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How I got into Stanford (Interview 7)

Updated: Dec 30, 2019


  • SAT: 1600 (800 Math, 800 Reading)

  • ACT: 36 (36 English, 36 Math, 36 Reading, 36 Science)

  • GPA: 4.00

  • Rank in Class: 1

  • Size of Class: 573

  • AP's Taken: Chemistry, Physics Mechanics, Physics Electricity and Magnetism, AB Calculus, BC Calculus, Environmental Science, Biology, American History, World History, US Government, Psychology, Statistics, Computer Science, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, Chinese Language, Latin, Japanese Language, French Language, French Literature, German Language, English Language, English Literature, European History, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Government and Politics (Comparative), Government and Politics (US), Human Geography.


  • I participated in math league, science and math olympiad, DECA, chess club, engineering club, history bowl, debate team, history club, and computer science club.

  • I ran Junior Varsity track in my Junior and Senior years

Short Personal Story

"I remember crying for about 30 solid minutes because I was so excited that it was over. I had given so much into trying to get into Stanford that I was just so overwhelmed when it actually happened.

For the first time in my life, my parents allowed me to skip school at take the next couple days off to relax and hang out with friends, which was shocking, and just enjoy time to myself. I applied to Stanford early so after I got my decision back, I was pretty much done with high school. All I needed to do at this point was graduate.

It was honestly so relieving getting that decision early because, one, it allowed me drop every single other application I was doin except for Harvard, and two, it took the pressure off for me to keep doing well in school because I had already gotten in.

That moment was probably one of the best of my life because it made everything and all the suffering I went through for it, worth it."

Useful Advice

"I don't think there's really any sort of hack towards getting into Stanford, but I do believe that one of the most important aspects of the whole college process is painting a picture of who you are. If there was something I would have told myself it would be to choose the people who are going to write my letters of recommendation wisely and write my application essays with a lot of care and detail.

In my case, most of my teachers liked me, but they all saw different sides of my personality and thus were able paint a complete picture of who I was. Instead of being this two dimensional person from one point of view, the admission officers got to see a multidimensional person who was goofy sometimes, really serious at others and was generally a complex person. The trap that most people fall into is that they usually get teachers who only see them a certain way to write about them, and what this does is that creates a one dimensional picture of who you are to the admissions officers and makes it very hard to accept someone who has about a million copies just like them.

So, what I'd say is that they should get different people who see them a certain way to talk about them and, if possible, write about different sides of themselves in order to give the admissions officers someone they can truly empathize and connect with instead of just another 'applicant.' "

Stanford Undergraduate, Class of 2023

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