College Admissions Info

Stanford University, ‘19
BS, Engineering Mechanics

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

I'm a freshman at Stanford (majoring in Mechanical engineering) with insider tips on the admissions process. Visit my profile to find out some key tips the admissions office uses as well as some tips on how to boost your application and essays!
From: Solvang , California
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: Both Parents
Admission: Early Action
Applied To: 9 schools
Accepted At: UC Irvine, IUPUI, UCSD, UC Davis, Stanford
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Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Spanish

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1340
Highest SAT: 1880
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High School Performance

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Top 10%
High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady
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Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Cross Country, Track & Field
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College Application Essays

Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
241 Words
Ever since I was ten, I have had a passion for creating hybrids between different species of carnivorous plants. At first, I was intrigued by the diversity of carnivorous plants. Nepenthes Attenboroughii refused to produce any leaves unless I watered it with coffee to increase the soil acidity. Drosera Regia only flowered if I fed it rat feces. Each plant had something new to teach me, and creating hybrids with these mysterious plants gave me a profound curiosity for learning...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
255 Words
I looked anxiously at the engineer as he examined my design papers. "This is beyond my level of knowledge. You should build something similar and more common, like a quadcopter. The internet is full of instructions to build those." I was designing a UAV drone with two engines that rotate on x-y axis gimbals to provide for unrestricted 3D aerial motion, for I had never found interest in prepackaged kits with a list of contents and instructions to follow. The...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
254 Words
Dear future roommate, Are you a creative writer? Or maybe you’re a programmer. I am neither, yet I am vitally interested in learning from all sorts of people. I may ask you about your classes and hobbies quite often, for I love learning about innovative things and teaching people what I’ve learned. I try and expand my knowledge every chance I get, and I enjoy bouncing my ideas off of others. You may be intrigued to know that...

Additional Essay Details:
228 Words
As you can tell, the main topic of my essays involves passion, hobbies, and resistance towards failure as well as a disdain towards conventional beliefs (i.e. reading an instruction manual or listening to the engineer who told me I would not succeed). Below are the short answers I provided for the common app (Stanford): SHORT ANSWER QUESTIONS: What is the most significant challenge that society faces today (50 word limit)* Most of today’s technology emits harmful bi-products. Everything from...

College Admissions Advice

What set me apart from other applicants
200 Words
During my freshman and sophomore years, I didn't do any sort of volunteering. At first, I almost adopted the "frantic" approach of most highschool students to load my application up with as many ECs and clubs as possible. In the end, this proved to be a bad approach. Several people I know who did this applied to many of the...

What I’d change about my application process
95 Words
Make sure that you spend several months in advance writing the supplemental essays. You need to get to a point where you can feel confident submitting the essays and...

My advice about getting recommenders
84 Words
Make sure you ask for recommendations the week that school begins. For me, this was in August, long before the Nov. 1st EA deadline. But,...

What set me apart from other applicants
87 Words
Don't get caught up with the stereotypical A+ student crowd! In highschool, many of my friends were caught up with loading their application with ECs, joining 5+...

How to increase chances at my school
186 Words
There is a common misconception that one must have a high SAT score to even be considered for schools such as Stanford. This is not necessarily true. Stanford is looking for people who have such a passion for something that they will probably change the world (in a good way) by following that passion. That is...

How to increase chances at my school
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Don't become obsessed with one or more colleges. In the end, it hurts people's passions and individuality as they try to become 'the one' applicant who has...