University Matriculations for 2021

Additional university matriculations have been decided! Mana, Davin, and Victoria shared their college decisions and some advice to the class of 2022.

Mana Kawai - Sophia University

Which universities did you apply to? Why did you choose these universities?

I only applied to a few universities in Tokyo that offer English-medium programs in the areas of political science.

Why did you choose to attend Sophia over the other universities?

I chose to attend Sophia University because it will provide me with opportunities to participate in enriched academic programs that are not provided in other universities because of its academic partnerships with international organizations such as UN, JICA, WFP, etc. Sophia also has a reputation for excellence in liberal arts education in Japan. For these reasons, I thought Sophia would be the best place for me to prepare to build my career in the field of international cooperation. 

What are you tentatively planning to study?

I am tentatively planning to study international relations, human rights, and comparative politics in my first year and decide my major in my second year. 

What advice would you give to the upcoming class of 2022 for their college applications?

My advice for the upcoming class of 2022 is to never be afraid of seeking help directly from your chosen university. If you have questions about school life, ask some students from a university through social media. Don’t hesitate to contact the institution personally too, to get more specific information about the program and the application process. I have done this several times, and it helped me a lot during and after my application process.

Davin Lim - Davidson College

Which universities did you apply to? Why did you choose these universities?

I applied to a lot of universities, mostly liberal arts colleges on the east coast. Because of my diverse, well-rounded interest in various subjects (the Humanities, STEM, and social science), both my counselor, Mr. Compton, and I were confident that I would truly thrive and succeed at a liberal arts college. Since financial aid was a major factor in my decision, I applied to liberal arts colleges that offer generous aid to international students, such as Amherst, Williams, Davidson, and many others. 

Why did you choose to attend Davidson over the other universities?

I chose Davidson because it was the best fit for me. Davidson has a very tight-knit community as well as a great econ program, which I highly prioritized in my decision. Their campus is gorgeous as well! Not to mention, I will be attending Davidson this fall with two of my friends in my class, Nam and Andy. I am beyond excited to go to college with people I've already known for 3 years. I also got a heart-warming, hand-written letter from the admissions officer at Davidson! Go CATS!

What are you tentatively planning to study?

I'm planning on studying economics, which was my favorite subject in high school. I'm also considering a double major in either applied math or statistics. Who knows though, I might end up switching my major because a liberal arts education lets you do that flexibly. 

What advice would you give to the upcoming class of 2022 for their college applications?

I think the best piece of advice I could give to the upcoming seniors (current juniors) is to start early. Don't just do research on the surface level. Delve deep into their course catalog, their different academic departments, bios of professors, extracurricular activities, internship and research opportunities for undergrads, student support programs, school spirit, diversity and inclusion, etc. Research to the extent where you can endlessly articulate why you want to attend there and why you would be a great fit there. It really helps you in narrowing down your college list and finding where you would be the best fit (academically, socially, and personally).

Another piece of advice, which is often overlooked and undervalued, is not to be too obsessed with prestige. Where you go to college doesn't define who you are as a person nor as a student. Your success in the future is not dependent on where you go. Rather, it depends more on what you do once you get there. There are so many schools out there, and you can only attend ONE (at least for undergrad). So find the school that is the best fit for you. 

Victoria You - University of Pennsylvania (Wharton College of Business)

Which universities did you apply to? Why did you choose these universities?

I applied to many different schools including all the schools that are need-blind to international students. I applied to a wide variety of liberal arts colleges as well as big universities. Some that I applied to are Emory, Tufts, Washington & Lee, Wellesley College, Williams, Dartmouth, etc. I looked at the strength of major, job prospects, and internship availability, as well as the student engagement and club activities when deciding which colleges I wanted to apply to. 

Why did you choose to attend UPenn over the other universities?

It was very hard to decide the school I wanted to attend because I was fortunate enough to have many great options. I prioritized the strength and rigor of the academic program first, as well as my future as an International student. I decided that UPenn Wharton was the university that can best prepare me for my future and provide the most opportunities. Also, the fact that Wharton is the best undergraduate business program in the world helped me make my decision. 

What are you tentatively planning to study?

I am planning to major in business and concentrate on some combination of Management, Social Impact, and Finance. 

What advice would you give to the upcoming class of 2022 for their college applications?

It may sound cliche but I would say try your very best during the college application process and high school life in general. I had a rough few months before my acceptances came rolling in. It was hard to wait with continued rejection letters but I knew that I put in my best effort and I had no regrets even with the rejections. Now, I can say that my hard work definitely paid off. So, my advice would be to stay motivated and work hard until the end!

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
  • Amherst College
  • Bentley University
  • Berklee College of Music
  • Boston University
  • Brown University
  • Chapman University
  • Davidson College*
  • Depauw University*
  • Drexel University
  • Fordham University*
  • Franklin & Marshall College
  • Gettysburg College
  • Indian University - Bloomington*
  • International Christian University (Japan)
  • Lewis & Clark College
  • Miami University - Oxford*
  • Michigan State University*
  • Monash University (Australia)
  • Northeastern University*
  • Northwestern University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Purdue University*
  • Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Ryerson University
  • Santa Clara University
  • Sophia University (Japan)
  • Ocad University
  • Ohio Wesleyan University
  • The Master's University and Seminary
  • Trinity University
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of California – Davis
  • University of California – Irvine
  • University of California, Riverside
  • University of California – San Diego
  • University of California – Santa Cruz
  • University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • University of Massachusetts - Amherst*
  • University of Melbourne (Australia)
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Sydney (Australia)
  • University of Technology, Sydney (Australia)
  • United States Naval Academy
  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Wheaton College*
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • HS
  • University