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12-22-2010, 11:06 AM
Hi all,

This is Brightsparks' official US college admission thread for 2011!
For those who are curious as to why I've come up with this thread, it's simple. The only other website I know where prospective students get to discuss about their admissions is CollegeConfidential.com, which caters more towards our American counterparts.

Ok, without further ado, let me begin by introducing myself. (Next post)

Make use of the template provided. Ty.

[ size=+2][ color=green][ b]Decision: [ /b][ /color][ /size]

[ b]College and Program:[ /b]

[ b]Stats:[ /b][ list]
[ *] SAT I (by section):
[ *] SAT IIs:
[ *] ACT:
[ *] APs:
[ *] IBs:
[ *] GPA (UW, W):
[ *] Rank:
[ *] Other stats:
[ /list][ b]Subjective:[ /b][ list]
[ *] ECs listed on app:
[ *] Job/Work Experience:
[ *] Essays (subject and responses):
[ *] Teacher Recs:
[ *] Counselor Rec:
[ *] Applied on (EA?):
[ *] Hook (if any):
[ /list][ b]Location/Person:[ /b][ list]
[ *] State or Country:
[ *] School Type:
[ *] Ethnicity:
[ *] Gender:
[ /list][ b]General Comments/Congratulations/Venting/Commiserations,etc:[ /b]

A few notes: If waitlisted, change decision color to yellow.
If rejected, change decision color to red.


MOD Ashearo Edit: If you want everyone to follow this format, then no posting of anything else. Bring everything else to PM. Thread stickied.

12-22-2010, 11:11 AM
Decision: Accepted

College and Program: University of Michigan Ann Arbor- LSA

SAT I (by section): 710 CR; 780 Math; 700 Writing for a total of 2190
SAT IIs: 800 Math IIC; 780 Physics
Rank: ~10%
Other stats:
ECs listed on app: Vice-head prefect; basketball player; NCC 2nd-in-charge; math olympiad for a number of years; various australian math/science/english quizzes taken
Job/Work Experience: Family's softdrink company- learned how to do accounts; supermarket; army
Essays (subject and responses): I wrote great essays
Teacher Recs: Great
Counselor/ Form Teacher's Rec: Not too bad
Applied on (EA?): Early Action
Hook (if any): None
State or Country: Singaporean
School Type: Public
Ethnicity: Chinese
Gender: M
General Comments/Congratulations/Venting/Commiserations,etc: I hope this post will be the start of many to come. Introduce this thread to your friends who are going to study at the US, so they'll have a better idea of where they stand.

12-22-2010, 02:27 PM
Decision: Accepted

College and Program: Carnegie Mellon University, MCS - Physics

SAT I (by section): Maths -800, Reading - 690, Writing - 730
SAT IIs: Maths II - 800, Physics - 800, Chemistry - 800
ACT: -
APs: -
IBs: -
GPA (UW, W): -
Rank: Top 1 %
Other stats:

ECs listed on app: Nanyang Research Programme - Merit, Attachment at ICES, Overseas exchange program, Youth For Causes, Service Learning Project (published an inspirational book), Singapore Chemistry Olympiad Silver, Crystal Growing, Materials Science Competition 2nd (team), Secretary cum Project Coordinator of Science Council, Performed in cl drama during cny, gold award for drama team.
Job/Work Experience: 2 Research attachments, 2 service learning project
Essays (subject and responses): Should be great
Teacher Recs: Good (I believe)
Counselor Rec: Good (I guess)
Applied on: Early Decision
Hook (if any): ?

State or Country: Singapore
School Type: Public
Ethnicity: Chinese
Gender: F
General Comments/Congratulations/Venting/Commiserations,etc: Hope this can help.

