university and college admission

University Admission Pro Tip:

If you get a rejection letter from a university, don’t just assume that it means you can’t get in. Contact the advisor for your admission status (freshman/transfer/graduate) and ask for details on your rejection, and have them tell you what you can do to improve your chances.

I had my transfer admission rejected last week because I didn’t have higher level calculus courses that university wanted, so I arranged to be placed into a program with lower math requirements, on the grounds that I would take my prerequisites in that program, and then move into the program I originally applied for in the next semester once they were satisfied.

Just because you’re rejected for a specific degree program doesn’t mean you can’t get into the school! You’re only evaluated for the program you select on your admission form when you apply, so sometimes you just need to talk to people and move a few things around.

I’ve been to four different universities yo. The people who run these are not gods they’re just people like us and you can usually rearrange things with staff to make your goals work, you just need to know who to talk to.

(you can also ask about scholarships after you get in, there’s usually someone who handles that who will try to help you find some extra money for your tuition)

Now go forth and get ALL THE DEGREES

Subject- and Class-Specific Study Tips



Anatomy & Physiology

General Biology (AP)



Organic Chemistry

Physical Chemistry




General Physics

Quantum Mechanics





Computer Science





European History (AP)



High School


College Admission


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The Evolution of a Common App Essay: Tips and Excerpts

Do’s and Don’ts:

  • Do choose a topic that you feel strongly about even if people say it’s cliche. A “unique” essay isn’t effective if it comes across as outlandish, unfocused, or worse—contrived; it’s the way you approach a subject that matters, not the subject itself. 
  • Do aim for sincerity over memorability. 
  • Don’t address risky (sensitive) subjects like mental illness or drug use. There’s a fine line between vulnerability and TMI; what strikes a chord with one reader might offend another. Think about how you can communicate similar ideas using different anecdotes. See below.

The Evolution of an Essay

I went through seven drafts from start to finish; this is a shortened (and slightly exaggerated) version of my thought process.  

What’s the most integral part of your identity? 



My struggle with it has probably shaped me more than anything. 

Okay, too risky. What’s an event you keep revisiting in your mind?

That time when I got caught in a riptide.

Why is it significant? Jot down a few key words/ideas.

Helplessness. Fear. Saving myself. Writing. This became:

Surrounded by yet estranged from humanity, so close to shore yet so far away, I began to despair. The sharp pulse of my fear ebbed into resignation; my kicking and flailing slowed. But almost as soon as I stopped struggling, it dawned on me: all I had to do was tread. From this experience arose my poem “Fujian.” This piece is a memorial of the boundless joy I had felt upon reaching land, an elegy for the arrogant girl who had thought that she was greater than the sea. But it is also a lesson for days to come. Don’t waste energy fighting life’s many storms. Weather them out.

I went through several drafts and changed the topic several times, but noticed a recurring focus on the third idea—overcoming a seemingly insurmountable obstacle by ceasing to struggle. In my first draft, I was only able to swim back to shore after I stopped resisting the tide; in my final draft, I was only able to speak up after setting aside my fear of ridicule:

I think about how I’ve exchanged no more than a few words with my grandfather during the entire trip, fearing that he would rue the foreign lilt of my Mandarin. But silence is too high a price to pay. My aloofness has shielded me not from hurt but from connection; it is the weakest defense, mere child’s armor in a grown-up world. And so I clear my throat, my Mandarin an old tune whose lyrics I am only just recalling, and begin to speak.


Yo peeps, so as you can probably tell, I’m about to blow your mind. You might want to sit down, grab some water, you know, keep yourself hydrated. Maybe do a few stretches.

Now that you’re all ready, let’s begin! A girl who wrote about hotdogs and Costco got into Stanford and most Ivy League Schools, a student who wrote about his love for food got into Stanford, while Cornell’s admissions officer’s favorite essays were about lint and failing the driver’s test four times. Observing a pattern here? All these people chose kind of silly topics to write about. You might be wondering, “Yo,why would I want to sound stupid in front of the admissions officer, this doesn’t make sense!” . Well, that’s a valid argument. Now read this excerpt from one of the essays I mentioned above.

