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Stanford 2018 REA Results ONLY Thread

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Replies to: Stanford 2018 REA Results ONLY Thread

  • tspro2014tspro2014 Registered User Posts: 156 Junior Member
    [size=+2]Decision: Rejected[/size]

    Objective:
    SAT I (breakdown):
    ACT: 34
    SAT II: Math II = 800, Bio M = 770
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.92
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 5/448
    AP (place score in parenthesis): APUSH (5), Comp Sci (4), Psych (5), Calc BC (4; AB=5), Biology (4), US GOPO (4)
    IB (place score in parenthesis):
    Senior Year Course Load: AP Stats, AP Physics C: E&M, AP Chem, AP English Lit & Comp, Acc. Humanities
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): National Merit Semifinalist, Distinguished AP Scholar
    Subjective:
    Extracurriculars: Varsity tennis, President of Tutoring club, Vice and Co-Founder of Young Liberals club, Quiz Bowl, Student Council, Ping Pong Club, Student Teacher at Religious Group
    Job/Work Experience: Teaching Assistant at local Kumon Center
    Volunteer/Community service: NHS, Spanish Honor Society, nursing center, local hospital, library, elementary school group to teach struggling students to read, multiple fundraisers; total 250 hours
    Summer Activities: Biotech camp after 10th grade, research internship after 11th
    Essays (rating 1-10, details):
    Personal Statement - Eloquently worded; may have been considered kind of cheesy
    Vitality essay - Wrote about my internship this past summer; how it taught be to stay determined
    Activity essay - Described tutoring a student through a club, helping her graduate despite unlikely odds
    Roommate essay - Described how I hate sleeping
    Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):
    Teacher Rec #1: 8, teacher loved having me; known me since freshman year
    Teacher Rec #2: 8, facilitator of the same club I co-founded, and my bio teacher - favorite subject
    Counselor Rec: 7, good and expressed qualities, but seemed a bit generic
    Additional Rec: 9, organizer of tutoring club, for which I serve as president, and who loved working with me
    Interview: N/A

    Other
    State (if domestic applicant): MI
    Country (if international applicant): USA
    School Type: Public
    Ethnicity: Asian
    Gender: Male
    Income Bracket: household income ~$90,000 a year
    Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.):

    Reflection
    Strengths: Some essays, Work Experience, ECs, Grades
    Weaknesses: Some essays, in which I may not have expressed my thoughts diligently, my high school
    Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: I understand that the acceptance rate is very low, and that the chosen few were identified among an already self-selecting group. At the same time, I was bound to fail, since my high school is overshadowed by multiple others in my state, which are considered "feeder" schools of sorts to the top colleges. Historically, my school has only been able to send a handful of students to the Ivies and similar schools, and if the students applying were considered a URM.
    Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected:
    Accepted: MSU, Pitt, Alabama, UCF, Wayne State, U of M Dearborn

    General Comments: If Stanford could be imagined as a person, I'd see it as my dream girl. Sorry for the odd metaphor, haha. But I've seriously been in love with this school, and obviously decided to at least give it a shot. I'm glad that I mentally prepared myself for rejection from the very beginning, however, by thinking realistically. I would've been shocked if I did get in, to be quite honest. On another note, I truly want to congratulate those who did make it in, because you truly deserved it! Congrats, and I hope you attend this great college. While I wasn't given the chance to do so, I have decided to work my butt off so I can get in for graduate school. One way or another, I'm coming for you, Stanford!
  • counterioncounterion Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    [size=+2]Decision: Accepted[/size]

    Objective:
    • SAT I (breakdown): 2320 (760 CR, 780 M, 780 W)
    • ACT: none
    • SAT II: Chem (800), Math II (800)
    • Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.976
    • Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): n/a
    • AP (place score in parenthesis): Chem (5), Calc BC (5), French (5), Spanish (4), Physics C Mech (5), Physics C EM (5)
    • IB (place score in parenthesis): none
    • Senior Year Course Load: Multivariable Calculus, AP Bio, AP Macroecon., AP Stats, Concert Choir, Advanced Vocals, World Lit., Biotechnology
    • Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): High Honors US National Chemistry Olympiad, AIME qualifier (x1), medaled in National Science Olympiad
    Subjective:
    • Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Piano, Science Olympiad, Badminton, Chemistry tutor, Men's Chorus, Lab Technician
    • Job/Work Experience: none
    • Volunteer/Community service: none
    • Summer Activities: took Organic Chem, travel with family
    • Essays (rating 1-10, details):
      Common app: 9, about me gaining confidence
      Extracurricular: 8, about tutoring chemistry
      Roommate: 10, just random facts about me, liking crime shows and food
      Intellectual Vitality: 9, about a chemistry experiment
      What Matters: about me being gay
    • Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):
      • Teacher Rec #1: likely 10, from my chemistry teacher that loved me
      • Teacher Rec #2: 9-10, from BC Calc teacher that also likes me
      • Counselor Rec: 9?, counselor didn't really know me, but likely has a good impression of me
      • Additional Rec: Piano teacher, ochem professor
    • Interview: none
    Other
    • State (if domestic applicant): CA
    • Country (if international applicant):
    • School Type: Public
    • Ethnicity: Asian
    • Gender: M
    • Income Bracket: +100,000
    • Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): rank top 50 in Chem Olympiad, being gay?
    Reflection
    • Strengths: very good essays, good grades, good scores, good letter of recs
    • Weaknesses: no community service/work experience, no internship
    • Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: I think I managed to convey my passion for chemistry. My roommate essay managed to convey that I'm not some robot/antisocial person and I have quirks, my intellectual vitality essay convey a love for learning in general and my what matters essay hopefully connected with admission officers.
    • Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected:
    General Comments: Super psyched to be able to go to STANFORD!
  • killbeefgohamkillbeefgoham Registered User Posts: 195 Junior Member
    [size=+2]Decision: Accepted[/size]

