in a big city (I'm from a tiny town in New Hampshire) but now that I'm used to it, Philadelphia is my favorite part of being at Penn. If you're worried about not getting outside and into nature, fear not. Penn owns the Morris Arboretum with miles of...

What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling (UPenn)
235 Words
Before I came to Penn, I was nervous that I wouldn't fit in. Penn has a reputation for being a very pre-professional type school, and in truth, this is not altogether unfounded. We have Wharton, the Engineering School, the Nursing school...I've met many students who plan on becoming lawyers, doctors, dentists, and consultants. I, on the other hand, am an artsy academic type with eclectic and unusual interests--Flamenco dancing? French...