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How I got into UPenn (Interview 13)


SAT: 1590 (790 Math, 800 Reading)

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

GPA: 3.86

Rank in Class: 10

Size of Class: 281

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


  • I've done ballet for the last 13 years.

  • I was the Vice-President of my class.

  • I was the founder and President of my schools Women in Computer Science and Engineering club.

Personal Story

"This is actually a pretty funny story because when decisions came out I was actually in the hospital so I had pretty much no idea until I woke up.

A couple friends and I were driving back from our prom weekend when we hit a deer and our car spun out of control and crashed into a tree. Glass flew through the window at us and thankfully, the tree was wedged right in the middle between her and I.

We called 911 bloody and covered in glass and were immediately taken to the hospital where I proceeded to pass out and just fall asleep for a couple days, drifting in and out of consciousness during those days.

This part I don't remember too well, but my mom tells we that once I got up for a decent amount of time, I asked what what day it was and that when she answered 'Friday' I told her to check my college admissions portal before I promptly passed. But, after leaving with a couple bruises, stitches, and a pair of crutches it was amazing to learn that I had gotten into Penn. I guess it was Karma's way of apologizing for the car accident."

Useful Advice

"Something important which I feel helped me out in putting me ahead of other applicants was the fact that I was really really good at something and I was a leader in other things.

I think that colleges look for a person who can commit to doing one thing and do it really really well. If you can show that in your application, it'll definitely put you ahead of the competition.

Secondly, colleges like leaders, people who have experience doing things and making thing happen. If you can show that on your application, it'll really serve you well.

So the only thing I'd suggest that any person applying do is focus on doing one thing really well, and obtaining some sort of leadership position in that one thing."

University of Pennsylvania Undergraduate, Class of 2023

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