Do you think Stanford University cares more about your high school GPA or your potential?

My dream school is stanford, however, my gpa isn't outstanding. (It's a 3.4 right now and I'm planning on getting it as high as possible before graduating in 2021) 

If I have amazing extracurriculars, a desire to learn, legacy at stanford, and an outstanding essay, do you think I'd have a chance?

Stanford does have holistic admissions which means there's no minimum GPA needed in order to be accepted. (even though the average freshman class gpa is 4.18 on a 4.0 scale)

Please be honest with your answers but respectful!

4 Answers

  • 1 month ago
    Best Answer

    That depends on what you mean by "amazing extracurriculars". If you have won a national (or better yet, international) science fair, that would be a big step. If you started a non-profit that is now helping 3 million people in poor countries get fresh water, than there you go. But, being on the track team and starting the robotics club are not "amazing"

    With a 3.4 (don't know where you can get that by 2021) you absolutely have to have great things on the rest of your resume.

    Of course you could always find a unique sport and try to go that route. I know of someone recently who started a sport 1 year ago recruited (and already accepted) to Stanford

  • 1 month ago

    Exceptional schools seek exceptional applicants with extraordinary achievements. Assessment of your future "potential" is largely based on your achievements to date - in & out of the classroom. Loads of extracurriculars are fairly meaningless unless you have done something truly exceptional with them.

  • 1 month ago

    Stanford is the dream school for many of its applicants. But Stanford gets so many outstanding applicants that they can choose only the best of the best. A high GPA in challenging courses (while also doing "amazing extracurriculars") is one way of judging a student's potential. If you can prove that you could bring something unique to the campus, then you might have a chance.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Stanford is a high-ranking institution. Many of the applicants have high GPAs. So GPA alone will not make you unique.

    I suggest demonstrating your potential and what you have to offer. This is much better than relying on some vague measurement that cannot truly show them who you are.

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