manavaggarwal
manavaggarwal,
Stanford ‘21
B.S., Undecided
International student studying Computer Science at Stanford
Features Included
3
Essays
15
Schools
4
Scores
6
Advice
1
ECs
0
Sports

Background

Hometown New Delhi, India
GenderMale
EthnicityAsian
First Gen College StudentYes

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
  • University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign (Champaign, IL)
  • University of British Columbia (British Columbia, Canada)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • University of California - San Diego (La Jolla, CA)
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Rice University (Houston, TX)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA)
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Stanford University (Stanford, CA)

Applied for a B.S. in Undecided

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
Standing on the gray gate of the lower basement of San Francisco Marriott, I gazed at the large, loud hallway scattered with hundreds of people as their murmuring voices echoed inside my head. Looking at these many people sent chills down my spine. Will any of them even like what we’d made? I reassured myself with the fact that I shared a little hobby with all these people. I spotted six display boards around the hall, sprinted up to...
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What have you done to make your school or your community a better place?
Taking a metro and walking for 15 minutes through narrow zigzag alleys got me to my destination - a small rural school in South Delhi. The classrooms weren’t like regular ones. Students from different grades assembled in groups of five or six on floor mats and greeted me with a vibrant “Good Morning Sir!” when I first stepped into the room. I started working with Pratham, India’s largest NGO, in November ’14 after I wanted to use my programming skills...
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Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes or contributed to group efforts over time.
I was inducted into the Exun Clan, the school’s computer club, in freshman year of high school. “We, Not I.” This three syllable phrase, which seemed humorous to me at that time, was the motto of the club. It was absurd that a computer club would have such a slogan; it was not even a little bit related to technology! I dismissed it with only a fleeting thought. Little did I know that this same three syllable phrase would...
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Describe the most significant challenge you have faced and the steps you have taken to overcome this challenge. How has this challenge affected your academic achievement?
It was a warm summer day - the perfect time to go roller skating in the community ring, but no one was interested in the weather. Instead, the family huddled around Grandma who lay on the ground, unable to move. She breathed with short, harsh sounding gasps while her face pinched as she lay on her back. Unshed tears clenched to her eyes as she struggled to speak and all that came out of her mouth were unclear words. We...
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Standing on the gray gate of the lower basement of San Francisco Marriott, I gazed at the large, loud hallway scattered with hundreds of people as their murmuring voices echoed inside my head. Looking at these many people sent chills down my spine. Will any of them even like what we’d made? I reassured myself with the fact that I shared a little hobby with these people. I spotted six display boards, sprinted up to each of them and...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
265 Words
Virtually all of Stanford’s undergraduates live on campus. Write a note to your future roommate that reveals something about you or that will help your roommate—and us—know you better.
Dear Roomie, Together, we’re going to discover how to savor life. I’m called Manav (meaning “Human” in my mother tongue — Hindi). And just like humans, I too love sharing. Books, food, happiness, Spotify subscriptions, we can share just about anything. Oh, even HERSHEY’S! I don’t mind sleeping with the lights on, so you can stay up late if you're a night owl like me. At 2 AM, you'll either find me studying, stroking my chin over a...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
324 Words
Stanford Short Questions
Favorite Book—The Alchemist. I like the idea of going on a path to self-discovery and following my dreams. I also enjoy reading biographies like One Click and Just for Fun. For movies, I simply love the Pirates of the Caribbean series. There’s nothing like traveling the world in total freedom. InShorts. A news app that delivers short and crisp news within 60 words. The Verge. To stay updated on latest technology news. Lifehacker. Handy tips and tricks (life hacks)...
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School Specific Advice

How to increase chances at my school
60 Words
I've noticed that Stanford usually looks at a combination of two major passions and how a person has...
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The stress level and competitiveness of a typical student at my school
65 Words
Most people at Stanford are super smart and humble. Stress is variable and it is your choice on how hard...
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More Essays

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General Admissions Advice

What set me apart from other applicants
45 Words
I've combined two major passions. In my case, it was CS + Social Good since...
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Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
18 Words
I did not get a...
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How I narrowed down my essay topics
52 Words
I made a list of all the experiences that could potentially be essay topics, like anything...
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What I learned transitioning from high school to college
18 Words
Time flies by in college....
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High School Performance

Unweighted GPA
4.00
 
Rank
Top 5%
 
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest ACT
34
 
ACT Score Details
 
Other ACT Scores
ACT Prep
SAT IIs

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details1 classes and scores

Sports

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesComputer / Technology Volunteer
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Experience & Awards

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