College Admissions Info

Yale University ‘17
BA, Political Science and Government

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

From: Annapolis
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Early Action
Applied To: 1 school
Accepted At: Yale
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes

Test Scores

Highest SAT: 2280
SAT Prep:
Other Standardized Tests:

High School Performance

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

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: Student Council / Government, Model Congress / Model UN, Political Campaign, Charity Drive Organizing, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, Tutoring/Mentoring, Special Olympics, School Choir
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College Application Essays

Looking back, I feel pretty bad for Wendy. All she’d done was play dodgeball with me at camp—but she had talked to me (at least briefly) and had cute freckles. Based solely on this, I determined that I was uncompromisingly, head-over-heels in love, and that my ten-year-old soul had found its perfect match. I decided to write her a love poem, a cascade of free-verse compliments meant to showcase the breadth and depth of my undying affection, and...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
515 Words
I bent the glowsticks sharply--snapsnapsnap--and brilliant rushes of orange, yellow, and blue flowed through the tubes. I raised the phosphorescent bundle over my head and walked into the surging crowd of kids streaming into the Dickinson College auditorium for the last dance of that session of CTY—and my final dance of my ten years with the program. “Glowsticks!” I bellowed. Within seconds I was surrounded with students looking to add some color to the dance floor. “Repeat after me,”...

College Admissions Advice

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
35 Words
I did not do this, and I can't imagine their advice is much better than the advice you can get by simply asking someone who got into school themselves. Most will tell you for free!

How to increase chances at my school
101 Words
Yale is not looking for one thing in particular, as I understand it. They're looking for strong students, good athletes, musicians, engineers as well as authors, etc. But there are a few constants: 1. They will want to see that you challenged yourself. 2. They will want to see that you're passionate about something that matters to you personally--that you found something...

Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
10 Words
I got in early decision so this is not applicable.

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
142 Words
The only school I interviewed at was Yale. I came out feeling pretty good about my interview, though not spectacular. Looking back, it probably counted neither in my favor nor against me. A few tips: -Come prepared with questions to ask. -Come prepared ready to answer questions like "what's important to you?" or "what is something you feel passionate about?"...

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
30 Words
I applied to a few scholarships in my community, including a program offered by my county and another offered through my local Elks lodge. Yale also meets 100% of demonstrated need!

How I chose schools to apply to
60 Words
I made a list of schools I was interested in and went on a whirlwind college tour my junior year. I liked several schools, but Yale especially grabbed my interest because students seemed so engaged, so enthusiastic, and so committed to making the world a better place. It was that culture of service and activism that encouraged me to apply.

Post-college plans
39 Words
It's very early in the game now, so I'm not sure. Perhaps a law degree, perhaps a master's in political science, nonprofit management, or peace and conflict resolution. Perhaps I'll work for a while and then figure it out.

Reaching out to professors and coaches at schools I applied to
31 Words
I did this only to ask if I could visit their classes when I was coming to look at Yale. They were very receptive to this, and I recommend doing it.

My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
387 Words
This seems like a lot, but this is just me--I like to keep busy. Most folks do less and prefer it that way. Also, keep in mind, a few of these things I only spend an hour a week--or even every other week--doing, like the discussion groups. -The Teaching Peace Initiative (Executive Director): I run an organization called the Teaching...

My advice about getting recommenders
35 Words
I had one from my academic advisor and ancient/US history teacher, another one from my biology teacher, and a supplementary one from the director of a summer program where I was a student leader.

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
50 Words
If you're interested in the social sciences like I was, working on a political campaign is fun, looks good on your app, and the people there are happy to have you on as an intern. I also did the Center for Talented Youth program and I really recommend it.

What I like about my school’s location and culture
106 Words
New Haven is an INCREDIBLE city with a lot of opportunities to get involved, a rich history and culture, and great food, shopping, and arts options. I've really enjoyed getting to know the city; it feels like so much more than just "the place where Yale is," it's as much my home as Yale. Some people don't choose to engage...

What I’d change about my application process
22 Words
I worried a lot that not taking calculus would prevent me from getting in, but it all worked out in the end.