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Tips mention: Interview (3), ACT/SAT (17), Grades (18), Sports/Extracurriculars (10), College Essay (13)
It's largely luckJul 12 2005History/Histories (art history/etc.)
It's largely luck. If you are within a certain range of test scores and grades, it is all based off where you live, what race you are, and what you spent your non-academic time doing. You can have the greatest 'hook' in the world, and be rejected because someone else has the same hook and also is able to play concert-level clarinet. Just try to appear unique, and hope for the best.
ACT: 34 Male
I think I had it pretty easyJul 12 2005Economics
I think I had it pretty easy. This isn't really because I am any smarter than people that are here. Rather, it was luck and strategy. I had a chance to attend Exeter but I chose not to. I wanted to stay close to my hometown friends and frankly, I did not really care about the quality of my high school education. Unlike those smart, brilliant kids who went to competitive schools (private and public alike), I didn't have to worry about cut-throat competition. I did just enough to get an A or A-. Instead of filling my schedule with meaningless AP courses, I took an occasional art or music class with no GPA boost. While many of my peers skipped lunch to take another AP/Honors course, I had lunch and ran an a cappella group (ironically, I am not involved with the a cappella scene here, which is quite big). Granted I still ended up taking 8 AP courses and 9 AP exams, but I was definitely known as the slacker of the bunch. I think I was ranked 13 or 14 out of 500 when I graduated, but I was the only one to get an offer of admission from Yale or Harvard. I really think that this is because I was able to show character through my transcript. My essay was ok and my extracurricular activities were average. I had good test scores but at least three people in my high school class had near-perfect scores and higher ranks. Take a look at your transcript. Does it say something about you? Or is it just a compilation of difficult classes?
ACT: 35 SAT: 1600 Male
Sounds nice having gone to Yale, but not whenMay 18 2005English
Sounds nice having gone to Yale, but not when you are manager of a fast food mart. Their career services are pretty bad, but at least I make decent money myself. Yale cares about getting you in, and then forgets about you.
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Yale helped me get get a career but itMay 16 2005Civil Engineering
Yale helped me get get a career but it did nothing for my self worth. When I was there, I felt like a cog in a machine, meaning nothing to the unviversity. You have to pay outragous sums to get in but when you are there you feel your money drain away into the rusty toilets (with so much money, you would think Yale could fix their toilets).

As for my classes, I was in a smaller Major yet still most of my classes were lectures...not sure why. They would have been better as discussions. Bottom line: if you like to be an individual, look elsewhere. If you can overcome that, then this would be a great place for you if you are looking for a good career start.
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A cliche, but at least attempt to be well roundedJan 30 2005History/Histories (art history/etc.)
SAT: 1370 Male
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