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Tips mention: Interview (0), ACT/SAT (9), Grades (15), Sports/Extracurriculars (16), College Essay (8)
High SATs & GPA, obviously, and also some sortMay 19 2004Political Science
High SATs & GPA, obviously, and also some sort of leadership/focused extracurricular that proves you have something other than academics (I edited my yearbook). Stanford likes well-rounded, socially-competent people, so some really smart folks with no other skills will get passed by Stanford and snapped up by Harvard/MIT.
SAT: 1490 Female
- Really get involved in stuff you enjoy- goApr 24 2004Undecided
- Really get involved in stuff you enjoy- go beyond, take the extra step and show them that you are ridiculously excited about something, whether it be academics, music, sports, etc. Thats the one common thread I've noticed here- everyone honestly has a lot of enthusiasm for what they do.
SAT: 1560 Male
You really have to have some incredible numbers toSep 10 2003Electrical Engineering
You really have to have some incredible numbers to even show up on the radar. Then, you have to have a killer essay to stand out.
ACT: 34 SAT: 1590 Male
Worked hard, mainlySep 10 2003Computer Science
Worked hard, mainly. I also had a bunch of extra volunteer hours, and a somewhat quirky essay. They asked me to put a picture of one of my favorite things in a box and explain it, and I gave them a video game box cover and how much I wanted to create the exciting stories I loved. Make yourself stand out. And if you come, join Axe-Comm--that way, you can go to footbsll games and student movies for free!
ACT: 32 SAT: 1390 Female
Nothing that any other student who didn't have aSep 09 2003Economics
Nothing that any other student who didn't have a ridiculously wealthy family or some incredible ability (like being able to hit a fastball 450 feet) didn't do... namely busted my hump for 4 years in high school. Good scores were a must. 1580 SATI, 800 bio, 800 English, 800 chem for SATIIs. 3.95 GPA, unweighted. Lots of extracurriculars including debate, jazz ensemble, and volunteer stuff.

Not to freak anybody out, but it was hard work. In the end, however, it was more than worth it.
SAT: 1580 Male

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