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How I got into Brown (Interview 3)


SAT: 1520 (800 Math, 720 Reading)

ACT: 35 (34 English, 36 Math, 34 Reading, 36 Science)

GPA: 4.0

Rank in Class: 1

Size of Class: 314

Ap's Taken: Biology, Physics Mechanics, AB Calculus, BC Calculus, American History, World History, Statistics, Computer Science, Chemistry, English Language, English Literature


  • I played varsity lacrosse and football at my high school and was the captain of the football team from my sophomore year until my senior year.

  • I was the captain of my schools science bowl team and president of my schools science olympiad team

  • I volunteered to teach children in developing nations every summer from the sixth grade until my senior year in high school

Personal Story

"It was such a relief getting into Brown. When doing college applications, I wanted to get into Princeton and Harvard, but I thought that maybe they'd be too difficult to get into so I hedged my bets and went with Brown because I figured that by applying early I had a pretty good shot of getting in.

My bet paid off and I did get into Brown, but decided to play my hand at Princeton, Harvard, and Stanford and I did not get in. It was alright though because I had already gotten into Brown and could go there instead."

Useful Advice

"If I could tell anyone who wants to go to Brown anything I would tell them to start early and apply for Brown first.

When you apply for a college early often times your odds of making it in increase almost four fold than when you apply later. So, I'd say that you should reserve your moderate reaches for earlier in your application rather than later so that one, you have a better chance of making it in, and two you are going to a school which is somewhat a reach, but is close enough to your ability that it's not too insane.

Basically, don't put all your eggs into a Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, or Yale on your early application. You can go for maybe a Brown, Cornell, or Colombia where you'll have a much better shot of making it in. Then, if you want to try your hand at one of the more exclusive ivies you can try your hand at it."

Brown Undergraduate, Class of 2023

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