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How I got into Princeton (Interview 2)

Updated: Dec 30, 2019


  • SAT: 1550 (770 Math, 780 Reading)

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

  • GPA: 3.98

  • Rank in Class: 3

  • Size of Class: 392

  • AP's Taken: Physics Mechanics, AB Calculus, Biology, American History, European History, Statistics, English Language, English Literature, French Language, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, Latin, Art History


  • I was on my band team and become the leader of our team during my sophomore year and stayed a leader until my senior year.

  • I was my school's treasurer from my freshman year to my senior year.

  • I did swimming my freshman year, but stopped because I realized that I wasn't really interested in it.

  • I started the history, poetry and book clubs at my school and served as president of those clubs from my freshman year to my senior year.

Short Personal Story

"I had visited the winter during my junior year and summer after it and I absolutely loved it! The buildings are gorgeous, the people are so nice, and the fact that there were trees and actual nature on campus just blew me away! I was so beautiful and I knew right away that I really really wanted to be there.

So when I got accepted, I could barely control myself! I started crying, screaming, laughing, jumping and dancing all around the house!

I remember running up to my dog, startling her, and giving her huge hugs and kisses for no reason and pretty much yelling at her 'I LOVE YOU SO MUCH.' It was one of the best days of my life. I can still remember how I felt now.

I surprised my mom and dad with it when they came home from work by just leaving my computer open on the table with a little note saying that I was in my room and that I was too sad to look at what was on the computer.

My mom saw the note first and called my name, then looked at the computer, screamed and passed out into my dad's arms.

My dad moved my mom to the sofa and I ended up coming out of my hiding spot to meet him. 'What's on the computer Annie?'

'I think got in.' I said with a huge smile while he took a look and I saw a small smile creep across his face as he opened his arms out to give me a hug and kiss on the forehead 'I knew you could do it.' He said and kissed my hair.

After my mom woke up we went out for dinner and my mom took me shopping.

It was probably the best day of my life."

Useful Advice

"I'm really bad at giving advice because I usually say 'cliche' things, but if I could say one thing, I'd tell people to start early.

I did okay with that and started around May after junior year, so had about 4 or 5 months to really get everything together and really plan out what I wanted to say and what I would do if I were given the old prompts for various schools.

Even though it worked out for me, if I were to go back, I'd probably start the beginning of Junior year. For me, I had completed my SAT's and had most of my AP's done my the spring of my Junior year so I didn't really have to worry about that, but if I could I would have gotten that out of the way in the fall or winter so that I would have a full year to really plan out what I wanted to say and make a really good case at to why I belong at Princeton or Harvard or Yale.

I think that most people rush their apps and that causes a lot of stress and usually leads to them not being as good as they could be. I'd suggest that they start planning like 9 months in advance where they want to go, what they want to do there and how they want to come across to the admissions officer."

Princeton Undergraduate, Class of 2023

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