Here are 4 messages that we often hear from prospective applicants:
"I can’t afford to go there."
A Stanford education can absolutely be affordable. Our strong Financial Aid program ensures that 100% of a student’s demonstrated need will be met by grants, not loans. In addition, eligible students can receive a fee waiver to cover the cost of applying to Stanford. To learn more about Financial Aid, visit financialaid.stanford.edu.
"I won’t fit in there."
Stanford boasts a diverse student population—for example, roughly half of Stanford students self-identify as people of color, and about twenty percent of students are the first in their families to attend college. There are over 700 student groups, as well as institutional resources to support students with a variety of backgrounds and interests.
"I have to be a genius to get in."
The application to Stanford is more than just GPAs and test scores—we want to understand how you have challenged yourself during high school with a consistently rigorous course load, and what unique perspective you would bring to the Stanford community. We like to see a positive trajectory, or consistently strong performance from 10th through 12th grades.
"If I didn’t go to a good high school, I shouldn’t even apply."
Stanford employs a holistic evaluation process, which means that we only consider your application in the context of you—we will not compare you to students from schools down the street, or across the globe. The most important question is: Did you take advantage of the academic and extracurricular opportunities that were available to you at your school?
October 21, 2013 8:58 AM