    Objective:
    • SAT I (breakdown): 2130 (720 R, 700 M, 710 W)
    • ACT: 34
    • SAT II: 740 Lit, 720 Bio
    • Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.98
    • Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 5/413
    • AP (place score in parenthesis): APUSH (4) APWH (4) AP Bio (4) AP Lang (5) AP Stat (5)
    • IB (place score in parenthesis): N/A
    • Senior Year Course Load: 7 APs, 1 elective
    • Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): National Merit Semi, National Achievement Semi, AP Scholar w/ Distinction

    Subjective:
    • Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Band (Section leader) Piano, Boy Scouts (Senior Patrol Leader) Cultural club (President) Tech coordinator at church, UIL Literary Criticism, FIRST Robotics, decent amount of community service, 2 music-related research projects
    • Job/Work Experience: None
    • Volunteer/Community service: Volunteered at Hospital and animal shelter, organized a few independent projects in the community
    • Summer Activities: 2012: Study abroad in Italy, Business program at nearby university, 4-H congress, marching band. 2013: Boys State, 6 week pre-health program, marching band.
    • Essays (rating 1-10, details):
      • Commonapp: (8. Detailed the development of my racial identity and self-esteem from elementary school to high school. Cliche topic, but I think I executed it uniquely. Two typos.)
      • EC: (6. Simple couple of paragraphs about Boy Scouts)
      • Intellectual: (7. Showed how my social struggles in middle school led to my current interest in psychology. Again, a bit cliche.)
      • Roommate: (9. I liked this one. Tied an anecdote about trying foods from different countries to my adventurous spirit, and invited my roommate to join me in my adventures).
      • Matters: (7. Freedom of self-expression. Decent, still kind of cliche.)
    • Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):
      • Teacher Rec #1: 8. Wonderful, though a bit generic.
      • Teacher Rec #2: 7. Less generic, but also less enthusiastic.
      • Counselor Rec: Our school has 4 college counselors and 2000 students. Probably not too personal of a rec, to be honest.
      • Additional Rec: 9. Four page long letter from a clergy member who's watched my growth over the years. Really supported what I wrote about in my CA essay.
    • Interview: Pretty great. 15 minutes of him talking about Stanford, 15 mins of me talking about myself, and 15 minutes of tangential conversation about miscellaneous things. I think he liked me just fine.
    Other
    • State (if domestic applicant): TX
    • Country (if international applicant): US
    • School Type: Large, uncompetitve, run-of-the-mill public
    • Ethnicity: Black
    • Gender: M
    • Income Bracket: 100K-150K
    • Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): URM
    Reflection
    • Strengths: ACT, grades, URM status, Senior course load, initiative in organizing projects
    • Weaknesses: SAT, essays, rec letters
    • Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: I'm guessing my admission officer just got off of her break and was in a really great mood because I'm still in disbelief
    • Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected: N/A
    General Comments: Huh
  • aznnerd2014aznnerd2014 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    [size=+2]Decision: Accepted[/size]

