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Essays featuring a creative personal story or an issue the student was passionate about were among those accepted to the California-based school as opposed to Harvard, according to Admit See.
These acceptance-winning essays often featured words like “happy,” “passion,” “better,” and “improve.” Admit See also found surprising differences in the way Harvard and Stanford handle legacy applicants.“Based on our preliminary data, the average SAT score at Harvard is 2150 for legacy students and 2240 for non-legacy; meanwhile at Stanford it's 2260 for both legacy and non-legacy.” RELATED: 9 essay writing tips to ‘wow’ college admissions officers Fayal also said based on Admit See’s data, she found that the average GPA is three-tenths of a point lower for Harvard’s legacy students than it is for non-legacies.At Stanford, the average GPA of legacy students versus non-legacy students is just one-tenth of a point lower.Specifically, essays written by students who were later admitted to Harvard focused on overcoming challenging moments in life.These essays frequently included words such as “cancer,” “difficult,” “hard” and “tough.” This finding proved to be almost the exact opposite of what admissions officers from Stanford were looking for.“There are 745 colleges with at least 1 application file on Admit See.com, and 286 colleges with 10 application files on the site,” Fayal said.For example, Admit See’s data indicates the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell favor essays about a student’s career goals.The site invites college students, who are identified and verified by their official school IDs, to upload their application materials.Once uploaded, their application materials can then be accessed by high school students who are preparing for the college application process.Tip: Sign In to save these choices and avoid repeating this across devices.You can always update your preferences in the Privacy Centre.