3.87/171 @ HYP for Stanford!

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NorbertElias
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3.87/171 @ HYP for Stanford!

Postby NorbertElias » Fri May 20, 2011 7:32 pm

Stats: 3.87/171, Political Science-Anthro major at a top Ivy (HYP). Strong upward trend in grades (thought I was gonna go do Math-Physics my freshman year...) Entering senior year, potential to bump GPA to 3.9 by January 2012.

Softs: Strong leadership (President of Student Association; Editor of academic journal; Executive Board) but no major fellowships/awards other than an academic publication and a merit scholarship recipient. Interesting ethnic background (not URM) and I'm VERY involved with groups and activities related to it, including a service trip abroad. Above average to strong LORs (including a targeted letter to SLS). Typical summer employment related to my interests (Capitol Hill, non-profits). My PS has been called "very compelling" and ties these things into a narrative.

I REALLY love SLS, and my very serious S/O will be there beginning this fall as well....Do I have a shot??

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Re: 3.87/171 @ HYP for Stanford!

Postby bhan87 » Fri May 20, 2011 7:39 pm

NorbertElias wrote:Stats: 3.87/171, Political Science-Anthro major at a top Ivy (HYP). Strong upward trend in grades (thought I was gonna go do Math-Physics my freshman year...) Entering senior year, potential to bump GPA to 3.9 by January 2012.

Softs: Strong leadership (President of Student Association; Editor of academic journal; Executive Board) but no major fellowships/awards other than an academic publication and a merit scholarship recipient. Interesting ethnic background (not URM) and I'm VERY involved with groups and activities related to it, including a service trip abroad. Above average to strong LORs (including a targeted letter to SLS). Typical summer employment related to my interests (Capitol Hill, non-profits). My PS has been called "very compelling" and ties these things into a narrative.

I REALLY love SLS, and my very serious S/O will be there beginning this fall as well....Do I have a shot??


Stanford is a black box, but you have a decent shot imo. Wouldn't say its 50-50, but I wouldn't be surprised if you got in either.

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Re: 3.87/171 @ HYP for Stanford!

Postby MrPapagiorgio » Fri May 20, 2011 7:40 pm

bhan87 wrote:Stanford is a black box, but you have a decent shot imo. Wouldn't say its 50-50, but I wouldn't be surprised if you got in either.

Yup. +1

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Re: 3.87/171 @ HYP for Stanford!

Postby tgir » Fri May 20, 2011 8:05 pm

NorbertElias wrote:Stats: 3.87/171, Political Science-Anthro major at a top Ivy (HYP). Strong upward trend in grades (thought I was gonna go do Math-Physics my freshman year...) Entering senior year, potential to bump GPA to 3.9 by January 2012.

Softs: Strong leadership (President of Student Association; Editor of academic journal; Executive Board) but no major fellowships/awards other than an academic publication and a merit scholarship recipient. Interesting ethnic background (not URM) and I'm VERY involved with groups and activities related to it, including a service trip abroad. Above average to strong LORs (including a targeted letter to SLS). Typical summer employment related to my interests (Capitol Hill, non-profits). My PS has been called "very compelling" and ties these things into a narrative.

I REALLY love SLS, and my very serious S/O will be there beginning this fall as well....Do I have a shot??


I actually think you have a great shot at SLS, like 80-90% chance range. Even with it being a mysterious process, you fit the SLS profile pretty well, especially if you get that GPA up to 3.9 like you hope to. Just make sure to apply early!

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Re: 3.87/171 @ HYP for Stanford!

Postby JamMasterJ » Fri May 20, 2011 8:16 pm

I'd say your chances are decent at S, and close to a lock at B, which isn't terribly far away. Google maps says an hour

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Re: 3.87/171 @ HYP for Stanford!

Postby Moxie » Fri May 20, 2011 8:17 pm

You have a good shot, so apply early in the cycle and perfect your resume/personal statement. SLS is a blackbox, but your numbers are definitely in their range.




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