Up to Stanford’s standards?

Published Tuesday, May 25, 2010 by Dave

The second installment in our school SAT stats series is Stanford. That’s a lot of S’s, but getting in requires a lot of A’s. Or so you’d think. You’ll see at the bottom of this post that 53% of applicants to the 2009 freshman class had a GPA of 4.0 or above and 10% of them were accepted. In fact, the data suggest that GPA maybe isn’t the criteria given the most weight.

The data below are for last year’s incoming freshman — data for the incoming 2010 freshman class aren’t available yet — but I’m told this year’s (and next year’s) data track similarly. Some 30,400 people applied, 1,700 were accepted.

While only 10% of applicants with a 4.0 GPA or higher were admitted, nearly twice that number who scored 800 on Critical Reading and/or Writing  were accepted, the highest admit rates on the chart. Of course, a whopping 53% of applicants had a 4.0 while only 9% and 6% got perfect scores on Critical Reading and Writing, respectively.

Put in a different perspective, the GPA Stanford looks at comprises three years of high school grades. Your  Critical Reading and Writing scores are earned in three hours of test-taking.

Advice: Know your vocab, practice writing essays, and drill, baby, drill yourself on Critical Reading passages!

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