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Stanford Class of 2022 RD Results Thread

EquestrianCEOEquestrianCEO 11 replies3 threads New Member
edited March 2018 in Stanford University
Haven't seen a dedicated results thread yet, so here we go. Congratulations to everyone who was accepted, and to those who weren't, you'll end up exactly where you were intended to :) Thanks for posting your stats, it helps future applicants a ton!

Remove the "a" in the bold, size, and color of your decision.

[aB][asize=4][acolor=#008000]Decision: Accepted[/color][/size][/b]
[aB][asize=4][acolor=#FFA500]Decision: Waitlisted[/color][/size][/b]
[aB][asize=4][acolor=#FF0000]Decision: Rejected[/color][/size][/b]

SAT I (breakdown):
ACT (breakdown):
Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0):
Weighted GPA:
Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable):
AP (place score in parenthesis):
IB (place score in parenthesis):
Senior Year Course Load:
Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.):


Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis):
Job/Work Experience:
Volunteer/Community service:
Summer Activities:
Essays (rating 1-10, details):
Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):

Teacher Rec #1:
Teacher Rec #2:
Counselor Rec:
Additional Rec:


Applied for Financial Aid?:
Intended Major:
State (if domestic applicant):
Country (if international applicant):
School Type:
Income Bracket:
Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.):


Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected:
Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected:

General Comments:
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  • lebaggieslebaggies 15 replies0 threads Junior Member
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  • crimsondream22crimsondream22 129 replies2 threads Junior Member
    edited March 2018
    Decision: Accepted


    SAT I (breakdown): N/A
    ACT (breakdown): 35 (36E 35M 34R 36S)
    TOEFL: 116 (30R 30L 27S 29W)
    SAT II: 770 Math II, 750 Math I, 720 Chem
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 19.69/20
    Weighted GPA: N/A
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 2/175
    AP (place score in parenthesis): Not available in Iran
    IB (place score in parenthesis): Not available in Iran
    Senior Year Course Load: Fixed curriculum meaning I had no say over my course load. Chemistry 4, Physics 4, Math 4, Biology 4, Geology 2, English 4, Persian Language and Literature 4, Islamic Studies 4 (sigh)
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): A few small awards here and there, nothing major.

    Note: AP or IB classes are not offered in Iran, and we all have the same curriculum. However, I was in a NODET (national organization for the development of exceptional talents) school, which means that our curriculum was quite rigorous.


    Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): A little bit of everything. Student Council, Activism, Coding, Tutoring, Research, School Magazine Editor, etc. Pretty much a jack of all trades and master of none (some, maybe?)
    Job/Work Experience: Summer Job as a Pharmacy Technician
    Volunteer/Community service: Isn't a thing here in Iran, but I could say all the free tutoring I've done (didn't count hours tbh, been doing this since I was a kid) counts as "community service"

    Essays (rating 1-10, details): a solid 9/10 overall. I think my essays were what really "got me in." Inspiring life story, etc. My common app would make anyone reading it shed a tear. My questions and supplements were super quirky and just... Stanford, you know?

    Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):

    Teacher Rec #1 (rating 1-10, details): English Teacher 10/10, she absolutely ADORES me, and we're like best friends
    Teacher Rec #2 (rating 1-10, details): Didn't read, Chem Teacher: 8/10, Expecting this one to be kinda generic but still great. She doesn't know me personally but loves me as a student.
    Counselor Rec (rating 1-10, details): 9/10? She didn't know what to write about so I gave her a lot of hints. She ended up writing an amazing letter of rec for me.
    Additional Rec (if any) (rating 1-10, details): Pharmacist who supervised me during my summer job as a technician. I would say it would be an 8/10 because he admired me and we got along really well.
    Interview: not offered to international applicants from my country, so I didn't have one.


