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How can I showcase leadership skills on my application?

Hi all, I've heard that demonstrating leadership skills is important for college applications. What are some ways I can showcase my leadership skills, even if I don't hold an official leadership posit …

7 months ago

Is it fine to use first-person pronouns in a college essay?

Hi everyone! I noticed that I've used 'I' quite a lot in my college essay. Is it acceptable to use first-person pronouns or should I try to rephrase my sentences without them? I don't want my essay to …

7 months ago

Should I choose an established major or create my own?

Hey everyone! I'm interested in the intersection of biology and computer science, and I'm unsure if I should pursue an established major like bioinformatics or approach schools that allow me to create …

7 months ago

How can I build a strong college application during summer break?

Hey everyone, I'm a high school junior, and I want to make the most of my upcoming summer break to build a strong college application. Can anyone give me some advice on what activities or experiences …

7 months ago

Are admissions officers okay with humor in college essays?

Hey everyone, I've been working on my college essays and I naturally gravitate towards using humor in my writing. I'm not sure if this is appropriate or if it might hurt my chances. Have any of you su …

7 months ago

How to write the 'Why this college?' essay?

Hey guys! I've been working on my college essays, and I'm struggling with the 'Why this college?' prompt. I want to make my essay stand out, but I'm not sure how to approach it. Can anyone give me tip …

7 months ago

How many years does financial aid typically cover?

Hey everyone, I've been doing some research into financial aid, and I'm a little lost. Can someone clarify for me whether financial aid packages typically cover all four years of college, or if they c …

7 months ago

What's the difference between rolling admissions and regular decision?

Hey, I'm a bit confused about the college application process. Can someone please explain the difference between rolling admissions and regular decision? Thanks in advance!

7 months ago

How can research experience boost my chances for Ivy League admissions?

Hey everyone, I'm a high school junior and I recently started participating in a research project through an internship at a local university. I'm wondering how much this research experience will help …

7 months ago

Is it a bad idea to apply to too many colleges?

Hey guys! I'm a junior, and I've been researching colleges a lot lately. I've got a pretty big list of schools that I'm interested in, but I'm worried that applying to too many might be a bad idea. I' …

7 months ago

How do you maintain balance during the college application process?

Hi there, I'm finding it tough to balance schoolwork, extracurriculars, and college applications. How do you all manage your time and maintain a sense of balance during this process? Any tips would be …

7 months ago

How do AP class choices impact college admissions?

Hello! I'm a junior, and I'm starting to think about which AP classes to take next year. I'm not sure whether I should take ones related to my future major (biology) or branch out and take a variety o …

7 months ago

Need help finalizing my college list!

Hey guys, so I've been working on creating a list of schools I plan on applying to in the fall. I'm interested in studying biomedical engineering and have a 3.9 GPA and a 32 ACT score. Here's my curre …

7 months ago

Trying to gauge if Columbia is a research university?

I am currently a junior and really want to engage in research work during my undergraduate years. Is Columbia University a research university? How are the research opportunities for undergraduates?

7 months ago

How important is the essay portion of the application?

Hi all! I'm a junior starting the college application process, and I'm curious about the significance of the essay. How much weight does it carry in terms of the overall application? Would a strong es …

7 months ago

Writing a university research paper - any tips?

Hey guys! I need to write a research paper on a university for one of my high school assignments, covering topics like its history, programs, campus life, etc. Do you have any tips or suggestions on h …

7 months ago

Is art an appropriate extracurricular activity for college applications?

Hey, I've been taking art classes outside of school and regularly participate in local art competitions. I'm unsure if I can include this as an extracurricular activity on my college application. Your …

7 months ago

Is Northwestern University a research institution?

Hello everyone! I'm a high school junior considering Northwestern University for my higher education, but I'm not sure if it's classified as a research university. Can anyone provide some insight into …

7 months ago

When should I start applying for college scholarships?

I'm currently a junior and I'm wondering when the best time is to start applying for college scholarships. Should I start now or wait until senior year? Thanks for any advice!

7 months ago

Is a 3.9 GPA competitive enough for Ivy League schools?

Hey everyone! I currently have a 3.9 GPA, and I'm curious to know if that's strong enough for an Ivy League application. Is it possible to get into one of these prestigious schools with this GPA, or s …

7 months ago
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