College Admissions Info

Yale University ‘15

Profile Overview

Profile contains
  • Test Scores
  • High School Performance
  • Extracurriculars & Awards
  • 2 supplemental essays
  • 9 advice topics

Student Background

From: Boca Raton , Florida
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: No
Admission: Early Action
Applied To: 10 schools
Accepted At: Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Florida, USC, Emory, Duke, UNC-Charlotte, Vanderbilt
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Spanish

Test Scores

Highest SAT: 2370
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Highest ACT:
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High School Performance

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

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: Academic Decathlon, Conservancy Volunteer, Chinese Club, Local Orchestra / Symphony / Band, National Honor Society
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College Application Essays

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
13 Words
The standard "I love Yale!" essay. Included concrete details from my visit there.

Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
42 Words
Opened with an amusing description of my utter failure in drawing a horse. (Think the stick figure of horses.) Talked about how I later fell in love with art history and how I related that aesthetic appreciation to my love of biology.

Additional Essay Details:
5 Words
For my Common App essay:

College Admissions Advice

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
49 Words
If you were lucky, as I was, to go to a solid public high school with a great guidance counselor, a private admissions counselor will largely be a waste of your money. Online messaging boards like College Confidential will give you the same information without charging the exorbitant prices.

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
69 Words
Most of my interviews were held at Starbucks. They were not too stressful, we mainly went over my resume (be sure to bring a copy!). Most of my interviewers were lawyers. Definitely come prepared with questions for your interviewer about the school. They might be interviewing you for your application, but you should also be interviewing them so you know...

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
54 Words
My school offered many scholarship opportunities, and I was lucky in that regard. I applied for many scholarships and was fortunate enough to get many of them. If you are a great applicant, you will likely be well-received at many different scholarship foundations. Apply to as many things as possible and see what happens!

How I chose schools to apply to
101 Words
I chose the standard HYPS because their financial aid package is generous. The other Ivy Leagues were reputed to not be as generous in their aid packages. I also picked upper mid-tier schools that offered full ride scholarship opportunities (Duke for AB Duke, UNC for Robertson Scholars, Vanderbilt for Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholarship, USC for a scholarship whose name I don't...

How to increase chances at my school
32 Words
Yale has been expanding its STEM program enormously, so if you are interested in STEM definitely apply as a STEM major because the Yale Admissions Office has recruitment targets for STEM majors.

My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
481 Words
Won the Yale English Department's J. Edward Meeker Writing Prize. SCIENCE AND HEALTH POLICY EXPERIENCE Health Policy Consultant, Yale School of Public Health and Center for Patient Partnerships (Fall 2013 – present) o Worked to improve the national Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers & Systems (CAHPS) survey from the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality o Helped develop a coding schema...

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
6 Words
Watch "That's Why I Chose Yale"

Why I declined other schools
45 Words
Harvard was a sad, sad place. I went during Visitas and everyone was just so cold to me! If people weren't going to be nice to me as a prefrosh, I could abandon any dreams of people being nice to me as an actual student.

What set me apart from other applicants
183 Words
Given that I don't really have a compelling hook (Asian America female from suburbia and upper middle class background), for me test scores and grades were a prerequisite. I more or less had a perfect academic record in high school, but that alone will not get you into Yale (and I know many people with similarly impressive testing and transcripts...