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Tips mention: Interview (3), ACT/SAT (17), Grades (18), Sports/Extracurriculars (10), College Essay (13)
What matters is what college is the best fitFeb 13 2007History/Histories (art history/etc.)
What matters is what college is the best fit. Do your best academically, and pursue extracurriculars you love. The rest will fall into place.
SAT: 2360 Female
So I had a very very strong application thatJan 19 2007Political Science
So I had a very very strong application that frankly I don'tt think most of you could match. The most important things you can do is show that your interesting-- and that you have that weird characteristic that nobody else applying or attending has. Also , people underestimate this, but yale admissions do put a fairly strong influence on being nice. yes, kind. you dont have to save the world (lord knows i didnt in high school) but as i understand it its a big plus if a rec or something says you helped the kid sitting next to you who was having trouble in calc and in general dont seem like an arrogant jerk.
SAT: 2280 Male
I was sufficiently exotic, at the right feeder school,Sep 25 2006English
I was sufficiently exotic, at the right feeder school, had mostly above B grades, had won a few writing awards, spoke a few languages, and was involved in enough extracurriculars. And I bought the 10 SATs book and studied it (tested myself, then looked at why I got the answers wrong) until I increased my score by about 400 points. It's just a system. You can figure out how they want you to think if you play with it for a while.
SAT: 1400 Female
Based on statistics, applicants who do well in schoolApr 09 2006Undecided
Based on statistics, applicants who do well in school have a better chance. However, at the heart of the matter, Yale is looking for cool kids who are leaders. Make that apparent in listing your extracurricular activities and essays. Be original. Be yourself. Be weird. Yale apparently likes that. Once you get here, you'll realize that EVERYONE here is weird; some people are just the legitimately-strange kind of weird, while others are just the legitimately-cool kind of weird. Weirdness breeds genius, I guess.
SAT: 1600 Female
I was busy all the time doing different things-Aug 10 2005Undecided
I was busy all the time doing different things- basically always volunteering, working, etc. besides doing well academically. Most importantly, I focused on one activity and innovated new programs for the field.
SAT: 1320 Female
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