    Applied for Financial Aid?: YES
    Intended Major: Symbolic Systems or CS
    State (if domestic applicant):
    Country (if international applicant): Iran
    School Type: NODET
    Ethnicity: White (Middle Eastern)
    Gender: Female
    Income Bracket: <10,000$ (LOL)
    Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): underrepresented country, female potentially going into STEM, inspiring life story

    Stanford had been my dream since middle school. I did not apply early to Stanford because I decided I would rather apply to a need-blind institution (Harvard) early action and not risk my chances merely due to my financial situation as an international student. I was beyond content with getting into Harvard, and honestly, this came as a huge shock to me. I was not expecting to get into Stanford asking them for that much money. I'm happy beyond words. Euphoric, ecstatic, elated, idk, you say it!! This is UNBELIEVABLE.

    P. S. the results came out at 3:30 AM in my timezone and I just want to say this: to all my friends and family who stayed up all night to support me through this, I'm thankful for every single one of you!

    Strengths: test scores, GPA, essays
    Weaknesses: lackluster ECs
    Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: I have no idea
    Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected: Accepted: Harvard and Columbia. Rejected: MIT

    General Comments: Stanford 2022, here I come!
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  • augustuscaesar27augustuscaesar27 66 replies8 threads Junior Member
    Decision: Accepted

    (I wrote this before any decisions came out.)

    SAT I: 760R 800M 22E
    SAT II: 800 Math II, 780 Chemistry, 780 Latin
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 4.0
    Weighted GPA: N/A
    Rank: Officially N/A, unofficially at least top 5/120
    APs: Chemistry (5), Computer Science A (5), French (5), English Lang (5)
    Senior Year Course Load: AP Calc AB, AP English Lit, AP Physics 1, Honors Bio, Honors Law, Honors Creative Writing
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): Nothing really -- qualified for AIME, attended but didn't do that well at HMMT, placed well in some state/national tournaments prestigious within my country. Lots of smaller awards (within school, etc.) and did some more impressive stuff as a middle schooler (which you'd find if you googled me, but I didn't mention in my apps)


    Extracurriculars: Classics Club president (huge commitment), trivia team captain (we're one of the best in the country), Ancient Greek student, physics research group (not that impressive, we're pretty bad), running some small things at my school, writing for the school magazine, playing piano recreationally (I'm not good at all)
    Job/Work Experience: A short gig doing some programming for a small corporate client a couple summers ago -- nothing much

    Volunteer/Community service: About 60 hours of assorted stuff from volunteering with school or spring break camps, etc.; another ~100 hours volunteering with Habitat for Humanity (every other weekend)
    Summer Activities: Some nothing, some travelling with family; took a bunch of online comp sci classes. In addition, I'd usually either do some sort of academic camp or plan some academic activities for myself -- stuff that you have to be smart to get into, but nothing impressive

    Essays: Honestly, rating your own essays is a struggle. I'm a really good writer, and my guidance counselor who is relatively competent approved them, so they can't be that bad. Wrote my common app about a large building project I designed (not like house-size, like lifesize diorama). My essays were mostly about some nerdy stuff and some existential stuff (now you basically know everything you need to know about me XD), and I think compared to the other schools I applied to, my Stanford essays were particularly interesting, deep/compelling, and well-written.

    Teacher Rec (STEM): Teacher I had in sophomore year and this year. I saw the rec and it was pretty good -- said I was one of the strongest students she's ever taught and also mentioned a lot of really strong personal leadership qualities.
    Teacher Rec (Humanities): Teacher I had last year. I had a good combo of aptitude and dedication in his class and was one of the few who did; got a good grade and he expressed that he had a lot of respect for me. I've been working with him closely this year because he's the trivia team supervisor; he's displayed a lot of awe at my leadership/organization skills, which are extremely good, so I think it was probably a pretty strong rec.

