Jill Layton
Updated Apr 07, 2016 @ 12:28 pm
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By now, all students being admitted into Ivy League schools in the fall have received their admission letters. The chances of being admitted are relatively low — with acceptance rates ranging from 13.96% to 4.69%, according to Business Insider. And with hundreds of thousands of students applying each year, not being accepted isn’t entirely surprising for many of those students.

But for high school senior Brittany Stinson, those rates are irrelevant, because she wasn’t just admitted to one Ivy League school, she was admitted to FIVE. Stanford, Yale, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth and Cornell all want Stinson and her brilliant mind to attend their universities. And the college application essay she wrote to get into these schools was part of the reason why she was accepted. The essay topic? Costco.

Of course, Stinson’s five Ivy League acceptance letters are not solely based on her witty and extremely well-written Common Application admissions essay, she also has a 4.9 GPA and is the valedictorian of her class. But the brilliance and hilarity of it certainly didn’t seem to hurt.

Stinson explained to Business Insider how she settled on Costco as her topic.

“Before I even started writing an essay, I read a quote from an admissions officer that said if your essay is on the ground and there is no name on it and one of your friends picks it up, they should know that you wrote it,” she explained. “I used that to help guide me.”

The essay had a 1,000 word limit, so she had to figure out a way to think of her most defining qualities and express them in a way that captured the attention of the admission officers.

“I knew I was capable of weaving in humor into the essay, and I knew that with kids that have similar extracurriculars and scores you need to stand out when it comes to the essay,” she said.

She obviously succeeded in a huge way.

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