College Admissions Info

katherine16
katherine16
University of Chicago ‘16
BA, Human Development

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

I'm a second year Comparative Human Development major interested in how quality early childhood education can make a difference in children's lives.
From: Prefer not to say , New Jersey
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Hispanic, White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 8 schools
Accepted At: Clark, Tulane, UVM, UChicago
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Italian

Test Scores

2230
SAT
Highest SAT: 2230
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High School Performance

3.60
GPA
Top 10%
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High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady
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Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Fencing
Extracurricular Activities: Tutoring/Mentoring, Church, Photography / Film, Drama production crew, Charity Drive Organizing, National Honor Society
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College Application Essays

I wrote about my difficulty in choosing a race/ethnicity category on the Common App due to my lack of a meaningful connection with the Hispanic side of my family. I used this issue to explore what I do think of when I try to define my identity.

College Admissions Advice

Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
27 Words
I sent in a mini-portfolio of my photography after I was deferred from UChicago, along with an email about why I wanted to go there so badly.

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
51 Words
I felt that interviews were a good way to give the school a better sense of me, learn a little more about them, and express interest. I think this was especially helpful with schools like that Clark, that were closer to matches or safeties, since it showed I was genuinely interested.

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
24 Words
I think going through your high school is probably the best bet. It's hard to find them online because there are so many scams.

How I chose schools to apply to
52 Words
I had a college book I read pretty thoroughly, I did a lot of online research, and we went on a bunch of tours/visits. The visits are definitely the way to go - they can help you decide whether schools that seem great on paper would really be a good fit.

How to increase chances at my school
31 Words
Be genuine! Talk about things you're really passionate about and how UChicago fits in there. Don't try to hard to fit what you think a UChicago student should or shouldn't be.

What I like about my school’s location and culture
69 Words
Everyone is so smart and so interesting. People really care about learning, about the things they're doing, and about each other. I constantly feel challenged and motivated to push myself harder. There's a crazy amount of opportunities and professors/advisers/Resident Heads want to help you every chance they can. Chicago is a great city, but so. so. cold. Campus...

What I’d change about my application process
14 Words
Not stress so much and be more willing to look at schools all over.

Why I ultimately chose my school
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I really wanted to be somewhere so academically strong and with such great opportunities. I liked the idea of the Core and the general "Life of the Mind" mentality, cheesy as it may be. I visited here and it just clicked that this was where I should go.