Menu IconA vertical stack of three evenly spaced horizontal lines. Stanford admission essay-school senior Brittany Stinson learned Thursday she was accepted into five Ivy League schools — Yale, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, and Cornell.
She also got into Stanford, which has an acceptance rate of 4. I’m sort of still in shock. I don’t think I’ve processed everything yet,” she excitedly told Business Insider. The schools Stinson was accepted into have acceptance rates ranging from 13. Stinson graciously shared her Common Application admissions essay with Business Insider, which we’ve reprinted verbatim below. Prompt 1: Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
Managing to break free from my mother’s grasp, I charged. Costco is the apex of consumerism. From the days spent being toted around in a shopping cart to when I was finally tall enough to reach lofty sample trays, Costco has endured a steady presence throughout my life. While enjoying an obligatory hot dog, I did not find myself thinking about the ‘all beef’ goodness that Costco boasted. I instead considered finitudes and infinitudes, unimagined uses for tubs of sour cream, the projectile motion of said tub when launched from an eighty foot shelf or maybe when pushed from a speedy cart by a scrawny seventeen year old.
I adopted my exploratory skills, fine tuned by Costco, towards my intellectual endeavors. I probed the realms of history, dance and biology, all in pursuit of the ideal cart-one overflowing with theoretical situations and notions both silly and serious. Costco fuels my insatiability and cultivates curiosity within me at a cellular level. I want to hunt for the “whys” and dissect the “hows”. In essence, I subsist on discovery. 4 5 1 4 1 2 1 .
With no one admitted to the class of 2020, Stanford is assured that no other school can match its desirability in the near future. In the stack of applications that I reviewed, I didn’t see any gold medalists from the last Olympics — Summer or Winter Games — and while there was a 17-year-old who’d performed surgery, it wasn’t open-heart or a transplant or anything like that. News of Stanford’s unprecedented selectiveness sent shock waves through the Ivy League, along with Amherst, Northwestern and at least a dozen other elite schools where, as a consequence, there could be substantial turnover among underperforming deans of admission. Administrators at several of these institutions, mortified by acceptance rates still north of 6 percent, chided themselves for insufficient international outreach. Carnegie Mellon vowed that over the next five years, it would quadruple the number of applicants from Greenland. The University of Chicago announced plans to host a college fair in Ulan Bator.