3 years ago
Admissions Advice

Activities & Extracurricular's needed to get into Stanford (or any university)

Hello! I am currently a sophomore in high school and interested in getting into Stanford University. I'm planning on taking biology and or chemistry so that I can become a cardiovascular surgeon. I have already applied for internships at Children's Hospital and Denver Health, I'm just waiting on them to email me back. I currently have a 4.0 unweighted GPA, and have taken 2 community college courses as well as a couple honors classes. I have done and been in multiple extracurricular's/programs such as ambassador, Leaders Among Leaders, junior honor society, basketball, soccer, track, swimming, etc. And I'm in the process of creating a fundraiser for this summer that helps disadvantaged kids and families in my school and community. But no matter what I do, I feel like I'm not doing enough to convince Stanford admissions officers that I belong on their campus. It is my dream to get accepted to Stanford University, but I'm wondering what I should do (if I'm not doing enough) to get in.

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3 years ago

Wow that’s a lot of ECs 😂!

That said, what you’ll find most people saying is that it is not the quantity of extra curricular activities you have but how involved and committed you are in the activities you do. So I would recommend finding a few activities you are really interested in and getting super involved and plan on holding those activities for the long term. If you feel like you are already deeply involved in your activities and you have and plan on staying with these activities for a long time, then there is nothing to worry about. If not, like I said, find a few activities, get involved more and try to stick with them.

But it seems like you’re situation is fine.

I hope that helps and good luck!

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Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
| 800 verbal


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