Why Kid With Perfect Scores Was Rejected

This is a great piece about how competitive college admissions is.


But I want to add a few comments.

First, understand that if you’re looking at a competitive college (in the case of this article, Stanford, THE hardest college to get into this year), your real chances of admission are lower than what’s published.

Why?  Because up to 75% of the incoming class at a competitive college is reserved for special situation kids, or “hooks,” as one of the guys in the article refers to them:

  • minorities

  • international students

  • recruited athletes

  • legacy students

  • performing artists

  • other

So if you’re a regular white guy (or gal), and you think your chances of getting into Stanford are the published 5.6%, you’d better think again:  your actual chances might be less than 2.5%!

My second and final comment is that getting rejected from Stanford is an issue entirely separate from whether the kid could do the work there.

I doubt any dean or professor would look at the poor guy’s transcripts, ACT score, etc. and think anything other than he’s destined for academic greatness.

But that’s not the point.  This is NOT about his academic ability.

What’s it about?

One word (care to guess?).



Andrew Lockwood, J.D.
Lockwood College Consulting
497 South Oyster Bay Road
Plainview, New York 11803


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