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How I got into Stanford (Interview 4)

Updated: Dec 30, 2019


  • SAT: 1560 (780 Math, 780 Reading)

  • ACT: 35 (35 English, 35 Math, 34 Reading, 35 Science)

  • GPA: 3.91

  • Rank in Class: 15

  • Size of Class: 329

  • AP's Taken: Chemistry, Physics Mechanics, Physics Electromagnetism, AB Calculus, BC Calculus, Biology, American History, European History, Statistics, English Language, English Literature, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, US Government


  • I played varsity football and basketball all four years in high school and became team captain of the football team my Sophomore year and captain of the basketball team my Junior year.

  • I was on my school's math league and poetry club team and was the team captain of the debate team.

  • I was the class Vice President in my Sophomore year and served until the end of my senior year.

Short Personal Story

"This might sound pretty cocky, but I wasn't too surprised when I got into Stanford. I kind of just expected it because my parents and older siblings went there. So it wasn't too shocking when I got accepted. It wasn't too big a deal for me."

Useful Advice

"If I were giving advice on what someone could do to have a better chance of getting into Stanford I'd say that they should try to be as well rounded as possible.

In my opinion, what I believed help me stand out was the fact that I wasn't just a 'math and science guy' or a 'humanities person' or just and 'academics person' but instead was pretty well rounded and did a lot of things really well. I think that if you have a lot of interests and you can do a lot of things really well, you'll stand out from those who can't do that as much.

You'll want to be as well rounded as possible and have a little bit or sports, maybe some leadership positions somewhere on a sports team or some other thing, definitely have some math and science skills and add some humanities skills to that and you'll be ok. If you do all those well, it'll be really hard to pass you up for a person who is only really really good at one things and nothing else. While you might be the best at one thing, you're better that a lot of applicants at a lot of different things, so you have a competitive advantage there.

So I'd say that being well rounded really helps, and if you can come off as a really well rounded person, you'll be in good shape"

Stanford Undergraduate Class of 2023

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