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How I got into Stanford (Interview 2)

Updated: Dec 30, 2019


  • SAT: 1590 (800 Math, 790 Reading)

  • ACT: 36 (36 English, 36 Math, 35 Reading, 36 Science)

  • GPA: 3.97

  • Rank in Class: 6

  • Size of Class: 292

  • 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, Japanese Language, French Language, English Language, English Literature, European History, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics.


  • I played soccer in the fall, did swimming in the winter and ran track in the spring. I never made it onto any of the Varsity athletic teams, but I did play Junior Varsity for all four years

  • I participated in math league, science bowl, math olympiad, science olympiad, history bowl, debate team, DECA, and a number of other clubs while in school

  • I volunteered at a library in my spare time and helped tutor kids in my area.

Short Personal Story

"It was honestly such a relief being accepted to Stanford. I felt that for the first time in 3 years I could finally take a breather.

When I applied I didn't really expect to get it in and when I got deferred in the fall I was pretty bummer out. On top of that, I applied to Princeton, Harvard and Yale and was rejected by all three so I didn't really have my hopes up.

But then I received the email from them and it was like a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders because I felt like it validated all the work I put into getting there."

Useful Advice

"I don't think that anything about my application was particularly special in the fact that I had an unusual resume or anything, but what I do think really helped me out was knowing why I wanted to go to Stanford.

I think the reason why most admissions essays aren't so great is because people aren't really clear on why they want to go to the school the chose. Most times they want to go there simply because it's Princeton, or Harvard, or Yale or whatever. While that's okay, I was really clear about why I wanted to go to Stanford in particular and what I hoped to get out of my experience there. I think that seeing that helped the officers really get a good idea of who I was and that gave me an edge over everyone else."

Stanford Undergraduate, Class of 2023

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