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How I got into UPenn (Interview 5)


SAT: 1590 (790 Math, 800 Reading)

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

GPA: 4.00

Rank in Class: 1

Size of Class: 187

Ap's taken: Chemistry, Physics Mechanics, Physics Electricity and Magnetism, AB Calculus, BC Calculus, Environmental Science, American History, European History, Computer Science, English Language and Composition, English Literature, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics


  • I was the President of my schools Business club in my junior and senior years as well the co-founder and Vice-President of my schools Entrepreneurship club

  • I ran track for 4 years and ran varsity track for 3 years in my sophomore, junior and senior years

  • I was the captain of my schools varsity soccer team in my junior and senior years

Personal Story

"I was pretty excited to get into Penn, not so much that it was exciting to get into an Ivy League school, but more that high school was over and all my hard work paid off.

I was so scared that I had put in a ton of work in high school just to end up at the same school as some other people who didn't put in nearly as much work, and that I would be in the same classes as people who weren't nearly as smart at me. But, after getting into Penn all my hard work was validated and that felt great!"

Useful Advice

"As for getting into an Ivy, I got into Cornell and Columbia so I would know, I think that it's important to be at the top of your class and have exceptional scores and have other useful skills.

It's pretty obvious that you need to be smart to get into the Ivy League. That's a given. If you're not, don't bother applying. However on top of having those good grades, you need to be able to show that you have other skills in other things. I am amazing at leading other people and was the president or VP of a bunch of clubs. This shows that not only am I smart, but I have amazing leadership ability too, making me a much better applicant than pretty much everyone else.

If you're smart, show off another skill to the applications officers and you should be good."

University of Pennsylvania Undergraduate, Class of 2023

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