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Is anyone attaching a resume or activities summary to their Stanford app?

STMooreSTMoore Registered User Posts: 112 Junior Member
edited January 2010 in Stanford University
If so, how are you going about it? The only way I can see to do it is to attach it to additional information section of the common app, which seems to have a 2000 character limit. Any help would be much appreciated. Also, does anyone have any insights as to whether they will read it if submitted?
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Replies to: Is anyone attaching a resume or activities summary to their Stanford app?

  • feuxfolletsfeuxfollets Registered User Posts: 613 Member
    They said in application instructions that they won't evaluate any supplementary materials other than what they listed. So probably not.
  • LeidolonLeidolon Registered User Posts: 37 Junior Member
    I'm going to attach a document into the Additional Information section. I'm not sure, but I doubt that Stanford would ignore an attached Activity List (it's not supplementary material like what colleges usually refer to, i.e. a piece of artwork, a collection of poems, etc.). I'm suggesting you should attach your activities summary anyways, for there's really no harm done if they don't read it, but if they do, then it can help out considerably (though I've heard negative things about attaching a resume vs. activity summary).

    It doesn't have to be below the character limit if you upload a document (it changes the document into a .pdf file).
  • BartokBartok Registered User Posts: 86 Junior Member
    Stanford does not like Activity Lists. I've heard that they don't bother to read them. If you want to add to your application, use the 2000 characters box and do not attach a Word document.
  • Anonymous93Anonymous93 Registered User Posts: 1,355 Senior Member
    Stanford has a lot of strange rules. They don't accept late submissions at all, even though Yale/Harvard/Dartmouth do. Even if the commonapp decides to die on us right before the deadline.

    It also doesn't want research papers, while the majority of top schools do.

    I imagine they also don't want resumes or activity lists?
  • LeidolonLeidolon Registered User Posts: 37 Junior Member
    Yeah, I take back what I said before. I googled it after Bartok posted, and someone commented on this forum a few months ago: "a week and a half ago, one of the Stanford admission officers came to our school for a visit...she strongly discouraged it and repeatedly said to try to make use of all the Common App space without attaching anything else...they have too much to read already..."
  • Tyler09Tyler09 Registered User Posts: 2,768 Senior Member
    I attached an "activity list" and was accepted SCEA last year. I obviously can't comment on whether they read it or not, but it clearly didn't hurt.
  • colingraycolingray Registered User Posts: 63 Junior Member
    I too got in via SCEA and attached an activity list but it was extremely focused and brief.
  • Dadx2Dadx2 Registered User Posts: 23 New Member
    Second what colingray said above. D asked an admissions official when she visited Stanford about this, and she was told that it would be ok to provide additional information that was brief (and this is what she did - provided info that was well within a page and that did not repeat info elsewhere in the application). Like colingray, she was accepted btw, so attaching this doesn't appear to have hurt her.
  • BigMike3541BigMike3541 Registered User Posts: 319 Member
    I think using one off anecdotes as to things that have "worked" for some applicants as a symbol of what YOU personally should do is a bad idea, i.e. just because someone else attached a resume/activity list/etc. and got in doesn't mean that it won't annoy the admissions officers if you do (it almost surely will). Everyone always things all of their 500 activities are critically important to their application when (almost surely) they are not. use this as an exercise in picking out the things that are really important to you and focus on those.
  • TheGFGTheGFG Registered User Posts: 6,219 Senior Member
    I agree with BigMike3541. But as another data point, my D attached a resume. She had planned to customize the attachment to contain only important items which had not fit on the other common app or supplement sections. But then she ran out of time (and probably motivation) and so attached a cv she already had in her files. So there was definitely duplication, which very well may have annoyed admissions! However, she got in. She did the same for a top Ivy and was admitted there too. However, she's an athletic recruit so that is a different ball of wax. But, what might be relevant to this is that she had asked the Ivy coach about the wisdom of attaching her resume, especially since it was mostly to list athletic honors that she needed the space. She didn't know if admissions would care one whit, since obviously they're depending on their own coach's assessment of her talent if that's a primary reason she's being admitted. However, the coach told her to include it because admissions is always interested to see how students choose to organize and present their qualifications. So, the lesson is that if you do a good job of it, it could really give them a clearer picture of how you see yourself.
  • AkshayMAkshayM Registered User Posts: 388 Member
    i thought the stanford app instructions specifically said not to attach resume,certificates,awards,etc.
  • pacheightpacheight Registered User Posts: 1,168 Senior Member
    gfg: "However, she got in."

    Congratulations! Great news she got in! Will she be attending???
  • TheGFGTheGFG Registered User Posts: 6,219 Senior Member
    Thanks! She's not sure yet, pacheight. She's going for an official soon and then will decide between her top 2 choices!
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