Could you have faked your high school transcript to get into ivies? (SRS)

I just read a thread on collegeconfidential about this issue and it got me thinking, I know plenty of people who forge unofficial transcripts who are in college to get jobs. But couldn't a lot of people from high school have faked their transcript to get into Harvard, Yale, Princeton, or whatever university they want to get into? It sounds hard but it's really not. It seems pretty easy to photoshop your grades and fake a seal, or figure out something to send a fake transcript, or even fake recommendations and stuff. Not to mention it's nearly impossible for colleges to verify ANY of your extracurriculars (which I wish I had known back then). Obviously not condoning it, just something I was thinking about after I read a thread on collegeconfidential about this.

Comments (20)

Nov 29, 2013 - 8:23pm

When Harvard gets applications from two "valedictorians" or two "starting hs football quarterbacks", they're gonna start investigating.

I think you can get away with some embellishing.

I think it's easier to sneak your way into Cornell than Yale using this method, although I've heard stories about folks at Yale. Actually that kid is now a convicted felon since he also lied his way into a scholarship.

I think that essays can be used to frame candidacies. I think the difference between a good candidate and an outstanding candidate really comes down to marketing.

If you lie your way in, don't accept a scholarship or financial aid. If you get caught, the stakes are mere expulsion rather than 20 years in prison.

Nov 29, 2013 - 8:46pm

Could you forge your HS transcripts? Sure. The hard part is forging your SAT and ACT scores.

Follow the shit your fellow monkeys say @shitWSOsays Life is hard, it's even harder when you're stupid - John Wayne
Nov 29, 2013 - 9:47pm

if i ever did that, i would be scared for the rest of my life.

"The cheaper the crook, the gaudier the patter"
Nov 30, 2013 - 3:57am

if you're tight with your high school guidance office and they have questionable morals, i could see this being possible, but i don't see how you could pull this off as a one man job.

Nov 30, 2013 - 1:06pm

I don't know how you'd go about doing it for standardized test scores or grades. But when it comes to recommendations, community service hours (esp. this), extra-curriculars, etc., by all means, fabricate as much as possible. I wish I would have.

Dec 1, 2013 - 11:18pm

Disclaimer: I'm Canadian.

I was under the impression that the 'Common App' sent the marks automatically to the universities you applied to.

Here in Canada we have the OUAC which automatically sends the marks from courses to universities that you apply to, and if you are transferring universities then they ask for transcripts, otherwise its all 'server side' in a sense.

Once I did bad and that I heard ever. Twice I did good and that I heard never.
Dec 3, 2013 - 2:33pm

Its not that hard if you work in the school office and handle the mail. All you need is a bit of steam and some rubber cement to reseal the envelope.

Follow the shit your fellow monkeys say @shitWSOsays Life is hard, it's even harder when you're stupid - John Wayne
Dec 3, 2013 - 8:12pm

I think the SAT might be easier, not exactly forging. Its very easy for someone else to take the SAT for you. All you need is a school ID make a fake school ID and register to take the test at another school. My HS didn't hold the SAT so I had to take it at some random school.

Dec 4, 2013 - 2:27pm

I went to an ivy and my friend said he hacked into his school's system and changed the grades. Not sure about that but he definitely wrote his own rec letters. The guy's a beast except a bit of a loose cannon. A smart guy for sure

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