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09/08/2019

I see other well rounded students online getting rejected from Stanford is it impossible to get accepted.?

QUESTION
I see other well rounded students online getting rejected from Stanford is it impossible to get accepted.?
I have 4.5 GPA, am in honor ans AP classes, am in many clubs, sports, and am the highest ranking cadet in my Academy’s JROTC.

But online I see many other people with impressive 5.0 GPAs, almost perfect SAT scores like 2350, over hundreds of hours of volunteer and community service to places like Africa, hospital volunteer, attending many leadership camps, are crazy in sports and are in many clubs and are still rejected.

My accomplishments seem very small compare to those rejected from Stanford, so is there even a chance that I will get accepted?

ANSWER
first off all, if a student is all that you mentioned, i doubt he got rejected.

your accomplishments are great…trust me. remember that essays are a big part…and make sure you’re polite and outgoing in class so your teacher can write great recommendations for you. even though i understand what you mean….admissions are very weird.

last year…two valedictorians were rejected from stanford in my high school….but a girl ranked 32 was accepted. perhaps…she had something unique or her personality really showed through her essays??

but as for you…i think you’ll be fine. write killer essays and you have a good shot.

edit* – just for the sake of knowledge, joel is not completely right. first of all it is hardest for asians to get in, since there is a higher percentage of “smart” students applying. Also currently, women have a lower acceptance rate than men in all universities except MIT and Caltech. This is because there are far more men highschool dropouts than women…thus making it more competitive for women. but he’s right about black, hispanic, and native american.