This is an anonymous board.
The statistics and achievements that blow you away on here could be:
2) Projected scores, GPA's and achievements posted by overly-optimistic 16-year-olds (this is a frequent occurrence - you'll find that many haven't yet taken the SAT for the 4th time that they're sure will get them an increase of increase of 250 points or gotten the 4.0 they're certain they'll get in 11th and 12th grade yet or won that award they think they're sure to get yet, and put their projections up anyway).
3) Completely fabricated, because some clowns like to do that for some reason.
4) International applicants (standards for internationals are usually much, much higher - most schools try to keep the international population to 10% or less, so the internationals who post here tend to be the cream of the crop). Most international students go to college in their home country, and only the elite and usually very wealthy consider coming to the USA.
In other words, this is not the place to get a representative sample of who you would compete with in the application pool at Yale, the other elite schools, or at any school, for that matter. There is a lot of fiction on this board.
The ony thing I would look at on this site are the prior year's acceptance threads, and certainly take them with a grain of salt (they're not audited by Yale, or this site).
Look to sources that provide genuine data to give yourself a legitimate idea of whether you have a chance of getting in or not. And talk to real people rather than spend your time online - talk to guidance counselors and college counselors and students at these schools you know or can connect with, etc.
Last edited by AncientTiger; 10-15-2012 at 04:43 PM.