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How I got into Brown (Interview 8)

Updated: Dec 30, 2019


SAT: 1530 (800 Math, 730 Reading)

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

GPA: 3.79

Rank in Class: 14

Size of Class: 211

Ap's Taken: Physics Mechanics, Physics Electricity and Magnetism, AB Calculus, BC Calculus, American History, Statistics, Computer Science, English Language, English Literature


  • I was the captain of my schools Science Olympiad and Science Bowl teams in my junior and senior years

  • I was the president of my schools math league from my sophomore year through my senior year

  • I was the president of my schools STEM club in my junior and senior year

Personal Story

"Making it into Brown was pretty magical. I had no shot of making it in. I really thought that it was the biggest reach out of all my choices for college. I pretty much expected a rejection because I read a 100 stories on reddit with kids having much better statisitcs and extracurriculars being rejected left and right so I pretty much assumed that I would be rejected without a doubt.

But, I still applied and when Ivy Day rolled around I somehow, someway, made it in... That was absolutely insane! After applying, I didn't even bother to visit Brown becuase I never in my wildest dreams thought that I had even a ghost of a chance of making it into there and here I was with the opportunity to attend one of the best schools in the country and in the world. That was crazy!"

Useful Advice

"As it relates to applying for college I don't think that there's anything new I can really say on that topic, but as it relates to essay writing for college, I could offer my two cents.

I think something which really helped me stand out was talking about my pet snake and why I love her to death and the impact she's had on my life. I don't think that admissions officers had seen an essay about the love of snakes so it helped me stand out from other applicants who, most likely, wrote much more generic and similar essays.

While this is pretty cliche, I'd say that anyone trying to apply to Brown and get in should focus a significant amount of time on their essay and not really their resume. Pretty much everyone does the same sports, has the same resume and very similar grades. The only way a person will get to stand out is through their supplementals and essays. I'd suggest focussing 80% of their time here to make sure that they can tell a truly unique and captivating story which allow them to make an admissions officer pause for a little bit and want to know a little more about them.

I think that because there are so many people applying to Brown, unless you stand out through the essay you risk being 'commoditized' and it's much either to toss an application if there's a thousand others like it, than to toss out one which captures your interest and makes you want to meet the person."

Brown Undergraduate, Class of 2023

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