College Admissions Info

Columbia University, ‘17
BA, Visual Arts, Computer Science

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

I am pusuing a BA in visual arts and computer science at Columbia College of Columbia University.
From: Seaside , California
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Native American
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 8 schools
Accepted At: UC Berkeley, UCSC, Washington, Northeastern, BU, UMich, Columbia
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Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Spanish

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1510
Highest SAT: 2190
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High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 1%
High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Cross Country (Recruited), Track & Field
Extracurricular Activities: Choir, Debate Club/Team, National Honor Society
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College Application Essays

“Yes!” I pull myself out of the pool, pick up my towel from the timer’s chair, and scuttle over to my swim coach. “Hey, I just saw your race. You swam well today.” “Yeah, thanks,” I respond, still breathing heavily, as one of my teammates, Aaron, approaches us. Aware I had just raced, Aaron asks, “How’d you do?” I answer proudly, “1:13!” He quickly replies, “Oh, I’m sorry…” Through a brief silence, my coach informs Aaron, “That’s...

Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
264 Words
Since I can remember, art has been an activity I enjoy doing. At a young age I began doodling in my workbooks and drawing in my spare time. When starting out I used mostly pencils, sometimes experimenting with pen or watercolor paints. Although I did not have fancy materials, I did the best with what I did have. I loved drawing from my imagination or observation. I had a knack for transferring three dimensional images into two dimensional format, but...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
221 Words
Not only does Columbia University match the quite specific outline of the college I wish to attend (a large university with a strong art program located in a liberal urban setting near the coast), but this school also exceeds my expectations. Columbia has more curricular and extracurricular opportunities than for which I could ever wish and creates an environment of both academic and social stimulation, but most of all, the aspect that most attracts me to Columbia is its location...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
215 Words
The novel Narcissus and Goldmund by Herman Hesse has had much influences on my life. The novel documents the life of Goldmund, the protagonist, and Narcissus, the foil. As a young boy Goldmund wishes to follow Narcissus into monkhood, but Narcissus explains to Goldmund that they cannot live similar lives as they do not have similar personalities. Narcissus’s statements disturb Goldmund. After an epiphany, Goldmund goes on a journey that initially seems to have no direction. Goldmund enjoys his...

College Admissions Advice

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
154 Words
This advice is specific to scholarships regarding financial aid at Columbia University. If you plan to apply for financial aid, any scholarships you earn that must be sent directly to the school (i.e. they don't give you the check) will first be applied towards your...

What I like about my school’s location and culture
200 Words
For me the defining feature of Columbia University is its location in NYC. Living directly in one of the largest, more diverse cities in the world gives you so many opportunities for work, fun, and career-planning. Columbia definitely cares about its students and more of the administration will do whatever they can to help you succeed if you reach out...

Why I ultimately chose my school
368 Words
For me, my decision came down to choosing between Columbia, U Mich, Northeastern, and pursuing getting off the waitlist at Yale. For visual arts (or any other major, really), the city you study in plays a major part in your success in finding work after receiving your degree. Although other schools might have higher ranking visual arts programs, I ultimately chose Columbia because I knew I would be immersed in an area where I could really apply my interest in visual arts and find endless opportunities on and well as off campus. Sure, I could have attended U Mich instead...