2023 US Universities Applicants Thread

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Thought it might be time for a 2023 applicants thread, with a couple of months before applications open!

Feel free to introduce yourself with:

1. Which colleges you’re applying to (early, regular if known)
2. Your intended major
3. GCSEs/predicted A-Levels, IB etc, SAT/ACT
4. Extracurriculars
5. General comments

Wishing you all luck in the application process!
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(Original post by Anonymous)
Thought it might be time for a 2023 applicants thread, with a couple of months before applications open!

Feel free to introduce yourself with:

1. Which colleges you’re applying to (early, regular if known)
2. Your intended major
3. GCSEs/predicted A-Levels, IB etc, SAT/ACT
4. Extracurriculars
5. General comments

Wishing you all luck in the application process!
Hey

1.
Harvard - Early Action
Otherwise, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Brown and probably a few others too
2.
Government / Political Science
3.
eight 9's, four 8's and an A* in an unreformed subject
4.
- Lots of school leadership positions, the biggest one being Vice-Captain of a top London grammar school
- Have been involved in my local youth council for the past 5 years
- (for the awards/honours section) 3rd place in the law category of an international essay competition and also won an essay competition ran by a London law firm
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errrr I really want to go to the US and have for years now but have only started seriously considering it abt 3 months ago. also because the acceptance rate is so low I'm still taking the whole UCAS process just as seriously, but would probably go to any US uni I'm applying to over the UK unis I'm applying to
oh and I'm doing the SAT at the end of August

What's your answer to the questions? And are you going to do admissions tests/have you already?
Good luck to you too
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Hey

1.
Harvard - Early Action
Otherwise, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Brown and probably a few others too
2.
Government / Political Science
3.
eight 9's, four 8's and an A* in an unreformed subject
4.
- Lots of school leadership positions, the biggest one being Vice-Captain of a top London grammar school
- Have been involved in my local youth council for the past 5 years
- (for the awards/honours section) 3rd place in the law category of an international essay competition and also won an essay competition ran by a London law firm
5.
errrr I really want to go to the US and have for years now but have only started seriously considering it abt 3 months ago. also because the acceptance rate is so low I'm still taking the whole UCAS process just as seriously, but would probably go to any US uni I'm applying to over the UK unis I'm applying to
oh and I'm doing the SAT at the end of August

What's your answer to the questions? And are you going to do admissions tests/have you already?
Good luck to you too
Hi there, your ECs are amazing! Good luck with the SAT, I did the may sitting. Here's my answers:

1. Columbia (ED), MIT (EA), Georgia Tech (EA), Princeton, Cornell, UPenn, Stanford. Undecided on Caltech, Harvard, Rice and Embry-Riddle - heard mixed things about the first 2, and need to research the last 2 a bit more. It's all still quite uncertain rn, I may trim my list a bit more
2. Engineering, aerospace or mechanical
3. GCSEs: nine 9s, two 8s and 1 A*; sat 1590. Studying maths, further maths, physics, chem and an epq, idk predicted grades yet
4. - A bunch of engineering competitions, mostly national/international
- Long-term robotics-related research project
- School stuff(vice captain (organising initiatives, fundraising events and mentoring), running school's maths and chem societies)
- Long-term access programme run by a bank
- Robotics-related volunteering at local primary schools (may expand, depends if we get grant money)
5. I'm in the phase of unhealthily binging college application/portfolio videos and my mind is steadily exploding, there are some literal superhumans out there. It's always been a longshot, but I won't have another chance to apply so there's (not much) harm in trying, and the engineering education and vocational prospects there appeal to me a lot more than what's we have in the UK. In terms of the application process, I am pretty stumped on the whole essay writing process, it's just so different to anything I've seen before. I'm also not sure if I should really be pre-writing stuff, or waiting until the official prompts are released.

Best of luck with your applications
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Hi there, your ECs are amazing! Good luck with the SAT, I did the may sitting. Here's my answers:

1. Columbia (ED), MIT (EA), Georgia Tech (EA), Princeton, Cornell, UPenn, Stanford. Undecided on Caltech, Harvard, Rice and Embry-Riddle - heard mixed things about the first 2, and need to research the last 2 a bit more. It's all still quite uncertain rn, I may trim my list a bit more
2. Engineering, aerospace or mechanical
3. GCSEs: nine 9s, two 8s and 1 A*; sat 1590. Studying maths, further maths, physics, chem and an epq, idk predicted grades yet
4. - A bunch of engineering competitions, mostly national/international
- Long-term robotics-related research project
- School stuff(vice captain (organising initiatives, fundraising events and mentoring), running school's maths and chem societies)
- Long-term access programme run by a bank
- Robotics-related volunteering at local primary schools (may expand, depends if we get grant money)
5. I'm in the phase of unhealthily binging college application/portfolio videos and my mind is steadily exploding, there are some literal superhumans out there. It's always been a longshot, but I won't have another chance to apply so there's (not much) harm in trying, and the engineering education and vocational prospects there appeal to me a lot more than what's we have in the UK. In terms of the application process, I am pretty stumped on the whole essay writing process, it's just so different to anything I've seen before. I'm also not sure if I should really be pre-writing stuff, or waiting until the official prompts are released.

Best of luck with your applications
These all sound amazing!! How did you revise for the SAT? and I completely relate to you on binge-watching, those videos are starting to take over my YouTube homepage now lol
I think the Common App prompts have been released. Here's a website with them on https://www.collegetransitions.com/b...essay-prompts/
I'm strangely looking forward to writing the essays but then again I'm used to writing essays because of the subjects I do, which I just realised I never mentioned. I do English Lit, History, Econ and RS (also haven't got predicted grades yet). In terms of the essays though, there are a lot but ig just think of them as the last leg. Once you've written them, there's not really much more you need to prepare considering you've done the SAT and have good ECs.
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Thanks for the heads-up on the essays, had no idea they were going to be staying the same, so I guess I can start planning. As for SAT prep, I used Khan Academy's free SAT prep course in the fortnight leading up to the exam, which I found to be very helpful (although I'd recommend starting revision as early as you can). I can't attest to how effective these are, but I've also heard of people using Kaplan books, memorising vocabulary sheets and reading scientific abstracts/old speeches, so there's no one way to go about it.
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