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Stanford 2018 REA Results ONLY Thread

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Replies to: Stanford 2018 REA Results ONLY Thread

  • xyscholarxyscholar Registered User Posts: 67 Junior Member
    [size=+2]Decision: Rejected[/size]

    Objective:
    • ACT: ACT: 35 Composite ( 35 English, 34 Math, 36 English, 34 Science); have 35 Math and 35 Science from previous sitting
    • SAT II: 780 Math II, 740 Biology, 750 US History
    • Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 4.0
    • Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): (unweighted); 3(weighted) out of 370
    • AP (place score in parenthesis): 5 in Euro, 5 in Eng Lang & Comp, 4 in APUSH, 4 Bio
    • Senior Year Course Load: AP Calculus AB, AP English Lit & Comp, AP Physics B, AP Chem, French IV HN
    • Awards : School and community awards in Math and science, minor placings at regional math level, local newspaper spotlight, AP Scholar with HN
      > Nothing important
    Subjective:
    • Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Math Club (4yrs, Captain), Key Club (3 yrs), Historical Honors Society (3 yrs President), Principia(science 2yrs), French Club (4yrs Treasurer), French Honors Society (3yrs), NHS(3yrs), Peer Tutoring (2 yrs). Lead a class of freshman (2 yrs)
    • Job/Work Experience: summer time job
    • Volunteer/Community service: 70 hrs
    • Summer Activities: work (weak spot in app)
    • Essays (rating 1-10, details): 8 good enough writer, could've improved what matters essay
    • Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):
      • Teacher Rec #1: Amazing Rec from Physics teacher 10/10
      • Teacher Rec #2: Great one from English teacher 9/10
      • Counselor Rec: well written 8.5/10
      • Additional Rec: Fresman class advisor 8/10
      Other
      • State (if domestic applicant): midwest
      • Country (if international applicant): Domestic
      • School Type: public
      • Ethnicity: White
      • Gender: male
      • Income Bracket: <60000
      • Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): born outside US?
      Reflection
      • Strengths: tests, grades
      • Weaknesses: EC, summer activities
      • Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected:
      • Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected: pending
      General Comments: congrats to all accepted
  • basicspacebasicspace Registered User Posts: 193 Junior Member
    [size=+2]Decision: Rejected[/size]

    Objective:
    • SAT I (breakdown): 2350, 800 CR, 770 Math, 780 Writing
    • SAT II: USH 790, Chinese 770, Chem 800, Math 2 800
    • Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.9-ish, 4.4 weighted
    • Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): All I know is the UCs said top 9%
    • AP (place score in parenthesis): 5 in following: Euro, USH, Calc BC, Chem, Art History, Chinese, Lang
    • Senior Year Course Load: AP Physics B (literally), AP Stats, AP Gov, AP Lit, AP Bio
    • Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.):
    Science Olympiad Regionals 4th in 2 events? not big I know
    Subjective:
    • Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Music Production (really srs about dis), Video Game Design, Science Olympiad (Technology Manager), Psychology Club (president), member of local orchestra that performed in Australia, linguistics self-study
    • Job/Work Experience: Intern at tech start-up
    • Volunteer/Community service: at tree nursery, tutoring
    • Summer Activities: studying linguistics, programming, volunteering, producing music
    • Essays (rating 1-10, details): Put my personality into full force into all of them, Common App, 7, about me failing to get elected to ASB, cliche-ish but the ending was pretty strong imo
      Intellectual Vitality, 9, about the joys of debugging every day
      What Matters, 8, about a unique music technique I do
      Roommate, no idea 8?, showed my irreverence, yet desire to learn and work together
      EC Essay, 7, about volunteering at the tree nursery
    [*] Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):
      no numbers because i didn't read them
    • Teacher Rec #1: APUSH teacher, did a research project with him, and he likes me
    • Teacher Rec #2: Math teacher for 3 years, I was a good student, but not too active in class
    • Counselor Rec: no idea
    Other
    • State (if domestic applicant): CA
    • School Type: Public, 500 kids graduate every year
    • Ethnicity: Asian
    • Gender: Male
    • Income Bracket: under $100k
    • Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): none at all
    Reflection
    • Strengths: academics, test scores, essays, blasted my personality at every opportunity
    • Weaknesses: no tangible awards or recognition, applying to CS without standing out in that field
    • Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: I was super unclear about the awards I did and made them seem like really huge deals, when they weren't, probably sounded suspicious
    • Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected: no idea yet
    General Comments: Stanford is the hardest school to get in to in the United States, and it gets worse for Asians applying from California. I love being Asian though (best food evar), and made it clear at various parts of my application, for better or for worse. Plus all the legacy and athlete spots (they totally deserve it, just pointing out that there's barely any space for a regular person to get in as is) are reserved for EA. Not too bummed about the rejection, since I was fully expecting one. It would have been nice to be done with college apps, but looks like it's time to start in full force. The essays I have now are pretty solid, though, and I'm sure that they'll get me into college across the country.
    And I'd been thinking about other schools a lot as the decision date neared. I'm pretty glad I didn't get in to Stanford, actually, because we all know it's a bubble. While I'd love to be part of it, I can see that going to Stanford would have hindered my music career (which may or may not take off). Looking at colleges in cities with a big music scene right now, so MIT, UC Berkeley, and UCLA are particularly enticing. CMU also has a cool Music program in the CS department, and trying for Princeton, Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, UChicago (house producer's dream school, I tell ya), and Caltech as well.
  • CamelDohaCamelDoha Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    [size=+2]Decision: Accepted[/size]