“While enjoying an obligatory hot dog, I did not find myself thinking about the ‘all beef’ goodness that Costco boasted. I instead considered finitudes and infinitudes, unimagined uses for tubs of sour cream, the projectile motion of said tub when launched from an eighty foot shelf or maybe when pushed from a speedy cart by a scrawny seventeen year old. I contemplated the philosophical: If there exists a thirty-­three ounce jar of Nutella, do we really have free will? I experienced a harsh physics lesson while observing a shopper who had no evident familiarity of inertia’s workings. With a cart filled to overflowing, she made her way towards the sloped exit, continuing to push and push while steadily losing control until the cart escaped her and went crashing into a concrete column, 52” plasma screen TV and all. Purchasing the yuletide hickory smoked ham inevitably led to a conversation between my father and me about Andrew Jackson’s controversiality"

Yes, yes, she’s literally talking about hot dogs and Costco. Now don’t underestimate her, this girl got accepted to 5 Ivy League Schools and Stanford. Jeez, that’s impressive. So now, you might be thinking , “Okay, enough of this, just get to the juicy part, give us the magic potion!” . Luckily enough for you, I’m getting to the point.

If you want to write an essay that slays everyone else’s like Beyoncé, first you gotta be true to yourself. You’re 17 or 18, you don’t want to end poverty or save the world. Maybe you enjoy pepperoni pizza, maybe you love watching horror films, maybe you love shopping at Macy’s, whatever it is, write about it.

The key is to choose a seemingly silly topic and present it in an intellectual light. Your ability to turn something silly into something genius will impress them and make you more memorable. In order to do that, you need to have a lot of knowledge about the topic you chose, which is why you need to be true to yourself. But then again, don’t write a pointless essay, don’t tell the officers that you can stuff 20 cheese balls in your mouth. Although I think it’s impressive, the admissions officer will beg to differ.

So there’s the secret formula to write a winning essay. Best of luck and I hope you get into your dream school!

Diyanshu Emandi

tips for choosing a college

This is a really exciting time for high school seniors/transfer students who are getting accepted to universities! But now it’s time for the most stressful part: deciding which school to go to. I was in the exact same place last year that you are in right now and I thought I would share some tips for making this difficult (but exciting!) decision.

Research, research, research. Online resources are the best. On the school’s official website, look at their course catalogs and major requirement sheets. If you’re coming in undeclared, look at their list of majors and see if you think they have enough options you’re interested in exploring. 

Also think about what it will be like to be a student at that school. Don’t only focus on the practical stuff like rankings and academics.  Look at the student orgs, events, and student resources. Follow their social media accounts (especially Instagram and Snapchat) to get a sense of the school’s vibe. You can even creep a lil and look at current students’ posts to see the campus through their eyes. Search for YouTube videos as well. There might be some vloggers who go to the school you’re interested in and you can see the day in the life of a student.

Take tours! Attend any admitted student days or come to campus for a regular tour. This is soooo important. You will get to learn about the school from an actual student and they will tell you more than you could ever find online. At the very least, walk around the campus yourself a little bit to get a feel for it. If for whatever reason you can’t go to campus before you have to choose, contact the admissions office and ask for some extra info. They might even put you in contact with a student who is in your major who you can talk to.  

Once you have narrowed it down to a couple schools, ask people which one they think you should go to. I did this and realized that whenever they told me a different school than UCSB (which I ended up going to) I would feel disappointed. I would always be like, “But why not UCSB?” You could also do the same thing by pulling names out of a hat. Think that whichever one you pick out, you will go to and see how you feel about it. While choosing a school should definitely be about academic opportunities and other practical factors such as financial aid, I think your gut feeling should play a role as well.

Do not worry about what other people will think. Everyone has an idea of what certain schools are like. It might have to do with rankings or other reputations that the school might have, but try to disregard that as much as possible and form your own opinions. Don’t worry if people don’t think the school is good enough or anything like that. After all, you are the one who will be going there for years, not them. 

Think about distance! I definitely underestimated how important this was for me. Consider how often you plan on going home. If you’re going to go home every weekend, a local school will probably work best in the long run. If you’re the total opposite and plan on rarely going home, a school much farther away will probably work out well for you. 

Talk to current students if you can. Reach out to alumni from your high school or community college who currently go there. If you do stop at the school for a visit, feel free to stop some students for directions then ask how they like going to school there. Check if there are any studyblrs who go to the schools you were admitted to (me if you were admitted to UCSB) and ask them any questions you have. 