    Objective:
    • SAT I (breakdown): CR: 700, M:750, W: 670
    • ACT: didn't take it cause i thought it was overrated
    • SAT II: I only needed to take it once.
    • Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.8
    • Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): Around 1st, but I dont know for sure.
    • AP (place score in parenthesis): 4 on most of them, but I got a 5 in Human Geography!!
    • IB (place score in parenthesis): didn't take it
    • Senior Year Course Load: Humanities, Creative Writing, Advanced Physical Education,
    • Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.):
    Participated in national quizbowl competition (naqt hsnc).
    Subjective:
    • Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Quizbowl (Team B captain) School Track (3rd on team) and Soccer (goalie).
    • Job/Work Experience: Lifeguard working.
    • Volunteer/Community service: I volunteer a lot at the local humane society.
    • Summer Activities: Lifeguard working
    • Essays (rating 1-10, details): 10, I think im a pretty good essay writer though and that's why I got in. I wrote about my parent's break up.
    • Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):
      • Teacher Rec #1: 9, they really liked my participation in class and we met a couple times at the pool I lifeguard in.
      • Teacher Rec #2: 8, I didn't try in his class but he's a great guy and
      • Counselor Rec:
      • Additional Rec:
    • Interview:
    Other
    • State (if domestic applicant): AZ
    • School Type: Public
    • Ethnicity: Asian
    • Gender: Male
    • Income Bracket: 75k-100k
    • Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.):
    I'm the first born in my family.
    Reflection
    • Strengths: I really put feeling into my essay and I study a lot in class. I'm such a nerd too, which I think helped me a lot. Also my teacher letters were really good!
    • Weaknesses: My SAT scores were sort of low. I could have tried harder in class so I got a 4.0 instead of 3.8.
    • Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: Really good essay!
    • Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected:
    i rather not say
    General Comments:
    I think if you just try hard it's easy to get into college! DONT GIVE UP EVEN IF YOU DIDNT GET IN THE FIRST TIME. we all have downsides to life and it's our jobs to get over them!
  • orbdasorbdas Registered User Posts: 189 Junior Member
    [size=+2]Decision: Accepted[/size]

    Objective:
    • SAT I (breakdown): 2290 (720 CR/770 M/800 W) (one shot)
    • ACT: 35 (36 M/36 S/35 E/33 R/10 E)
    • SAT II: 800 Math II, 800 Chem, 780 Bio-M, 760 USH
    • Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 4.0, 4.83 weighted (where A+ in honors/AP = 5.00, A = 4.75...)
    • Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 2/250
    • AP (place score in parenthesis): 5 Bio, 5 Chem, 5 USH
    • IB (place score in parenthesis): N/A
    • Senior Year Course Load: 6 APs + online class + self-studied AP. Brutal.
    • Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): some awards for drums, some awards for math (nothing too serious), Columbia book award, one Summa and one Maxima on National Latin Exam
    Subjective:
    • Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Unhealthy amounts of independent drumming/YouTube channel management, founder/president of chemistry club, jazz band, NHS VP, math team captain, ultimate/track
    • Job/Work Experience: Pet-sitting? Lol...
    • Volunteer/Community service: Meaningful hospital volunteering
    • Summer Activities:
    • Essays (rating 1-10, details):
      Common App: Losing myself in my drum set after a long night of work. Highly metaphorical and reminiscent. Abandoned standard writing conventions. 9/10
      Extracurricular experience: How working as a greeter at a hospital changed my perception of professionalism. Very powerful according to people who read it. 9/10
      Intellectual vitality: Explained how I drew creative energy from adversity through the lens of a broken crash cymbal. Fantastic according to all who read. 10/10
      Letter to roommate: Talked about introducing friends to a secret menu item at Chipotle. Openly acknowledged the fact that essay had no deeper meaning. Made fun of Stanford student body. 10/10
      What matters to you: Bass (the sonic kind), from several angles. Connecting the structure of a song to the structure of my life. Fun to read and lots of sensory detail. 8/10
    • Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):
      • Teacher Rec #1: Freshman year/1st semester sophomore World History/1960s US History teacher. Seemed reasonably strong when I read it, but nothing to write home about. 7/10
      • Teacher Rec #2: Junior year chemistry teacher. Haven't read, but fantastic and personal according to my counselor. 9/10
      • Counselor Rec: Ridiculously beautiful considering I met her about two weeks before my application was due. Really rooted for me since Stanford had rejected 89/90 applicants from my school in the past 15 years. 9/10
      • Additional Rec: Drum teacher. Some superlatives, but nothing earthshatteringly amazing. 7.5/10
    • Interview: Very chill. Talked about random intellectually engaging topics for over an hour. Went in cold but wasn't nervous at all.
    Other
    • State (if domestic applicant): MA
    • Country (if international applicant): USA! USA! USA!
    • School Type: Not too competitive public (see above record for Stanford admissions)
    • Ethnicity: 1/4 Hispanic
    • Gender: M
    • Income Bracket: Need significant financial aid
    • Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): URM, essays that weren't boring
    Reflection
    • Strengths: GPA, SAT, Essays, demonstrated passion for drums
    • Weaknesses: Lack of any super impressive accomplishments, incompatibility with the concept of competitive music
    • Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: Being academically qualified got my foot in the door, having interesting essays got my name to the table, and being Hispanic probably got my application in the admit pile.
    • Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected: >applying to multiple colleges
    General Comments:
    People tell you that decisions like these will take a while to sink in, and you may not be able to imagine what that is like, but it's true. It still hasn't really hit me that I'll be spending the next 4+ years at my dream school. Maybe it will tomorrow. To all those rejected: keep your head up. Remember what we wrote just a few days ago. To the deferred: stay strong and push through until the end; your odds are better than most. To my future Stanford siblings: remember that we are not invincible.

