Does anyone have any tips on how to stand out to the admissions team for Rice University? I don't mean high test scores, plenty of people get those and get rejected (I just watched a video where someone got rejected from Rice but accepted into Stanford). How do I show that I truly have an interest in them during the interview? Or in my college essay?
It seems almost impossible to stand out when everyone else also has great tests scores, a high gpa, and solid extracurriculars. So what do you think makes those accepted different? I've been wondering if it is the essay and the letter of recommendation. I know I have good letters of recommendation on the way, but didn't most people who already score high and got rejected have good ones as well?
I guess I'm just asking how to make those reviewing my information for admissions stop for a second and notice me.
Edit: Do you think sending more than 3 letters of recommendation too much? Maybe 4? Can I do that if I wanted to?