Chris Choi, Academy Schools Class of 2014, an Update!

Academy Schools – and the Choi family – are pleased to announce that Chris Choi, a member of Academy Schools’ graduating Class of 2014, has been accepted in the University of Washington’s Computer Science and Engineering Program!

Chris Choi enjoying the sites of Paris from the Eiffel Tower, summer 2015

Chris Choi enjoying the sights of Paris from the Eiffel Tower, summer 2015

It has taken Chris over 3 years of hard work ( starting when he was at Academy Schools taking Running Start classes) to make it into the program.

The UW Computer Science and Engineering program is consistently ranked among the top 10 programs in the nation which is why the admission process is so competitive. Only between 20-25% of applicants are admitted every year, with at least 1000 students applying.

In order to apply, Chris needed to take and do well in 7 classes: Math 124, 125 and 126 (Calculus series), 5 credits in natural science (he took Physics), CSE 142 and 143 (intro computer science classes) and English 131. Most of these classes at UW are called “weed-out” classes because one has to do better than 500-1000 students to get a good grade. Chris took the Math series in his junior year in high school at Green River Community College while still at Academy School, and English in his senior year of high school. He took the computer science classes and physics at UW, along with other 300 level Math classes to improve his chances to be accepted.

He also had to include 2 personal statements in his application.

It is not at all a surprise for students with a 3.8 gpa to be rejected from this program. Chris applied with a 3.97 gpa and was accepted on his first try. We are so proud of him!

Bravo, Chris!

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