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Harvard Interview


Replies to: Harvard Interview

  • HCaulfieldHCaulfield Registered User Posts: 150 Junior Member
    "I knew I won't get into Harvard" :O

    Why so pessimistic? The afore mentioned friend helped me realize ki thats a pretty fail way of heading to March 29th.
  • hm2711hm2711 Registered User Posts: 26 New Member
    Ya you're right - Harvard might be honest after all when they say that lack of interview doesn't have a negative impact on the application.
  • MyHandIsADolphinMyHandIsADolphin Registered User Posts: 47 Junior Member
    Don't worry so much about Harvard. You'll be happy wherever you end up going.
  • HCaulfieldHCaulfield Registered User Posts: 150 Junior Member
    Admission to HYSPM and other crazily selective colleges is more like winning a lottery than anything else...Like, after a point,it is.
  • Mrinal2207Mrinal2207 Registered User Posts: 779 Member
    Yes, if u get into HYPSM, u were qualified and worth it,
    If u dont get in, its more of lottery, Ivies is just a name :p
  • HCaulfieldHCaulfield Registered User Posts: 150 Junior Member

    No! It ain't that way. Ivy-Admission IS a lottery. Because there are just so many qualified candidates and so few spaces...it is reduced to that. And more so, for internationals.
  • Mrinal2207Mrinal2207 Registered User Posts: 779 Member
    ^^ just kidding man, I have lurked around CC enough to know that getting into Ivies is A lottery, just looking at the size and the strength of the applicant pool makes me dizzy.

    Just imparting little sense of humour to the discussion, u all can continue......
  • Tizil7Tizil7 Registered User Posts: 1,686 Senior Member
    Ivy admissions is NOT a lottery. Just because so many people applied, doesn't mean your chances are low. Of course, it is a lottery for those who are applying just for the heck of it. Similarly for MIT, Stanford or any other school.

    Let me make it more clear ... imagine a person with a 60% average throughout high school, no extracurriculars and average writing abilities. Georgia Tech would be a lottery for this person. UIUC would be a lottery. Get the point?

    Another example is the UPSC exam ... in 2002, ~300,000 people applied but only ~157,000 appeared for the actual exam. Now some would say that the two processes aren't comparable because the level of competition in the UPSC isn't as cut-throat as the level in Ivy (or other top university) admissions. *However*, once you skim through few ~57,000 people who have no intention of seriously competing, you still have ~100,000 applicants vying for ~1000 spots. That's a 1% chance. I know people who have taken this exam thrice and each time, secured a rank of <100.

    In short, none of the admissions I just talked about are lotteries. The only way you can get rejected, if you are a strong applicant (strong from the POV of admissions officers. NOT from your POV), is due to some idiosyncratic whim of the majority of the admissions committee. Eg. Tufts.
  • Mrinal2207Mrinal2207 Registered User Posts: 779 Member
    ^^ What I meant to say was Tizil, Ivy admissions are not a complete hell of a lottery, but the giant pool of the applicants make them a lot harder to get in.
    I completely agree with ur second point, the POV of the adcoms is the most important thing in colleges admissions.

    PS. Tizil, wanted to PM u about an issue I have....
  • Tizil7Tizil7 Registered User Posts: 1,686 Senior Member
    Go ahead Mrinal :)
  • HCaulfieldHCaulfield Registered User Posts: 150 Junior Member

    I believe it is a lottery on one level. Out of the 35,000 that apply to say a Stanford...there are about 5000-odd extremely qualified/interesting/tough to choose between applicants. And when that list is winnowed down to 2000 or 1500 or whatever, the lottery-ness is bound to creep in.
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