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How I got into Columbia (Interview 8)

Updated: Dec 30, 2019


SAT: 1490 (760 Math, 730 Reading)

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

GPA: 3.76

Rank in Class: 11

Size of Class: 152

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


  • I was leader of my schools debate team

  • I was the president of the Peer Leadership Team in my school during my senior year

  • I was the Vice-President of my schools National Honor Society Chapter

Personal Story

"Getting into Columbia wasn't as exciting as I thought it would be. Honestly, it was great for like a couple days, but then the high wore off super fast."

Useful Advice

"Leadership, leadership, leadership! Schools want to see leadership positions. If you can get leadership positions in pretty much anything it'll double the chances you get in.

Two people could have the exact same essay, grades, and resume, but if one of them was the captain of a soccer team or served as the president of something, there is 90% chance they'll choose the person with the leadership position over the one without.

I'd tell them to try to focus on trying to obtain leadership positions in the clubs they are in because if it comes down to it, that's what's going to separate them from the people with really good grades, but can't lead."

Columbia Undergraduate, Class of 2023

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