College Admissions Info

Northwestern University, ‘
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

From rural Northwestern University, University of Michigan Medical School
From: Savannah , Missouri
Gender: Male
Legacy: Both Parents, Sibling
Admission: Early Decision
Applied To: 2 schools
Accepted At: UMich, Northwestern
Denied At:
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Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Russian

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1380
Highest SAT: 1960
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High School Performance

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

Sports: Tennis
Extracurricular Activities: Debate Club/Team, American Red Cross, National Honor Society, Tutoring/Mentoring
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College Application Essays

This is a fairly typical essay style. However, the great thing about this essay is that it focuses on something that went wrong. And it just sounds bad. College essays are weird in that they usually don't want to hear about how awesome you are. They really want to hear about how you know you have a lot to learn. Frankly, coming out of high school is just a point in your life that you will see that almost no...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
128 Words
I gave maybe 2 sentences at the very beginning talking about how prestigious the school is. Has great research opportunities and even as a freshman I will be able to have great access to those opportunities. I spent the rest of the space though talking about how Northwestern is right on Lake Michigan. I have a personal connection with the Lake since all of my summer's had previously been spent there sailing on it. So I talked about how it would...

Additional Essay Details:
26 Words
This was Northwestern's only essay, but it was geared specifically for going to Weinberg's College of Arts and Sciences admissions board. I think it was 500 words.

College Admissions Advice

Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
77 Words
This can be a good idea if you're thinking you've done something very noteworthy that was not put into your app. Always be...

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
50 Words
I did not. My school was also not well equipped for providing me info on...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
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No school ever offered me an interview. However, some schools do have optional alumni interviews. DO THEM....

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
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Calling the school you want...

How I chose schools to apply to
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Rank. Size. Location. In hindsight, if you're thinking about medical school, the undergraduate...

How to increase chances at my school
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Be unique. Be professional. And BE AHEAD OF SCHEDULE!!!! Even if a school says they are not rolling admission... they are. Every school starts accepting kids under the table in order to make sure they...

My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
37 Words
In college, I created the Organic Chemistry Club, started my own...

Post-college plans
78 Words
Med School. Possible PhD. I am still considering having the military pay for Med school, which then would mean at least 4 years of...

Reaching out to professors and coaches at schools I applied to
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I didn't do this. But a friend of mine did with the debate coach at Northwestern. It actually...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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I took all of my physics courses in the summer between Soph and Junior years of college at DePaul University. One of...

What I like about my school’s location and culture
104 Words
It's on Lake Michigan. The kids here actually are not great. I can't wait to go to a school where kids appreciate their University (I can say this because even I...

What I’d change about my application process
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I would have possibly applied to more...

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
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Nothing that the school already knows, like how...

What set me apart from other applicants
66 Words
My depth of participation and my successes in Debate and Forensic competitions in high school. Also I had some...

My advice about getting recommenders
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Debate Coach. Teachers who have taught for a long time. They are more credible. Also an alum...

Why I declined other schools
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Early Decision...

Why I ultimately chose my school
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I wanted to go somewhere that would put...