Hate to ask my chances..

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arism87
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Hate to ask my chances..

Postby arism87 » Thu Nov 11, 2010 9:57 am

But obviously I'm doing it anyway.

3.8/172, finishing 2nd year w/ Teach for America (other average softs: internship in US Senate, etc)

Chances at Stanford? They say it's a "black box" which is why I'm asking rather than using predictor sites, so please don't refer me to them- I've seen 'em all!

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Re: Hate to ask my chances..

Postby patrickd139 » Thu Nov 11, 2010 10:32 am

arism87 wrote:But obviously I'm doing it anyway.

3.8/172, finishing 2nd year w/ Teach for America (other average softs: internship in US Senate, etc)

Chances at Stanford? They say it's a "black box" which is why I'm asking rather than using predictor sites, so please don't refer me to them- I've seen 'em all!

With that GPA and LSAT, plus TFA (which seems to be about the only soft people care about) you're as good a candidate for Stanford as I've seen, other than those with higher LSAT/GPA combos. Which is to say, not very many people. Then again, you've acknowledged it's a black box. Are you already planning on applying?

If yes, good luck. I don't know you're an auto-admit, but I definitely don't think you're an auto-reject.

If no, see above.

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Re: Hate to ask my chances..

Postby bdubs » Thu Nov 11, 2010 10:47 am

arism87 wrote:But obviously I'm doing it anyway.

3.8/172, finishing 2nd year w/ Teach for America (other average softs: internship in US Senate, etc)

Chances at Stanford? They say it's a "black box" which is why I'm asking rather than using predictor sites, so please don't refer me to them- I've seen 'em all!


Not bad, but keep in mind that as a small school Stanford is going to want class diversity. There were almost 4,000 TFA participants your year, most of whom have high GPAs from top universities. No question that there will be other competitive TFA applicants to Stanford with similar qualifications, so you will need to differentiate yourself.

All of that said, Stanford loves high GPAs and public service commitment, so you are good fit overall.

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Re: Hate to ask my chances..

Postby arism87 » Thu Nov 11, 2010 12:24 pm

Thanks!! I checked LSN and not a single person with my numbers was admitted so I was feeling down- but yeah I did apply already.

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Re: Hate to ask my chances..

Postby 2807 » Thu Nov 11, 2010 12:32 pm

ok, I'll bite. What's a black box?

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Re: Hate to ask my chances..

Postby im_blue » Thu Nov 11, 2010 12:51 pm

2807 wrote:ok, I'll bite. What's a black box?

means admissions is very unpredictable - apps come in, decisions come out without any predictable basis

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Re: Hate to ask my chances..

Postby im_blue » Thu Nov 11, 2010 12:51 pm

Without a prestigious UG or other impressive soft, I'd say out due to the low GPA.

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Re: Hate to ask my chances..

Postby arism87 » Fri Nov 19, 2010 6:55 pm

Thanks, all!!




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