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Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
| 800 verbal


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Advice for getting into Stanford?

Hi guys! I've heard that it's really tough to get into Stanford, so I'm trying to figure out how to maximize my chances. Any tips or knowledge about their admission criteria would be so helpful. Thanks!

7 months ago

Hi there! Stanford is indeed a competitive school, but there are ways to improve your chances of admission. An important aspect is the development of a 'spike,' or a highly-developed specialty, as top schools like Stanford often look for students who have demonstrated exceptional success in a specific area. This could be from academic research to winning a prestigious award in your extracurricular activities.

While the holistic admissions process considers many factors, it's crucial to showcase your best traits through a strong portfolio of coursework, extracurriculars, essays, and recommendation letters. Aim for a balance of quality and quantity in your extracurricular involvements – most successful applicants have 8-10 total activities, but are deeply involved in a few of them.

Stanford values intellectual vitality, so choose your courses wisely and maintain strong grades. When writing your essays, steer clear of cliché topics and focus on unique, personal experiences that resonate with your 'spike.' Make sure your recommendation letters speak to your abilities and involvement in a meaningful way.

Applying Early Action may also give you a slight advantage, as your application will be reviewed earlier in the admissions cycle when there may be more places available. Use Stanford's resources to learn more about their programs and priorities to find the best way to align your profile with their expectations. Good luck!

7 months ago

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