    Objective:
    • SAT I (breakdown): 2170 (680 CR, 740 M, 750 W)
    • SAT II: 750 Bio M, 770 Che, 800 Mat
    • Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 4 / 4.29 weighted
    • Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 2 / 157
    • AP (place score in parenthesis): Bio (5), World History (5), US History (5), Chemistry (5)
    • IB (place score in parenthesis):
    • Senior Year Course Load: AP Physics B, AP Stats, Ap Lang, IB Maths HL2, IB Art HL2, Senior Seminar
    • Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.):
    Subjective:
    • 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:
    • Interview:
    Other
    • State (if domestic applicant):
    • Country (if international applicant):
    • School Type: International
    • Ethnicity:
    • Gender:
    • Income Bracket:
    • Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.):
    Reflection
    • Strengths:
    • Weaknesses:
    • Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected:
    • Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected:
    General Comments:
  • phosphorylationphosphorylation Registered User Posts: 89 Junior Member
    [size=+2]Decision: Rejected[/size]

    Objective:
    • SAT I (breakdown): 2390; 800M 800CR 790W
    • ACT: N/A
    • SAT II: 800x3, 790x1
    • Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.96 (4.5 Weighted)
    • Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 1% out of 600
    • AP (place score in parenthesis): 10 5s
    • IB (place score in parenthesis): N/A
    • Senior Year Course Load: MV Calc, AP Lit, AP Economics, AP Physics, AP World, AP Latin
    • Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): USABO Semifinalist, AIME Qualifer, NLE Awards, NMSF, Coke Scholar Semifinalist, nothing too big
    Subjective:
    • Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): President of 3 prominent clubs; Varsity Tennis, Varsity Soccer, Research, nothing spectacular
    • Job/Work Experience: N/A
    • Volunteer/Community service: ~150 hours total?
    • Summer Activities: Research, Tennis, Soccer
    • Essays (rating 1-10, details): 7/10 Common App, 7/10 What Matters, 7/10 IV, 9/10 Roommate
    • Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):
      • Teacher Rec #1: didn't read
      • Teacher Rec #2: didn't read
      • Counselor Rec: didn't read
      • Additional Rec:
    • Interview:
    Other
    • State (if domestic applicant): CA
    • Country (if international applicant): USA
    • School Type: Large Public
    • Ethnicity: Asian
    • Gender: M
    • Income Bracket: 100k+
    • Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): Asian
    Reflection
    • Strengths: none
    • Weaknesses: none
    • Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: Stanford 2OP
    • Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected: probably everywhere except Stanford
    General Comments: lol it's stanford what did y'all expect
  • BluthBananaBluthBanana Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    [size=+2]Decision: Rejected[/size]
    Objective:


    [*] SAT I (breakdown): 2130 (720 CR, 700 M, 710 W)

    [*] ACT: Didn't take

    [*] SAT II: 790 USH, 690 Chem, 690 Bio M

    [*] Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 4.0 (4.58 W)

    [*] Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable):7/613

    [*] AP (place score in parenthesis): Bio (5), Euro (5), Chem (4), US History (5), Psych (5), Lang (5)

    [*] IB (place score in parenthesis): None

    [*] Senior Year Course Load: AP Calc BC, AP English Lit, AP US Gov, AP Environmental Science, Spanish 7,8 Honors, Physiology

    [*] Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): AP Scholar with Distinction, some lower level school awards...