    I find the notion that "if you deserve to get in, you'll get in" extraordinarily damaging. I'm sure that several candidates more qualified than me were rejected. Maybe that's because of warped affirmative action policy. Maybe it's just luck. Regardless of these factors, those candidates will go on to build fantastic futures at distinguished institutions. The process really is random in some ways, and if anyone tells you otherwise, ask them to back up their words with a source.

    In terms of general application advice, go nuts on the essays. The line for ridiculousness is apparently very hard to cross. DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE the impact of making an admissions officer smile. I agree with all those who say that essays are the deciding factor at many elite schools. Write something that sounds good in your head. Don't take all the advice people give you. Your essays are yours and yours only, so make them your b*tch.

    My sincerest regards go out to all applicants, accepted, deferred, or denied. People on CC amaze me every day. Keep being amazing: certainly you don't need to go to some gigantic Mexican restaurant for your undergraduate education to do so.
  • ppeazyppeazy Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    [size=+2]Decision: Accepted[/size]

    Objective:
    • SAT I (breakdown): 2280 770 Math 750 CR 760 Wr
    • ACT: 35
    • SAT II: Math II 800 Chem 780
    • Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 4.0
    • Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 1/238
    • AP (place score in parenthesis): Chem (5) English Language (4) US History (5) European History, Physics, English Lit, BC Calc
    • IB (place score in parenthesis):
    • Senior Year Course Load: AP Euro Hist, AP Calc BC, AP English Lit, AP Physics, Spanish V Honors
    • Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): AP Scholar, National Commended Student, NHRP Scholar, Great American Rivalry Series Scholar Athlete
    Subjective:
    • Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): varsity football (starter), Math English Spanish (President) National Honor Societies, Social Justice club at school (Committee head), SADD club, tutoring
    • Job/Work Experience: Bus Boy, Server (Worked for 3 years total)
    • Volunteer/Community service: Internship at Courthouse, Volunteer with local charity, Volunteer with local animal adoption service
    • Summer Activities: Varsity football, Gifted/Talented Program & Jump Start Program at local university, volunteering, work
    • Essays (rating 1-10, details): Thought they were pretty good
    • Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):
      • Teacher Rec #1: waived viewing
      • Teacher Rec #2: ''
      • Counselor Rec: ''
      • Additional Rec: Football Coach, Judge interned under
    • Interview:
    Other
    • State (if domestic applicant): NJ
    • Country (if international applicant):
    • School Type: Private (Don Bosco Prep)
    • Ethnicity: Hispanic (Colombian)
    • Gender: Male
    • Income Bracket: < 100K
    • Hooks: Single parent, first generation college
    Reflection
    • Strengths: Class Rank
    • Weaknesses: Leadership
    • Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: Fit the bill lol
    • Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected: Not sure yet
    General Comments:
    I feel blessed and lucky to have gotten in, and feel great sympathy for those who did not receive good news.
  • batista11batista11 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    [size=+2]Decision: Rejected[/size]

    Objective:
    • SAT I (breakdown): CR: 800 M: 790 W: 800
    • ACT: Didn't take it
    • SAT II: Math II: 800 Chemistry: 800 Critical Reading: 800 Biology M: 800
    • Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): I go to phillips exeter, so the GPA is different, i have 11/11
    • Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 1st
    • AP (place score in parenthesis): 5 on Human Geo, Calc BC, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Psychology, AP Language and Composition, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, 4 on AP World History and AP US History
    • IB (place score in parenthesis): nope
    • Senior Year Course Load: Data Structures and Algorithms, Law and Literature, Capitalism and its Critics, Foundations of Abstract Mathematics, Advanced German, Biochemistry and Human Nutrition < for my winter term
    • Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.):
    USAMO qualified, AIME qualified, Attended TASP, AP National Scholar, National Merit Finalist, 1st place Brain Bee in New Hampshire, 3rd in State for Tennis, Won a lot of Chess tournaments
    Subjective:
    • Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Model UN, Speech and Debate, Quizbowl (Officer), Orchestra, Squash, Gaelic Football (just a fun thing I started with my friends), Tennis
    • Job/Work Experience: Internship with the FBI
    • Volunteer/Community service: Taught chemistry to kids in India, Father is federal court judge so I also helped review a lot of court cases
    • Summer Activities: TASP, Volunteer work
    • Essays (rating 1-10, details): 9, I wrote about my experiences with helping kids in India
    • Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):8, I developed a very good relationship with my teachers while at Phillips Exeter.
    • Teacher Rec #1:
    • Teacher Rec #2:
    • Counselor Rec:
    • Additional Rec:
    [*] Interview:[/list]
    Other
    • State (if domestic applicant): NH
    • Country (if international applicant):
    • School Type: Boarding
    • Ethnicity: Hispanic
    • Gender: M
    • Income Bracket: 75k+
    • Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.):
    legacy from dad
    Reflection
    • Strengths: Volunteer work, test scores
    • Weaknesses: maybe essay?
    • Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: I really don't know
    • Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected:
    General Comments: I can't believe aznnerd2014 got accepted. I can't believe this. Stuff like this really makes me lost faith in institutions like Stanford.
  • fabiodunfabiodun Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    Congrats to all those who've gotten in so far!
  • muftogunmuftogun Registered User Posts: 44 Junior Member
    [size=+2]Decision: Rejected[/size]

