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Harvard or Princeton?

I'm thinking about applying to multiple Ivies, and I'm torn between Harvard and Princeton. Can anyone speak to the differences between their campus environments, academic programs, and overall student …

5 months ago

How long should argumentative essays be?

Hey guys! I'm working on an argumentative essay assignment for my English class. Just curious, what's the typical length for this type of essay? Any advice would be appreciated!

5 months ago

How good is a 3.86 GPA?

Hey everyone, I'm currently a junior and I've been wondering if my 3.86 GPA is considered a good one for college admissions. Can anyone give me some advice on how competitive my GPA is for top schools …

5 months ago

Advice on writing NHS essay?

I'm in the process of applying to the National Honor Society, and I need some guidance on writing a strong essay. Can you guys share some examples of successful NHS essays or any tips that you've foun …

5 months ago

Need help with Columbia supplement responses

I'm stumped on the Columbia supplements 😅. Do you guys have any advice on how to approach them? What do they look for in a strong answer?

5 months ago

How do NFL players from HBCUs influence college admissions?

I've noticed a good number of NFL players come from HBCUs. Does their success have any effect on how these colleges are viewed in the admissions process? Curious if their athletic reputation helps wit …

5 months ago

Tufts essays that worked: what made them successful?

Hi all! I'm applying to Tufts and was wondering if anyone could shed some light on what qualities successful essays to this university had. What were the standout factors that made these essays unique …

5 months ago

What does having a FERPA waiver mean?

I'm filling out my college applications and came across the option to waive my FERPA rights. Can someone explain what it means to have a FERPA waiver and the pros and cons of doing so? I'd really appr …

5 months ago

Joining NHS Late - Is Senior Year Too Late?

I didn't think much about it before, but now I’m considering joining the National Honor Society, and I'm already a senior. Is it too late for me to join, and even if I can, will colleges care since it …

5 months ago

ED I vs ED II - which to choose?

Hello! I'm a junior in high school and I'm considering applying to college through either Early Decision I or Early Decision II. What are the main differences between ED I and ED II? Is there a signif …

5 months ago

Finding class rank

Hey everyone! My school doesn't make class ranks readily available, so I'm wondering how I can find out my class rank? If it's not on my transcript, is there someone at my school I should ask?

5 months ago

Extra High School Opportunities?

Hey everyone! As a junior, I'm starting to feel the pressure of college applications approaching. I was wondering if any of you have advice on extra opportunities in high school that can boost my resu …

5 months ago

Can attending the Malcolm Bernard HBCU Fair increase my chances of admission?

Hello, y'all! As a junior starting to think about college, I heard about the Malcolm Bernard HBCU Fair. How useful is attending something like this? Do you think it could boost my chances of getting i …

5 months ago

Geometry SAT Questions

Hey everyone! As I'm preparing for my SAT, I'm finding the geometry portion to be particularly challenging. Do you have any recommendations for resources, tips, or strategies to tackle these questions …

5 months ago

Summer Opportunities: Are high school medical summer programs worth it?

I'm a junior interested in pre-med. I've found some high school medical summer programs that are pretty pricey, so I'm wondering if they're actually beneficial for college admissions or should I just …

5 months ago

AP Lang Rhetorical Analysis Essay - How to Ace It?

Hey guys! Currently prepping for the AP Lang exam, and I could use some advice on writing the rhetorical analysis essay. What's the best way to approach the text and analyze the author's choices effec …

5 months ago

Tips for dealing with the waitlist process?

Just got waitlisted at one of my top choice colleges. It's honestly a little overwhelming. How should I approach this situation? Should I be writing a letter of continued interest, or is there a bette …

5 months ago

Advice for writing Harvey Mudd essays?

Hi all, I'm currently working on my Harvey Mudd application, and I'm feeling a little bit stressed about the supplemental essays. Any tips or advice on writing these? What do they want to see in a str …

5 months ago

Harvard optional essay length?

Hey everyone! I'm applying to Harvard and considering writing the optional essay. Does anyone know how long it should be? I don't want to make it too short or too long!

5 months ago

Which AP exam is hardest to score a 5 on?

Hi everyone! I was wondering, which AP exam do you think is the hardest to score a 5 on? I want to make sure I'm well prepared for my upcoming AP exams and would appreciate any insights.

5 months ago
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