Why is chancing odd?Answered
I am a freshman. International student.
I am wondering why my approximate chance of getting into harvard is 1%-9%, even though I have excellent ACT and strong extracurriculars and academics? Meanwhile I have 20% chance of admission to Stanford with the same stats, even though It is not really easier to get into than Harvard.
Also : what kind of essays make you stand out to the admission officers? I know they are quite important.
There is not enough information that you provided in your question for anyone to give you a reasonable answer as to why. You didn't disclose your ECs, unweighted GPA/WGPA, AP scores, SAT/ACT Scores, SAT II scores, talents, whether you are a legacy, recruited athlete, development candidate, deans' list or what your spike or intellectual vitality is. If you want other college-bound kids to weigh in you'd have to share your info. Otherwise, write to the College Vine folks in a private email with your info and ask them. Most people would agree that getting into Harvard is the hardest because they have a very complicated scoring system, much more rigorous than Stanfords. Since 5% is sort of the current Harvard acceptance rate (4.92%) that's probably more accurate than the Stanford one IMO. The other thing is most freshman HS students do not have very many AP or IB scores or SAT IIs to add to their profiles nor are their ECS national level ECS as a 9th grader so I wouldn't put much weight into any of the chancing results. They are more accurate as you put more data into the profile. Honestly, if you only a freshman have those chancing results already you are 99% ahead of everyone else on here.
You’re a freshman. You will be applying to college in TWO YEARS from now. There is no way that you will be harvard-ready now. IT’s just not possible considering that you have TWO more years of your life to live before you apply. Also - Harvard is insanely difficult to get into, so don’t expect that because you have a good GPA/ACT that you will get in. You essentially need a 35 or a 36 on the ACT and a GPA of near-perfect (a 3.9 out of 4 unweighted or above). Your extracurriculars are also not developed enough - which is normal considering you have only had one year of experience!!! Don’t be so hard on yourself. But you do need to realize how insanely difficult it is to get into Harvard. You need more than excellent stats - they have to be THE BEST period.
So the chancing it seems you met the threshold for Harvard but as Harvard hovers at a 4-6% admit rate nothing is garunteed and if you have over a 70% chance I’d guess you’d own a Fortune 500 company.
Stanford likely has an alternate set of values that they evaluate leading to a different formula and you get a higher chance there. That or their average stats are slightly lower and you beat a threshold there but not at Harvard. This is a guess if you’d like email firstname.lastname@example.org
Also in regards to essays something that has anecdotes tells your story not an event and shows your reaction/personality insight. And avoid cliches and sensitive issues. Also don’t be the person who submits an unreadable essay. An admission officer at a elite tech school had someone submit an essay in binary. AOs can’t read binary they were rejected so use common sense