What kinds of applicants DO get into HYPS SCEA?

<p>Everyone keeps talking about "slam dunk" applicants... other than legacies/URMs/athletes, what kind of applicants get in early action? Do applicants who have stellar academics (straight As, all APs and honors level courses, reputable school, numerous 5s, strong SATs, strong SAT IIs) as well as well-written, interesting essays/recommendations, and great depth/achievement/leadership in activities... basically the slightly above average outstanding HYPS applicant ... ever get accepted early? In other words, applicants without any flaws or concerns in their application who demonstrate enough passion and interest and excellence and strength? Or is it just reserved for the amazing likely letter type folk who would get into all HYPS schools regardless of when they applied?</p>

<p>the good kind</p>

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<p>wow^ people like that make me feel like i have completely wasted my life</p>

<p>Is that really the case this year now that Princeton and Harvard also have SCEA? </p>

<p>So SCEA really doesn't do much except let you know early...</p>

<p>haha I beat him in SATII's atleast ;)</p>

<p>quad 800s</p>

<p>HYPS (SCEA or RD) are all basically looking for the same applicant: A tippy-top student with a high GPA, uber test scores, stellar recommendations, great extracurriculars . . . and something extra, something special that elevates them from the crowd.</p>