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How I got into Columbia (Interview 3)


SAT: 1580 (800 Math, 780 Reading)

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

GPA: 3.97

Rank in Class: 1

Size of Class: 263

AP's Taken: Chemistry, Physics Mechanics, Physics Electricity and Magnetism, AB Calculus, BC Calculus, Environmental Science, Biology, American History, Statistics, Computer Science, English Language, English Literature, European History.


  • I was the leader of my schools literature team and book club

  • I had a internship at Google in my Junior and Senior years of high school

  • I was the president of my schools computer science club

Short Personal Story

"I was thrilled when I got into Columbia. It's a great school so I knew I would be happy there and have a lot of cool experiences there.

I visited a couple years back when my sister was deciding between Columbia and Penn and fell in love with Ithaca right away. I love the small city vibe the city has and how its like a big town instead of really feeling like a busy city. I loved the nature, parks and natural greenery found in Ithaca and how it helped bring the city to life and soften the buildings and highlight their beauty. I just loved everything about it.

Coming back a couple years later I knew I wanted to go to Ithaca because I knew that it was my city and going to Columbia would be the perfect school for me. So getting into it, was phenomenal and I wouldn't trade it for the world.

I was kind of excited to get in and just learn from and about all these amazing new people I'd get to see."

Useful Advice

"In general as it relates to college admissions you have to know what you want. I knew that I wanted a decently sized school which was located in a small city or a large town and had liberal arts majors as well as technical ones so thatI could explore both the humanities and artistic sides of myself.

I also knew that I needed nature. I love to go on walks, bike rides, and runs and being in a concrete jungle all year round would have depressed me, so nature was a big deal for me. Finally, I knew that I wanted to go to a good school which would ultimately help me become either a lawyer or engineer so that in the future I could go and pursue my passions at law school or graduate school.

By knowing exactly what I wanted, I was able to clearly state why I was the right person for the school and what I had to offer. My essay pretty much wrote itself because I knew exactly what I wanted, how I planned to get there, and the skills and talents I had and could acquire at Columbia.

For everyone who is applying to college, be sure to really know why you want to go to that place and make sure that you have a crystal clear idea of who you want to be and how that college will help you get there because one you have that, everything will be so much easier to handle."

Columbia Undergraduate, Class of 2023

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