College Admissions Info

University of Pennsylvania ‘17
BA, Political Science and Government, Public Policy Analysis, Urban Studies and Affairs

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Authoritative voice on rural high school to Ivy League experience. Also, politics.
From: Knoxville , Tennessee
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 5 schools
Accepted At: UPenn, Tennessee
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes

Test Scores

Highest SAT: 2110
Highest ACT:

High School Performance

Top 5%
High School Type: Public
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
College Classes In High School:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady
Explanation of Any Low Grades:

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Baseball, Tennis

College Application Essays

As you've probably heard, you need a "catch" or "it factor" to get into a top University. I can't say that's not true. Will some people get in based on intellect alone? Yes, of course, but schools don't just want brains, they want action. My biggest draw was receiving a national grant that I used for a community service project that then provided me a summer internship. But I didn't go into it thinking "this will get me into college."...

College Admissions Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
44 Words
Princeton told me I was competing with thirty people for three spots. Penn treated me like part of the family, even though I was competing with thirty people for three spots. To me, that was a good sign of where I wanted to go.

My advice about getting recommenders
52 Words
My two best adult friends, who were my librarian and my AP English teacher wrote mine. I know that it was a huge plus for me, because I know both of them put a lot of effort into it. They took pride in making our school's first Ivy Leaguer in history possible.