So those are all the tips I can think of right now. Enjoy this time in your life because it is so exciting and you have so many options. If you have any questions about college or UCSB feel free to send me an ask! Good luck, and congratulations!

I just finished a project for my education class that I would like to share with y’all. Our assignment is to answer who we were as our best student and who we were as our worst and what do we need to be our best student selves, and present it along with an image. I felt that my favorite passage and drawings from The Little Prince represented my thoughts best. Students who are currently finishing up high school and worried about college admissions, this one is for you!

A message from a student who understands what’s it like, to anyone who needs a little reassurance that it’s going to be okay:

My best as a student was simultaneously me being my worst as a student. In high school, I got A’s, I took AP courses, I had leadership roles and multiple extracurricular activities. I appeared to be a well-rounded student. Yet, at the same time, every day of junior and senior year of high school, I copied math homework from the back of the book, “bs-‘ed” some of my literature essays, and barely kept my club afloat as president, all on about an average of 4 hours of sleep each night. I learned more about test-taking strategies than the content of the course. I did everything I could to get by and ultimately, although sleep-deprived and barely functioning, I looked good “on paper”. I had to, after all. As an Asian-American growing up in an predominantly Asian community, the stereotypes made me believe there was only one way to make it— major in biology or mathematics to become a doctor or a scientist. Being the oldest daughter of Asian immigrant parents, there is huge pressure to succeed, to prove that your parents’ struggle was worth it, so you can only imagine how I disappointed in myself I felt when I didn’t feel competent or interested in either of those subjects. My passions led me down the liberal arts path. I struggled to call myself a psychology and human development major for the longest time. When my dad asked how to spell “psychology” so he could tell my aunt what I was majoring in, I felt ashamed and told him, “No it’s okay, you don’t have to.” I had no idea if I was going to be successful with what society called a “useless degree” and I didn’t want him to feel judged if my relatives told him the same. 

In Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s famous The Little Prince, the narrator’s childhood drawing was constantly misinterpreted by adults. Whenever he tried to explain his drawing to show them what’s beneath the surface, adults told him to set it aside and get a more practical hobby. Adults only ever ask me what I’m majoring in, but they never ask why. If they asked, I would have had a chance to explain my interest in mental health and why I’m so concerned for the well-being of students. I would tell them that my closest friends have encountered depression and anxiety, and that I, too, have had my own battles with anxiety and low self-esteem. I would explain to them how some kids are so worried about disappointing their parents, they work so hard in school to the point they don’t sleep or eat or want to live. Yet, instead of asking why I would choose such a major, they just tell me how difficult it would be to find a job. Adults seem to fixate on one path to success and expect us to follow it without questioning. They lack the creativity it takes to think outside of the box and ask new questions and make new comments. Yes, they want what’s best for us, but do not realize every child is different in needs and desires. Hence, I believe educators, parents, and adults in general should let us know that we have a lifetime to be who we want to be and that there are various pathways to get there, not make us think we have to decide by the time we click “submit” on our college applications. And if we do reach higher education, we need to be told that no matter what we choose to learn, that as long as we’re learning something, we’ll be okay and enough, as us, as who we are.

So if you’re reading this, know that the education system (in America at least) often treats some subjects as more important than others, but that doesn’t mean your interests in the “less valued” subjects are less important. Defy stereotypes. Pursue what you want and love. You have time. Take some time to take care of yourself, mentally and physically. You’re enough and you’ll be just fine.  Don’t learn to get by, learn to grow. 

College Comparison and Application Checklists

Hi guys! As an obsessive spreadsheet maker, I am constantly using Excel for EVERYTHING, including when preparing to apply for college. I’ve just been told that, for once, the spreadsheets I made for comparing college options and organizing my application checklist are actually helpful, so I’m here to share them!

The first can be used for initially comparing and deciding which colleges you are interested in and the second can be used more as a checklist to see if everything has been submitted or completed.

To make things convenient, I’ve made them available in Google Sheets, from which you can copy to your own Google Drive or download as a Microsoft Excel file! They are also both editable so that you can add or remove categories and compare what’s important to you. Colleges are not one-size-fits-all, so feel free to edit the spreadsheets to cater to you. As a quick example, I’ve used Harvard to demonstrate what each category is for, but you can use it however you see fit. Since I personally have not looked into Harvard, the examples used are not the most thorough, but they should still provide a general idea.