    Subjective:
    • Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Class Student Council (Secretary), Pre-Med Club (President), NHS (Secretary), Academic League, Golf (Varsity Captain)
    • Job/Work Experience: None
    • Volunteer/Community service: Hospital volunteer at UCSD Med Center (100 hours), other small volunteering stuff with clubs
    • Summer Activities: NYLF on Medicine in 2012 summer
    • Essays (rating 1-10, details): 7, really liked my Common App and intellectual vitality ones but ended up not being too happy with the other two, teachers and others who read my essays still really liked them though
    • Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):
      • Teacher Rec #1: Didn't read, but I'm sure it was good
      • Teacher Rec #2: Didn't read, also sure that it was good
      • Counselor Rec: Didn't really know me and I didn't read it
      • Additional Rec:
    • Interview:
    Other
    • State (if domestic applicant): CA
    • Country (if international applicant):
    • School Type: Large public (~2000)
    • Ethnicity: White
    • Gender: Male
    • Income Bracket: 90,000-ish
    • Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): I'd like to consider myself first generation because my dad didn't go to college, but my mom went to community so I guess not
    Reflection
    • Strengths: GPA, extracurricular involvement with leadership, felt like I really showed I was well-rounded while also having a clear passion in some of the clubs I joined
    • Weaknesses: SAT scores not super awesome, maybe more volunteer hours too in greater commitments, only summer activity a one week medical conference
    • Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: I know that Stanford really takes into account the essay portion of the app, and while I liked my essays, Stanford may have wanted more from me. If my test scores may have been a bit higher, I also probably would have been a lot more competitive.
    • Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected: None yet
    General Comments: When it came down to it, I really was expecting a rejection. Everyone always told me that I would easily get in, but I knew that it was a lot harder than that so I was preparing for the worst. Even though I have been hung up on this school for a long time, right now I'm trying to remind myself that getting in would have been like winning the lottery, and I have plenty of other schools to wait for decisions from. Posting on here is a huge relief, because now I just want to move on and focus on the other stuff. Congrats to all of the admits!!!
  • hashtagyoloswaghashtagyoloswag Registered User Posts: 23 New Member
    [size=+2]Decision: Rejected[/size]

    Objective:
    • SAT I (breakdown): CR: 730 M: 710 W: 690 = 2130
    • ACT: 32 composite, can't remember each individual section
    • SAT II: Chemistry: 730, Math II: 770
    • Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.96
    • Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 5/525
    • AP (place score in parenthesis): AP Chem (5), AP Calc AB (5), AP Lang & Comp (5), AP US History (4)
    • Senior Year Course Load: AP Physics B, AP US Gov, AP Calc BC, AP Lit, Student Council
    • Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): AP Scholar with Honor


