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Chances for being admitted to Stanford:

DejectedPandaDejectedPanda Registered User Posts: 64 Junior Member
edited August 2006 in Stanford University
Hello, New to College Confidential.
I'm a confused Senior about to make decisions for colleges and I've decided that I want the best education possible(sounds cliche)

My main interest is Stanford, I've spoken with various alumni of Stanford and they've all said it was the best decision in their life to decide to attend Stanford, and I would feel the same way. I've attended SNFI(debate) for two years in a row, and am in love with the atmosphere/campus:

My Reccomendation from a teacher has reccomended two applicants for Stanford University in the past four years, and both have been accepted, so she is my strong point. My other teacher has also had similar results with their reccomendation letters, bringing people into ivies and UCs, I'm also very confident in one of my essays

Starting with my AP Tests,

AP Biology-> 5
AP Calculus AB-> 5
AP Calculus BC-> 5
AP European History-> 5
AP Physics-> 5
AP Statistics-> 5
AP US History-> 5
Summary: 7/7 5's

The ACT Score: 35
The SAT I Score: 2320
Math: 800
Reading: 770
Writing: 750

The SAT II Scores
Math: 800
Literature: 780
Physics: 790

Thinking of declaring pre-med

As of Right now, my class rank is unkown, but I'm fairly confident i'm in the top 3% of my class of 650 individuals.
Cumulative Unweighted GPA: 3.75
Without Freshmen Year: 3.933

Unsure of weighted, class rank is weighted though.

Evident upward curve of GPA over the course of my highschool education, low to high. I understand that certain colleges disregard your freshmen year- but does this mean they recalculate your GPA of the last 3 years of highschool? If my comprehension is correct, this would place my GPA unweighted much higher, I'd estimate: 3.933

Four years of Varsity Lincoln Douglas Debate, attending Stanford Debate camp over the summer, qualifying to Nationals of Debate in my junior year Captain of Debate Team

Work experience over the summer at Best-Buy

100+ Hours of Volunteering at a local hospital
(Unsure as of now, I'd estimate 50+) Hours of Community Service

Unsure if I will attain officer status in any of these, but will list anyway:
member of National Honors Society
member of Philosophy Club
member of Spanish Language Club
member of Medicial Club
member of Community Service Club

Tutor for 4th grade students in various subjects for two years.

Varsity Tennis Player for two years(Love to play on a Varsity Team at any of these universities) Possible Candidate for Captain

I also don't think it would be in my best interest to apply EA or ED because my senior year could help my GPA further, along with retaking ACT and SAT.

So Here is my question: With my relatively low cumulative unweighted GPA with freshmen year included, do I stand a chance even with my SAT ACT AP getting accepted to Stanford? And if so, about what chance, if not, why not? If none of those, what would be my chances at the other colleges listed. Any and all comments are greatly appreciated, thank you.

Notice: This post is also in the "What are my Chances" thread for other colleges included, but I would really appreciate specific chances into Stanford University, any help and anything I can do my senior year before december is appreciated!
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Replies to: Chances for being admitted to Stanford:

  • marlgirlmarlgirl Registered User Posts: 1,096 Senior Member
    Stanford only looks at grades 10-12 anyway so your freshman grades don't matter. If you're in the top 3% with a GPA of around 3.9 then your GPA is not a good reason to not apply early. The only reason you shouldn't apply early is if you'd rather go somewhere else that also has an early admissions program.

    Work on your essays. There are tons and tons of Stanford applicants with high test scores and a solid GPA who do debate and are captain (or at least involved) in several clubs. You need to make your application really personal. Feel free to write about debate or anything else, even if you're sure there will be many essays on the same subject. Just make sure it is about YOUR experience and how you changed and grew. That will make it unique. (I wrote my activity essay about debate being meaningful to me because it made me a better scientist.)
  • DejectedPandaDejectedPanda Registered User Posts: 64 Junior Member
    Thanks :) means alot to me.. I think I'll apply early then, and I'll definatley work on constructing my essay
    Any other thoughts?
    Oh, and the top 3% with a GPA of 3.9 is incorrect insofar as my GPA is weighted in the class rank. However, my unweighted GPA WITHOUT my freshmen year is a 3.9- which is what is making me nervous
    Applying early would hinder any further accumulations to my GPA, leaving my GPA with freshmen year included at 3.75
  • superwizardsuperwizard Registered User Posts: 1,251 Senior Member
    My Reccomendation from a teacher has reccomended two applicants for Stanford University in the past four years, and both have been accepted, so she is my strong point.
    Just a piece of friendly advice: make sure you choose your teacher because they know you really well not because she wrote two successful recs. My teachers had never written any recs to Stanford and I got in and because they knew me really really well (one of them had been teaching me for five years!).
    You have solid chances Good Luck!
  • DejectedPandaDejectedPanda Registered User Posts: 64 Junior Member
    Alright, I'll keep that in mind- Haven't thought of that before. Thanks alot!
    So... should I apply EA/ED to Stanford? Or let my first semester get over so I can add that to my GPA?
    Edit: My GPA should be without my senior year
    3.895 round up to 3.90? unweight
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