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Ajay's Story

Ajay grew up in a traditional Indian-American family in Seattle, Washington, and later attended boarding school in New England. Upon graduating from high school, he followed the typical path to university in NYC where he studied for three semesters until he was presented with an opportunity at a start-up incubator. A true entrepreneur at heart, Ajay couldn’t turn it down, and left school for Silicon Valley where he built, released, and sold the app FamilyLeaf. After this experience and with a heightened passion for technology, he began looking for somewhere he could feel comfortable learning, now that he no longer fit into the typical student mold. This brought Ajay to study computer science at the School of General Studies.

Completed three university semesters in NYC before leaving
Interned at Zillow and built apps with friends in his free time
Launched and sold his start-up company in Silicon Valley
Joined a number of NYC consulting firms upon graduation

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Percentage of Asian American, African American, Hispanic/Latino, or Native American students in the Class of 2018
Percentage of Asian American, African American, Hispanic/Latino, or Native American students in the Class of 2018
250,000+ alumni network allows students to connect with volunteer, internship, and post-graduation job opportunities
250,000+ alumni network allows students to connect with volunteer, internship, and post-graduation job opportunities
37 U.S. states are represented by the Class of 2019
37 U.S. states are represented by the Class of 2019
Economist, statistician, immigrant, and 1971 Nobel Memorial Prize Winner, Simon Smith Kuznets, received his B.S. in 1923
Economist, statistician, immigrant, and 1971 Nobel Memorial Prize Winner, Simon Smith Kuznets, received his B.S. in 1923

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