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Tips mention: Interview (7), ACT/SAT (26), Grades (33), Sports/Extracurriculars (18), College Essay (23)
People go through so much to get into universitiesMay 16 2005Architecture
People go through so much to get into universities and it all becomes so meaningless so quickly. DO WHAT YOU LOVE. Write the flippin essays. If you're meant to, you'll get in. The end.
SAT: 1580 Female
SATs: 1400+ (1450+ is better)May 16 2005Geography and Geosciences
SATs: 1400+ (1450+ is better)
Class Rank: Top 2-3% or better
Extracurriculars: Lots of them...hopefully one "interesting" one. Sports are a plus.
Apply early decision (nearly 50% of the class is admitted ED).

Just make sure that you have visited the school and realize that admissions is very selective with their applicants.
SAT: 1390 Male

I didn't have stellar scores, I didn't have amazingFeb 20 2005Biology
I didn't have stellar scores, I didn't have amazing grades.

I made my application "distinct". I went and talked to actual faculty -- members of the pharmocology graduate program admissions board/council, profs in the chemistry department, some of the CSE faculty. I let them know what exactly I was about and who I was. In turn, I walked away with a recommendation from a pharm professor that I did internship work for.

my GPA was about a 93; my SAT was a 1420, SAT II mathIIC was 710, SAT IIC bio-M 720, SAT II Wri 660. I'm the first generation of my family to graduate from high school, I'm also from one of the top public schools in the state (which, conveniently is located in Philadelphia also) and I live about 10-15 blocks west of campus.

Penn is required to admit 100 students from the greater phila. area and a certain percentage must be public school graduates.
SAT: 1420 Female

Well, I first met a required level of academicOct 20 2004Undecided
Well, I first met a required level of academic achievement and standardized test scores. But what distinguished me were other non-academic achievements. I play jazz professionally as a saxophone player and have appeared in clubs and concerts throughout the Philadelphia area, gigging frequently for small parties, etc. I was the member of my high school jazz band and a prestigious jazz ensemble at Philadelphia's famous Settlement Music School. I also was in the show orchestra, pep band, concert band, and orchestra at my high school and I jammed a lot and gigged with my good friends. I also performed community service through Hebrew high school which I attended bi-weekly until 11th grade. I am also an artist and I submitted a portfolio of my work with my application. I am also triple legacy.
SAT: 1380 Male
I wrote an essay with a cliffhanger endingOct 13 2004Other
I wrote an essay with a cliffhanger ending. That and a 1580 on my SATs and 790s on SAT II writings didn't hurt either. I also applied ED.
SAT: 1580 Male
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