Class of 2020 University Acceptances

Concordia's Class of 2020 has been accepted to some of the world's top universities, including New York University, UC Berkeley, USC, University of Toronto St. George, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Wellesly College. The Bolt spoke to three of our seniors about the application process, what impacted their choices, and advice for the Class of 2021.

Vanessa Whitehead

University of Wisconsin-Madison or USC

Why did you choose this university/universities?

I chose my universities based on a few factors I find important such as academic reputation, affordability, and how good the programs are for majors I’m interested in. I have yet to confirm my university decision.

Why did you choose early decision/early action/regular admission for the university?

I chose regular action for the university I’m going to because it wasn’t even on my radar during Early Action season. 

What are you tentatively planning to study?

I’m planning to study engineering or something math-related. 

How do you feel now that university decisions are complete?

Now that university decisions are complete, I have more spare time so I’ve joined Big Data and am taking a course on Python through Udemy. I have yet to make my final decision.

Try to apply Early Action if possible. Brainstorm ideas for your common app and write the essays for at least one college that you’re interested in during the summer. You can find most of the prompts on the common app.

Rachel Seong

University of Toronto St. George

Why did you choose this university/universities?

I chose to apply for these universities because they provide great academic programs and co-curricular activities, such as Co-op and research opportunities, for students who want to explore their interests more in-depth. In addition, I have decided to attend the University of Toronto St. George because of the variety of resources that would strongly support its students and a great academic reputation in computer science besides the reasons listed above. 

Why did you choose early decision/early action/regular admission for the university?

I chose early action and regular admission as I wanted to get decisions early and have time to compare which university is the most suitable for me rather than being bound to one university.

What are you tentatively planning to study?

I am planning to study computer science or data science, and I am hoping that I can contribute to society by applying computational and mathematical skills to analyze societal problems in the future.

How do you feel now that university decisions are complete?

First of all, I feel proud of myself for making these accomplishments, and I am so excited to take a step closer to my future. But I was also worried and hoped that I could make a good decision about which university I would attend! While the application period was stressful, I really appreciated having that time to search and understand more about myself as a student and as a person.

To juniors who are currently working hard on the preparation, although there will be much pressure in writing thoughtful essays and doing great in both academics and extracurricular activities, enjoy this time to explore, be altruistic, and encourage each other. "No matter how the process is going, you will be able to find yourself at the end!"

Jun Kang

UC Berkeley

Why did you choose this university?

I was preparing for both US and Korean universities. For US universities, my main goal was getting into the one with a great reputation. Therefore, I cared less about the region and other personal criteria. I wasn't 100% determined to go to the US, and I decided that I wouldn't go to the states if I didn't get admitted to Georgia Tech or a higher university.

I based my college decisions mainly on the ranking and the reputation, which sounds a bit ignorant since we are told that finding a match school is very important. In my opinion, the name value of the schools cannot be ignored since it will represent myself for the rest of my life. Everyone has different needs and wants regarding their university experience, some students will need to focus on the universities that will be affordable and offer a lot of scholarships and there are many other things that students might prioritize. So, it is very important to figure out what they need from the university.

Why did you choose early action/regular admission for the university?

I chose to apply ED to Johns Hopkins, UC, and KAIST. I also applied to my reach-target school, UC Berkeley. I think it is wiser to focus on the universities that I really wanted, rather than applying to a lot of universities. 

What are you tentatively planning to study?

I will study biology at UC Berkeley and then I will decide whether to proceed to medical school or study further into biology for my Master's degree. Anyway, my end goal is to become a researcher in genetics because I want to develop genetic engineering further to cure genetic diseases and other diseases like HIV and malaria.

How do you feel now that university decisions are complete?

I feel really relieved. Honestly, waiting for the decisions is harder than writing the actual applications. It is a very frustrating stage. You will get a tremendous amount of stress, you will feel disappointed when you get denied. However, it is important that you continue to work on academics and other productive things even when you get denied. I took a day off to just handle my emotions when I got rejected by Johns Hopkins and UCLA. Honestly, you cannot do anything on that day, so just focus on your feelings. Writing a diary about my feelings helped me a lot. I told myself that university is not the only goal in my life.

It really takes a lot of effort and time to write good essays, so think realistically about the work capacity you can handle. 12th grade first semester is very important so students need to handle both their academics and college applications. Start your application essay as soon as possible (preferably during the summer). Never start your essay one week before the deadline. You should be ready to submit a week before the deadline.

As of May 7th, our Class of 2020 has been accepted to the following universities:


  • McGill University
  • McMaster University
  • Queen’s University
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Waterloo
  • Western University


  • Appalachian State University
  • Augustana College
  • Bard College
  • Bennington College
  • Binghamton College
  • Boston University
  • California Lutheran University
  • Calvin College
  • Concordia University - Irvine
  • Davidson College
  • Dickinson College
  • Drexel University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Iowa State University
  • Juniata College
  • Lewis & Clark College
  • Michigan State University
  • New York University
  • Northeastern University
  • Pacific University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Purdue University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Seton Hall University
  • St. John’s University
  • St. Olaf College
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • University of California - Davis
  • University of California - Irvine
  • University of California - San Diego
  • University of California - Santa Barbara
  • University of California - Santa Cruz
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Puget Sound
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Washington
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Wellesley College
  • Graduation
  • HS
  • University