    Subjective:
    • Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis):
      Student Council - 6 years (Freshmen Class President, Sophomore Class President, Student Body Secretary, Student Body President)
      RSVP - 3 years (Delegate, Student Leader, President)
      Interclub Council - 1 Year (Founder, President)
    • Job/Work Experience:
      Summer job at Best Buy before junior year
    • Volunteer/Community service:
      YUDA Bands Project - Provided an education for two students in Honduras. I was the project leader and organizer. Almost killed myself trying to sell over 400 wristbands for this thing.
      Planned a holiday toy drive last year that brought in over 100 toys for a local children's hospital
      Planned an event to make PB&J sandwiches for a homeless shelter, made over 500
      Leading a project called Evolvement - spreading information about the dangers of smoking.
      Various other volunteer projects
    • Summer Activities:
      Spent pretty much every summer at school working on StuCo stuff
    • Essays (rating 1-10, details):
      Honestly can't rate my essays. I hate everything I write so it would be biased.
      My common app essay was about producing EDM. I discussed why I enjoy my hobby so much, mainly talked about how it's challenged because I'm essentially on my own and have to figure everything out for myself.
      Intellectual vitality was about this time that I accidentally wrote down the wrong page number for my calc homework and then proceeded to learn the next three weeks of material for fun.
      Roommate essay was just bad. I couldn't figure out what I wanted to write so I put it off and then bs'd it at the last minute
      What matters essay was about asking questions. Talked about how I want to go into physics and learn the mysteries of the universe. It was alright I guess.
    • Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):
      • Teacher Rec #1: AP Lang teacher. We have a really good relationship, letter was very well written
      • Teacher Rec #2: AP Calc teacher from last year. Said I was one of the best students she's ever had in 15+ years of teaching, also very good
      • Counselor Rec: Didn't read it but I'm one of the few students that he actually knows well so I'm sure it was good
      • Additional Rec: One from my StuCo advisor. It was great. Basically talked about all of the different ways that I've tried to make the school a better place. Spoke very highly of me.
    • Interview: Not offered in my area
    Other
    • State (if domestic applicant): NV
    • Country (if international applicant):
    • School Type: Public, roughly 2000 students
    • Ethnicity: White. Painfully white
    • Gender: M
    • Income Bracket: 60K-70K
    • Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): My parents attended college briefly but never received a degree. Not sure if that helps at all but yeah
    Reflection
    • Strengths: Leadership mainly. StuCo has been my thing for a very long time. Also I planned a ton of successful community service events. So although I got rejected, at least I got two Honduran kids into school hahaha
    • Weaknesses: Course rigor maybe. Lack of preparation. Meh essays. I don't really know honestly haha.
    • Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: Honestly don't have a clue. I wasn't expecting to get accepted, but I do think I had a decent shot. Just one of those things where it basically comes down to luck. When you're competing against 7000 highly qualified and awesome people for 700 spots, it's kind of a crapshoot.
    • Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected: Applied to USC and UC schools. Gonna start applying to a ton more, we'll see how that goes.

    General Comments:
    I'm surprisingly okay right now. My family and friends had more of a reaction than I did. They all expected me to get in, but I knew I was doomed from the start haha. My only regret is that I didn't try harder in school until last year. I never realized that I was actually pretty intelligent up until last year. At the beginning of the year, I decided that precalc was too easy, and I switched into AP Calc. Because of schedule conflicts, I ended up having to take 4 AP classes last year, which I did not anticipate. I ended up doing really really well (was one of 3 people in my class of 525 to get all A's last year. Our valedictorian didn't even get straight A's). I never realized that I was actually a pretty bright kid until last year. So if I could go back and do it again, I would take every AP class I could and not screw around freshmen year, get involved in more clubs than just StuCo, stuff like that. Also I think my biggest mistake was my essays. I over analyzed them too much. I was freaking out trying to write the "perfect essay" when I should have just wrote something that was really meaningful to me. Oh well, at least I learned something for my other applications :) congrats to everyone who was admitted!
  • RedSn0wRedSn0w Registered User Posts: 242 Junior Member
    [size=+2]Decision: Accepted[/size]

    Objective:
    • SAT I (breakdown): 2270 (800 CR, 750 M, 720 WR)
    • ACT: N/A
    • SAT II: Bio M: 800, US History: 770, Chem: 740
    • Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 4.0
    • Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): School doesn't rank
    • AP (place score in parenthesis): Bio 5, Chem 4, USH 5, Eng Comp 5
    • IB (place score in parenthesis): N/A
    • Senior Year Course Load: AP Calculus A/B, AP Physics C, AP Comparative Government, AP Lit, Chinese 3, School Newspaper
    • Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): Nothing really, lots of relatively significant Speech and Debate awards.
    Subjective:
    • Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Speech and Debate Team (Officer and Event Captain), LEO Club (Vice-President), Model United Nations Team (Co-President and Co-Founder), Philosophy Club (President), Solo Guitarist and Orchestra Guitarist at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music, Internship at UC Davis studying GUVs.
    • Job/Work Experience: Tutoring two hours a week
    • Volunteer/Community service: 300+ hours of miscellaneous volunteering. About a 100 more from a kids camp I volunteered at.
    • Summer Activities: Taking courses, interning, self-studying, etc
    • Essays (rating 1-10, details): Common App was pretty good! Not ultra unique, but I liked it, 9/10. The supplements were definitely my favorite, the roommate one was particularly awesome in my opinion.
    • Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):
      • Teacher Rec #1: English teacher, awesome, he likes me a ton.
      • Teacher Rec #2: History teacher, same story. They were probably both very good.
      • Counselor Rec: Excellent, she and I get along very very well despite the fact that I go to a school of so many people.
      • Additional Rec:
    • Interview:
    Other
    • State (if domestic applicant): CA
    • Country (if international applicant): N/A
    • School Type: Public, 4000+ students
    • Ethnicity: Half-Asian half-white.
    • Gender: M
    • Income Bracket: $200,000+
    • Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): My dad is a faculty member at Stanford
    Reflection
    • Strengths: Good GPA and scores, lots of leadership, research, and diversified interests.
    • Weaknesses: Not many AP classes, I don't stand out particularly as a student either.
    • Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: The fact that my father is a faculty member probably pushed me over the edge, but I think my app was still really strong.
    • Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected: No where yet, and no where, I'M DONNNEEEE!
    General Comments: Good luck to everyone else, you guys will kickass, I know it!
  • mikey486mikey486 Registered User Posts: 28 New Member
    [size=+2]Decision: Rejected[/size]

