So you want to go to Stanford.
Who could blame you? The weather is amazing, the campus is beautiful, and the students seem to have so much fun.
Stanford is unique. It’s prestigious, but without all of that east coast, Ivy League snobbery. It’s so chill! Slip on your flip-flops, hop on your bike, glide past the palm trees and you’re in class. Forget trudging through snow.
Students also get to live in the heart of the tech industry, which is clearly the hottest new field for our generation. Want to be the next Mark Zuckerberg? Stanford is the place for you.
Over the years, the school’s acceptance rate has dropped down to 5.1%, the lowest in the country—even lower than Harvard’s 5.9%. Getting in is basically a miraculous feat at this point. I’ve heard many stories of brilliant kids getting into several Ivies, but still being rejected by Stanford.
But I don’t mean to scare you off. After all, getting in is still possible! People do every year.
What You Need to Get In
If you want to get into Stanford, high SAT scores and a high GPA are a requirement. But they definitely won’t guarantee an acceptance. Applicants also need to be able to demonstrate their intellectual curiosity and vitality, the unique perspective they can contribute to the school’s diversity, as well as their excellence in and passion for their extracurricular activities.
Average SAT Score
This table shows the percentage of the admitted class of 2018 who received the following SAT scores. With the vast majority of students scoring over a 700 in each section, these scores are extremely high.
You can find more admissions statistics here: http://admission.stanford.edu/basics/selection/profile.html.
When applying to Stanford, you need to know what you’re getting yourself into. 95% of applicants are rejected. Don’t get your hopes up too much. But if Stanford is where you absolutely know you want to be, then go for it! After all, you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
For now, work hard at your grades, find your academic and extracurricular passions, and start studying for the SAT as early as possible. Stanford superscores, meaning they’ll focus on your highest sectional scores from all test sittings. So if you score higher in Critical Reading in March and higher in Math in June, they’ll use your March Critical Reading score and your June Math score. You want to ensure your highest possible total score, so make sure you have plenty of time to take the test more than once. Start your prep today with Magoosh’s 1-week free trial!
For more information on how you can prepare to apply to Stanford, go here.