02-26-2011, 06:08 AM
Decision: Accepted

College and Program: UCLA Design | Media Arts MFA

Not really applicable

Other stats: Portfolio

ECs listed on app: 3 design art awards, 3 publications, 1 funded project , list of exhibitions / performances

Job/Work Experience: research assistant, part time lecturing, freelance etc
Teacher Recs: Good
Counselor Rec: Good
Applied on: Just before deadline
Hook (if any): good portfolio, communicate well
State or Country: Singapore
School Type: Public
Ethnicity: Chinese
Gender: M
General Comments/Congratulations/Venting/Commiserations,etc: Not really useful for pple outside of design / arts but i think since im the first singaporean who got into this prog, might be useful to pple in the future.

02-27-2011, 09:03 AM
Thank you for sharing with us and congrats on being accepted!

03-06-2011, 09:49 AM
hey mozbi. Mind sharing how were ur A level results? Also, can I apply to more than 1 course in that university for early action? Cause I wanna apply to UMich for Early Action. I'm Re-doing SAT and doing 3 SAT subject tests. Phy Chem and Math. But my A level grades are: GP B PW B MT A Chem B Math B Econs H1 A Physics C.

03-07-2011, 09:29 AM
Hey Avatar, you can only submit one application per year to Mich, which means to say you can only apply to one course in Mich each year. I scored 4As(3H2s 1 H1) which probably played a huge factor in my acceptance. Good SAT scores alone won't get you into the school. They have deferred and rejected many students this year with scores of between 2.2k-2.3k. Also, not to discourage you or anything but according to statistics, UMich's application volume has risen by ~20-30% this year since moving over to Common App and being one of the few good schools with a non-binding early decision. Therefore, if you do the simple math, more applicants with the same number of available slots means competition gets tougher and the school's admittance rate will fall. Another thing to note is that UMich takes a holistic approach in reviewing its applications. For a better idea of how they do it you should take a look at their rating sheet in this website:


04-02-2011, 06:20 PM
:)Decision: Accepted

College and Program: UC Berkeley | College of Letters & Science | Computer Science

SAT I (breakdown): 2190 (M800 CR740 W650)
SAT II: MathII 800 Chem 800 Physics 800
Senior Year Course Load: 4 H2, 1 H3
Extracurriculars: Astronomy Club (Quartermaster), Entrepreneurship Society, Infocomm Club, Science Research Council (NRP - Merit Award, YDSP - SSEF), Badminton
Volunteer/Community service: Humanities Camp (Self-initiated/Leader), Performing Arts Camp (Organising Team Member), Peer Tutoring
Summer Activities: Research internships with university professors (1. Cryptography and programming with GNU Octave 2. Materials science and computer modeling using SolidWorks), Stanford EPGY courses (Math logic, Quantum mechanics)
Essays: One on the way I think/personality, one on my future aspirations and one on an adversity I've faced.
Teacher Recommendation: Average for one, didn't read the other. Only knew them for 1+ years, not very close.
Counselor Rec: Average, same as ^
Applied for Financial Aid?: No
Country: Singapore PR (Citizen of China)
School Type: Large Private (Graduating class of 1100+)
Ethnicity: Chinese
Gender: Female
Income Bracket: 75,000-100,000 USD
Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): NA
Strengths: Essay, Relevant ECs
Weaknesses: Recommendation Letters, SAT I score
General Comments: Man this is one tough year for college admissions! I was rejected by 11 colleges outright, wait-listed at Amherst and no news from UMich. Very grateful to be able to squeeze through the narrow doors of Berkeley, especially since its very strong in my major :D My advice for anyone taking on the horrors of college applications next year is to pour your heart into each application, write very personal and thoroughly researched "Why do you want to come to XXX school" kind of essays! With the Commonapp, there are just so many people who spam apply that you HAVE to stand out in this area. My application to Berk was most personal out of my 14 since I had visited their campus before. Well, unless you're the type of genius that expects to be accepted across the board ;) (yes, they exists, demons..).

Congrats there!! :D Berkeley is excellent! Yes, US admissions have been increasingly tough each year! But glad that at least you've one of the best universities at hand!

04-25-2013, 02:10 PM
Hey congrats! Those are all really good schools!

Just curious, what are the other schools that you have applied to and what are the outcomes?