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How I got into Columbia (Interview 9)


SAT: 1500 (790 Math, 710 Reading)

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

GPA: 3.86

Rank in Class: 4

Size of Class: 267

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


  • I was the captain of my schools Math League team from my Sophomore year through to my Senior year.

  • I was the captain of the Junior Varsity track team in my Senior year

  • I was the leader of my school orchestra team in my Junior and senior years

Personal Story

"I was pretty excited when I got into Columbia because I knew I had no shot of getting in, and the fact that I did, was a huge miracle.

When the day came to check our admissions status I remember my stomach being twisted in knots as I anticipated the release of the results. I it got so bad that I almost threw up a couple times in the last couple minutes before the decisions were released.

When they finally did come out I think I released the loudest 'YES' I have ever said in my life. It was just an amazing moment; and being able to share it with my family made it even more special."

Useful Advice

"Start early! Oh my goodness, what a wonder it would have been if I had started my applications just a little bit earlier.

I was so stressed and rushed in the final days leading up till the deadline as I rushed to get letters of recommendations, fill out financial aid, write supplements, and do all those other million things I had to do. I would have bee a much different, definitely calmer, place if I had just applied early.

For those procrastinators out there this is one of the few things in life you don't want to procrastinate because it will hurt, really bad, when you do.

If you can, I'd recommend starting to work on your recommendation letters and essays in the spring, around march or so, of your junior year and really start buckling down and making everything perfect for submission by July so that once August and September roll around, you'll be in fantastic shape.""

Columbia Undergraduate, Class of 2023

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