    Objective:
    • SAT I (breakdown): 2000 M: 740 CR: 630 W: 630
    • ACT: NA
    • SAT II: 600 Physics, 690 Math 2
    • Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 4.0, 4.75 weighted
    • Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 1/323
    • AP (place score in parenthesis):Government and Politics (4), World History (3), English Lang. and Comp. (4), Computer Science A (5), Calc AB (5)
    • IB (place score in parenthesis):
    • Senior Year Course Load: Spanish AP, Calc BC AP, English Lit. and Comp. AP, 2 Honors Computer Science courses, Anatomy and Physiology, and Math Teacher Assistant
    • Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.):
    AP Scholar with Distinction, Honor Roll, School Scholar, nothing spectactular
    Subjective:
    • Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Colorguard for 4 years (Captain for 2), indoor colorguard for 2 years, Class Board (treasurer), NHS (Website manager), Spanish NHS, SGA
    • Job/Work Experience: None
    • Volunteer/Community service: Didn't list anything specific.
    • Summer Activities:
    • Essays (rating 1-10, details): I thought my common app as essay was really creative, I'd give it a 9, my supplements I'd give a 7.
    • Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):
      • Teacher Rec #1: Didn't read, but I know she really liked me as a student so probably a 8 or 9
      • Teacher Rec #2: Didn't read, but he probably wrote one that's a 9 or 10
      • Counselor Rec: My counselor loves me and knows me well. Probably a 10
      • Additional Rec:
    • Interview:
    Other
    • State (if domestic applicant): MD
    • Country (if international applicant):
    • School Type: Public
    • Ethnicity: African American
    • Gender: Female
    • Income Bracket: >100,000
    • Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.):
    none.
    Reflection
    • Strengths: Class rank, GPA, recommendations, EC
    • Weaknesses: Test scores, lack of major awards, not listing specific community service
    • Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: I had low test scores and no major world changing awards, so I probably came off as average.
    • Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected:
    Accepted to University of Pittsburgh, haven't heard back from the rest of my schools yet
    General Comments: I totally expected to get rejected. Stanford was my reach school, and even though all my friends and family thought I would get in, I was always realistic that I wouldn't. The thing is that it impacted me more that I thought because now I have this feeling that I won't get into any of the other competitive schools I'm applying to. So now I'm working extra hard to make sure my application is the very best it can be, that way I am hopefully accepted into my number one! :) Congrats to all that got accepted though!
  • howaboutnohowaboutno Registered User Posts: 33 Junior Member
    [size=+2]Decision: Rejected[/size]

    Objective:
    • SAT I (breakdown):2250 (780 M, 760 CR, 710 W)
    • ACT:
    • SAT II: 790 MII, 780 Lit
    • Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0):3.85
    • Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): N/A
    • AP (place score in parenthesis): Calc BC (5)
    • IB (place score in parenthesis):HL Econ, Lit, and Math, SL Bio, Spanish, Psych
    • Senior Year Course Load: same as above
    • Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.):
    congressional awards, debate/acting awards, some school awards, Yale book prize, not much else.
    Subjective:
    • Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis):
      Forensics ( Solo acting captain, extemporaneous captain, debate captain)
      Model United Nations (deputy secretary general)
      Varsity Rugby, Varsity Soccer
    • Job/Work Experience:
      Interned at a finance firm here in Shanghai over the summer
    • Volunteer/Community service:
      Volunteer at a local animal shelter and orphanage
    • Summer Activities:
      Internship, Army Summer Seminar, Service Trips
    • Essays (rating 1-10, details):

      8-9/10, counselor said they were the best he'd seen
    • Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):
      • Teacher Rec #1: not sure, I'm assuming it was pretty good
      • Teacher Rec #2: same
      • Counselor Rec: same
      • Additional Rec: Didn't send one
    • Interview: didn't have one
    Other
    • State (if domestic applicant):WA, but I live in Shanghai
    • Country (if international applicant):
    • School Type: private international school, IB
    • Ethnicity:White
    • Gender:F
    • Income Bracket: didn't apply for FA
    • Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): none, unfortunately
    Reflection
    • Strengths:essays, extracurriculars (didn't list the more specific ones for the sake of anonymity), reccs
    • Weaknesses: Grades. And I haven't cured cancer/become a concert pianist/anything special really
    • Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: It's Stanford
    • Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected: Accepted to U of Alabama so far, applying to Duke, Rice, UW, CMC, and others.
    General Comments: meh. I was kinda expecting it/hoping it wouldn't happen but understanding the likelihood. I'm not as down about it as I thought I would be, and I'm very hopeful for the future! Congrats to those who got in, you guys are amazing. Congrats to those who didn't, there are tons of schools out there, and we'll all be fine.
  • JamesLoganJamesLogan Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    [size=+2]Decision: Deferred[/size]


