College Admissions Info

University of California - Santa Cruz, ‘17
BS, Neuroscience

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Currently a junior at the University of California, Santa Cruz with a major in Neuroscience and a minor in History
From: Cerritos , California
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 13 schools
Accepted At: UCSC, UC Riverside
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Hindi, Spanish

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1370
Highest SAT: 1930
SAT Prep:

High School Performance

(no specification of weighting)
Top 25%
High School Type: Public
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady
Explanation of Any Low Grades:

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Track & Field
Extracurricular Activities: Green Club
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College Application Essays

Personal Statement: Role model/inspiration
461 Words
“So Mukul, you’re next in line! Will it be Harvard for you, too?” Increasingly, aunties, cousins, even friends, have posed this question to me during one too many dinner table conversations. This question speculates the fate of my future compared to that of my very accomplished older siblings, both of whom navigated the murky waters of our parents’ divorce, became financially independent and supported my mom and me, and entered careers where they committed themselves to serving communities in...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
179 Words
One of the biggest draws to BU is that I am well acquainted with the city of Boston since I came often to visit my two siblings who attended graduate school in Cambridge and Boston. When I came to visit, I was inspired by the diversity of the students and the intellectual vibe the city had to offer because of its plethora of universities and colleges. BU is at the heart of all this, and I would love to be...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
224 Words
There are a variety of reasons I am applying to Occidental. One, my sister graduated from a liberal arts college in southern California many years ago, which has allowed me to get an insider’s sneak peak at the kind of education a liberal arts college provides. Combining her experience with the research I’ve done on Occidental, I am excited about the possibility of being part of a school culture that values intellectual thought and dialogue, and socially aware...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
110 Words
New York is a vibrant, global city with diversity that is unparalleled, and this is a springboard for my aspirations of working in diverse, socioeconomically marginalized communities and creating a positive difference there. NYU’s leadership in global issues is something that I would like to be a part of, as I look forward to taking advantages of it’s connections throughout the world by studying abroad and meeting people from diverse backgrounds. This will in turn allow me to...

Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
544 Words
It’s a cold, dreary day and I’m craving something that’ll warm me up from the inside out. I go to a local restaurant that typically quenches this craving. Inside, I notice a sharp contrast from the dry, unforgiving atmosphere to an environment rich with heat and spice. I sit down, hardly glance at the menu before ordering the usual, and play the waiting game, anxiously observing the waiters serve other people with steamy dishes of colorful, aromatic...

College Admissions Advice

My advice about getting recommenders
86 Words
Make sure you ask people who you want to write letters for you as early as possible, to give them enough time to write a great...

Why I ultimately chose my school
61 Words
I ended up choosing UC Santa Cruz because it was far from my home in the suburbs of...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
48 Words
Definitely try to look for jobs or volunteering opportunities. Colleges like students who use...

What I’d change about my application process
56 Words
Definitely applying to fewer schools. I feel like I overestimated myself during the application process and cast...

What I like about my school’s location and culture
64 Words
Imagine a school with a forest on one side and the beach the another side. That's Santa Cruz for...