College Admissions Info

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Columbia University, ‘17
BA, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, English

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

From: Shanghai , China
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 9 schools
Accepted At: Columbia, WashU, Case
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Mandarin

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1600
Highest SAT: 2390
SAT Prep:

High School Performance

(no specification of weighting)
High School Type: International
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady
Explanation of Any Low Grades:

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Swimming/Diving
Extracurricular Activities: National Honor Society, School Jazz / Orchestra, Model Congress / Model UN, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism
How Spent Summers:
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Awards Received:

College Application Essays

Personal Statement: Interest in med/sci/math
512 Words
Breaking the ice by passing around a human ribcage easily beats any name game. But everyone knows that things only get more interesting when people really get to know each other and know what someone’s like on the inside. Taking this literally landed me in the dissection room at Georgetown University, shivering with a few other high school kids and a bare-handed medical student. No gloves, just curiosity and a cadaver. As we entered, the medical student explained that...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
250 Words
Moving from rural Ohio to metropolitan Shanghai was shocking. The upbeat bustle and the abundance of places to go were refreshing, but I missed that small-town sense of community and relaxation. My vibrant backyard had been replaced by a few sickly trees lining the road, sticking out of the cement. Columbia offers the perfect fusion that I seek, unmistakably urban without neglecting the comfort of a beautiful campus. A charming campus, New York’s abundant cultural resources, the core curriculum...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
294 Words
Please tell us what you found meaningful about one of the above mentioned books, publications or cultural events. Sometimes I imagine what being blind is like. Maybe it’s being able to type with my eyes closed. Or perhaps it’s trying to find the bathroom at night in the dark. In any situation, I imagine that being blind means knowing where to go without my sense of sight. This holds true in Cormac McCarthy’s “Outer Dark,” but McCarthy...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
354 Words
For applicants to Columbia College, please tell us what from your current and past experiences (either academic or personal) attracts you specifically to the field or fields of study that you noted in the Application Data section. If you are currently undecided, please write about any field or fields in which you may have an interest at this time. She walked in with a saw. Is she going to use that on my LEG? I shook my head and balled...

College Admissions Advice

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
23 Words
Remember that Columbia is the only Ivy...

Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
6 Words
Definitely send...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
10 Words
Interviews need practice-get...

My advice about getting recommenders
10 Words
I got one...