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Mirror: Stanford Acceptance Rates by GPA and SAT

sabnetworksabnetwork Registered User Posts: 269 Junior Member
edited January 2005 in Stanford University

Category........Percentage of Applicants........Admit Rate
GPA 4.0 or higher........62%........17%
GPA 3.8-3.99........20%........10%
GPA 3.6-3.79........10%........6%
GPA 3.4-3.59........5%........3%
GPA below 4.0........4%........3%

Category........Percentage of Applicants........Admit Rate
Top 1-2% of Class........28%........22%
Top 10% of Class........75%........16%
Top 20% of Class........89%........15%

Category........Percentage of Applicants........Admit Rate
SAT Verbal 700-800........48%........21%
SAT Verbal 600-699........37%........9%
SAT Verbal 500-599........12%........5%
SAT Verbal Below 500........3%........<1%

Category........Percentage of Applicants........Admit Rate
SAT Math 700-800........63%........17%
SAT Math 600-699........28%........10%
SAT Math 500-599........8%........4%
SAT Math Below 500........2%........1%

Only available in the counselor newsletter. Why? Who knows.
Post edited by sabnetwork on

Replies to: Mirror: Stanford Acceptance Rates by GPA and SAT

  • citygirlsmomcitygirlsmom - Posts: 13,158 Senior Member
    I am confused!! It says for instance in Caterory re: SAT

    700-800 48% of applicants- is the 21% admit rate of those 48% or of the whole pool, I am guessing the whole pool, otherwise percentages don't add up....don't laugh..its been a long day and I ahve been out of school a long time!!!!
  • sabnetworksabnetwork Registered User Posts: 269 Junior Member
    The 21% is the admit rate for applicants with those scores. 48% is the proportion of those applicants in the applicant pool.

    The admit rates don't have to add up to 100%. Stanford isn't a community college ;)

    The sum of (Percentage of Applicants * Admit Rate) should roughly equal 13%, their acceptance rate.
  • citygirlsmomcitygirlsmom - Posts: 13,158 Senior Member
  • lauraklaurak Registered User Posts: 308 Member
    Correlation does not mean causation ;)
  • lauraklaurak Registered User Posts: 308 Member
    Now, after reading through the packet, I think posting Robin Mamlet's letter would have been more worthwhile. It just further proves why I love Stanford so much--they don't expect us to bite off more than we can chew, they realize that just because we don't have a 1500 4.0UW doesn't mean we aren't as smart as those who do, and they know what actually matters. We are people with passions, not robots with numbers. I haven't seen any other school promote an attitude quite like Stanford does, and it's refreshing and encouraging. Thanks for the link. I'm sure it will make some of us here in RD limbo that much more optimistic and madly in love. Good luck to everyone!
  • WordWord Registered User Posts: 166 Junior Member
    gpa's = unweighted?
  • sempitern555sempitern555 - Posts: 3,350 Senior Member
    very confusing
  • paulhomeworkpaulhomework Registered User Posts: 966 Member
    GPA's are unweighted. I think Stanford takes all academic classes from 10th/11th grade and calculates your gpa on a simple 4.0 scale (100-90,89-80,etc.)
  • sabnetworksabnetwork Registered User Posts: 269 Junior Member
    Correlation does not mean causation
    Thanks for pointing this out. This should be kept in mind when viewing any statistics, not just these. I forget that this isn't obvious to everyone.
    I think posting Robin Mamlet's letter would have been more worthwhile.
    I found it particularly inspiring as well. If only I had read it as a freshman instead of as a senior.
    very confusing
    Look at the PDF version, it might make more sense than my sorry excuse for a table.
  • slicmlic2001slicmlic2001 Registered User Posts: 1,445 Senior Member
    wow, so numbers based...what bout ECs, not as important at Stanford?
  • tokenadulttokenadult Super Moderator Posts: 17,472 Super Moderator
    It would have been interesting to see a break point between SAT I section scores above 750 and those from 700 to 750.
  • sabnetworksabnetwork Registered User Posts: 269 Junior Member

    Stanford doesn't value standardized test scores too highly. They talk about this in the newsletter that I linked to, and it's believable.

    I've heard from several unreliable sources that they only care about scores being 700 or higher. To be taken with a grain of salt.
  • lurkin'girllurkin'girl Registered User Posts: 138 Junior Member
    I think that most of those numbers are available on the Stanford Admissions website uder common data set. (?)

    The letter repeated what we heard at the admissions information session...it was nice to hear it again! As far as EC's, they said "some people are really good at math, some peope can run really fast, and some are bridge builders".

    But if the highest GPA category is 4.0 or higher, wouldn't they mean it is weighted? Can you get higher than a 4.0 any other way? Also, does anyone know if first generation college kids get any break on the SAT's? I would think not, but I read somewhere on these boards that they do. I hope....I have over 700 verbal, and 800 writing on the SATII, but my Math has never been as strong (in the 600's)

  • Anthony249Anthony249 Registered User Posts: 310 Member
    I think you do get a very small advantage if you are a first generation student, but it will only tip you if you are very close to the cut-off line. As for EC's they are important, but not super important that you can rely just on those to get you in. In alot of state colleges, the entire first round formula is based on rank, grades and standardized test scores.
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