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Getting into a top notch Computer Science undergrad program isn’t easy. How does one stand out from the crowd? Build an iPhone app, of course!

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Standing out from the crowd of applicants vying to get into Stanford University’s Computer Science undergraduate program is no easy task. That’s not surprising, given the high rankings Stanford has: U.S. News rated it No. 2 for Computer Science in 2012, for example. With such a reputation, the competition for admission is fierce. So how does one think outside the box and grab the attention of admissions officers? Write an iPhone app!

That’s exactly what Alex Greene did, which I think is brilliant and gives new meaning to the phrase, “There’s an app for that.” Greene’s software isn’t something that anyone else would use, as it’s very specific. Basically, in a fun way, it explains who he is and why he wants to attend Stanford after high school.

Have a look:

Is the app glitzy and full of features? No, not at all. But in building the app, Greene would have my attention if I were on the admissions committee. Greene spent the time to add something extra to his application package while at the same time demonstrating that he’s got a passion for his intended course of study. Apparently, there really is an app for everything.

  1. Andrew Elliott Friday, February 8, 2013

    I would have a really tough time not capturing analytics and IP addresses…

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  2. Wow, thanks for the article- hopefully Stanford has the same feelings as you!

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  3. so why does do you go to Stanford if you can do all these already…….

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    1. Obviously if you have an idea for a viable app, college might not be worth it. But that’s not the case here. He will go to Stanford, learn a LOT more about Computer Science and how to create even more complex apps, and get to network with people he may create a startup with.

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  4. Thanks for the article. Really enjoyed Alex Greene’s thinking out of the box and creating this app.

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  5. In the early 2000s I did a CD which would autorun an application using Flash I built which looked very similar to the above presentation only on the desktop. I did not get into that school either. Guesses are this app will be just like my CD… not looked at by admissions people.

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  6. I like the idea but imagine someone else has beat him to the punch.

    Here’s what would really grab Stanford’s attention. Create an app that raises money to send you to their school with enough left over to donate (AKA build them a new building).

    It just might work.

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  7. I did a simliar thing but diffrent concept. It presented an app that MIT could use. Check out http://Mit-live.com

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  8. An atleast mine is real and not just a mockup.

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