    Counselor Rec: My counselor definitely sees me as one of the most passionate and mature students in my grade, but he doesn't know me that well. It was probably OK, but not necessarily above the average good rec.
    Additional Rec: My online computer science teacher I've known since sixth grade. He thinks I'm absolutely incredible and a genius so I think this rec will be good.
    Interview: Didn't get one (and most people who applied at my school did)


    Intended Major: Engineering and Classics
    State/Country: I'm a US citizen living in another country, so I count as domestic.
    School Type: private academic, full of high-achievers -- probably the best in my country
    Ethnicity: sorta complicated but basically half ashkenazi jew, half caribbean black
    Gender: prefer not to say
    Income Bracket: 200kish
    Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): URM


    Strengths: I think Classics+Engineering is a pretty interesting/unique combo and my common app essay made it clear how I want to combine the two. I'm pretty intelligent (davidson institute-level, if you know what that is), but I honestly don't know how common that is -- maybe it makes me stand out, maybe it's a dime a dozen. Also not sure how much my hooks help. I definitely have a unique worldview and I'm super passionate/intellectual/driven/organized; if those things came through in my application, I bet they helped.
    Weaknesses: I have a bunch of small-to-medium awards but none of the golden tickets like USAMO, etc., and haven't done anything super exciting or innovative -- nothing that makes you think, we need that kid. I'm not a fancy entrepreneur or anything, I just love and am very good at learning.

    Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected: Accepted Harvard EA, MIT RD, Harvey Mudd RD

    General Comments: Keep in mind, these little writeups are incredibly subjective. I could be over- or under-stating my accomplishments in the eyes of AOs and none of us, myself included, really know the truth.
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  • drelykdrelyk 4 replies0 threads New Member
    Hopefully the acceptance letter I saw wasn't a glitch! (and the fact that I could sign up for admit receptions and eventually pay my deposit)
    Decision: Accepted

    SAT I (breakdown): 790 Math, 750 English, 19/24 Essay
    ACT (breakdown): 35 English, 35 Math, 35 Reading, 34 Science, 8 Essay
    SAT II: 780 US History, 790 Math II, 800 Bio
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.9
    Weighted GPA (by my high school): 4.83/5.33
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 13/301
    AP (place score in parenthesis): US History (5), Biology (5), Human Geography (5), Stats (5), US Gov (5), Calc AB (5), Macroeconomics (5), Comparative Gov (5) [accidentally told Stanford I took microeconomics instead of Comp. gov], Chem (3)
    IB (place score in parenthesis): N/A
    Senior Year Course Load: Music Theory, AP Latin, AP Lang, AP Lit, AP Calc BC, AP Physics I, Band
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): National Geography Olympiad Champion (2016, 2017); iGeo silver medalist (2017); won 5 medals at State Science Olympiad (if any of these count as "major awards")


    Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Geography Olympiad, Science Olympiad, Academic Challenge (Team Captain, 2017-2018), Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Swim Team, Model UN
    Job/Work Experience: Busser at Olive Garden. Fun times.
    Volunteer/Community service: Hospital over summer of 2016 (about 80 hours)
    Summer Activities: Hospital volunteering (2016), iGeo (2017)
    Essays (rating 1-10, details): 8 - the essays I wrote were pretty personal but I'm not sure they were the most well written (especially because I wrote them last minute).
    Recommendations (rating 1-10, details): idk truthfully

    Teacher Rec #1: idk
    Teacher Rec #2: idk
    Counselor Rec: idk
    Additional Rec: idk
    Interview: N/A


    Applied for Financial Aid?: No
    Intended Major: Political Science?? (i forgot)
    State (if domestic applicant): OH
    Country (if international applicant):
    School Type: Public
    Ethnicity: Asian
    Gender: Male
    Income Bracket: 250k+
    Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): nope


    Strengths: I feel that my application was very personal. I explained what I'm interested in and showed the admission officers what I thought about and how. My scores were good enough and somehow my extracurriculars tied in with what I wrote about.
    Weaknesses: Lacking in leadership positions and my grades are a bit low compared to what I could've done... oh well... that's what I get for not caring about college until the end of junior year.
    Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: I was me. I probably seemed ambitious in my essays. Also, not applying to anything engineering related (especially CS) (not that I'm interested in that, but I've seen all the top students at my school who want to be engineers get rejected by top universities).
    Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected: ACCEPTED: OSU, UCLA, Georgetown, Dartmouth
    WAITLISTED: Cornell, UC Berkeley
    REJECTED: Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, UPenn, Brown, UChicago