    Objective:
    • SAT I (breakdown): 2170, 780 Math 690 Reading 700 Writing
    • ACT:N/A
    • SAT II: 800 Math II, 760 Physics
    • Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.75 (4.2 Weighted)
    • Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): N/A
    • AP (place score in parenthesis): Spanish (3), BC Calculus (5), Statistics (5)
    • IB (place score in parenthesis): N/A
    • Senior Year Course Load: AP Physics C, AP Macro/Micro, AP English Lit, Business Leadership, Mandarin Near Native Level 3, Biblical Traditions, Beginning Guitar
    • Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): NMS Commended
    Subjective:
    • Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Boy Scouts of America (Eagle Scout, Senior Patrol Leader), community basketball student referee, JV/V Basketball (JV Captain), school newspaper writer,
    • Job/Work Experience: Summer internship at Oracle, summer internship at TV production company
    • Volunteer/Community service: BSA, Habitat For Humanity, Service on Saturdays
    • Summer Activities: (see above)
    • Essays (rating 1-10, details): 8-9, wrote about Scouts for Common App, school newspaper for ECA essay, progression in math for intellectual vitality essay, my love for sports and music in roommate essay, basketball for what matters most
    • Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):
        Didn't see any of my recommendation letters
      • Teacher Rec #1: English teacher, also my basketball coach. I think he liked me but could've spoken up more in his class
      • Teacher Rec #2: Statistics teacher. I was his star pupil, but not sure about how good his rec letter was.
      • Counselor Rec: She definitely liked me, went in to talk to her a lot.
      • Additional Rec: My Scoutmaster wrote me an additional letter
    • Interview:
    Other
    • State (if domestic applicant): N/A
    • Country (if international applicant): Hong Kong, US citizen
    • School Type: Private
    • Ethnicity: Asian
    • Gender: Male
    • Income Bracket: Prefer not to specify
    • Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.):Legacy
    Reflection
    • Strengths: Essays reflected me well I think, also had several leadership positions
    • Weaknesses:Lower than average GPA and SAT for Stanford
    • Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: Don't think I had anything that jumped out of the page, and my GPA and SAT were a little below average
    • Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected:
    General Comments: To be honest, I am pretty disappointed even though I expected this to happen. Congrats to all those who got in. For the rest of us, no doubt that we'll get in somewhere good as well.
  • Tspwt5Tspwt5 Registered User Posts: 30 Junior Member
    ACCEPTED

    Objective:

    SAT I 2400 (breakdown):
    [*] ACT:
    [*] SAT II: 800 Math Level 2, 800 Literature
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 4.0, 4.86 weighted
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 1/457sh
    AP: European History (5) Environmental Science (5)
    IB (place score in parenthesis):
    Senior Year Course Load: IB HL Math, English, History; IB LL Spanish, Biology 2, Physics 2
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): 1st in Sate, Extemporaneous Speaking (Domestic Policy) qualified to but haven't yet placed at 3 national tournaments (NFL, CFL (x2). One TOC bid and several speaker awards at national qualifiers.

