“A highly qualified student, with a 3.95 unweighted grade point average and 2300 on the SAT … had perfect 800s on his subject tests in math and chemistry, a score of 5 on five Advanced Placement exams, musical talent and, in one of two personal statements, had written a loving tribute to his parents, who had emigrated from India.” But he still didn’t get accepted to U.C. Berkeley. You may have walked to school in the snow, uphill both ways, but you didn’t have it as tough as today’s college applicants (or preschool applicants for that matter). From the NYT: Confessions of an Application Reader.