College Admissions Info

william95
william95
Villanova University , Cornell University ‘17
BS, Finance

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Applied Economics and Management undergrad in CALS at Cornell
From: Cohoes , New York
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Transfer
Applied To: 2 schools
Accepted At: Cornell, UMich, Villanova, Northeastern, Binghamton
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Is English First Language: Yes

Test Scores

32
ACT
SAT IIs:
Highest ACT:
ACT Prep:

High School Performance

4.40
GPA
Top 1%
Rank
High School Type: Other Private
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis
Extracurricular Activities: National Honor Society, Charity Drive Organizing, Debate Club/Team
How Spent Summers:

College Application Essays

Personal Statement: Career aspirations
649 Words
When I left home in August to begin college, my enthusiasm was at an all-time high. Coming from a small high school, I was excited for the plethora of new opportunities and people that I would be exposed to, in both academic and social settings. Upon careful reflection, Villanova has not met my needs and desires, and I hope to regain my initial enthusiasm by transferring. My experience at Villanova has certainly provided me with some of the opportunities that...









Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
657 Words
When I originally entered college, my mind was set on majoring in Finance. However, at my current institution’s business school, majors cannot be declared until sophomore year, which has given me time to explore the different business specializations through introductory courses. Although my focus is still Finance, I have realized that there is no way to fully separate these specializations as ultimately they are intertwined. As a result of this epiphany, I believe Cornell’s Applied Economics and Management...









College Admissions Advice

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
137 Words
My parents insisted upon using a counselor who helped my friend's sister with her applications. I had already researched a great deal about schools and the admissions process on my own but the counselor did provide something helpful - brutal honesty. When I told her the schools I wanted to apply to, she made it a point to let me...



List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
109 Words
Cornell didn't have an interview but other schools such as Princeton, Penn, and Brown had them. They are casual (two in-person, one on the phone) but you should prepare to answer common questions such as: "Why are you applying to [insert school]?", "Tell me about yourself", "What makes you different than other applicants?", "What did you do last summer?", "Tell...



How to increase chances at my school
121 Words
Do not settle for a weak SAT or ACT score, especially if you're unhooked (not an URM, not a legacy, not first-gen, not recruited). In order to get into top schools with no hooks, you need to have your scores be around the 75%. Additionally, try to convey both fit and desire in your essays. This means researching schools to find...



Recommended summer activities during high school and college
91 Words
Volunteer work (especially creating your own project), internships, and research jobs. If you're up for it, creating your own business is a great experience too. I wouldn't spend money on any of the study abroad programs or pre-college programs (e.g. Summer@Brown) as admissions counselors know that they are mostly based on who can afford them. Legitimate programs include...



Post-college plans
18 Words
I'm looking to get into investment banking at a bulge-bracket firm (ex. Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley).

What I’d change about my application process
21 Words
I would have taken the ACT once more to get it to a 34 composite and spent more time on my essays.

How to approach transferring schools
277 Words
If you're looking to transfer, its best to do so for your sophomore year as programs are more flexible in terms of still graduating in 8 semesters. Knowing you want to transfer earlier is always better, as you can then set out to make a plan. No matter how much you don't like your current school (hopefully its not too much!),...





How to increase chances at my school
135 Words
Certain majors are easier to get into at Cornell than others. ILR and the Hotel school are known for having less rigorous objective admission standards, but focus more on fit. Additionally, if you're a NY state resident, you may get a bit of a boost applying to one of the contract colleges (CALS, Human Ecology, ILR) in addition to a...



Reaching out to professors and coaches at schools I applied to
74 Words
I actually reached out to the admissions department and asked if I could speak with a current student in my major when I was applying to Cornell. I ended up asking her a bunch of different questions over email, and quoted some of her responses in my application essay as reasoning to why I wanted to go to Cornell. I...