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Stanford University

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Your Combined ACT:
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Your Chances at Stanford
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Your Chances at Stanford
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Men
Women
# Applicants
20,464
18,364
# Admitted
1,147
1,061
% Admitted
5.6%
5.8%
% Overall
5.7%

Students who got into Stanford:

Tips mention: Interview (0), ACT/SAT (9), Grades (15), Sports/Extracurriculars (16), College Essay (8)
My only piece of advice: don't give a sh*tAug 17 2008History/Histories (art history/etc.)
Male
The school is tight-lipped about its real admission preferences,Jun 05 2008Economics
The school is tight-lipped about its real admission preferences, which is appropriate. But here are a few ideas.

First, you absolutely must have a well-developed interest or capability outside of school academics. It can be in music, sports, community service, entrepreneurship, research, whatever -- but you need to shine at something that's not school. Ordinary nerds aren't welcome.

Second, remember that Stanford's greatest stature lies in...sports! It is higher-ranked in NCAA competition than in academics. If you can bring anything useful to one of Stanford's varsity teams, you can get in as only a pretty good student. A surprising number of the limited slots in the freshman class are filled this way.

Third, like all top schools Stanford admits certain ethnic groups in a greater proportion than the likely qualifications of that part of the applicant pool. Do not be discouraged if you are in a disadvantaged group, as this is one place where that status can help you. The same holds true if you are economically disadvantaged.

Finally, the bad news is for your typical high-achieving non-athlete student from a family where money is not an ongoing concern. Your chances probably aren't that hot unless you are a real star. Stanford gets lots of applications from kids like you. This is where geographic diversity also seems to count. Lots of great high schools in good parts of California, New York etc. get very few kids in. Some of those same kids might get fat letters if they lived in rural Montana or the like.

Take the above for what it's worth, being based on some years of experience in seeing admits and rejects from a limited vantage point. Stanford's still a great place if you can go. But unless you are recruited in some capacity, the odds are you will be going somewhere else if only because you will be bumping heads against so many other smart kids in the application process.
SAT: 1490 Male

I was a pretty straight shooter in high schoolMar 09 2008Chemistry
I was a pretty straight shooter in high school. I got good grades, participated in music and athletics, and volunteered. Although a lot of stanford students are like me, there are many with less 'perfect' records, but that also volunteered in India started a charity, or did some outstanding research in high school. My general feeling is that doing a ll the right things will give you a good chance of admission, but to be sure you need to do something special.
SAT: 1570 Male
Top scores and grades are a givenAug 25 2007Physics
Top scores and grades are a given. Focus your energy on doing something that thrills you, and do it better than anyone else in your state.
SAT: 1460 Male
It is extremely difficult to get inAug 20 2006Religion/Religious
It is extremely difficult to get in. Put a lot of work into your essay, give people plenty of time to write recommendations, and do a thorough job on the application. Good luck!
SAT: 1600 Male
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