Stanford University is one of the most selective colleges in the country. In the graph above, you can see that the blue and green dots representing accepted students are concentrated in the upper right corner. Most students who get accepted to Stanford have "A" averages, SAT scores (CR+M+W) above 2100, and ACT composite scores above 30. Also realize that a lot of red dots are hidden beneath the blue and green -- many students with 4.0 GPAs and extremely high standardized test scores get rejected by Stanford. For this reason, I always recommend that you consider a highly selective school like Stanford to be a reach school even if your grades and test scores are on target for admission.
At the same time, keep in mind that Stanford has holistic admissions -- the admissions officers will be looking for students who will bring more than good grades and standardized test scores to their campus. Students who show some kind of remarkable talent or have a compelling story to tell will often get careful consideration even if grades and test scores aren't quite up to the ideal.
To learn more about Stanford University, high school GPAs, SAT scores and ACT scores, these articles can help:
- Stanford University Admissions Profile
- What's a Good SAT Score?
- What's a Good ACT Score?
- What's Considered a Good Academic Record?
- What is a Weighted GPA?
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