    Objective:
    • SAT I (breakdown):780M 800CR 700W
    • ACT:N/A
    • SAT II:Math II:800 Physics:780 Biology M:720 US History:640
    • Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0):3.93
    • Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable):Approximately 3/4 out of 300
    • AP (place score in parenthesis):Biology(5) Calc BC(5,self study) English Language(5) Physics B(5) Computer Science(4,self study) Environmental Science(4) APUSH(3)
    • IB (place score in parenthesis):N/A
    • Senior Year Course Load:AP Gov/Econ, AP English Lit, AP Chemistry, Ordinary Differential Equations, Programming Methods:C++, Data Structures:Java, Android Programming, Data Structures:C++
    • Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.):National Merit Semi Finalist . AP Scholar with Distinction
    Subjective:
    • Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Science Bowl(Co-President), HHS Go(Tutoring Program, Vice President), Track and Field (Long distance team captain),
    • Job/Work Experience:Quality Engineering Intern at KIXEYE(gaming company) for summer of 2012
    • Volunteer/Community service:Sole Music School- Travel across Bay Area, performing as guitarist/vocalist at senior centers-~70 hours
      V.O.-Cal Trailblazing~48 hours
      UC Berkeley Lawrence Hall of Science Design Quest Exhibit Guide~40 hours
    • Summer Activities:2011:Took Chemistry 192 (general chem) so I could take AP Bio soph year, 2012:interned at KIXEYE, 2013:Took Math 270 (linear algebra), Developed an Android Game, went to hackathons,volunteered UC Berkeley in the Lawrence Hall of Science
    • Essays (rating 1-10, details): Common app essay was ok, I think my supplements were pretty good though
    • Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):
      • Teacher Rec #1:10-Physics teacher who loved me, great rapport
      • Teacher Rec #2:6/7. English teacher, thinks I'm a good writer, but occasionally conflict with
      • Counselor Rec:generic
      • Additional Rec:
    • Interview:
    Other
    • State (if domestic applicant):CA
    • Country (if international applicant):
    • School Type:Public
    • Ethnicity:Indian
    • Gender:Male
    • Income Bracket:>200K
    • Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.):none
    Reflection
    • Strengths:
    • Weaknesses:
    • Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: I displayed significant interest in computer science, but my essays weren't especially unique or creative. Also indian male computer science doesnt help anywhere lol
    • Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected:no where else yet.
    General Comments: Didn't expect to get in, deferred is better than I hoped. To all those feeling sad, tbh you shouldn't pin your hopes on Stanford. It's a reach school for essentially everybody. We'll all be fine
  • jeffwalker1996jeffwalker1996 Registered User Posts: 19 New Member
    Decision: Rejected

    Objective:
    SAT I (breakdown): CR: 620 M: 800 W: 720
    ACT: Didn't take it
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 4.0 (4.12 weighted)
    Class Rank: 55/560 about 9%
    AP (place score in parenthesis): 4 Chemistry, 4 Psychology
    IB (place score in parenthesis): nope
    Senior Year Course Load: AP Latin IV, AP Biology, AP Calculus BC, Civics, Creative Writing
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.):
    NASA Space Award, recognized for academic achievements,President's physical fitness award, Latin language study award, Top score on National Latin Examination, DARE essay award, presented to student body, NRA sharpshooter award for Trap/Skeet shooting
    Subjective:
    Extracurriculars[b/] (place leadership in parenthesis):
    -Boys Track and Field Varsity/Track Coach Assistant for conditioning
    -Junior Shotgun Shooting Team Captain 4 years
    -In Germany, assistant for Trauma Surgeon at Landstuhl Medical Center, almost like a shadowing job
    -Boy Scouts of America 90 person troop (Eagle Scout, led troop as SPL, ASPL, Patrol Leader, Scribe, Historian, Quartermaster) Eagle Project involved spending $4,000 on memorial at my school for deceased principle, marble bench, marble fountain, apple trees.

    -National Honor Society, treasurer

    -Student Council, pep rally, homecoming committee head

    -Latin Club, event coordinator

    -Chemistry Club

    -National Rifle Association Junior Shooting Team (Grades 6-12)
    20 shooters participating in shooting sports activities and competing in accordance with NRA Junior Shotgun Rules.

