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How I got into Princeton (Interview 3)

Updated: Dec 30, 2019

Stats

  • SAT: 1600 (800 Math, 800 Reading)

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

  • GPA: 4.00

  • Rank in Class: 1

  • Size of Class: 192

  • AP's Taken: Chemistry, Physics Mechanics, Physics Electricity and Magnetism, AB Calculus, BC Calculus, Environmental Science, Biology, American History, World History, US Government, Statistics, Computer Science, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, Chinese Language, English Language, English Literature, European History, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics.


Extracurriculars

  • I was on my schools varsity wrestling, track and soccer teams from my freshman year till my senior year.

  • I participated in my school's math league, science bowl, math olympiad, science olympiad, history bowl, debate, and DECA teams. I was also the president of my school's STEM and Engineering Clubs

  • I was my class treasurer from my sophomore year until my senior year


Short Personal Story

"It was pretty cool getting into Princeton. My sister had visited there a couple . years earlier and I thought that it was a pretty cool place. I liked the atmosphere and the general feel of the campus and town.

When I applied, we visited one more time and I still really liked Princeton and was really eager to go. So receiving the acceptance from Princeton was pretty exciting. It was like being given a ticket your favorite concert except this was much better."

Useful Advice

"I'm not sure if my application was too special, but what I did personally was get my SAT and AP testing out of the way as soon as possible so that I could really buckle down and get to work writing killer essays and supplementals and stuff like that.


I finished my SAT's in maybe Junior Autumn or the Summer after Sophomore year, but I wanted them out of the way because I knew that the essays would be pretty much what would make the bulk of the decision making process for the admissions officers.


I'd say that people should really try to begin early because the application process always takes longer than you think it does and having had an older sister who went through it, it helped me be much more prepared for the whole situation.


If you could start maybe 6 months out from the day planning and making some sort of mental model as to what you want to say it will go a long way in helping you make an essay that really stands out from the rest."

Princeton Undergraduate, Class of 2023

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