Posts Tagged ‘admissions’

Was YOUR Stanford App This Impressive?

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Apparently, the Common App and Supplementary Essays aren’t enough these days.

One aspiring CS major, Alex Greene, decided to create an iPhone app as part of his Stanford App. Check it out here:

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So TUSB readers, what do you think?

Based on his app, should Alex be admitted to the Class of 2017?

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Personally, I think the app is a cute idea but not particularly noteworthy on content…also, it’s much better if you watch it on mute. Still, I give the kid kudos for thinking of a new way to express himself. Best of luck, Alex!

A Real Thought on Socioeconomic Diversity

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Last Thursday, I attended a Fireside Chat led by the Dean of Admissions Richard Shaw concerning the “Value of the Socioeconomic Diversity in Higher Education.” For better or for worse, people don’t talk about income at this school. Hardly anyone is overt about the money their parents do or don’t have and this allows students to interact on an even playing field. Money issues don’t matter. But money issues are also subsequently glossed over. I was excited that the dean of admissions was willing to have a discussion about the topic with students. Yet out of the 53 people that claimed they would attend, a little less than 20 actually appeared. This was shocking considering how many people were worried about the investment in higher education sparked by Deresciewicz’s talk. If the people attending top colleges are sheep blindly doing whats expected of them by pursuing higher education, why should alumnus pay money to have more sheep attend the school?

But don’t worry – I don’t think the talk was very focused on the topic anyways. It seemed that the majority of students that submitted questions were from FLIP or were low-income. The first hour was spent reassuring students of low-income that they were meant to be here. I understand the questions – whether you are considered low or high-income sometimes Stanford can be intimidating. There’s always one moment when you pause and ask yourself what your admissions officer was thinking. There was also a debate about the different definitions of low income set by Stanford’s and the US definition that’s causing Stanford’s meaning of economic diversity to be misleading but it was still not pertinent to the topic.

My main issue with the talk was that it didn’t actually refer to the contribution that socioeconomic diversity provides to the campus. There’s the usual matter of accurate representation of the nation in the student body. In some ways it’s also a way to prove that people from all classes can excel at elite institutions. But as one of the many people here with some form of financial aid, I feel like economic diversity contributes more than representation. They do more than make this institution look good on paper. Besides the fact that brilliance comes from all backgrounds, socioeconomic diversity brings in two things Deresciewicz thinks we’re lacking: perspective and empathy.