    Final note: This will sound cheesy but don't worry about what you think colleges care about. If you do activities because you think colleges care about them (looking at you, NHS) and not because you care about these activities (ahem NHS), then you're doing it wrong. Do things you love and if you do them well enough, you will be recognized and awarded (but don't chase recognition either! If you can't be recognized one way, oftentimes there will be many other ways which come to you.) Write about things you care about. Don't try to write yourself into a doctor if you don't even care about anatomy (hypothetical example). Find yourself and write about yourself.
    Here's a long-winded personal anecdote about just that and how it is important (feel free to skip if you know yourself):

    For the longest time, I thought that I was destined to be the next big TECH MOGUL (I swear I thought this until the beginning of Junior Year... I was a dang fool). So I yearned to go to Stanford. I denied that I was really more of a social sciences/geography type person (despite the fact that I had way more achievements in these fields). Thankfully, my parents never really pushed me to learn code, do engineering or doctor stuff, or anything that I wouldn't really like to do. In fact, my dad knew I really wasn't into computers and tech because I couldn't bother to make myself learn code, and whenever I was given the opportunity, I simply brushed it off. Fortunately, I came to my senses during Junior Year. I wrote instead about what I truly cared about (social sciences and how humans interact with the Earth). If I didn't, I am 100% sure the admissions people would be able to tell. I was a bit too witty and not focused on myself enough on my UChicago essay and as a result, (although it was quite witty), the essay probably didn't do me much good.
    NOTE: if you truly care about technology or being a doctor or being witty or anything really, go ahead and write about that. I'm not in the business of crushing people's dreams. That's what selective college admissions is here to do.

    And don't be afraid to apply (and, if you don't have the money, find ways to get fee waivers)! You might not think you're the most impressive person ever and may get rejected by a lot of colleges (ME), but it just might be worth your time!
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  • stardustwwstardustww 11 replies4 threads Junior Member
    edited April 2018
    Decision Rejected

    SAT I (breakdown): First time 1380 Second time 1420 Third time 1500 (no super score)
    ACT (breakdown): First time 25 Second time 29 Third time 32 (didn't submit) lol took the sat and act three time in a row within 3 month
    SAT II: Chinese 800 Math II 750
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 91%/100% (have to work 6-7 hr a day)
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): Don't know... probably the top 15%
    AP (place score in parenthesis): AP Microeconomics 5. AP Macroeconomics 5, AP Calculus AB 5 ( All self studied)
    IB (place score in parenthesis): N/A
    Senior Year Course Load: AP English literature, AP Psychology, AP Human Geography, AP Computer Science, AP Econ, AP Physics, Business Leadership.
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.):
    -ISSF International Student Science Fair
    -Small Awards


    Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis):

    -President and Founder of school's Guitar Club (2 yrs)

    -Vice President of Investment Club (1 yr)

    -Teacher Assist for kid with special need (1 yrs)

    -Web Game Script Business ( 2 yrs) wrote a script for a web game when I was in middle school, and sold out 500+ copies on internet at a price of 7.99 each.

    -Toy Business (1 yrs) Import toys from China, and supply it to North America toy shops. I promote my business through cold mailing and it went pretty well. I make about 2000$/month for a year, but I stopped due to the change in policy.

    -Hair Extension Business (1/2 yr) Import hair extension clips from China, and sell them to local Hair Salon. Just like how I run the toy business, cold mailing, cold calling, and I also created a website for it www.tobecomehairgoal.com
    Didn't do well on this one make about 600$/month, but since I do a drop shopping so no initial investment. Shut down now because too much opportunity cost, and as a high school boy I have no interest in Hair extensions.

    -Online Tutoring Company( 1/2 yr + on going)CEO and founder of an online tutoring startup, so far pretty well, we have 33 employees, and over 60 clients coming from 6 different countries. I start with no initial investment, and we currently have a revenue of 10000$/month, still expending in a daily basis. Sorry to make this sounds like an advertisement, but I do want to take this opportunity and promote it, as we are always seeking for talent people to join our team. If you are interested in tutoring other online, feel free to email me or dm me for more detail ([email protected]). We are a legally registered company at Canada Ontario. I actually just made partnership with another tutoring startup from Stanford university. But that was a week ago, which was 2 days before the result comes out. !!!!!


