Early Decision University Acceptances for 2021

University acceptances for the Class of 2021 are rolling in! Three of our seniors have been accepted to their Early Decision (ED) schools. The Bolt interviewed them about their acceptances: 

Nam Dao - Davidson College

Why did you choose this university/universities? 

I chose Davidson College because of a few reasons. Firstly, I wanted to apply to more liberal arts colleges as they are more focused on teaching and class sizes are much smaller, allowing me to better participate in class. Liberal Arts colleges also tend to provide more financial aid, which my family requires. I also chose Davidson College because they have an amazing economic program which is my intended major. Finally, I chose my college because I felt that it would be a great fit for me. Most students at Davidson are both academically focused and athletic, which I think would be the people that I could totally bond with. 

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

I chose early decision for Davidson because the chances of me getting accepted with a lot of financial aid are much higher. Compared to the regular decision acceptance rate (15%), in early decision, there's a 48% chance of me getting accepted. 

What are you tentatively planning to study?

I'm planning to study economics in college. I also want to have a minor in computer science because my uncle has created an IT company where I hope to intern for. 

How do you feel now that university decisions are complete?

I feel much more relaxed. I'm not dealing with as much of the stress of waiting for college decisions and I don't have to write as many college essays anymore. I'm happy to start Senior-itus.

Nam has received the James B. Duke Scholarship. Beginning with the Davidson College Class of 2025, each year, five students are awarded the James B. Duke Scholarship of full tuition and fees.

Mai Chu - Boston University

Why did you choose this university?

I tried to keep my schools within my reach but also strong academically, and BU was the perfect combination of challenging yet still within my comfort zone. BU has this urban setting I really love, and that allows me to get internships and interact with the Boston community. 

Why did you do early decision?

Academically the school has lots of electives and the curriculum is amazing - when I looked at the curriculum on the website I fell in love with the school, and they are very active on social media. Students in my major would give their experience being in the BU community and it was realistic, they didn’t sugar coat anything and it’s awesome for a school to do that. The program I’m interested in includes a semester in London: I was able to write to a student and ask him how his London experience was and I got a frank and honest response, which impressed me. 

What do you tentatively intend to major in?

I recently switched to their liberal arts program - I want to try biology, law, languages, and English - and this includes a semester in London, and I may eventually major in Business. My Dad owns a pharmaceutical company that is expanding so I want to learn about a broad range of topics to help the family business.

How do you feel now that you’ve been accepted?

I’m very happy and relieved, but I need to keep motivating myself as it feels like my main high school goal - to get accepted to a good university - is complete. And I’m very excited to go to the East Coast of the US for the first time.

Andy Nguyen - Davidson College

Why did you choose this university/universities? 

Even though I’m interested in biology, I didn’t want the tunnel vision of a big biology school. In the Davidson program, they don’t just teach you biology, they also teach you how to “use” it and become a global citizen, so that was interesting to me. 

I’ve been learning in small communities most of my life, and so I wanted a university that was not too big. So, at a bit less than 2000 students, Davidson was a good size for me. It’s a liberal arts university, so I have a lot of chances to discover my interests, and it’s not overly competitive, so I can have a better time settling in. 

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

I felt strongly that Davidson was the right choice for me, so I decided to go for Early Decision in that if I got accepted, I had my first choice university in the bag. 

What are you tentatively planning to study?

General biology, but I also want to explore which field and which area of biology works for me. Davidson has a lot of good resources as well - they have nature reserves and a lake, where students can research, gather specimens and data, and just explore, 

How do you feel now that university decisions are complete?

Very good! But still, a bit stressed because I still have a lot of school assignments. They say senior year is the easiest, but it’s not, because you’re taking a lot of AP courses, so it’s difficult.

We are very proud of our seniors as they prepare for taking their next steps. So far, the 22 students in the Class of 2021 have received acceptances to the following universities (multiple acceptances are marked with an asterisk *):

  • American University
  • Bentley University
  • Berklee College of Music
  • Boston University
  • Chapman University
  • Davidson College*
  • Depauw University
  • Fordham University*
  • Indiana University - Bloomington*
  • International Christian University (Japan)
  • Lewis & Clark College
  • Miami University-Oxford*
  • Michigan State University
  • Monash University (Australia)
  • Northeastern University*
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Purdue University*
  • Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Santa Clara University
  • Sophia University (Japan)
  • The Master's University and Seminary
  • Trinity University
  • University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • University of Massachusetts - Amherst*
  • University of Melbourne (Australia)
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Sydney (Australia)
  • University of Technology, Sydney (Australia)
  • Wheaton College*


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