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May 08

Who Gets Accepted?

“What It Takes–
How does Stanford’s undergraduate admissions staff decide who gets accepted? Short answer: It’s complicated….

Even perfect test scores don’t guarantee admission. Far from it: 69 percent of Stanford’s applicants over the past five years with SATs of 2400—the highest score possible—didn’t get in….

‘When [Stanford] takes students,’ says Figueroa, who, as an admissions officer at Wesleyan University was profiled in The Gatekeepers (2002), ‘you can often see they are not taking just a number. They are taking the personality, the talent. They are taking the contributions that aren’t always obvious at first glance. I see it firsthand with my own students who apply—who gets admitted and who doesn’t.'”

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