Stanford ‘18
B.A., Philosophy
Features Included


Hometown Durham
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
AdmissionRegular Decision
English First Language Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken French

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • Bryn Mawr College (Bryn Mawr, PA)
  • Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH)
  • Duke University (Durham, NC)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC)
  • University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
  • Smith College (Northampton, MA)
  • Wellesley College (Wellesley, MA)
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
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Stanford University (Stanford, CA)

Applied for a B.A. in Philosophy

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

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Personal Statement
655 Words
Love of writing, Creative personal story
True Fiction I have a secret. I have lived more than one life. In fact, I’ve lived hundreds. I’ve been an emotionally detached man with a deeply instilled sense of duty. I’ve been a fragile girl with three days left to live. I’ve witnessed my town burned by raiders. I’ve been an life auctioneer. I’ve rescued a friend from a collapsing building. I’ve sacrificed my life for someone. My secret? I am a...
Supplemental Essay Amusing anecdote
602 Words
What happens when you cross Darwin’s theory of evolution with a louse? Survival of the Nittest I’m not a nitpicky person, but an event in October forced me to be. After finishing my last class of the trimester, I came skipping back onto hall with my spirits high. I needed to only get through two exams (the other classes had papers and projects) before trimester break. After class, I barged into my friend Grace’s room and we...
Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
122 Words
Duke As a student at NCSSM, I have had the opportunity of becoming well acquainted both with Duke and Durham. Since this past summer, I have been doing research with the Center for Advanced Hindsight at the Fuqua School of Business under Dan Ariely. I have greatly enjoyed my experience within the lab and seek to work with the colleagues I have made there as an undergraduate. Duke is the only university that has centers that study both neuroeconomics and...
Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
405 Words
Wellesley My mother is a monster. A Rosemonster. She received her undergraduate degree at a small women’s school, Rosemont College, located in a suburb of Philadelphia. To this day, she remains close with her fellow “Rosemonsters,” a group of eight women. I have witnessed the bond they share even after all these years. I’ve heard them discuss the advantages of attending a small liberal arts women’s college, things like intimate class sizes, daily access to faculty, a...

General Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
324 Words
"It's not you. It's me." - Colleges Really? Really. With admissions rates at the country's top universities dipping below 10%, you may wonder if you'll get in anywhere. I took "the scatter approach" in my admissions process, applying to a variety of schools, crossing my fingers I'd get in somewhere just by chance. As you can see, with my being accepted at Stanford (with the Class of 2018 admit rate at 5.07%) and being denied from Harvard, Yale, Princeton, UPenn (Wharton) and Brown, acceptance does not come down to the selectivity of the college. Acceptance is primarily driven by what the college needs...

High School Performance

Weighted GPA
Top 1%
High School TypeBoarding
Academic Performance in High School Steady

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Converted SAT Score1590
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AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details3 classes and scores



ActivitiesSchool Band, School Jazz / Orchestra, DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America), Tutoring/Mentoring, Gay/Straight Alliance, World/Global Affairs Club
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