Student applies to top uni using only a hastag, gets in anyway

A student has successfully got into a top university, despite only writing one hashtag over and over again in his application.

18-year-old student Ziad Ahmed wanted to study at a top university in the US, Stanford University. Like most top universities, he was asked questions about why he wanted to go there, and other usual "why do you want to study this subject" questions.

But he was shocked when he actually got in after answering one question by writing #blacklivesmatter 100 times.

Ziad, on his Instagram page.

Risky move

Ziad admits that the move was risky, and he expected not to get in because of it.

“I didn’t think I would get admitted to Stanford at all, but it’s quite refreshing to see that they view my unapologetic activism as an asset rather than a liability,” Ziad told Mic.

He posted his application answer to twitter, where it's received a lot of attention.

The question he was asked was "What matters to you, and why?" He replied with this...

He more than covered the "what matters to you" part of the question, and clearly believed the "why" to be self-evident.

To his surprise, he got in. He received this reply from Stanford in response to his application.

His application has been praised by most people who've seen it, but obviously as this is 2017, a lot of people took issue with it also.

But thankfully most people left it at a simple "congratulations on getting into a top university".