The Ivy Coach Daily

April 7, 2011

Stanford University Applicants

Stanford Applicants, Applicants to Stanford, Stanford University Applicants

There was a cool article in “The Stanford Daily” by Jordan Carr that broke down the eight categories of admitted students to Stanford University. While the piece is intended as humorous, Jordan’s breakdown isn’t exactly a stretch of the truth. In fact, it’s probably quite accurate and that’s why it’s kind of funny. Let’s take a look at Jordan’s eight categories of Stanford admits:

1. “The Legacy.” ’Nuff said.

2. “The Richie Richington.” This is the student whose last name also appears on your dormitory.

3. “The Athlete in an Obscure Sport.” The squash player. The synchronized swimmer.

4. “The Kid Who Crushed the SAT.” Most of Stanford’s admitted students crushed the SAT. Did most recruited athletes? No, but many of them did, too. We’re not sure that we agree with this category as someone who simply got a great score on the SAT likely would not have been admitted to Stanford unless there were other compelling reasons to accept this student. Maybe the applicant wrote a killer essay or had a “pointless musical talent” too.

5. “The Person from a Weird Place.” Kids from Nebraska do indeed have an easier time gaining admission to highly competitive colleges than students from Long Island, New York. It’s less competitive and colleges want to have students from every state in the U.S.

6. “The Person Who Already Accomplished Something.” Ivy League colleges and highly competitive universities such as Stanford often have an Olympic Gold Medalist in their incoming class of students. Or published authors. You get the idea.

7. “The Progeny of a Famous Person.” Jordan says the progeny of famous people at Stanford are often the sons and daughters of “the president of Latvia” rather than Bratt Pitt’s kid.

8. “The Kid with Pointless Musical Talent.” Jordan claims there are a ton. We believe him. Think about all of the Tiger Moms out there with cubs who play the violin!

Check out the article in “The Stanford Daily” here.

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