    Subjective:
    • Extracurriculars Debate 4 yrs (president 12): Environmental Club 4ys (president 11 & 12) JV & Varsity soccer 9-12,
    • Job/Work Experience: youth soccer referee 4 years
    • Volunteer/Community service: Worked several weeks before debate camp at center for bi-lingual pre-school students engaging the kids in both English and Spanish; participate when possible in a community group for public education funding and with the gay straight alliance at school
    • Summer Activities: Debate Institutes, refereeing, one women in engineering camp
    • Essays (rating 1-10, details): Think these had to have been very important. Slices of life.
    • Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):
      • Teacher Rec #1: math, gifted teacher who inspired every student in the class
      • Teacher Rec #2: english, again, a remarkable teacher who was an open book to us
      • Counselor Rec: allways encouraging and a mentor--waived right to see any of them so
        don't know specifics
      • Additional Rec:
    • Interview:
    Other
    • State (if domestic applicant): KS
    • Country (if international applicant):
    • School Type: Public
    • Ethnicity: Caucasian
    • Gender: Female
    • Income Bracket: 180,000 (but 2 kids in college)
    • Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.):
    they may have given some mercy so we wouldn't be spread across the country?
    Reflection: Essays are an important journey wherein you can truly reflect.
    [*] Strengths: Stanford Earth Sciences and Environmental Engineering are the perfect fit for me. Very interested in the physical sciences and policy.
    [*] Weaknesses: No national awards
    [*] Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: I just think the essays are a very important piece to the puzzle. I'm the mother writing for the student because s is at a debate tournament.
    [*] Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected:[/list]
    General Comments:
  • Brogrammer17Brogrammer17 Registered User Posts: 111 Junior Member
    [size=+2]Decision: Rejected[/size]

    Objective:
    • SAT I (breakdown):
    • ACT: 30
    • SAT II: SATs aren't popular in SD
    • Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.8
    • Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): Top 10%
    • AP (place score in parenthesis): Psychology(N/A)
    • IB (place score in parenthesis):N/A
    • Senior Year Course Load:College English Comp., College English Lit., Calculus, AP Psychology, Physics, PLTW Digital Electronics, PLTW Engineering Draft and Design, Senior Experience
    • Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.):
    I don't know if any would be considered "major"
    Subjective:
    • Extracurriculars: Wrestling (Varsity Captain), Football (Academic All State), Power Lifting (Varsity Captain), NHS, Drum Line, VEX Competition Team (Team Captain), Student Government (President)
    • Job/Work Experience: Co-Founder of a small iPhone business and Mobile Developer for a start up company (internship) - I work two other ones but neither are really relevant
    • Volunteer/Community service: NHS activities, local animal shelter, church youth group, and the local youth wrestling program
    • Summer Activities: South Dakota Youth Business Adventure
    • Essays (rating 1-10, details): I'm not sure how awesome my personal statement is due to the short word limit but all my other essays I am still really confident in. I had many people read them and everyone agreed that they were really well done. I wrote about how I spent my freshmen year in the hospital and had to overcome sickness. Long story short, I ended up discovering my future major through it - computer science. Vitality essay- I wrote about my internship and programming work experience. Activity essay - wrote about weightlifting. Roommate essay was just about me really. It wasn't too serious at all. What is most important to you? I wrote about being memorable and trying to set an example that others would want to follow. Be inspirational sort of thing.
    • Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):
      • Teacher Rec #1: Didn't get to read it but I assume it was good
      • Teacher Rec #2: Didn't get to read it but I assume it was good
      • Counselor Rec: She's not the most intelligent person but I'm sure hers was decent. She at least tried to highly recommend me.
      • Additional Rec:
      The CEO of the company I did an internship for. I read it and it was 10/10. Better than I could have hoped for.
    • Interview:
    N/A
    Other
    • State (if domestic applicant): SD (I actually thought this might help me)
    • Country (if international applicant): USA
    • School Type: Public
    • Ethnicity: White
    • Gender: Male
    • Income Bracket: household income ~$33,000 a year
    • Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.):
    Low income? SD applicant?
    Reflection
    • Strengths: Essays, Work Experience, ECs, Grades (I know 3.8 isn't amazing but the grading scale at my school makes that equivalent to a little over a 95% which I am not ashamed of)
    • Weaknesses: I thought a 30 ACT was better than it was, didn't have the opportunity to take the SAT, Didn't receive any major awards, Small school, I'm not a legacy and my family can't afford to make contributions, my school only offers 3 AP classes and I took the only one that fit in my schedule
    • Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: SATs aren't popular in SD so I never took it. I really wish I would have though it probably wouldn't have made a difference.
    • Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected:
    Nowhere yet. Still working on applications.
    General Comments: I'm heart broken at this point. I honestly hate to even think about it. To think that I poured my best self into an application and still wasn't good enough really bothers me. I understand that 5.7% is pretty much a toss up for acceptance but I kind of wish I would have been deferred first instead. There's a lot I can say, and have said, to express how upset I am but it probably isn't helpful at this point. I guess I should just be optimistic about this and see it as an opportunity to discover new things. If you think about it, not a lot has changed really. I wasn't going to Stanford yesterday and I guess I won't be tomorrow either. The only difference is that yesterday I had the hope of going to Stanford and today I no longer do. Congrats to everyone who was accepted.
  • LelikoLeliko Registered User Posts: 25 New Member
    [size=+2]Decision: Rejected[/size]

