I recently graduated from a public high school in suburban Minnesota. My former school has about 2200 students and typically sends about 1-2 kids per year to a HYPSM (Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, MIT) school or equivalent. Most students attend the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
BY THE NUMBERS (as they stood when I applied):
- Unweighted GPA: 3.817/4.000. My GPA wasn’t the best, but I had by far the most rigorous courseload of anyone at my school.
- Rank: 77/560. See above.
- APs: Calculus BC 4, US History 5, European History 3, English Language and Composition 5, Chemistry* 3, Biology* 4, Human Geography* 3; awaiting scores on Physics C Mechanics, Physics C Electricity and Magnetism, Computer Science, English Literature, Statistics
- SAT I: Reading 790, Math 750, Writing 740
- SAT II: US History 780, Math II 760, Biology-M 740
- ACT: English 35, Math 33, Reading 36, Science 35 (composite: 35)
- PSAT: 216
I’m also 15 years old (SIXTEEN in less than a week!). I don’t know how my age affected my application, if at all, but it’s just something you may want to consider while looking at my academic profile. Another curious thing about me is that I won a game show when I was 10. It was so long ago that I doubt it was relevant to my application, but it’s on my resume, so I thought I’d mention it here.
I was going to put something about my essays here, but this post is long enough already. I’ll write about essays later.
I hope to major in something science-y, probably biology-related. After college, grad school is definitely happening – possibly a Ph.D., possibly an M.D., or even both (Ph.D.-M.D.)! I don’t really know. Medical research seems like a plausible career for me, but who knows? I could spontaneously decide to become a baker.
…Except that would never happen, because I baked and frosted a cake with my sister within the last couple days and it was exhausting and stressful. I don’t see a future in the culinary arts for me.
BUT HOW DID YOU GET IN?
Umm… I’m not sure. Magic and luck?
THAT’S NOT A GOOD ENOUGH ANSWER
Sorry, the minds of college admissions officers are as enigmatic to me as they are to you. I have some theories, though, which I’ll elaborate on later.
So, I hope my voice is somewhat unique in this lovely group of people! I chose FroSoCo (Freshman-Sophomore College) as my #1 pick for a dorm, so hopefully I’ll be able to give some insight into how that works this fall. I also have a lot of theories about how college admissions works and am always happy to give advice about the college application process.
And if you read all of this:
Expect to see more of me in the future,