<p>"What did FDR, JFK, Al Gore, Bill Bradley, John Kerry and George Bush have in common? Average or below average SAT scores. Ivy League degrees. U.S. Senators and Presidents."</p>
<p>FDR was too long before my time. Bradley went to Princeton for basketball. Gore, Kerrey, JFK and Bush got in because of money and political pedigree. Not sure any of them would have made it far without those.
"Sadly, for a lot of 2400 types, it will be the peak moment of their life...something to brag about while they fetch coffee for their boss...the charming 1600 guy. "</p>
<p>"Harvard knows that some applicants with an 1800 SAT have the character traits that ensure that they will br a success at Harvard and make an impact on the world.</p>
<p>And Harvard also knows that many 2400 SAT applicants will be that 50 year old fraud investigator at an insurance company who manages to work his 33 year old SAT score into a random conversation at least once a week. "
<p>These statements, for the lack of a better word, are silly. There are about 500 2400 scorers each year along with another 500 36 scorers. A reasonable number end up in top schools in this nation and go on to do whatever they like in their life. I would be shocked if any are fetching coffee after leaving colleges or doing fraud investigation and working their scores into some imagined inane conversations. I know a few who have moved onto top business/law and medical schools already. Since 2400 scores started only in 2005, I would assume there is a group of about 5000 people at the most floating around in the nation.</p>
A few years ago, the valedictorian of my school -- an Asian-American girl -- was rejected from every top-tier school she applied to. She ended up going to UT-Austin, where she was auto-admit.
<p>Three years ago, one local high school had 4 perfect ACT scorers and one perfect SAT scorer. 2 are attending UT Austin despite being admitted to some top schools because they like specific programs at UT.</p>