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How I got into Columbia (Interview 1)


SAT: 1520 (780 Math, 740 Reading)

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

GPA: 3.97

Rank in Class: 3

Size of Class: 293

Ap's Taken: Chemistry, Physics Mechanics, Physics Electricity and Magnetism, AB Calculus, BC Calculus, Biology, American History, World History, US Government, Statistics, Computer Science, Chinese Language, English Language, English Literature, European History


  • I was the captain of my schools golf team during my junior and senior years and played on the varsity team during all four years in high school

  • I was the leader of my schools "Jazz Band" and served at the leader of the band during my junior and senior years

  • I was the president of my schools Engineering club in my sophomore year and served as president of the club until my senior year

Personal Story

"When I applied to Columbia I didn't expect to get in. I applied with the idea that I would 99.9% be rejected.

I had applied to Harvard in the fall and unsurprisingly, was very rejected, and after that I pretty much gave up on getting into the Ivy League. So it was pretty much a shock getting in."

Useful Advice

"You have to apply early because it really allows you to set yourself up and position yourself really well to capitalize on your opportunity.

I'd recommend starting in the early summer so that you have a good shot of finishing up and getting everything ready by the time September rolls around."

Columbia Undergraduate, Class of 2023

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