How to Build Your College List
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About this livestream
Learn how to build a balanced school list that matches up with your interests and goals before you apply to colleges this fall.
There are more than 2,400 undergraduate colleges in the United States and narrowing that down to the final colleges that you will apply to is an incredibly important part of the college process. Elias Miller will walk through the best methods for building your school list, covering topics such as the optimal length of your school list, how to research colleges and find good ones for your intended major, how to balance risk, how to think about ROI and student outcomes, and many additional topics.
We’ll also open up the floor for a Q&A session to answer any and all questions about building your college list and researching schools.
Undergrad College: Harvard University '17
Graduate College: University of Michigan, M.M.
Work Experience: Now in my third year at CollegeVine, I have helped dozens of students gain acceptance to their top-choice schools and have also advised and mentored hundreds more through my livestreams. I am also a professional conductor and a multi-instrumentalist, and I currently serve as the music director of the Apollo Ensemble of Boston and as Opera Saratoga's assistant conductor. I have led symphonic concerts and operatic productions throughout the United States, and I'm looking forward to making my international conducting debut in Vienna this fall.
My Admissions Story: Initially interested in pursuing a career as a performing cellist, I applied almost exclusively to music schools with dual and double degree options and ultimately enrolled in the Tufts University/New England Conservatory Dual Degree Program. Unhappy with the combined program and worried I'd never feel like I was fully a student at either school, I logged back into CommonApp.org in October of my freshman year. I can't say I went about the transfer process in the smartest way (I only applied to two schools!), but Harvard miraculously accepted me (or 'excepted me' as I wrote in a celebratory Facebook post that day - no one ever let me live that one down), and the rest was history.