Bay Area High School Graduate Rejected By 16 Top US Universities Lands Job At Google

Bay Area High School Graduate Rejected By 16 Top US Universities Lands Job At Google

Every year, high school seniors across the United States embark on a journey of uncertainty, hope, and ambition: the college application process. This pivotal moment can determine their future trajectory, making it exciting and nerve-wracking. 

Amid this rollercoaster ride, one American teenager stood out for their remarkable resilience. 


Despite receiving rejection letters from 16 of the 18 colleges they applied to, this determined student’s story took an unforeseen turn, demonstrating that sometimes the path to success can be unconventional.

Stanley Zhong, a teenager from the United States who faced rejections from 16 colleges, including prestigious institutions like MIT, UC Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, and Caltech, has been offered a job by tech giant Google.

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Who is Stanley Zhong?

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Stanley Zhong, an 18-year-old from Palo Alto, graduated from Gunn High School this year. He achieved an impressive SAT score of 1590 out of 1600 and began his startup, RabbitSign, during his sophomore year.

How did Zhong receive an offer from Google? 


According to ABC30, Stanley Zhong obtained a position as a software engineer at Google and started his new job this week. He received admission offers from only the University of Texas and the University of Maryland, with plans to attend the University of Texas. However, his college enrollment was postponed when he received a job offer from Google.

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Stanley Zhong’s father posted his story on various parent chat groups and blogs, and it quickly went viral, especially during the ongoing national discussion about elite college admissions, as reported by ABC30. 

His parents recognize that Zhong may have faced unusual circumstances, but they use his experience to encourage discussions about making college admissions more transparent.

Is college still an option for Zhong?

While the prospect of college remains open, Stanley Zhong finds himself at a crossroads. For now, he’s savoring the unique experience of life on Google’s campus rather than a traditional college campus, and only time will tell which path he chooses to explore further.

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