College Admissions Info

Columbia University ‘17
BA, Mathematics

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Focused mainly on academics, only had one primary extracurricular of computer programming.
From: Boston , Massachusetts
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 15+ schools
Accepted At: UMich, UC Berkeley, CMU, WashU, Harvey Mudd, Johns Hopkins, Columbia
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes

Test Scores

Highest SAT: 2280
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High School Performance

Top 5%
High School Type: Public
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Tennis
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College Application Essays

I was riding in a white van rumbling along a dirt road in the Arizona desert. It was spring break of my sophomore year of high school, and my church’s youth group was excited about the prospects of our service trip. Before taking the plane from Boston to Tucson, we had planned a variety of community service activities and educational talks for the upcoming week. Now that we’d finally arrived in Arizona, I couldn’t wait to learn...

Supplemental Essay: Strong beliefs/principles
187 Words
I was excited to watch the second Romney-Obama debate because of its main focus: the nation's current economic situation. I had learned a great deal about this topic in an economics course the year before, so I prepared myself for an interesting debate about complex economic issues. However, my excitement dwindled as the debate progressed. Both of the candidates explained the complexities of the national economy with the completely incorrect metaphor of household finance. This misinformation removed the possibility for...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
225 Words
Academically, I value the strength of Columbia's departments in the fields that I'm currently most interested in: economics and the natural sciences. With regards to the Computer Science Department--the other field in which I'm very interested--the abundance of interdisciplinary programs that incorporate computer science into other fields is very appealing. For example, courses such as Scientific Computation and Introduction to Quantum Computing exemplify the type of academics that I'm currently most excited about. I love learning about such connections between...

Supplemental Essay: Strong beliefs/principles
510 Words
I’m the type of person who moves. However, it doesn’t seem that way when I’m sitting at my desk, focused intently. Whether I’m focusing on homework, a video, or an online chat with friends, my attention seems immoveable—my brain is connected directly to what I’m focusing on and there isn’t room for anything else. Suddenly, I hear someone calling my name … It’s my mom, calling me to do the dishes. I break...

Supplemental Essay: Strong beliefs/principles
327 Words
Whenever I learn, my goal is to understand every part and every connection between the parts, the sum of which makes up the whole of what I’m learning. Knowing that an equation gives me the right answer isn’t enough—I need to know why. The notion of understanding the flow and transformation of numbers in such an equation, or of data in an algorithm, never fails to spark my interest in what I’m working on. Because I...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
863 Words
It’s 2021, and I’ve just finished testing the first part of my algorithm. It’s only a beginning, but it’s a step down the right path. The algorithm is a little bit like a human because what it does is summarize. However, it’s unlike a human because it summarizes things a million times faster than could the average human being. If given an economic paper on a fiscal stimulus package, the algorithm will produce a summarized version...

Supplemental Essay: Strong beliefs/principles
265 Words
I value many things, and one of them is exploration. My parents have always helped me design my own dreams, even if it’s creating a ridiculously huge pair of paper wings as a child. I love my brother’s music and art that contrast so much with my academic world, because they open up paths that I would never have otherwise considered. I love waking up every day and knowing that there are a thousand different ways I can...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
391 Words
Hey future roommate, I'm Jeff. Believe it or not, I've had a roommate for 18 years. Actually, more than that--for nine months before I was born. Although at this point, you can't really call my twin Chris a roommate because we're a hallway apart. Anyways, I think that the best way for me to explain myself as your future roommate is to explain myself as a twin. What kind of alarm do you use to wake up in the morning? I...

Supplemental Essay: Strong beliefs/principles
531 Words
Four years ago, while I was still in middle school, I watched one or two of the McCain-Obama debates, and I was hardly capable of relating them to my life as I didn’t understand any of the issues discussed. Tonight, it’s the evening of October 16, only minutes before the start of the second presidential debate between Romney and Obama. I missed the first one, so the only memories in my mind are indistinct, emotionally charged moments from the...

Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
1040 Words
My dad grew up as the son of an electrician in Chicago who struggled to make ends meet; my mom grew up as the daughter of a successful corporate executive in Manhattan. In childhood, both of them experienced a stress on hard work. While raising my brother and me, my parents taught us the value of hard work—but also encouraged independence, and gave us infinite opportunities for exploration. For example, during elementary school, I had the crazy idea that...

College Admissions Advice

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
59 Words
My parents chose to get my a private admissions counselor. Although she helped a little bit by really consolidating all that I needed to do, I found that in general the internet was a better guide, and that I could figure out most of the stuff on my own. Asking family members to read my essays helped the most.

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
56 Words
I interviewed with a lot of schools (7 or 8) and they were for the most part the same type of interviews. They aren't expecting much, so just go in and respond to their questions while talking enthusiastically about your interests. If you really want you can bring in some questions about the school, but it's not necessary.

How I chose schools to apply to
55 Words
I resarched schools that had strong departments which I was interested in (math, computer science, physics, etc.), and tended to choose schools farther away from home, because I wanted a change of scenery. Beyond that I really just applied to most of the best schools with a safety of Michigan, which I have legacy at.

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
32 Words
Learn how to do computer programming! It makes getting any type of internship very easy, because all basic internships have use for a programmer. It's how I got my job at HSPH.

What I like about my school’s location and culture
50 Words
NYC is seriously amazing, and taking advantange of it is seriously fun. The school itself works amazingly--don't be daunted by Columbia's Core. In truth, it is just like a better form of distribution requirements. Instead of **** them like other schools do, we have great courses which are small and focused.

Why I declined other schools
48 Words
I decided to take myself off Harvard even though I probably could have gotten in (legacy and putting in the effort tended to work at my school). This was because it's too close to home compared to Columbia. Other than that, Columbia was just the best choice, academically.

My advice about getting recommenders
23 Words
Just choose two teachers who you talked to the most in high school, and who you're confident can give good reviews of you.