College Admissions Info

University of Pennsylvania ‘17
BA, Philosophy, Political Science and Government, Economics, Pre-Law Studies

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

I am a UPenn undergraduate from Westchester, NY. I am studying "Politics, Philosophy, and Economics".
From: New Rochelle , New York
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Black / African American
Legacy: No
Admission: Early Decision
Applied To: 1 school
Accepted At: UPenn
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes

Test Scores

Highest SAT: 2240
Other SAT Scores:
SAT Prep:

High School Performance

Top 10%
High School Type: Public
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
Academic Performance in High School: Low at first but improved

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Track & Field
Extracurricular Activities: Hospital Volunteer, Local Orchestra / Symphony / Band, National Honor Society, School Jazz / Orchestra, Younglife (Christian), Tutoring/Mentoring, Yearbook, Student Council / Government, Debate Club/Team
How Spent Summers:
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College Application Essays

"Lessons I Learned From a Monster" "By the time my father was in high school, he had stopped believing in monsters. But that does not mean that they did not exist. Twenty eight years ago my father’s monster came for him. Its name was “cancer” and it haunted him for a year and a half. He was a seventeen year old, African American male whose future was beyond bright, but his monster did not care. It condemned him to...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
567 Words
The question for Penn '17 was "Are you a mover, movable, or immovable?" I said I was a mover. I wrote about how I did not like museums because i prefer to interact with history and culture rather than observe it behind thick glass displays in a museum exhibit. I then used this analogy to discuss how being a "mover" affects me as a learner who truly wants to engage with and apply what I learn in the classroom to...

College Admissions Advice

How to increase chances at my school
70 Words
Applying Early Decision gave me a huge advantage in the admission process. If you have the luxury, definitely start researching schools early and decide where you most want to go by the summer before senior year, Many schools accept half their class Early Decision. I believe that applying early really does increase your chances of getting in and helps indicate...

My advice about getting recommenders
153 Words
I decided to choose junior year teachers to write my recommendations. It is best to choose teacher from your junior year because they are the most familiar with your mot recent work. Instead of choosing teachers who "knew me the best", I chose the teachers whose classes i did the best in, grade-wise. I wanted the teachers to support and...

Why I ultimately chose my school
47 Words
I chose Penn because I liked its located in the middle of the dynamic city of Philadelphia and I found it interesting that they offered the major, "Philosophy, Politics, and Economics". If you are looking for a school with interdisciplinary majors/programs, Penn is an excellent choice!

Post-college plans
34 Words
After Penn, I would like to get a J.D.-M.B.A. at Columbia University or New York University. Then, I would like to do something involving public policy, government, consulting, or advertising.

What I like about my school’s location and culture
29 Words
At Penn, you learn almost as much from your peers as you do from your professors. The number of talented and interesting people you meet at Penn is astounding.

What I’d change about my application process
78 Words
I would have visited more schools before applying ED to Penn. I did not visit any other schools before deciding on Penn. In addition, I think that it is important to visit classes and try to stay overnight with a current student before deciding on a school. I wish I would have done this at more schools. In addition, doing...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
113 Words
Do volunteer work, an internship in something your passionate about, or take summer classes. Columbia University has a summer program for high school students that I highly recommend. It was costly but I was able to take a 3 week class on molecular biology through the program and get a taste of life at an Ivy League University. I also volunteered...

What set me apart from other applicants
107 Words
The best information my high school counselor gave me was that every successful applicant to a top tier university tells a story with their application. My application was not a jumble of "impressive" grades and things i did in high school because they would "look good". I took a long time and really thought about what "story" I wanted to...