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a graduate from stanford shares her view of how the admissions process works:

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thoughts? does being asian disadvantage you? are there impostors? maybe none of us should have gone to high-achieving IB schools if we wanted into stanford?

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Well if you went to a high-achieving IB school and came top, then it would look much better than if you came top at an average school?
The things the blogger has outlined are not really that important. As long as there are 20% Asians admitted to ivies, then you should have the confidence to be in that 20%, and not rely on strategies that will make you look better.

The only races that will help you are hispanic or black, so if you can't change yourself to be black, then there's hardly any point to do anything else to trick the admission officer. Edited by Forester

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[quote name='Forester' post='29919' date='Dec 8 2008, 01:35 AM']Well if you went to a high-achieving IB school and came top, then it would look much better than if you came top at an average school?[/quote]


I imagine so. But that only applies if you do come on top in a high-achieving IB school ;)

[edit]

So I stalked you a bit..

you got 45 points predicted for the IB?! :P no wonder.

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[quote name='eblake' post='29873' date='Dec 7 2008, 08:43 PM']maybe none of us should have gone to high-achieving IB schools if we wanted into stanford?[/quote]

Well, universities look at GPA + SAT/ACT more than they look at predicted in the US, and usually they add points if you did IB or AP courses, so you are more advantaged than people who got the same GPA as you and didn't do any IB classes, but they do look at rank, so I guess that the answer would be that we shouldn't have gone to a good IB school, but that if we went to a mediocre one that gave us good GPAs, we would have been better off.

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