College Admissions Info

University of Chicago ‘18
BA, English

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

I got into UChicago by playing on what it's obvious they want. I'm an English major and news&media; Guy.
From: Hamilton , Ohio
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Early Action
Applied To: 3 schools
Accepted At: UChicago, Ohio, BU
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Spanish

Test Scores

Highest SAT: 2120
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High School Performance

Top 1%
High School Type: Public
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady
Explanation of Any Low Grades:

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: School theater/plays, Diversity Committee / Minority Initiative, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, Prom Committee, School Choir, Science Club/Team, Academic Decathlon, Book Buddies
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College Application Essays

Each year my family and I visit the Festival of Lights, a Christmas-time zoo event featuring over two-million holiday lights and festive decorations. During the most recent trip, while we were walking through the park, eyeing the lights glistening in time to holiday music on snow covered trees, my Aunt Linda suddenly turned to me. With an honest-looking smile she said, “You’re finally a butterfly.” I stopped in my tracks, incredibly confused and stunned. Then her words clicked. My...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
506 Words
Since the dawn of my days three questions have incessantly plagued the lives of those around me: “Why,” “How,” and “Could you explain that in terms of emotional, psychological, and any other relevant factors so that I can break down the logic behind it completely?” I’m sure that if Tibetan monks listen closely they can hear the exasperated sighs of my parents from all the way in rural Ohio when I’ve “analyzed things too far” and it’s...

Supplemental Essay: Strong beliefs/principles
408 Words
I like people. I like what they do, how they act, all of the things they feel. People drive me up the wall still, for sure, but I have an interesting level of appreciation for even that aspect of them too. I like success stories and raw emotion. And I really appreciate the image of that in media more than anything. I'm an eighteen year-old boy who has a super strong liking to what many people would call "chick flicks."...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
682 Words
“Columbus sailed the ocean blue in fourteen-hundred and ninety-two.” The infamous rhyme is nearly all that average elementary-schoolers receive in their lesson on Columbus Day. There’s the man, the three ships, and the date: October 12, 1492. Having a birthday that happened to fall on a 12th of October, growing up and learning about “the big C.C.,” Christopher Columbus, felt special to me. I would imagine myself on the voyage, riding in the crow’s nest, spotting that first stretch...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
249 Words
I seek an education that highlights my different interests, that allows me to explore many subjects and gain a professional edge. You know, like any student would. But unlike some I crave for that education at Boston University. I want live the life of a Bostonian. I want to experience a city that offers so much substance and life and knowledge. I want an educational institution that has incredible status with successful alumni, and through that has proven to have...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
287 Words
Ohio University Journalism question. Journalism has been consistent in my life. From waking up to TODAY every morning as a kid to listening to NPR in the car on my way to high school, it’s always been there. Yet it’s slowly been changing in that time. The social media revolution has, clearly, also been a revolution of journalism. Truth is more easily accessible. Public opinion is more readily available. The influence of journalists is expanding as the profession...

Supplemental Essay: Scholarship application
760 Words
Media is my everything. I sustain myself not on food but on radio waves, remote clicks, and wi-fi signals. My career goal is one that allows me to feed the masses the same dish (satellite, if appropriate) that keeps me going. I want to be a writer, the grassroots builder of the media business. In order to do this I plan to primarily major in English at the University of Chicago with either a double major and/or minor(s)...

Supplemental Essay: Scholarship application
690 Words
Higher education has always been written in the stars for me. Since I was little I’ve loved learning and I’ve loved going to school. The whole “We’ll give you $10 per A on your report card” trick by my parents died fast when I was young because they realized I was amassing a little too much dough. And even though the money stopped, the straight A’s never have. It’s always been about the learning for me....

Supplemental Essay: Scholarship application
362 Words
In my younger and more vulnerable teenage years, I was definitely akin to a caterpillar stuck in its pupal state. I was always a hard working student but lacked many friends and any confidence to make them. I remember, in middle school, shying away from a teacher’s encouragement to join the competitive writing team, surrendering to fear at the sign-up desk for choir. I was absolutely passive, in constant analysis of people around me but never attempting to develop...

College Admissions Advice

5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
48 Words
Strange; Dedicated; Stereotypical (of each Field of personality they represent -- I could die thinking about the number of artsy people with those Bangs and round glasses that dress in clothes that make it clear their parents are Rich and provide for them to study Arts); Nerdy; Opinion'd.

What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling
375 Words
My God, it might not be what you think. UChicago seems like this haven for liberal education, and in many ways it is. We have "The Core," the big thing everybody seems to want to come here for (that and Econ). But it's not all it's cracked up to be. The discussion based classes are hit or miss, and most...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
60 Words
Internships. Always. I don't know about throughout high school, I did nothing, as I lived in a small town. But it's super important to get those internships every summer, and even during the school year in college. It looks really great to be doing extracurriculars and go to a really prestigious school getting decent grades while ALSO working a job.

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
138 Words
Okay just go for it with the "I love the life of the mind I am such a well rounded student I want to learn about everything." That's what I did, mostly because I could tell it's what they wanted. And they ate it up. That's what admissions counselors at this school look for. Show off your experience with a...

My favorite course thus far, and why
64 Words
My favorite course thus far would definitely be American Sign Language -- I am in year 2. There's no homework, the professor is so wonderful, and it's like just having a block taken up in your transcript of high grades and low commitment (because you don't learn much in the way of vocabulary but get a nice view of the culture...

Why I declined other schools
78 Words
Surprisingly UChicago gave me the best financial aid. The tuition being $67k and the other schools being much less than that, Ohio University even being just $15k a year or something? UChicago gave me the most amount of money. And also UChicago had the most prestige -- which I hope will benefit me for jobs and opportunities in the future....

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
101 Words
I had to take out Federal loans as a part of my financial aid for college -- which is a nice thing, because it's not commercial loans. But I applied for many outside scholarships -- look for community scholarships most of all if you're applying to top tier schools, talk about wanting to make your community proud, etc. It's a...

Most popular extracurricular activities at my college
75 Words
Theatre is Huge. There are are a few student groups (RSO's) that receive the Big Amount of Funding, which is like a HUGE chunk of money each year. Those are Doc Films, Major Activities Board, The Chicago Maroon Newspaper, University Theatre, and I think maybe the College Programming Office?? (that might just be a part of the college). But those...

What I’d change about my school if I were student body president
191 Words
It's funny, recently the school president started a stipend program for students who are major leaders in student groups and that is something I think I would have just implemented BETTER. Because it ended up being HE and everyone else on student government was paid a whole bunch. But there is a lot of commitment for student groups at my...

What I’d change about my application process
42 Words
Apply to more scholarships. My application process was very dedicated to applications and not enough toward scholarships which could have paid for more of my school. Don't ignore scholarship opportunities, ALL OF THEM. Go after as many as you can, they matter.

Post-college plans
98 Words
I plan to utilize UChicago's Careers in Journalism, Arts, and Media to secure enough internships in media to go into publishing or non-profit arts and media work. I am currently working for Court Theatre on campus and am applying for summer work at a film non-profit and publishing companies in Chicago. I have thought about film and television and broadcast...

Why I ultimately chose my school
96 Words
Hopeful about the notoriety for getting a job. Because it's #4. Because it's "the life of the mind" and I thought that MIGHT prepare me for doing whatever I wanted after school, which turned out to be not true. I thought I'd finally be around really smart people and it's true, college is honestly wonderful and it's nice to be around...