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Seeking advice: Applying for engineering programs with average test scores?

Hey everyone, I'm a junior interested in applying to engineering programs at Georgia Tech, Michigan, and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Sadly, my SAT scores are quite average which is making me a bit stressed. Any advice on what can I do to stand out in my applications despite having average test scores? Thanks in advance!

9 months ago

Hey there! I totally understand your concerns, but don't stress too much about your test scores. Yes, they do play a role in the admissions process, but there are certainly things you can do to compensate and make your application shine. Here are a few suggestions:

Firstly, focus on your essays. Use this opportunity to share your passion for engineering and highlight specific experiences and anecdotes that demonstrate your skills and commitment to the field. Do your research about the engineering programs at Georgia Tech, Michigan, and UIUC, and express how your interests align with what these schools have to offer.

In addition to essays, consider participating in extracurricular activities that show your interest in engineering. Maybe join a robotics club, a FIRST Robotics team, or participate in Math and Science Olympiads. This will not only contribute to your growth but also add value to your application.

Lastly, getting strong recommendation letters from teachers, mentors, or coaches who can speak to your engineering aptitude and character will also help. My own child went through this process recently, and showcasing their continued dedication to personal and academic growth despite average test scores played a significant role in their acceptance into a good engineering program.

Stay positive and keep working hard. Best of luck with your applications!

9 months ago

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