College Admissions Info

Carnegie Mellon University, ‘19
BS, Computer Science

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

I am a hardworking CS major at Carnegie Mellon. I love learning, chess, and science in general.
From: Silver Spring , Maryland
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 12 schools
Accepted At: CMU, Cornell, Rice, SMU, UMich, UT Austin, WashU
Denied At:
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Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Spanish

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1540
Highest SAT: 2250
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High School Performance

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

Extracurricular Activities: Chess, Tutoring/Mentoring
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College Application Essays

One of the most important and influential figures in my life has been my maternal grandmother. Although less than five feet tall, my grandmother is a towering figure who personifies an unstoppable work ethic. Her example has exerted a huge influence on my personal and academic life. My grandmother was born in a small town in Durango, Mexico more than 80 years ago, and only completed school through the sixth grade (the highest level offered). She migrated to Mexico City where...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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Question: Please submit a one page, single-spaced essay that explains why you have chosen Carnegie Mellon and your particular major(s), department(s) or program(s). This essay should include the reasons why you've chosen the major(s), any goals or relevant work plans and any other information you would like us to know. For freshmen applying to more than one college or program, please mention each college or program to which you are applying. Because our admission committees review...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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Question: List the books (if any) you've read this year for pleasure. Choose one and in a sentence describe its impact on you. Answer: Books: Bobby Fischer teaches chess, The Onion: Our Dumb World, Jurassic Park, How to Beat Up Anybody: An Instructional and Inspirational Karate Book by the World Champion (by Judah Friedlander), 2001: A Space Odyssey. East of Eden: Life is defined by the choices we make, not by predestination.

Additional Essay Details:
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My only advice is to let the essays show off your personality. I did not do this terribly well, but those of you who are more expressive writers will be able to. Demonstrate your passions and interests to whatever university you apply to. Make sure to be funny and informative, and show that you are a well rounded, interesting person.

College Admissions Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
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I interviewed for MIT, Cornell, Harvard, Columbia, and Stanford. Among those colleges, I was only admitted to Cornell. However, for any interview, the key is to keep the interest...

Why I ultimately chose my school
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I was accepted to UT, Cornell, Rice, and Carnegie Mellon. I chose Carnegie Mellon because of their strong CS program. If you're applying to them, just know that you have to specifically apply to a school within the university (for computer science the school is School of Computer Science, or SCS...

What I like about my school’s location and culture
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Carnegie Mellon really has a culture of hard work. In all of their programs, but particularly CS, you'll have plenty of homework. This much work may take away from the...

My advice about getting recommenders
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For any all recommenders, get people who really know you well. Even if you have a recommender who is a great writer, do not use their recommendation unless they know you...

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
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My advice is to not worry about money until you have to. Don't let concerns about financial aid decide which college you'll be applying to. I didn't think I'd get to go to CMU...

How to increase chances at my school
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One great way to increase your chances of getting into Carnegie Mellon is to attend the sleeping bag weekends that happen every...

What set me apart from other applicants
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What really set me apart from other applicants was my dedication to working hard. I took 12 AP exams through high school and wound up getting 11 5's. CMU really...