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How I got into UPenn (Interview 3)


SAT: 1540 (770 Math, 770 Reading)

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

GPA: 4.00

Rank in Class: 1

Size of Class: 173

Ap's taken: Chemistry, Physics Mechanics, Physics Electricity and Magnetism, AB Calculus, BC Calculus, Environmental Science, Biology, Statistics, Computer Science, English Language, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics.


  • I was the founder of my schools Entrepreneurship club

  • I was the Vice-President of my schools DECA chapter in my sophomore year, became president in my junior year and stayed president in my senior year

  • I was the captain of the spring track and field distance team from my sophomore year through my senior year.

Personal Story

"The funny thing was that I wasn't too concerned about getting into Penn at first. I thought that I was an amazing student and was pretty confident that I could get in anywhere. After I got deferred from Harvard in the fall, I became pretty certain that I would be able to get into pretty much every school I would apply to. I went on this huge ego trip which didn't end up being true, but it gave me the confidence to try.

After I was deferred from Harvard I decided to try my hand at Princeton, Yale, Penn and Cornell. I ended up being rejected by all of them but Penn and Cornell which hurt, but it felt great being part of this exclusive club of high achievers. I learned a good lesson about being too cocky and overconfident in my ability which served me pretty well so that once I actually got here I wouldn't get sucker punched by classes like some of my other friends were.

Overall though, I am pretty excited that I got into Penn, while at the time I was focused more on the negatives than the positives I think that I, for the most part, was excited that I could move on to this next chapter of my life and start learning and doing cool things at this amazing and new place."

Useful Advice

"Don't get too cocky and sure of yourself. At the time I really couldn't see past my ego so it sucked when my ego was crushed by reality. I'd advise anyone trying to apply to these elite schools to approach it with a healthy dose of skepticism because you really have no idea what's going to happen. Never, ever believe that you're so good that you can't be rejected because when you do get rejected you'll be crushed. If you hope for the best, anticipate the worst, and prepare for the worst case scenario you'll never be disappointed.

Approach each application with a healthy dose of realism and skepticism and accept the odds that you're probably not going to get in. But, even still, you should apply and give it your all because you never know."

University of Pennsylvania Undergraduate, Class of 2023

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