    I am Mom and don't know all the particulars but will post what I know.
    Objective:
    • SAT I (breakdown): 2070
    • ACT: 33
    • SAT II: Math II 710 (took after 9th grade!), US History 750
    • Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.94
    • AP (place score in parenthesis): 5 in Calculus BC, Computer Science, English Language and Composition, Physics B, Statistics, World History; 4 in US Government and Politics, US History
    • Senior Year Course Load: pretty strenuous with 3 more APs
    • Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.):
    National AP Scholar
    Subjective:
    • Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Computer Team Creator and captain, Debate and Forensics team member
    • Job/Work Experience: Summer 2012 - Lifeguard, Summer 2013 and ongoing - Website Developer
    • Volunteer/Community service: 300+ community service hours
    • Summer Activities: See Job
    • Essays (rating 1-10, details):
    • Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):
      • Teacher Rec #1:
      • Teacher Rec #2:
      • Counselor Rec:
      • Additional Rec:
      Employer wrote a nice recommendation
    • Interview:
    Yes, in Maryland, thought went well
    Other
    • State (if domestic applicant): MD
    • School Type: Large public
    • Ethnicity: White
    • Gender: Male
    • Income Bracket: 180+ K
    • Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.):
    Reflection
    • Strengths: Constantly A student throughout the years, conscientious and hard-working
    • Weaknesses: Relatively low SAT score
    • Why you think you were rejected: Low SAT score?
      General Comments: I'm disappointed but it's not the end of the world. I just thought Stanford would care about him being constantly diligent and hard-working student but perhaps his low SAT made an influence. We are originally from the country Georgia and I thought my son stressed that too much in his essay (he is more of American now than Georgian, really) and perhaps Stanford didn't like it. Who knows.

      Congratulations to everyone who got in, and good luck!!!
  • HinduPowersHinduPowers Registered User Posts: 80 Junior Member
    [size=+2]Decision: Deferred[/size]


    Objective:
    • SAT I (breakdown): 2270 (730 R 770 M 770 W)
    • ACT: 35
    • SAT II:
    • Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.89
    • Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 17/436
    • AP (place score in parenthesis): European History (5) Human Geography (5) Biology (5) Statistics (5) English Lang (5) Environmental Science (4) APUSH (4) Chemistry (4)
    • IB (place score in parenthesis):
    • Senior Year Course Load: AP Physics B, AP English Lit, AP US Gov/Econ, AP Computer Science, AP Calculus BC, Music History
    • Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.):
    Boys Nation. NMSF, National AP Scholar, NFL All-State
    Subjective:
    • Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Debate (JV captain (11) Captain (12)), Model UN (ICJ President (12), Justice (11)), Youth in Government (Supreme Court Justice (11 & 12)), taught myself to play piano, 12 years of guitar, Ultimate Frisbee
    • Job/Work Experience: Intern at law firm for 7 weeks
    • Volunteer/Community service: public library volunteer 100+ hours
    • Summer Activities: Boys Nation, Governors School for International Studies, Boys State
    • Essays (rating 1-10, details): intellectual: 9/10, wrote about how debate changed me
      EC: 7/10, wrote about Boys Nation and meeting Obama
      What matters: 9/10, wrote about my passion for politics
      Roommate: 10/10, timeline of Facebook statuses of my life
    • Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):
      • Teacher Rec #1: physics teach, 10/10
      • Teacher Rec #2: Gov teach, 10/10
      • Counselor Rec: gifted counselor, 10/10
      • Additional Rec:
    • Interview:
    Other
    • State (if domestic applicant): TN
    • Country (if international applicant):
    • School Type: Highly competitive public
    • Ethnicity: Asian (Indian)
    • Gender: Male
    • Income Bracket: >100k
    • Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.):
    Reflection
    • Strengths: ECs, essays, short answer, ACT
    • Weaknesses: GPA, no subject tests
    • Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: they probably want to see improvement in my grades and subject test scores because I put what I plan to take
    • Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected:
    General Comments: wow I felt bad but then thankful after some amazing friends got rejected. Wish the rest of the deferred best of luck!
  • YangdiggadyYangdiggady Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    [size=+2]Decision: Rejected[/size]

