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How I got into Yale (Interview 6)

Stats

SAT: 1580 (790 Math, 790 Reading)

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

GPA: 3.96

Rank in Class: 2

Size of Class: 483

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

Extracurriculars

I was on my schools varsity swim team from my freshman year until my senior year

I was the class historian from my sophomore year to my senior year

I was the captain of my schools Math League and Science Olympiad team


Personal Story

"After reading a bunch of reddit posts about rejections left and right I was pretty nervous about my odds of actually getting into any of the Ivys I applied to. I knew that I had good scores, but there were people with better scores, more extracurriculars, and had taken more Ap's than me who were straight up rejected by the Ivys. For example, I remember this one in particular because it was so ludicrous I just couldn't wrap my head around it.


There was a guy who was the captain of his varsity soccer team as a sophomore and went to states with the team for four years straight and earned the MVP award for that team 3 years in a row. In addition to that, he broke 3 of his school records in track and field, was the president of his class for all four years of high school, built schools in developing countries, started his own business, was the valedictorian of his class, had a 1600 and a 4.00.


And he got rejected from Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Cornell, Columbia, Penn, Brown and MIT.


After seeing that, I thought that if he couldn't make it, I'm hopeless. This dude had literally done everything I hadn't done a quarter of the things he had and he was rejected from everything.


But, somehow I got in. Which to this day blows my mind, but I'm not going to complain about it."

Useful Advice

"I found reddit super useful for pretty much everything about the college application process. There's so much useful information there and I'd point anyone who wants information about applying to college there."


Yale Undergraduate, Class of 2023


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