I have quite a few reasons for wanting to go to yale, but it's not as if I absolutely need to go there (in fact, its not actually my first choice). I was just curious after reading some of the chance threads in this forum...and, by the way, I did mean my original question to be pejorative in any way. I have nothing against those "superhuman" kids. In fact, one of the reasons that I hope to go to Yale is to have a chance to meet, befriend, and work with them
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 05:43 PM.
This is an old thread, but as a real human teenager who will be attending Yale next year (RD admit), I wanted to assure you all that it is possible to get into Yale if you're not a superhuman. I did well in high school, but I was not valedictorian or salutatorian. I did very well on the SAT, but not well enough to be exceptional at a school like Yale. I was involved in about 6 extracurricular activities but I was only really passionate about 3. What I did do was write good essays and have a very, very lucky interview during which my interviewer took a liking to me.
College admissions time is so stressful. It feels like the world will end if you don't get your first choice. I should know-- I applied early to Stanford and I was deferred and then rejected. Despite the added months of stress and sadness, I got into every other school to which I applied, and I am beyond thrilled to be going to Yale next year (and I'm convinced it's truly the right place for me-- thanks Stanford!).
Maybe you'll get into Yale or maybe you won't. You'll find that it doesn't really matter. As long as you approach the college process with an open mind and only apply to schools that have something that interests you, you'll find upsides to whichever school you end up attending. My best advice, as a real human teenager who got into Yale, is to write phenomenal essays about things that really matter to you. Write from the heart. It's cliched, but your essays really are the only place you get to show the ad com your personality, so don't censor yourself an DON'T try to write what you think they want to hear. And don't stress too much.
Yeah, we're real. Yalie17 (a classmate of mine--hi!) has it absolutely right. The way to get in (beyond the dumb luck associate with this whole process) is just to find what you're passionate in and explore it! There is no better way to guarantee your success in anything you do (college, career, etc.) is to be happy when you're doing it. Personally, I found a very specific scientific research method that I was captivated by, and I just kept trying to learn more, which lead to research opportunities and many competitions and (hopefully soon) a publication. It doesn't matter what you like, you just need to have the motivation to keep going after your dreams! Don't set your sights on a specific goal (a matriculation, a job, or anything like that), rather on being happy and content while always challenging yourself and you'll get very far!
Like Yalie17, I'll be starting Yale in the fall and I have to say that I feel pretty human. I haven't cured cancer or anything, but clearly something I've done is special enough to get me in. Sometimes it takes someone else to point out what that is in you because to you it's part of your day to day life. Ask around and see what they say. If you're considering Yale and your school is supportive then they may be able to signal out what makes you 'superhuman' in relation to other 17/18 year olds across the country/world
I just want to give some of the posters on this page hope. I don't mean to make this about me, but I was accepted to Yale and Harvard last year, and just finished my freshman year at Yale.
My SAT score was 2110 (not that impressive), I am not a recruited athlete, a legacy, a first gen, or anything like that. I wrote my admissions essays on being a waitress in a small diner for 5 years and about the local coup kitchen I worked at for 4 years.
Also, most of the people who are accepted don't post in websites such as this one. The sample size is really skewed. A lot of my friends at Yale are totally normal kids who truly just have a passion for learning and show clear commitment. My admissions officer explicitly told me that my work ethic shown through being a waitress, and my clear passion about Yale were the reasons I got in. Normal people can and are accepted. Scores are not everything and major awards are definitely not either.