**DISCLAIMER: I am still in high school and have not yet applied or gone to any colleges/universities. I am no expert on college admissions and do not know everything about finding and selecting the perfect college. Please keep this in mind. Any constructive feedback is welcome!

College Comparison Spreadsheet:

College Application Checklist:

To use, click on the link, go to “file”, then either click “make a copy” and save to your drive or click “download” and then whatever format you want. A guide to using each is below the cut. Happy college hunting and good luck!

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Getting into the Ivy League: Some Unpopular Opinions

Background: I am an “unhooked” (i.e., upper-middle class Asian-American) Princeton SCEA admit, and these are some of my thoughts on the college admissions process.

Disclaimer: Everything I write below is solely a high schooler’s opinion—I’m by no means in the know, so take everything with a grain of salt.

Overrated elements of a college application:

  • Leadership-Leadership is seen by many as a mark of success in extracurriculars. While it can be immensely valuable, having extensive leadership positions is not necessary: I’m President of exactly one club and one of many officers at my HS literary magazine—and not even Editor-in-Chief at that. 
  • Well-roundedness-My extracurriculars are extremely narrow in scope. They can be divided into exactly two categories: Classics-related activities and writing-related activities. In my opinion, depth of accomplishment (pointiness) is more important than breadth (well-roundedness); above all, passion is more important than objective stats and awards.
  • Teacher recommendations-If you’re an introvert like me, don’t fret. I didn’t click with any of my teachers, and I honestly don’t think it hurt me. That said, there are some ways to get to know them even if you don’t participate/contribute actively in class. Approach them after class; show that you care. For example, I asked my English teacher to provide feedback on my submissions to various writing contests. Also, make sure to supply your recommenders with a “brag sheet” outlining not just your accomplishments but also your goals for the future.
  • Affirmative Action-Being an under-represented minority or first-generation student isn’t as much of a boost as you think it is. Conversely, being Asian or Caucasian isn’t a drawback unless you make it a drawback. I’m privileged to pretty much be the antithesis of a typical “hooked” applicant, and yet I got into some pretty decent schools. Just don’t be a test-taking robot. Set yourself apart. And I don’t mean cultivating uncommon extracurriculars: if you’ve played piano or violin your entire life, that’s great. Show your passion and—this is the important part—try to connect it to something bigger than yourself. Why does it matter in the greater scheme of things? Again, nothing deep. Be genuine, humanize yourself, and you’re good to go.

Underrated elements of a college application:

  • Packaging-Packaging yourself well is paramount. By packaging, I don’t mean planning out your extracurriculars in middle school and doing things that look good on a resume. I’m talking about communicating a cohesive narrative through your application—what do you care about? how will you make an impact to the college community and the world at large? Essays are really helpful vehicles to convey your passions and best qualities.
  • Scores-For most unhooked applicants, there’s a baseline—2100+ and 3.8 GPA—under which it’s very hard to get into a school with a sub-10% acceptance rate. That said, scores only prevent your app from being tossed out; they won’t get you through the door.

I wanted to wait a little bit longer, but I’m too excited to finally get some original content back up on this blog, so I’m now introducing my university advice series! Now I’ve only finished my first year of college, but that year is the biggest adjustment you could imagine. I really want to share my experiences in the hopes that the things I wish I had known can help some of you! I have the following post ideas lined up:

  • Advice for the Application Process
  • Advice for Choosing and/or Changing Your Major
  • Advice for Orientation Week
  • Advice for Living with a Roommate
  • Advice for Classes and Schoolwork
  • Advice for Surviving Uni with a Mental Illness

If you have any more ideas for anything else at all university-related that you would like to see here, please send me your suggestions! The first post, Advice for the Application Process, will be up sometime this week. :)
Stanford Admission Rate Drops to 0%
“We had exceptional applicants, yes, but not a single student we couldn’t live without,” said a Stanford administrator who requested anonymity. “In the stack of applications that I reviewed, I didn’t see any gold medalists from the last Olympics — Summer or Winter Games — and while there was a 17-year-old who’d performed surgery, it wasn’t open-heart or a transplant or anything like that. She’ll thrive at Yale.”
By Frank Bruni


College Log, Entry IV

the 0.57%

A few days ago, a man said to me: “You guys are in the Ivy League. You’ve got it made. How many college students get to say that? 1%? Less than 1%? You guys are fortunate.”

