The Ultimate Guide to Stanford

Recorded Thursday, January 21 at 11:00 PM

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School information

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

One of the most renowned educational institutions in the entire world, Stanford emphasizes its students' intellectual curiosity, drive, and dedication.

Join Elias as he covers topics like Stanford's campus culture, academic requirements, extracurricular opportunities, housing options, and much more. He will also share admissions information and tips that will help you maximize your chances of getting in.

School information

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
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Undergrad College: Harvard University '17

Major: Music

Graduate College: University of Michigan, M.M.

Work Experience: Now in my fourth year at CollegeVine, I have helped dozens of students gain acceptance to their top-choice schools and have also advised and mentored thousands more through my livestreams. Apart from my work at CV, I am also a professional conductor and a multi-instrumentalist. I currently serve as the music director of the Apollo Ensemble of Boston, and I have led symphonic concerts and operatic productions throughout the United States.

My Admissions Story: Initially interested in pursuing a career as a performing cellist, I applied almost exclusively to music schools with dual and double degree options and ultimately enrolled in the Tufts University/New England Conservatory Dual Degree Program. Unhappy with the combined program and worried I'd never feel like I was fully a student at either school, I logged back into in October of my freshman year. I can't say I went about the transfer process in the smartest way (I only applied to two schools!), but Harvard miraculously accepted me (or 'excepted me' as I wrote in a celebratory Facebook post that day - no one ever let me live that one down), and the rest was history.

Audience questions

These are questions from the audience that we had time to answer during the live session. If you have any other questions, you can request an answer from Elias and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
0:00@cheerios:Has the stream started? I can't see anything
0:00@anonymous:Did Elias get a better computer yet? Lol
4:18@anonymous:Will the Livestream be recorded?
4:54@goldenretriever1:yes just finished midterm woohooo
9:01@anonymous:Sorry, but quick question. I know AP Bio is a hard class, I am taking it now and got a C first semester, does this totally just ruin my chance of getting into Stanford or any other college as I want to be in the medical field.
12:07@Exceptional:Sorry what's Pac-12?
14:28@Exceptional:Sorry what is the ranking if school of Law?
16:13@anonymous:What would economics and finance fall under for the Undergrad/Graduate schools?
17:21@leonwang:can you show the SAT breakdown numbers?
18:20@anonymous:can someone with a 3.7 GPA, 1550 SAT Score, and a solid extracurricular resume still be accepted into Stanford?
20:47@anonymous:Will this meeting be available for replay?
21:12@anonymous:where to find the chancing engine?
22:45@Exceptional:What is the student-tracher ratio?
23:39@anonymous:Will this meeting be available for replay?
25:05@goldenretriever1:can you show the popular major slide again
25:11@Exceptional:How much did you get on the SAT?
25:43@goldenretriever1:Elias, Im a big fan - can u always do a guide to Harvard.
26:18@anonymous:Do college care more about your weighted or unweighted gpa
29:36@anonymous:Are awards super important for applications? Or do your grades matter more
31:56@anonymous:Is business a popular major at Stanford?
48:56@goldenretriever1:Elias, did you apply for Stanford?
49:40@anonymous:Sorry im late, what have we gone over so far?
50:17@anonymous:What was ur stats and ECs?
50:29@anonymous:Which extracurriculars did you do that helped you get into college?
50:36@Exceptional:What type of water is that ur drinking?
50:52@anonymous:Did you get into Columbia?
53:46@mimi:What is NEC?
54:02@Exceptional:Many people say that you need to have a big spike in your application, what are examples?
54:30@Exceptional:Can you do a webinar on how to write college essays?
54:39@anonymous:Do you need a sob story for your essay?
55:11@Exceptional:Can a spike be an exemplary leader for an example?
55:46@anonymous:Is 4.3 weighted competitve enough?
56:04@goldenretriever1:Is Julliard good for voice
56:08@anonymous:What are the requirements to get into Stanford?
56:21@leonwang:is it bad to be well rounded?
56:42@Guest:Can College Vine do an ultimate guide for Claremont McKenna College
57:04@Exceptional:Is engineering hard to get into for Stanford?
57:22@anonymous:why didnt you apply to berkelee school of music?
58:23@Exceptional:Oh I'm in Claremont!!! It's an awesome college but I think Pomona is better especially for liberal arts!!
58:48@anonymous:Is one C in a sophomore semester a big NoNO for Ivy League colleges.
59:20@anonymous:can collegevine also help with information on BS MD?
59:42@mimi:Are you going to give a talk just on music schools?
60:08@anonymous:Can you do a session around CA schools - UCs, Cal Tech and Harvey Mudd
60:22@anonymous:is it Baylor Universty for BS MD?
60:38@anonymous:what ecs do you recommend for CS
61:06@Exceptional:So I am going to do 2 years in Army and if I do Army on something computer-related, can I use that as work experience when I apply to Stanford after?
61:21@anonymous:Where do I find the Chancing Engine?
61:51@anonymous:Are your extracurriculars super important for applications
62:22@Exceptional:Chancing engine is depressing 🙁😔
62:33@anonymous:How important is researching when it comes to ec?
70:24@anonymous:would you say extracurriculars or essays are more important?
70:40@anonymous:how do u reach out to and find a professor for a ec opportunity in ur intended major? how does this work?
72:22@anonymous:you are breaking up...
73:18@anonymous:Is researching neuropsychology as a sophomore a good look for ec if you are trying to go into premed?
73:59@anonymous:what is SAT
74:07@anonymous:How do you get into stanford?
74:30@Exceptional:By applying
74:36@Exceptional:How can you do well in essays?
75:48@anonymous:are project portfolios really important for colleges like stanford?
76:08@anonymous:is stanford more stem based or humanities?
76:23@Exceptional:What do Stanford’s admission officers look for in essays?
76:51@Guest:Williams College more rigorous academically than Stanford?
77:12@jjann:How willing is Stanford to admit students with personality problem such as egoistic, narcissistic, and even students who face depression problem?
78:44@anonymous:Are college admissions racially biased?
80:34@mimi:It is bragging by saying I am the only one qualified for an event in my school, region etc.?
81:28@anonymous:So its random?
81:39@anonymous:are at home engineering projects good extracurriculars?
84:24@anonymous:Why do you work for College Vine? I am a Sophomore. What is the appropriate time to engage College Vine and what program do you recommend
86:49@Exceptional:You're a youtuber?
87:15@anonymous:What do you mean by the new college vine?
87:39@Exceptional:Are you married?.?
87:44@mimi:Which stream you are talking about? What's the link?
88:10@Exceptional:What internships did you have?
88:34@Exceptional:How can I see more of your streams?
89:53@kc27:what should we do if our virtual school doesn't offer any AP's this year due to COVID?
90:21@Exceptional:If I have started a successful leadership club, can I use that on my resume?
90:28@goldenretriever1:This year is crazy in terms of application scene. How about next year
90:34@anonymous:how about guide to princeton?
90:46@Exceptional:Claremont Colleges are awesome are there any webinars on them?
91:04@anonymous:Would being a verified music artist on all platforms with a high number of streams be a good EC even if we're not a music major?
91:24@mimi:Is leadership more important than awards for elite schools?
91:30@Exceptional:How many service hours do you need to graduate?
91:37@anonymous:Why is AP Us History so hard
92:39@Exceptional:Do you recommend any free SAT resources or platforms?


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