One of “The Dean’s” favorite default responses is “It depends.” And it’s certainly an apt answer here.
Except in rare cases, holding a patent will not replace top grades and test scores at an “elite” college or university. At the most sought-after institutions, an outstanding transcript and test results are the tickets that get a candidate to the front gates. Next, admission officials ask, “What else is special?” Because so many applicants to these schools submit similar “numbers,” admission committees will look for unique talents and accomplishments or an atypical background that might enrich their freshman class. Applicants who don’t offer such enticements probably won’t get beyond the outer courtyard.