Op_Diom wrote:Oskosh wrote:JackelJ wrote:Oskosh wrote:For TOP schools it kind of is. Ask the 175, 3.6 who only cracked Columbia. It sucks, man.
Hell, there was a 180, 3.5 ENGINEER (thereby justifying the lower than usual GPA) who was rejected by Yale and Stanford.
What? That sucks.
180, 3.6X rejected by Yale, Stanford and Berkeley.
What does it take to get into these schools? I mean honestly. A family friend recently scored a perfect score on the ACT, had a 4.3 at some local prestigious magnet school (but it wasn't an over-the-top boarding school in the northeast seaboard area), a plethora of strong softs but she was denied from Duke undergrad, wait listed at Harvard, and denied from Brown (or maybe Dartmouth? Idk I forget). The only thing she could come up with was that she didn't play a sport throughout high school. It's somewhat ridiculous.
I think a lot of those schools need a very solid recommend from someone 'powerful'. Also, legacy kids get in a lot easier than regular.