    Job/Work Experience: never had a job (maybe hurt me)
    Volunteer/Community service:
    -Candy Striper, Lakeside Hospital Volunteer
    -Angel Guardians of Omaha (special needs kids)
    -Salvation Army
    -Goodwill Industries
    -Habitat for Humanity (building and habitat restore)
    -Brush-Up Nebraska (painting, building houses for those who cannot)
    -Pennies for Patients (collecting money for cancer patients)
    -Heifer International (fundraising to buy animals for poor people in Africa)
    -Open Door Mission
    -Fisher House
    -Wounded Warriors (collected items/sent personal cards to soldiers in the war in Middle East)
    -Veterinary Clinic Assistant over summer (Animal clinic in Germany)

    -Summer Activities: Standardized Tests, Volunteer work, Shadowing, College Visits
    -Essays (rating 1-10, details): 9, I wrote about living in Germany for a total of 4 years during our family's assignment overseas, how I visited 22 different countries in a period of 4 years, becoming a more diversified person and more respectful towards others and their culture. Also about how I had my Boy Scout Eagle Ceremony on the beaches of Normandy, France, where DDay occurred many years ago. I thought I had a very compelling story that many others could not match.
    Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):8, very good connection with teachers, they know me well and I am a favorite of many. Don't know what they talked about though.
    Teacher Rec #1: Chem
    Teacher Rec #2: Latin
    Counselor Rec:
    Additional Rec:
    [*] Interview:[/list]Other
    State (if domestic applicant): NE
    Country (if international applicant):
    School Type: Public, Millard North
    Ethnicity: White/Latino
    Gender: M
    Income Bracket: 175k+
    Strengths: Volunteer work, Leadership, Background story (see essay)
    Weaknesses: SAT reading score, no job
    Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: Not sure
    Other:
  • JonesTonesJonesTones Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    [size=+2]Decision: Rejected[/size]

    Objective:
    • SAT I (breakdown): N/A
    • ACT: 34 (34M, 34S, 35R, 34E)
    • SAT II: N/A
    • Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.79/ 5.192 weighted
    • Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 9/354
    • AP (place score in parenthesis): Music Theory (5), Euro (4), Comp Sci(N/A), US (5), Bio (4), Calc AB (5),
    • IB (place score in parenthesis):N/A
    • Senior Year Course Load: AP Stats, AP Physics B, AP Lit, AP Spanish Lang,
    • Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): NHS, National Spanish Honor Society, All-State Musician (11,12), AP Scholar, State Scholar
    Subjective:
    • Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): XC/Track (Captain, 4 years Academic All-Conference), Jazz Band (President, All State), Marching Band (Drum Major), Student Council,
    • Job/Work Experience: Worked different minimum wage jobs since summer of '11.
    • Volunteer/Community service: Worship Leader at church, youth leadership team at youth group, St. John's Breadline, mission trip to Michigan summer of '12, founder of school organization that connects senior mentors to troubled freshman
    • Summer Activities: XC training, working, volunteering, mission trips, music camps
    • Essays (rating 1-10, details): 10, Best essays I've ever written, had my AP English teacher look over them. Very passionate about what I do. Not afraid to go out on a limb to show who I am.
    • Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):
      • Teacher Rec #1: 9, from my AP English teacher, A.K.A. my biggest fan
      • Teacher Rec #2: 8, from my soph and junior AP History teacher, really funny guy, writes well
      • Counselor Rec: 9, she doesn't know me but talked about how I founded a school program called Senior Mentor Program which connects role model seniors with troubled freshman
      • Additional Rec:N/A
    • Interview:N/A
    Other
    • State (if domestic applicant): IL
    • Country (if international applicant):US
    • School Type: Public
    • Ethnicity: White
    • Gender: Male
    • Income Bracket: upper middle
    • Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.):none
    Reflection
    • Strengths: My essays rocked, EC's are good, service is good, lots of AP's
    • Weaknesses: unweighted GPA lacks, possibly subject of common app essay, didn't take any SAT subject tests, some 4's on AP tests
    • Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: honestly don't know
    • Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected: much less selective schools
    General Comments:
    I'm not afraid to say that I'm really bummed I got rejected. Over the course of applying, I fell in love with Stanford because I realized it was the only school in the world where I would truly be rewarded for being as well-rounded as I am. At any other school, my EC's and grades and service would be over-the-top more than I need to get in. I guess at Stanford they just were not enough. My counselor received a called from one of the Admissions counselors about a week ago, saying that they were looking over my app and it looked really good and I made it through the first selection process. At that point, my counselor basically told me I would get in, the first to ever accomplish this in my school's history. My friends started celebrating for me and I honestly got my hopes up. Needless to say, it was tough opening that email last night. Congrats to everybody who gets in. This is truly a school of very highly qualified students.
  • YungEgyptianYungEgyptian Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    [size=+2]Decision: Rejected[/size]

