College Admissions Info

Harvard University ‘
Mathematics, Computer Science, Language Studies and Linguistics

Profile Overview

Profile contains
  • Test Scores
  • High School Performance
  • Extracurriculars & Awards
  • 6 advice topics

Student Background

From: Harrisburg , Pennsylvania
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 6 schools
Accepted At: CMU, Cornell, Harvard, Pitt
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Spanish

Test Scores

Highest SAT: 2200
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High School Performance

Top 1%
High School Type: Public
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
College Classes In High School:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Soccer, Track & Field
Extracurricular Activities: Student Council / Government, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, School theater/plays, Tutoring/Mentoring, National Honor Society
How Spent Summers:

College Application Essays

College Admissions Advice

What set me apart from other applicants
71 Words
I made sure to highlight the things that made me me. There are plenty of people with similar grades and "standard" activities, so I didn't focus on them in my essays or interviews. Instead I talked about things like baking bread, because I knew I could really display my personality while talking about something that, although it's not necessarily crazy...

Why I declined other schools
32 Words
Given my situation, Harvard was the best choice. Cornell and Carnegie Mellon were tempting, but 1. both of them messed up my financial aid application and 2. I like the Cambridge/Boston area more.

My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
61 Words
My main extracurricular here has been getting involved with the mountaineering club on campus. It's a really great way to learn how to rock climb because they have a lot of gear that you can borrow, letting you start out cheaply. Additionally, I work in an education lab, take a pottery class, and often go to the on campus bouldering...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
124 Words
I only interviewed for three schools, MIT, UChicago, and Harvard, and I'd rate how well I thought they went in the same order. My Harvard interviewer even suggested I apply somewhere else instead! My results, however, were the exact opposite-rejected at MIT, waitlisted at UChicago, and accepted at Harvard. The takeaway? Relax during your interview. It's a great chance to...

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
257 Words
Although there are a lot of national challenges with big rewards, look for the small local ones! Ultimately, you're more likely to get a decent amount of money by applying to a lot of smaller local awards rather than a lot of big ones, as they attract much more attention. By really focusing on a few and reworking all your...

My advice about getting recommenders
143 Words
My recommendation letters were written by the teachers I got to know the most during high school-one math, one english. To figure out whom you should ask, first check the requirements for the schools to which you are applying, often they require some sort of balance (like 1 science teacher and 1 humanities teacher). Then pick the one's that know you the...