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Tips mention: Interview (0), ACT/SAT (28), Grades (49), Sports/Extracurriculars (15), College Essay (14)
I could have gotten in here if I hadDec 17 2002Business - Management and Administration
I could have gotten in here if I had done nothing in high school. But since I wanted to go to University of Virginia, Harvard, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, or one of the academies I did the following: was captain of my lacrosse team and was a county all star for two years, graduated in the top ten percent of my high school class, played the viola for 15 years, was a student council representative, was assistant editor-in-chief of my senior yearbook, played varsity soccer, did cross examination debate on the Forensics team for a year, participated in physics olympics every year, got about 18 credits towards college with AP tests, got National Merit Semifinalist award for my PSATs, worked a couple jobs, and planned school events, among other things. For any nonchalant student who wants to exceed the reputation he has bestowed upon himself with the name of a top fifty university like Penn State, I guess get about 1100 on your SATs, and don't do anything horrifically bad in your school curriculum. Apparently the university doesn't care about the level of intensity of your classes (unless they just screw up once in a while with in-staters) because I know of at least two upper middle class people who had every opportunity in the world to succeed in high school, got sub-1000s on their initial SATs, took average courses in high school and got Bs and Cs, and somehow still managed to get into main campus.
ACT: 33 SAT: 1460 Male
Admission is pretty competitiveOct 31 2002Business - Management and Administration
Admission is pretty competitive. I would suggest taking as many Honors or Advanced Placement courses as possible. SAT scores are huge if you're coming from Out-of-State. It is very hard to get in here from other states. Pennsylvania residents make up the majority of students, and admission is still quite competitive. Many students come from foreign countries, and several do come from other states creating a diverse environment. If you have low SAT scores or a weak high school transcript, consider going to a satellite campus such as Altoona, Erie, or Abington for the first two years of your education. Many students do this and relocate to University Park for their junior and senior years. This way, students can get the best of both worlds. The small, private college type setting, as well as the benefits of a major world-renowned research institution.
Male
I appliedJul 14 2002Philosophy
I applied. They admit b/w 15 and 20 THOUSAND kids a year, it's not too tough.
1. Graduate high school or get GED.
2. Finish SAT without passing out
3. Finish application apply stamp
SAT: 1350 Male
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