    Job/Work Experience:
    Internship at a Chinese Law Firm, responsible for social media and online advertisement (2 month)

    Volunteer/Community service:
    150 hr on Church, School Event, and Chinese School.
    Summer Activities:

    Essays (rating 1-10, details):
    Common App (7/10) it's personal, but I don't think I write it well, because I start writing it one day before the deadline lol) Supplement (6/10) I was ****. Literally did the supplements 15 minutes before the deadline.

    Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):

    Teacher Rec #1: Leadership teacher Didn't saw it, but should be fine, as I'm close to her.
    Teacher Rec #2: Math Teacher She is nice but I don't know her really well as I'm a new student to the high school.
    Counselor Rec: Didn't saw it But I think is really good, I talk about my businesses with my counselor a lot.
    Additional Rec: N/A
    Interview: 70 min great talk with a lady. I think she was impressed by my businesses

    Applied for Financial Aid?: Yes
    Intended Major:Economics
    State (if domestic applicant): Ontario
    Country (if international applicant): Canada
    School Type: Public
    Ethnicity:Asian Chinese ( I'm proud of my race)
    Income Bracket: 20k Low income
    Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): First Generation College.


    Strengths: .... Unique EC?
    Weaknesses: Grades
    Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: I was rejected because I didn't really spend time on my essay. Also, I think they don't believe my ECs> ..............
    Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected: Harvard: Rejected, Princeton: Rejected, Yale Rejected, Upenn Waitlisted, Columbia Rejected, Cornell Rejected, Dartmouth rejected.

    U of Toronto Accepted, University of Waterloo Accepted

    General Comments:
    Small suggestion: don't leave your essay till the deadline
    Good luck on applications !!!
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  • gunnerGirlgunnerGirl 11 replies8 threads Junior Member
    Decision: Accepted
    SAT I (breakdown): 1540 one sitting
    ACT (breakdown): N/A
    SAT II: 750+ on Math & Bio
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.9
    Weighted GPA: 4.5
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): Top 10
    AP (place score in parenthesis): 4 already taken, 5 on all - all were STEM classes
    IB (place score in parenthesis): N/A
    Senior Year Course Load: 5 Classes, All AP
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): Numerous Intl/Natl level awards for comp sci


    Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Numerous activities involving comp sci and service, all with leadership positions
    Job/Work Experience: paid internships for CS and research
    Volunteer/Community service: No hours reported but many service related comp sci projects
    Summer Activities: paid internships at international orgs for CS and research
    Essays (rating 1-10, details): Spent most time on my Stanford essays! Well written, and had depth. 7/10
    Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):

    Teacher Rec #1: Science Teacher - very impressive (8/10)
    Teacher Rec #2: Humanities Teacher - probably generic (5/10)
    Counselor Rec: probably good but tad generic(6.5/10)
    Additional Rec: internship Boss - highlighted me as one of the most talented out of thousands (9/10)
    Interview: Not outstanding but went well - interviewer seemed impressed by projects I had worked on


    Applied for Financial Aid?: Yes
    Intended Major: CS
    State (if domestic applicant): Pennsylvania
    Country (if international applicant): USA
    School Type: public
    Ethnicity: asian
    Gender: female
    Income Bracket: upper middle class
    Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): first gen


    Strengths: strong CS theme and awards + good essays + good academics
    Weaknesses: applying to Stanford as a CS major lol
    Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: strong hook in CS and good essays
    Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected: Accepted at state schools, NYU, Yale, Penn, and Brown; Rejected at Cornell and Columbia; Waitlisted: Harvard

    General Comments: College is a crapshoot! Make sure you are very talented in one or two areas and that this makes a theme, also show you are accomplished in this area through large national/international level recognition! Write good essays that show something about the way you think but also know essays aren't everything - I spent like no more than a few hours for each school!
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  • cruiserbruisercruiserbruiser 26 replies0 threads Junior Member
    Can you share your essays with me please?
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  • hapisjoyhapisjoy 16 replies0 threads Junior Member
    Please i would be glad if you all could share your essays.
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