I don’t buy this at all. The whole admission process depends upon so many other factors other than “passion". The race, ethnicity, state, recommendation, etc. Being extremely good at the sport ( playing since 5th grade year around, varsity player for 4 years, captain for 2 years with the league finalist for 3 years, etc, etc) along with the extremely passionate about that sport with 2340 SAT and 800 , 800 in subject tests and 10 + AP with near perfect GPA with also other ECs and essay reflected passion- didn't even get " wait listed".
Fervid, playing sports for a long time does not necessarily show your passion. There are millions of students in high school who have been varsity of a sport for four years, and have even won state and many regional competitions. What outlines those with an actual driving passion are those who competing on a national level, not just being a league finalist and such. Stanford can't accept every student in the US who is good at sports.
We are not talking about sports recruit and I was not aware that millions of students get this kind of SAT score with these many AP subjects with near perfect GPA from blue ribbon school. At least, I am not aware any one around like that with school more than 1500 students. We were talking here about passion. If you define passion with national championship, I don't have anything more to say. Playing year around sport with out missing any weekend since 5th grade is passion or not ? Starting club for the middle school year around ( as soon as finished season after freshman year and seeing level of the sport at the school ) for that sport and that uplifted level of the sport in high school is passion or not?, will most likely become league champion this year and will keep playing sport this summer and college, too ( as it's part of life ). I can go on and on and still will look like sore loser. My point is as simple, " passion" is just not something will get admission in Stanford just like that . Race, Ethnicity, location of school, state,recommendation letters, etc will be considered along with passion ( may be in your view passion = national championship= admission)
Hi, I am a runner too. I used to run competitively from middle school to high school but now I am in college and I don't run competitively anymore and I am really interested in applying to Stanford grad school. So I was wondering if you ran competitively or not?
I am really passionate about running too always was but I ma also passionate about a lot of other things one of which is getting into a really really good grad school. You inspire me jenny......
Its possible, but it's HIGHLY unlikely to happen. This thread is a poison that's motivating students with marred GPAs to aim for an unattainable dream. It's like aiming to win an Olympic gold medal in the 200-meter individual medley when you're an amputee!
Now, I'm not against any of the optimism future applicants hold. I just think they should know the difference between optimism and pure ignorance - the fact is that an applicant with a 3.4 GPA has a very, very, low chance of being accepted unless he or she has outstanding hooks. Should you still apply then? Sure, just don't expect too much out of it.
I'd have to agree with fervid. The valedictorian at my school (one of the top rated high schools in the country) was rejected from Stanford although she had everything going for her -- ASB pres, maximum GPA, 2380 SAT, winner of various speech contests, volunteered abroad, various club presidencies etc etc. This was mainly due to the demographic of our school, probably 80% white, and in one of the richest towns in Cali. It also didn't help that our school was like a 40 min drive away from Stanford.
Wow what an inspirational story! For those of you who are doubting this, I wouldn't be surprised at Stanford's decision. Like someone had said, Stanford admission officers probably have the ability to spot out future world-changers, even if they don't have the grades typically associated with the majority.
I know this is pretty old, but what were the grades you achieved throughout your first two years of HS? I really want to have the privilege to attend an ivy league school, but unfortunately my first two years did not go well.
^^Please do not insult Stanford by referring it to ivy league. It is NOT part of the ivy league and 5 of the top 10 schools in the country are NOT in the ivy league. Please please do some research before you write an essay for college applications in the near future...schools can tell if you are B*ing.