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  • Written by UnivAdmitHelp
  • Category: Insights & Information
  • Published on 14 Jan 2017

What would get me admitted to the Stanford University?

The application is reviewed holistically, focusing on academic excellence, intellectual vitality and personal context of the applicant. However, the primary criterion for admission to Stanford for undergraduate admissions is academic excellence.

They expect you to challenge yourself throughout high school and to do very well. Therefore, the most important credential that enables them to evaluate your academic record is the high school transcript.

For graduate programs, the university assesses the applicant on various grounds depending upon the program. For MBA, the application is evaluated in terms of

  • intellectual vitality,
  • demonstrated leadership potential,
  • and personal qualities and contributions.

Compared to the undergraduate program, the focus is not only on academic excellence or test scores but also on the uniqueness of a complete profile to create a diversity in the broadest possible terms. Stanford University is very committed to diversity specifically for their graduate schools because they believe diversity is fundamental part of excellence. Over 9,300 students which the graduate school attracts are from a wonderfully diverse mix of backgrounds, identities, and life experiences. Therefore, all the graduate applications are viewed with an angle of finding uniqueness which creates diversity.

From a student’s perspective, this would mean that anything unique – howsoever small it is – should be highlighted for your application to stand out. We have seen students highlighting things like ‘creative writing capability’, ‘debating prowess’, ‘dancing ability’, ‘knowledge of multiple languages’ etc. to drive uniqueness in their applications. The key here is to ensure that these unique points should be verifiable. Unless you are able to offer proof in terms of state-level/ national/ international recognition, it would not carry requisite weight.


Stanford University’s Ranking

According to U.S.News Stanford University is #6 ranking in National Universities. In the given link one can find the rankings of programs offered as well.


Acceptance rate

Stanford received 6,948 applicants for early admission to the Class of 2018, only taking 748 students from its largest applicant pool ever, or 10.8% admission rate according to office of Undergraduate Admission. With such a low acceptance rate, Stanford University is definitely very exclusive – even more than some of the IVYs.


What are the most popular programs at the Stanford University?

Stanford University is one of the world's leading research universities. The Leland Stanford Junior University was founded in 1885 by California Senator Leland Stanford and his wife, Jane, in memory of their only child, Leland Jr., who died of typhoid fever at 15.

Stanford University has seven schools – School of Humanities and Sciences, School of Engineering, Graduate School of Business, Law School, School of Medicine, School of Earth Sciences and Graduate School of Education – which offer a breadth of highly regarded degree programs that allow students the freedom to explore their intellectual and personal passions. Among them some majors with highest enrollment are in Computer Science, Human Biology, Engineering, Biology and Science, Technology and Society.

There are currently over 40 degree interdisciplinary programs such as Human Biology, Earth Systems, International Relations, Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity and Urban Studies. These programs cross the boundaries between departments and schools. Approximately 25% of Stanford students pursue these interdisciplinary programs.


Why Stanford?

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education ranks Stanford among the top 10 universities in the U.S. for federal research expenditures in science and engineering.
  • Stanford's graduate programs in Business, Engineering, Education, Medicine and Law are ranked among the top five in the nation (U.S. News & World Report—Best Graduate Schools).
  • In west coast the students who want to be at entrepreneurial hub Stanford University is the best place. Proximity to Silicon Valley is not the most important thing that distinguishes Stanford, but it’s certainly the most unique.


Notable Alumni

  • Peter Theil, SLS
  • Mukesh Ambani, (Dropped out)
  • Reed Hastings, SE
  • Larry Page, (Dropped out)

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