Top 5 Successful Stanford Applications


Successful Stanford applications and essays

These are full college applications of students that were accepted to Stanford University. Use them to see what it takes to get into Stanford and other top schools and get inspiration for your own Common App essay, supplements, and short answers.


  1. Stanford Application #5 - Common Application Essay Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. I step through the silence towards the metal doors, bathed in the fluorescent glow that accompanies me to my destination. The air gets colder. I stare at my breath, now a cloud, and move through the stale, unflattering light onto the platform. The pure white dome beckons to me--silent, promising--and I step inside. Admiring the giant in the room--a solitary, intimidating block of metal and glass--I know Continue Reading »
  2. Stanford Application #4 - Common Application Essay Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. Once the lyrics started, my eyes had no chance of holding back the eager river of tears. B.o.B's song "Don't Let Me Fall" spoke to me deeply and immediately. It was the same morning I left the 2013 Mu Alpha Theta National Convention (the largest nationwide math competition), and upon the suggestion of my best friend Andrew, I listened to what he claimed would summarize our experience Continue Reading »
  3. Stanford Application #3 - Common Application Essay Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. It was Veteran's Day, and my kindergarten class was listing family members who had served in the military. I raised my hand, waving it intensely, intent on sharing mine. Regardless of the lack of honesty in my statement, I went for it. "My grandpa was in the army." I needed an explanation for his absence, so my imagination filled the void where truth didn't exist. He Continue Reading »
  4. Stanford Application #2 - Common Application Essay Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you? I stand in the security line at LAX amid a sea of blue TSA agents. Despite the surrounding chaos of rushed passengers, screaming babies, and the fear of abandoned luggage, my mind is at ease: I am intently surveying my environment, my eyes darting between blue-clad agents and shoeless passengers as I analyze the TSA's security system. Which passengers are pre-checked and can breeze through screening? What determines whether someone goes through the body scanner or Continue Reading »
  5. Stanford Application - Common Application Essay Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. "SunHee? Isn't that an Asian name? Aren't you black?" Yes, my name is actually SunHee. Yes, it's Asian. Yes, I am indeed black. From a young age, I've always carried a name that I considered too out of the ordinary. SunHee, a Korean name meaning "princess of goodness and righteousness", packed a great deal of power and responsibility- both of which I didn't Continue Reading »