How to get into Stanford

Recorded Wednesday, August 25 at 11:00 PM

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School information

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Though not as old as the Ivies, Stanford has become a household name, one that is synonymous with academic prestige. This university is also known for its prime location just south of San Francisco, alongside tech giants in Silicon Valley. If you're reading this, you're probably wondering what exactly it takes to get into a school like Stanford.

Well, wonder no more - Elias is here to break down how to navigate Stanford's admissions process. Come with all your questions and be sure to put them in the chat for this interactive presentation on how you can get into Stanford.

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@HiroC:If a student's parents move out of the U.S. while he/she is studying at Stanford, would tuition change to international student fee? Thank you.
16:48@aditya:I had an illness during high school. Now after many years, I have recovered. How can I show admissions comittee that I can do the work and where will I get the letters of recommendation from after all these years?
19:12@SaiCharan:ayo I'm Sai and I'm from Charm City (Baltimore, MD)... crazy to think I'm a senior
19:40@SaiCharan:aaaaand that took 20 mins to send
20:27@aditya:If had bad grades in high school due to illness, can I redo high school in adult high school to prove I can handle the workload?
39:59@SaiCharan:it doesnt look laggy from my end
40:05@aditya:Is having an illness considered being diverse by Stanford?
40:30@SaiCharan:3.8 praying its higher
40:36@HiroC:Thank you! I really appreciate your and Priya's insights! I am actually a widow mom from Japan and my daughter is a U.S. citizen. I may have to move to Japan during her college time to take care of my mom in Japan. Since I am a single mom, my daughter may be qualified to the need basis tuition. I am hoping that IF she gets in Stanford, I was hoping that it won't change her status. But anyways, I will check with Stanford Admin. You guys are awesome!
41:46@SaiCharan:does stanford look at freshman grades?
49:22@aditya:In my country, I have done a diploma and not a degree.Can I still apply tp Stanford as freshman?
49:35@SaiCharan:because i understand that a lot of people apply to stem majors and i really do not want to
49:41@SaiCharan:if you are applying to a less competitive major, will your chances increase
52:46@aditya: In my country, I have done a diploma from a polytechnic institute after high school and not a degree.Can I still apply to Stanford as freshman?
57:17@HiroC:@PriyaDesai I was thinking to relocate the residency to Japan, but maintaining residency may be the key. I will ask about the impact of residency to the admission. And yes! thank you for the Youtube video! I will watch it with my daughter! =D
58:00@aditya:I know I asked this for MIT but how do I maximize my chances of getting into Stanford as a mature student?
58:01@aj___:Thank you
59:20@JR2024:How much more likely Stanford would admit a California student compared with a student from out of state?
71:03@aj___:what if both rec letters are from STEM (applying as a stem major)? some people say it's good to have one humanities teacher...
73:15@SaiCharan:if your freshman year is poorer but the other years, you had a rigorous courseload and were near perfect, would stanford still put you under the academic threshold?
73:47@aditya:Is it possible to get into Stanford as freshmen if you have a gpa below 3.5?
75:22@SaiCharan:as a less serious question, how bad are allergies in the bay area
75:43@HiroC:Thank you!!!
75:47@aj___:Thanks for the advice and answers!
75:50@SaiCharan:my vid feed just died
76:37@SaiCharan:im back
76:55@aj___:We can't hear you
77:09@aj___:nvm I hear you now
77:11@SaiCharan:i can
78:19@SaiCharan:been struggling with allergies for the last few weeks so it would be nice to escape that
78:22@RichQ:Thanks Elias!


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