|Students who got into Brown say:|
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| | Show your personality on your application! Grades and scores are important, but at this point those are out of your control. I wrote my common app essay about a last-minute decision to be in a teen beauty pageant. It was risky, but Brown loved it. They've read a zillion boring essays. Make the reader smile (or at least make them remember you).
Also, applying ED is great! That's what I did :)
I worked pretty damn hard. Just work on your essays and show that you'll bring something (e.g. hardship) unique, even if only superficially so. Brown loves affirmative action, regardless of whether it brings real diversity.
To get into Brown and its peer institutions requires hard work and passion. GPA/SAT, of course, but those are not the only factors. You have to have passion for what you do outside of the classroom, perhaps have a leadership position or two, volunteer, research. Basically, do what you love and excel at that. You don't have to spend lots of money on programs to make you "look good"--trust me, they've seen enough rich white kids go save the world in Africa. Also, stick with what you love. It's obvious if you "pick up" an extra activity in your junior or senior year, and you most likely won't get a leadership position if you start something that late.
| Political Science|| Jun 30 2011 |
It's a real crap-shoot. There are simply too many applicants. If you don't get into Brown, you'll get in somewhere else, assuming you're qualified.
Work hard, stand out, be different and genuine. Be an independent learner, and show a responsibility for your own education.