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27 ACT and applying to Stanford?

neuroscience1234neuroscience1234 Posts: 321Registered User Member
edited November 2011 in Stanford University
I recently received my 3rd ACT score and it's a 27. Does this kill any chance of getting into Stanford? I've taken the SAT twice and I've gotten a 1790 on both. Do i have any chance at all? Have you heard of people getting into Stanford with a 27? My GPA is 3.7 with full IB and about 5 APs.



*This doesn't matter to me at all, but I've seen that race matters here on CC, so if it helps I'm
AA(I'm not depending on this whatsoever to get me in)
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Replies to: 27 ACT and applying to Stanford?

  • T26E4T26E4 Posts: 17,145Registered User Senior Member
    An African American w/27ACT and 1790 SAT will be compared with similar students who bring the same attributes to the entering class. That being said, you'll be 99.5% swamped by your competition who will have better academic credentials than you. Unfortunately, that's how the numbers stack up for Stanford.

    However, your academic achievements to date are still fantastic and should bode well for a successful collegiate career -- just not at one of the most selective and elite colleges extant, though. Good luck to you.
  • FrostedJohnFrostedJohn Posts: 30Registered User Junior Member
    Since you are a URM, you might have a chance, not saying a great one, but yo do. If you have strong EC's, SAT II's, awards, etc.... you might just get in(low reach). If not, then I would have to say that's a mid/high reach.

    Hope I helped :)
    Please chance me back if you can xD
  • neuroscience1234neuroscience1234 Posts: 321Registered User Member
    Thanks to both of you :) Anyone else?
  • NCdukieNCdukie Posts: 166Registered User Junior Member
    URM status is really your only substantial hope to get in (no offense at all to you or URMs -- 27 is quite a bit on the low side). Since you are a URM, you are more likely to have your ACT score overlooked by the adcoms so long as you have other good stats (gpa, ec, leadership, comm service/research).

    You'd still have to show you can handle the workload and be a fit for the school (academically and based on your interests/breadth or type of ecs).

    (Basically what I'm saying is that it isn't a lost hope :) )
  • siliconvalleymomsiliconvalleymom Posts: 3,695Registered User Senior Member
    According to the Common Data Set, for last year's freshman admits who reported ACT scores, 84% had composite scores of 30 and above.
  • T26E4T26E4 Posts: 17,145Registered User Senior Member
    I'm saying that ACT 27 and 3.7GPA, is very low for the Stanford URM applicant sub group.
  • neuroscience1234neuroscience1234 Posts: 321Registered User Member
    Yeah I do realize my ACT score is very low for Stanford. The terrible thing is re-taking in December for the 4th time seems like a bad idea because Stanford wants ALL scores. As for the SAT, I want to do subject tests on December 3rd, so there is no other test date for the regular SAT. I've come to the conclusion that I should still apply, but not expect too much.
  • OhioMom2OhioMom2 Posts: 639Registered User Member
    I would take the ACT again in December. It isn't going to look "bad" to Stanford if you can raise it above 27. The higher score you can get the better. :)
  • neuroscience1234neuroscience1234 Posts: 321Registered User Member
    Remember that I already took the SAT 2 times. It won't hurt at all to still take the ACT for the 4th time in December?
  • OhioMom2OhioMom2 Posts: 639Registered User Member
    What were the first 2 ACT scores?
  • neuroscience1234neuroscience1234 Posts: 321Registered User Member
    Both were 26(which makes it even more frustrating).
  • collegeinfo1994collegeinfo1994 Posts: 733Registered User Member
    If you didn't already know, Stanford superscores the ACT! Or at least I think it was stanford that said that at a college information session I went to. (the colleges were Harvard, Duke, UPenn, Georgetown, and Stanford)
  • OhioMom2OhioMom2 Posts: 639Registered User Member
    You need to prep/study for the ACT and take it a 4th time. With prep, you should be able to bring it up at least 2 more points (if not more).
  • neuroscience1234neuroscience1234 Posts: 321Registered User Member
    My superscore is 29 :(

    Okay, so I'm taking the December 3rd SAT subject tests. From a PR practice test, I got a 720 on the MATH II(very ironic because my ACT math is 24 :(). Anyway, will a high SAT Math II help with somehow overlooking my 24 Math? I know it's very strange to get a 24 in ACT math yet a 720 in Math level 2 practice test. It's because my AP Calc course is really helping me out.
  • collegeinfo1994collegeinfo1994 Posts: 733Registered User Member
    Math II has a crazy curve. I skipped like 7 problems(timing issue) and still got a 770. It's a good idea to take it if you're doing well on the practice tests. Good luck!
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