College Admissions Info

Yale University ‘12
BS, Mechanical Engineering

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Mechanical Engineer from Minnesota, casual athlete
From: Plainview , Minnesota
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: Both Parents
Admission: Early Action, Accepted From Waitlist
Applied To: 4 schools
Accepted At: Yale, St. Olaf
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Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Italian

Test Scores

Highest SAT: 2130
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High School Performance

Top 5%
High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Soccer, Wrestling, Track & Field
Extracurricular Activities: Math Team, Choir, School Band
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College Application Essays

162 Words
(Apologies that I can't track down the actual statement itself) I wrote an essay on being motivated intrinsically when external stimuli told me that good was good enough. Why go further? What did it mean to be driven? At a person level, what was I hoping to achieve by leaving home, entrusting my time, energy, and money to an institution, without a clear picture of who I would be on the other end? In retrospect, while my essay was thoughtful,...

College Admissions Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
149 Words
In my experience, Yale is all about letting them see who you are, that you're going to contribute to the culture in a positive and constructive way, and that you're comfortable, but not arrogant, doing so. The interview is with a current student. Among those who are good enough to get it (which is most people who apply), culture is...

What I like about my school’s location and culture
73 Words
Yalies are so interesting! To speak bluntly, the way the classes are structured, together we the generous grade inflation, the opportunity for self expression is high. Most people are involved in more than one extracurricular, and have time for socializing besides. Not everyone chooses to, and graduating with honors is as hard as you would expect at an elite school. ...

Post-college plans
49 Words
Do something experimental. Go out on a limb. Make yourself uncomfortable. Doing what is socially supported (or parentally supported) won't teach you anything about yourself besides that you're good at jumping through hoops, which you already know if you've gotten to this point. Without discomfort, there is no growth.

What I’d change about my application process
53 Words
I'd be more me. There's so much emphasis on surpassing some bar, but the reality is that the bar is so hard to find, and set differently for different people. Admissions officers want to see that you have something to contribute, and in order to see that, they need to see you first.