I did a little casual research. Just typed in a few requests to Google and came up with some rough figures:

There are approximately 20 million postsecondary students studying in the United States, both full and part time. Of those, about 114,000 attend one of eight Ivy League institutions (Princeton, Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, U Penn, Columbia, Cornell, Brown). 114,000/20,000,000 = 0.57%. So, there really aren’t that many of us in the grand scheme of things. But does that make us special?

I don’t think so. Not objectively. But being an egotistical human, I certainly like to think so, and I’m sure I’m not alone. Not a day goes by that I don’t contemplate how fortunate I am. There were 20,000 applicants to the Dartmouth Class of 2019. I was one of about 2,000 offered admission. Out of ten applicants, I was the one selected. How’s that for an ego-booster?

I pray to God every day that I make the most of this opportunity, but in the meantime, I want to find something to say to those who put a little too much stock in numbers (especially those beginning the college application process - hats off to you). Here’s what I’ve got from my own personal experience: I applied to Williams College (of Massachusetts), a school with an acceptance rate of about 17%, and was waitlisted… and yet Dartmouth has an acceptance rate of 10%. One thing I draw from this is an impression I’ve come to firmly abide by in regards to the college admissions process: in addition to finding good students, schools are also looking to build a class with all the right components. That means a certain amount of each “type” of student. I’m not talking affirmative action, I’m talking the whole package. Admissions staff want to build classes with a wide variety of worldviews, talents, all sorts of traits: atheist, Muslim, Christian, math-and-science orientated, bilingual, trilingual, history buffs, musicians, athletes, bookworms… the list is eternal.

My closing advice in this brief little rant is this: if your goal is to get into a good school, apply to lots of them. Odds are, one of them will be looking for you.

Everyone has the potential to be special, and don’t let a rejection letter define you. Especially one from an Ivy, because we’re all uncool snobs anyhow :P

Hello, everyone! This is just the same post entitled “UPCAT TIPS” but with this cute header I made to go with it. 

University of the Philippines College Admission Test

Application Process: Online or Paper 

Application Period: June - August (the UPCAT is usually the first CET you’ll take)

Exam Date: August or September 

Guide to Each Test

Language Proficiency (both Eng. and Fil.) - This part tests your basic knowledge of grammar for both languages (i.e. correct usage of words, verb tenses, subject-verb agreement, pronoun-antecedent agreement, etc.) If you have no problem with grammar and composition, I don’t think you’ll find this part difficult. BUT I suggest that you refresh yourself on the subject-verb agreement and pronoun-antecedent agreement topics for English because these were tricky. For Filipino, review the correct usage of words.

Math -  The Math portion in the UPCAT was relatively easy, depending on your relationship with the subject. Make sure to review basic algebra (especially answering word problems!!), intermediate algebra (solving systems of linear equations, solving complex fractions, etc.), computing for the measures of central tendency (mean, median, mode), analytic geometry (equations of a circle, parabola, ellipse, hyperbola), and geometry (interior and exterior angles of polygons, transversal lines, etc.). It was easy, BUT the coverage was wide.

Science - The Science portion of the UPCAT usually contains many graphs and diagrams. You need to learn how to analyze these data in order to arrive at the correct answer. Also, pay attention to the descriptions being placed under the diagrams because - on more than one occasion - I was able to determine the correct answer by doing so. For this part, grasp the basics for each science (Bio, Chem, Physics, Earh Sci - especially Earth Science!!!), but also sharpen your analytical skills.

Reading Comprehension (English and Filipino) - Surprisingly, this was the most difficult portion of the UPCAT. If you’re an avid (and fast) reader, I don’t think you’ll find this part challenging - at least, the English portion. I was stressed out during the Filipino selection because English was my first language. I suggest that you widen your Filipino vocabulary and get used to reading Filipino selections. Another tip for the reading comprehension portion is to read the question/s for each passage first before reading the actual passage. This way, you can start looking for the answers instead of reading the text from start to finish, which is just a waste of time. Determine what you need to look for and start scanning the text, then move on to the next passage.

