Caltech accepted me, but only on a waiting list for a scholarship. I would not have been able to attend any college--as I had not bothered to apply to the University of Hawaii--if Stanford had not provided a very attractive financial aid package. They even gave me a 10 hour per week job in the rare book room. The books were so rare that no one came, and I was able to get paid for studying. Clearly, this job was for a freshman, as the second year I was transferred to another department where I could not study, so after a quarter, quit.
While I majored in chemical engineering, I minored in art. Here, three of my charcoals:
cost of a college degree increased 12-fold, or 1120% over the past third of a century. One of those numbers is incorrect, but more than a factor of ten is quite a jump, for the consumer price index increase was only about one-fourth that rate. Food prices only doubled during that period.
Many people are surprised when someone who has a seemingly stellar resume is rejected, like a friend of mine who was valedictorian, class president, NHS president, an intern for a corporate attorney, had 1000s of volunteer hours, perfect SAT score, teachers who called her the best student they've ever had, and a double legacy (her father went to Stanford for undergrad and grad, a huge plus for admissions). Nonetheless, she was rejected.
The Stanford Daily that he scoured the nation and signed everyone who qualified. Both joined our class. THE ONE KEY DIFFERENCE MAKER IS: YOU SHOW POTENTIAL TO BECOME GREAT!!! And your family's financial condition need not necessarily be a problem.