College Admissions Info

University of Pennsylvania, ‘17
BA, History, Economics

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Just a kid from Queens enjoying the Ivy League!
From: Astoria , New York
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 15+ schools
Accepted At: UPenn, Cornell, Wesleyan, Colgate, Holy Cross, BC, SUNY Geneseo, Miami, Trinity
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Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Spanish

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1520
Highest SAT: 2220
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High School Performance

(no specification of weighting)
Top 5%
High School Type: Other Private
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady
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Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Soccer
Extracurricular Activities: Key Club, National Honor Society, Yearbook, Tutoring/Mentoring, Student Council / Government, Prom Committee
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College Application Essays

Growing up as an only child, you get used to playing one-player video games, building LEGOs by yourself, and forcing your parents to participate in activities a little sibling would be more excited to join in on, like roughhousing or playing Pokémon cards. As much as my dad loved playing a card game he had no comprehension of whatsoever, I’m sure he and my mom would’ve enjoyed having a second kid around to, ironically enough, give them...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
480 Words
When I was in kindergarten, my teachers called my parents and told them that I was in trouble. Apparently, I had been telling all my classmates that Santa Claus didn’t exist and they were all distraught. My parents sat me down and tried their best to convince me that Santa was real and I was guaranteeing myself a spot on the naughty list and a lump of coal in my stocking. I wasn’t having it. “Mom,” I argued, ...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
301 Words
Academically, I’ve always been interested in a wide variety of subjects and disciplines. The curriculum of Penn’s College of Arts & Sciences has majors for both Political Science and History, along with a minor in American Public Policy, so I can find a path to the political career I’ve always wanted. The college offers the classes to satisfy nearly every undergraduate student in the world, but there’s a difference between taking a course and taking advantage of...

Additional Essay Details:
50 Words
1) Am I movable, immovable, or do I move? I chose immovable because I felt like the other two would likely be chosen more often, and thus my essay would stand out. 2) Just the usual academic essay. It's funny to see how much my interests have changed since I wrote this!

College Admissions Advice

Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
83 Words
I sent in an extra letter to Columbia once I got waitlisted, and a letter to Yale after I got deferred early action. Although...

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
18 Words
No, I did not. However,...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
73 Words
I had a horrible interview with Penn (short, tense, draining atmosphere) but I ended up getting in. I had a great interview...

How I chose schools to apply to
90 Words
I applied to pretty much every "top tier" school and decided I would pick which one to go to based on who accepted me. Don't do...

What I’d change about my application process
84 Words
I would do a lot more research into the social scene at the schools I applied to. I think I overestimated my ability to adapt...