Growing up in Carson City, Carlos Torres entered school at Seeliger Elementary School as an English Language Learner. More than a decade later, he's headed to one of the country's most prestigious colleges, Yale.
Torres, a first-generation American, will trade the Sierra Nevada’s picturesque mountain landscapes, lively sunsets and deep scent of desert sagebrush for New England’s Colonial past, Atlantic coastline and renowned autumn foliage as he heads to New Haven, Conn., with a need-based scholarship covering full tuition and housing at Yale.
"For the longest time, I did want to go to Yale," Torres said. "It was kind of that school for me. I ended up applying to a lot of schools and once I got those decisions in, I was getting a little nervous not being sure where I was going to end up going. The last school I opened my decision from was Yale. It was the very last school I heard back from. I was definitely shocked. I was not expecting it. I didn't really think I was going to get in, but I was very excited. I was shaking. I actually opened it at the pool after swim practice next to some of my teammates, and right away I ran and talked to my coach and it was a great time."
Torres posted a 5.3 GPA at Carson High and was a swimmer on the Senators' Northern 5A Regional championship team. He also was a member of the Future Business Leaders of America and National Honor Society. Among other schools, Torres was accepted to Brown, Rice,, Duke, Dartmouth, Washington and USC, where his sister currently studies.
This was one of the most challenging years to be admitted to Yale, which admitted 2,169 applicants to the Class of 2025 out of 46,905 applications (a 4.6 percent admission rate). Although it's not common for a local student to be accepted to an Ivy League school, Carson High will be send two with Cristian Garcia Perez announcing his acceptance to Dartmouth.
Torres isn't completely sure what he'll major in at Yale.
"I'm honestly not 100 percent settled down on what I'm studying yet, but that's a really big reason I want to go to Yale," Torres said. "They excel in so many different disciplines that really excite me. A big focus when I was applying to school was environmental science and natural sciences, which I drew inspiration from the local area. Nevada is beautiful, and that's a reason why I got into that. I'm thinking of exploring that at Yale, but I'm also really interesting in anthropology and political science and literature."