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Can I get into an Ivy with a focus on community service instead of a prestigious national award?

Hi everyone, I've been heavily involved in community service throughout high school and even founded a volunteer organization for my city. However, I haven't received any prestigious national awards or recognitions. Do Ivy League schools value community service enough for me to have a shot at admission, even without top-tier awards? I'm interested in schools like Dartmouth and Brown. Thanks!

9 months ago

Absolutely! Ivy League schools value students who can make a positive impact in their communities. Founding a volunteer organization in your city shows your passion, dedication, and leadership skills - all qualities that top-notch colleges look for in their applicants.

Of course, receiving national awards can give a boost to a candidate's application, but they're not the end-all-be-all for admissions. Demonstrating a genuine commitment to bettering your community is equally important and can help set you apart from other applicants.

Take the time to highlight your community service accomplishments in your application, and make sure that your essays and personal statements reflect your passion for making a difference. Your dedication to community service will likely appeal to schools like Dartmouth and Brown, which are known for their strong focus on fostering a compassionate, collaborative community.

Best of luck with your applications!

9 months ago

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