College Admissions Info

Stanford University ‘16
BS, Cellular Biology

Profile Overview

Profile contains
  • Test Scores
  • High School Performance
  • 10 advice topics

Student Background

I always thought I was pretty average, but I tried hard in everything I did- which was a lot.
From: Portland
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: Parent
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 11 schools
Accepted At: CalTech, Vanderbilt, Miami, Case, Stanford, WashU
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Spanish

Test Scores

Highest SAT: 2300
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High School Performance

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

None reported

College Application Essays

College Admissions Advice

Why I declined other schools
117 Words
I ended up choosing somewhere closer to home. I got into a lot of really good school but ultimately didn't want to be that far away. I had to turn down a lot of scholarships that were school specific but for me it was a personal choice. There are plenty of great schools that will all give you a great...

How I chose schools to apply to
102 Words
For me, I chose schools to apply to based off of which schools had combined MD/PhD programs or good med schools associated with them. Geographically I was all over the board. I think it is important to have some schools that are safety schools, some that would be an expected match and some that are reach schools. The whole...

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
110 Words
I met with a private admissions counselor once (someone local) but it was a waste of time. Essentially she just told me some additional schools that I should think of applying to, but that was nothing I couldn’t google on my own. With the internet these days, admissions counselors are kind of pointless because you can do all of...

Why I declined other schools
124 Words
I declined other schools because they were too far away. I was thinking about how long the plane trip would be if I just wanted to go home for a weekend and what a hassle it would be. It was a hard decision because other schools gave me scholarship money but overall I wanted to be close to home. Also,...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
103 Words
Overall, my interviews seemed pretty insignificant. Most of them were in local coffee shops with alumni who openly admitted that the interview had little to no impact on my acceptance to their alma mater. The interviews were generally more for me to ask questions and see if the school was the right fit for me. The alumni loved talking about...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
108 Words
It’s important to make good use of your summer- something showing initiative and responsibility. Having a job is good, but even something not paid like a full time volunteer commitment can be beneficial. I worked in labs at the local research hospital most of my summers and volunteered at an art workshop for kids with cancer on my weekends....

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
110 Words
For me, my school had a great section on Naviance that listed out the local scholarships. I went through old local newspapers to find the graduation issue where it listed all the seniors’ scholarships and then googled those to see if I was eligible to apply my year. Common local scholarships are for rotary clubs. Also, if your parent works...

My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
108 Words
In college I am involved in less activities than in high school, but they are all more time consuming. I am in a sorority, which takes up a ton of time because I am on the officer board. Stanford’s sororities are much different than stereotypical sororities though. I am also a member of the model united nations team and...

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
110 Words
I think a good “Why Us” essay for Stanford is because it combines so many different aspects and lets you pursue your diverse passions. There aren’t many places where someone can be an engineer but still be able to go abroad for a quarter and minor in art. And the fact that you are surrounded by other people with...

Post-college plans
101 Words
I am planning on getting an MD/ PhD either at a private school or with an MSTP program. I am already done with my premed requirements (as a sophomore) and I’m taking the MCAT this summer. If something goes terribly wrong my backup is to get my masters in education and teach, but ideally I will get an MD/...