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    Hi all,

    I'm currently in Year 11, and nearing my GCSEs. I'm predicted anywhere from 6-10 GCSE A*s out of 12.5 depending on how things go. I'm hoping if I do end up on the low side, I can make up with my extracurriculars which US universities tend to look more at. My involvements include:

    - starting a website for students to connect to charities and projects
    - creating an after school programming course, which I ran for a year
    - being part of the head team of our school TEDx event
    - designing the layout of the school newspaper as part of the head team
    - designing websites and graphics for local charities
    - getting into Apple's Youth WWDC Scholarship
    - being a student council representative for 4 years

    What else should I do to have any chance of getting in?
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    By American standards, your ECs are average. Quality is much more important than quantity, they're looking for people who have done really exceptional things, e.g. starting your own business, written a book or organising a public campaign for a cause you care about. Stanford's website says:

    Students often assume our primary concern is the number of activities in which one participates. In fact, an exceptional depth of experience in one or two activities may demonstrate your passion more than minimal participation in five or six clubs. We want to see the impact you have had on that club, in your school, or in the larger community, and we want to learn of the impact that experience has had on you.
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