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Topic: College Admissions
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Michael Greene

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Registered: 12/6/04
Re: College Admissions
Posted: Jul 23, 2000 2:46 PM
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On Sun, 23 Jul 2000 04:54:38 GMT, Looking for guidance
<> modestly opined:

>I'm curious as to what math background the people who get accepted to
>some of the Ivy League schools have. It is of interest to me because
>I am a junior that shall complete multivariable calculus in the next
>week and want to know where I stand (mathematically) with a typical
>applicant. Do I stand a chance since everyone is taking and
>understanding calculus earlier nowaday's?

A better place to ask this question is at the math
department of the colleges you're interested in. Not many
Juniors have completed multi-variate calculus so you've got
an edge. Whether it's a big enough edge is up to the
specific departments. Moreover, the value of the edge
fluctuates depending on the applicant pool in any given

The Stanford Dean of Admissions gave a talk at my son's high
school last spring and related a story about the Stanford
math department making it very clear to him that he was to
admit a specific applicant. The student was tops in the
country and the math department didn't want him lost in the
blizzard of applications that Stanford gets. The dean went
on to say that Stanford gets so many qualified applicants
that admission decisions turn on unquantifiable dimensions
such as "Intellectual Vitality."

He also went on to say that there are only 12 colleges in
the country that are so overwhelmed with top-ranked
applicants. The chances of your getting into any college,
other than those 12, rise exponentially and, if you choose
carefully, you'll still get a top-flight education.

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