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How I got into Columbia (Interview 2)


SAT: 1550 (790 Math, 760 Reading)

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

GPA: 4.00

Rank in Class: 2

Size of Class: 237

Ap's Taken: Chemistry, Physics Mechanics, Physics Electromagnetism, AB Calculus, BC Calculus, Biology, American History, Statistics, English Language, English Literature, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics


  • I was the founder and president of my engineering club and served as president for all four years in high school.

  • I was the founder of my schools chess club and served as president of the club from my

  • I was the varsity swim captain from my sophomore year through to my senior year in high school

Personal Story

"I was kind of excited when I got into Columbia. At first it was like this delayed excitement where I was excited, but not overly excited when I first got the news, but then maybe two or three weeks later I was hit with this feeling of euphoria and bliss because my brain just realized that 'Holy crud I'm going to Columbia!' and it had finally registered."

Useful Advice

"The essay is really important so it's important that people spend the bulk of their time focusing on that aspect of their application.

I believe that people focus too much on the extracurriculars and the grades, but honestly they're not that important. I learned through the internet that pretty much everyone has the same extracurriculars and grades and that if you rely too heavily on that to get into a good college like Columbia, you won't get in.

This is super cliche, but the essay is really the most important part of the college application process and people should spend their time focused on how they can present themselves in the best light possible so that they can show the people reading their essays why they're special and should be a part of that school."

Columbia Undergraduate, Class of 2023

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