    Objective:
    • SAT I (breakdown): 2340 (770 CR, 770 Math, 800 Writing
    • ACT: 33 Composite
    • SAT II: didn't submit
    • Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.9/4.0
    • Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): N/A (small private school)
    • AP (place score in parenthesis):Took as many AP's possible. Bio, APUSH, Gov, Comp Pol, Stats, Latin, Eng Lit, Eng Comp, Physics
    • IB (place score in parenthesis):
    • Senior Year Course Load:AP Physics, AP Comp Pol, AP Stats, AP Eng, Philosophy
    • Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.):
    2nd and 3rd at 2012 and 2010 World Pipe Band Competition respectively, 2nd at North American Drumming Solos, AP scholar, etc.
    Subjective:
    • Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Lead Drummer of a 5 time world champion Scottish Pipe Band (yes, we wear kilts), 2nd at World Competition, invited to Argentina to perform, etc; Started my own socially responsible business and received news recognition, 1st Violinist and state champion, All- state orchestra, Lead double attorney for mock trial, Starting forward and center-back for Varsity Soccer, Captain of Varsity Tennis, Junior Achievement.
    • Job/Work Experience: Tutor for drumming and academics
    • Volunteer/Community service: 700+ hours of education service
    • Summer Activities: practicing for competitions, traveling, independent psychology research/going out to build self-confidence and cultivate myself by sparking conversations w people.
    • Essays (rating 1-10, details): Common App- I would give it an 8-9; Profile Questions - thought I was pretty witty and unique, give it an 8. Intellectual vitality - 9 only because I'm not sure if it fully answered the prompt. Roommate letter - 10, showed a different side of me and my colloquial language. What matters to you - 7 or 8, in my opinion my weakest one but I made some solid points in there. Overall, I thought my essays were what were going to get me in, but unfortunately the competition was as tough as ever.
    • Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):
      • Teacher Rec #1:8-9
      • Teacher Rec #2:8-9
      • Counselor Rec: 7-8
      • Additional Rec:
    • Interview:
    Other
    • State (if domestic applicant): TX
    • Country (if international applicant):
    • School Type: Private
    • Ethnicity: Asian-American
    • Gender: M
    • Income Bracket:
    • Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.):
    None
    Reflection
    • Strengths: I thought that I stood out, especially among the Asian-american population by doing unique extracurricular activities and starting my own social enterprise. Personally, my essays were very strong and honest. SAT scores were up there as well but I'm not sure my November SAT (the one where I upped my reading from a 670 to a 770) got there in time.
    • Weaknesses:Had a few B's over the course of my highschool career but I know that is not a deciding factor. Did not get the SAT score in time? Perhaps the interview? (I thought it went well). Overall, it comes down to the statistics, what the school is looking for and the competition you are going against.
    • Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: Weaknesses^
    • Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected:
    General Comments: Holistically, I think this is a great test of my character and what I stated about myself in my essays. As today's decision date come closer and closer I started to lose more of my own personal values and get wrapped up about an email. Getting accepted to Stanford would absolutely have been amazing; however, getting into the most prestigious college is NOT the most important thing in the world and I feel that this experience made me realize again what is truly important. I am glad that I took a shot at the early action and am much happier with a rejection than the potential feeling of "what if I had applied?" Looking through the list, there are a good number of phenomenal candidates who got rejected and wait-listed so to anyone who is reading this: keep your head up. Stanford isn't the only place where you can be happy for the next four years. Sorry for being preachy; much respect and congratulations to those who got in and good luck to those who are applying elsewhere!
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