    Objective:
    • SAT I (breakdown): 750M 660CR 720W
    • ACT:N/A
    • SAT II: Chem 770 Math II 760
    • Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.89
    • Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): N/A
    • AP (place score in parenthesis): Ap Lang and comp 4 Ap physics B 4 Ap chemistry 5
    • IB (place score in parenthesis):N/A
    • Senior Year Course Load:AP Bio, AP Calc AB, AP lit, Ap gov/econ, 3rd year spanish
    • Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.):
    Ap scholar with distinction
    Subjective:
    • Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Volunteer at local Recreation centers(150 hours), Debate club(vice president), Middle Eastern Club(Raised money for Syrian refugees), Tutor(basically all subjects), C++ club.
    • Job/Work Experience:
    • Volunteer/Community service: Volunteered at local Mosques, cleaning up environment and fundraising for charity.
    • Summer Activities:
    • Essays (rating 1-10, details): Common app essay, based on everyone who read it including teachers and scholarship directors, said it was great. Supplements were ok, I could have put more time and effort.
    • Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):
      • Teacher Rec #1: 10-Physics teacher who said it is the best letter he could possible write, great rapport
      • Teacher Rec #2: 8- History teacher who made a Stanford specific letter of recommendation said it was one of her best(even though she seemed overwhelmed)
      • Counselor Rec: Regular
      • Additional Rec:
    • Interview:
    Other
    • State (if domestic applicant): CA
    • Country (if international applicant):
    • School Type: Public
    • Ethnicity: Middle Easter (Egyptian), considered White
    • Gender: Male
    • Income Bracket: <60k
    • Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.):
    Low income, first generation student who came to USA 8 years ago for the best education possible.
    Reflection
    • Strengths: Diverse, economically and racially
    • Weaknesses: Scores and GPA. Not a very good writer
    • Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: I guess there were more qualified and diverse applicants than I was. I could have been an all around better applicant if I had dedicated to something, like volunteering or a specific area of study
    • Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected:
    No where else yet.
    General Comments: I was humbled by the fact that I got rejected because it shows no matter how well you score, or are economically/racially diverse, it is brutally difficult to get an education at a top tier college. It was my dream to go to Stanford, and so was my family's for pretty much all their lives, but I guess it was not mean to be. I would like to thank all who got accepted, it was fulfilling to know I had the chance to compete with America's best students.
  • jadbowjadbow Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    [size=+2]Decision: Rejected[/size]

    Done by dad with input from daughter.

    Objective:
    • SAT I (breakdown): 2270, Essay 10 (1 time as sophomore)
    • ACT: 36 (36M, 34R, 36S, 36W), Essay 10 (1 time as sophomore)
    • SAT II: Math II 780, Physics 780
    • Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): above 4.0, Weighted 4.75
    • Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): Unofficially 1st
    • AP (place score in parenthesis): 7 AP's all 5's
    • IB (place score in parenthesis):
    • Senior Year Course Load: Very rigorous, all AP's
    • Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): National Merit Semi, AP Scholar, Harvard Book Prize, another semi not mentioned. Several school awards.
      Subjective:
      • Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Cross Country and track 4 yrs. (Capt 2 yrs.). Very good at this with several sectional and conference individual championships. Recruited athlete but not by Stanford. Soccer 2 yrs. varsity. Editor-in-Chief of award winning non-profit magazine (spent a lot of time on this). Model UN, Academic League, others.
      • Job/Work Experience:
      • Volunteer/Community service: Very active in church, also magazine above
      • Summer Activities: Activities above, travel programs, no internships
      • Essays (rating 1-10, details): Common App 9 about personal challenge she has overcome, IV 7 about learning from academic mistake, Roomate 8, matters to you 10 about her faith
      • Recommendations (rating 1-10, details): Signed non-disclosure so didn't see
      • Teacher Rec #1: Should have been incredible, teacher asked her to write it
      • Teacher Rec #2: Should have been great, knows her well
      • Counselor Rec: Should have been individualized and very strong
      • Additional Rec:
    • Interview:

    Other
    • State (if domestic applicant): CA
    • Country (if international applicant):
    • School Type: Private
    • Ethnicity: White
    • Gender: F
    • Income Bracket: No financial aid
    • Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): ?? female in engineering, one other thing too specific to mention but obviously didn't help
      Reflection
      • Strengths: Pretty much everything.
      • Weaknesses:
      • Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: Not sure. Actually a little surprised. I knew this was a crap shoot but deep down inside thought she would at least be deferred. She excelled at her passions despite facing personal challenges. Didn't waste time studying for standardized testing. No legacy, startup, major awards or gender confusion.
      • Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected:
      General Comments: Thought she actually had a "good chance", whatever that translates to. Obviously, every parent thinks their child is amazing but everyone who meets her also says she is amazing. Stanford doesn't directly admit that they make mistakes but they clearly do. There are numerous individuals on this and past threads to prove it. Once you take out all the athletes, legacies, Intel Finalists, Mother Theresa's, etc. there is just not much left of the 11%. They really should have a lottery for those remaining spots and maybe they already do.
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