Before the UPCAT

1.     Start reviewing early.

The material covered in CETs is usually very diverse, so you need to start reviewing early. I suggest that you finish majority of your reviewing during the summer because once school starts, other things such as homework, projects, extracurricular activities, etc. will compete for your time. However, try to squeeze in some review time in your busy schedule to keep the material you’ve reviewed fresh.

2.     Attend a review program.

Although this is not a prerequisite to passing the UPCAT (in fact, my best friend did not take any review classes at all, but he managed to pass the entrance tests to the top 4 Universities in the country, including UP Diliman), I learned useful techniques from the review classes I took. Not only do they refresh you on the important lessons you’ve learned over the years, they also teach you effective strategies for taking CETs.

3. Pay attention to your grades.

Your chances of passing the UPCAT all depend on your UPG, which is computed in the following manner: 60% UPCAT score, 40% grades. In my case, my UPCAT application asked for my grades from Grade 9 – 11 and my class standing/ranking. Again, being the topnotcher of your batch is not a prerequisite to entering UP, but grades still matter. However, don’t despair if you know your grades aren’t stellar. That same best friend I mentioned earlier wasn’t much of an academic achiever. Your UPCAT performance still matters greatly.

4. Take many practice tests.

I think this is the most effective way to review for an exam. Apart from the practice exams that my review center gave me, I also bought some of the MSA Review books. I answered them while timing myself, and I regularly checked my progress. UP also releases an UPCAT online reviewer, which was like a mock test. I really recommend that you try this because it features questions/topics which are quite similar to the ones that appeared in the actual test.

During the UPCAT

1.     When in doubt, make an intelligent guess instead of leaving the item blank.

Actually, I’ve heard many conflicting opinions about this matter. The UPCAT is the only CET that enforces the” right-minus-wrong rule”, meaning for every wrong answer, ¼ of a point is deducted from the number of right answers. Because of this, I’ve read tips from other blogs saying that it’s better to just leave the item blank than to risk a wrong answer. However, you lose the chance of getting one right answer. My math teacher finally put a stop to my dilemma when he presented a computation which showed that you have a greater chance of getting a high score if you answer everything (I’m sorry, I can’t remember his computation haha). When you encounter a difficult question, eliminate the outrageous or impossible choices then choose from the remaining ones.

2.     Answer as quickly and as accurately as you can.

Time is of the essence. And when there’s a time limit, you need to use your time carefully. Don’t get stuck on a difficult question. Move on to the next one and just come back for it. IF you run out of time, shade a random circle. (see advice above)

3.     Bring water and snacks.

You’re allowed to eat while taking the test because there are no breaks in between. The UPCAT is almost 5 hours long, so you need to bring something to eat. I remember bringing a pack of Oreos and a mamon (hehe). One of the test takers in my room brought a large bag of Lays for himself. To each, his own. Don’t bring something that’s too messy though, because you might stain your test paper with it.

After the UPCAT

1.     REJOICE. For a while, then start preparing for the next CETs hays.

2.     Wait anxiously for the results.

The UPCAT is most likely the first test you’ll take (around August or September). We were told that the UPCAT results will be released on February or March of the following year. Imagine the wait. THEN, in true UP fashion, the results were released late one night in December, five days before Christmas. Stay tuned to social media (that’s how my friend found out about the results being released early) because other students are bound to be tweeting the good news – especially in December.

Good to luck to all UPCAT takers this year! 😊

Anyone struggling with college applications and finding scholarships?

If anyone is struggling with college applications and/or scholarships and/or anything to do with school or college like and/or reblog this! I was thinking there’s probably tons of people going through this so we can all help each other out or talk to one another about it since we’re all going through it or have been through this!

anonymous asked:

perhaps this is a shallow question, but is it known what dylan scored on the ACT?

Now, why would that be a shallow question?  It’s a legit one, imo.

Dylan had a 2.74 GPA and was 229th of 463 in his class in the middle of his senior year.  His SAT scores were 560 verbal, 650 math, and 1210 combined. (p.162, Jeff Kass book “Columbine”).  Which is good – it put him in roughly the 75th percentile.   

According to the University of Arizona 1998-1999 catalog, admission to the College of Engineering and Mines (for computer science) required the following: “Applicants must be ranked in the upper 25 percent of the high school graduating class; or have achieved a grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; or a composite score of 23 (24 for out-of-state applicants) on the ACT; or a minimum combined score of 1050 on the SAT.”  So that’s how he got in!