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Can online summer college courses boost my application?

Hi guys, junior here. I'm thinking about taking some college courses online over the summer to impress admissions officers. Is this worth it? Have any of you had experience with how this is perceived by schools like the Ivies?

7 months ago

Hello Junior! It's great that you're thinking ahead about how to enhance your application. Taking college courses online can indeed be a positive addition to your application, particularly if the courses are in subjects that you're passionate about or that align with your intended major. This can demonstrate your readiness for college-level work, your initiative to go beyond the high school curriculum, and your deep interest in a particular subject area. For example, if you're interested in engineering and you take an advanced mathematics or science course, it shows a commitment to your field of interest. Admissions officers at competitive schools like the Ivies do look for students who are eager to challenge themselves and who have shown that they can handle rigorous academic work. Keep in mind, it's not only about taking the courses but also about how well you do in them and how they fit into your overall narrative. If you can connect this experience to your goals, interests, or past accomplishments in your application essays or interviews, that can help them make sense of why you chose to take the courses and how they contribute to your educational journey. Best of luck!

7 months ago

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