Live Q&A with the Livestream Research Team

Recorded Tuesday, February 9 at 01:30 AM

The recording will load in a moment.

About this livestream


Join Priya (UCLA '20), Shane (Brown '20) and Elias (Harvard '17) for their first ever group office hours. Together, they bring nearly a decade of college consulting and advising experience to the table, and are eager to take your questions about the admissions process and college experience. They will also welcome your questions and feedback regarding future programming and their 'Ultimate Guide,' 'How to get into,' and career-oriented stream formats.

Your host

Undergrad College: Harvard University '17

Major: Music

Graduate College: University of Michigan, M.M.

Work Experience: Now in my fourth year at CollegeVine, I have helped dozens of students gain acceptance to their top-choice schools and have also advised and mentored thousands more through my livestreams. Apart from my work at CV, I am also a professional conductor and a multi-instrumentalist. I currently serve as the music director of the Apollo Ensemble of Boston, and I have led symphonic concerts and operatic productions throughout the United States.

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 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.

Audience questions

These are questions from the audience that we had time to answer during the live session. If you have any other questions, you can request an answer from Elias and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
6:08@Ruthvik1246:How heavy are internships on the college application?
8:13@J8II:The stream is not stable, cut off constantly
8:37@Cmetz:Do you have any idea what ULCA admissions will look like without SAT scores ?
10:35@mimi:How important is it to get an interview of a top school?
12:42@anonymous:How much does interviews affect my chances for ivy?
13:39@anonymous:Advice for aspiring music majors?
14:00@mimi:Could you please compare Harvard and Univ of Michigan?
14:03@anonymous:What are some tips to prepare for interviews at ivy?
16:26@anonymous:Should I apply as early as possible the application opens or should I wait till the deadline? Does it affect my chances if I turn in right before the deadline?
17:05@anonymous:Should I do early action/decision for ivys? Or regular?
20:54@anonymous:How important is the essay? And how big of role does it play for my chances?
24:03@anonymous:Leadership camp or leadership position in club counts more?
24:58@cheerios:how can I make the best of my summers?
26:49@anonymous:Thank you.
27:31@the1:Should I not include an extracurricular if I don't win the club competition on my extracurricular list?
28:51@Cmetz:Do you have a library of essays we can look up for help writing our essays ?
29:08@Ruthvik1246:When should I start drafting my college essays? I'm a junior btw
29:59@CollegeAdmissions:From an admission chances perspective, is there a difference or advantage between the Common App and the Coalition Application?
30:53@anonymous:Does it matter if I turn in application a few days before the deadline? Because I heard the college administrators start reviewing applications as soon as they come in!
31:25@anonymous:How much does SAT/ACT scores affect my chances in terms of percentage? And should I turn in my scores if they are slightly below average for ivy. Some score like 30 or 1400?
32:40@Cmetz:You guys are the best. Thanks for all you do!!
34:05@anonymous:What do you mean by rolling admission?
35:14@J8II:Could you do 'how to get into Rice and John Hopkins?
36:10@the1:In what ways can high school students get research opportunities? The most ones I found were expensive are there alternatives?
37:21@cheerios:do colleges consider children of parents who attended that school for their masters but not undergrad as legacy?
37:30@anonymous:I know that AP scores are not that significant in the application but should I submit my AP scores if I have 3 or 4?
39:31@J8II:When I searched CollegeVine, I just found "panel" and " The Ultimate Guide to BS/MD Programs" about JHU.
40:16@anonymous:You guys are awseome!
40:22@SiriusApollo:I came in a little late so not sure if you guys answered this yet but how much do leadership positions in school clubs make a difference in college apps?
41:34@mimi:For top schools, does it hurt if I only have AP sores on STEM courses?
43:21@SiriusApollo:I know what spikey means but what does that other word mean
43:37@anonymous:How do you rate HOBY world conferance leadership camp?
44:17@anonymous:How much does race, gender, ethnicity affect my chances at ivy schools in terms of percentages?
45:25@anonymous:Would Like to know about about direct Med school application process
46:22@anonymous:I have watched a lot of YouTube where students talk about their experiences. I don't think I have very impressive extracurriculars. So how much does that affect my chances? And do the colleges factor Covid as a reason that students have less opportunities?
48:37@cheerios:is self studying for ap exams worth it?
49:16@anonymous:Can you link the blog?
49:38@anonymous:Will they be more lenient on extracurriculars?
50:26@the1:Will there be a guide to CalTech live stream?
50:50@anonymous:How do you decide which is better between SAT & ACT and how much the score matter to your application
55:06@Cmetz:As to AP scores. I have heard that AP Spanish is very difficult even for Spanish speakers so is it a problem if you don’t take exam base on what priya said earlier about what admissions officers think ?
60:51@anonymous:Priya, how was your brown experience? And what other colleges did you apply to?
60:57@anonymous:What were your stats and extracurriculars?
66:13@anonymous:Thank you!
67:43@anonymous:which colleges did you guys get in
68:03@Cmetz:I have a question on SAT scores. If school asks for your scores and your highest is a superscore How will you enter that score if your school you apply to super scores? Do they just ask for highest of each section?
68:25@anonymous:When should I start writing essays for ivys?
70:11@anonymous:How many colleges do you recommend I should apply? Including ivy, safety, and others!
72:27@Ruthvik1246:Can you fake a leadership position of a club/sport on the application? Or will I get caught?
75:39@Ruthvik1246:OMG, he pulled a Bill Gates (hacked into school computers to be in classes with a lot of girls)
79:12@Cmetz:How do you address all the issues of Covid on your application? For example, I was accepted for a program last summer but couldn’t do it because of Covid how do you write about that ?
81:00@anonymous:We did a fundraiser for cancer at my school and only 20-25 people joined the fundraiser and raised $45,000, however, I personally raised $300. So should I exaggerate about how our team raised 45k or how much I raised?
81:38@anonymous:what do you think about test optional
82:12@anonymous:is it bad if i dont submit a sat/act
86:21@Ruthvik1246:For my senior yr, should I take AP calc or dual credit math
86:47@anonymous:what's your favorite liberal arts schools
89:41@anonymous:what do you guys think about pomona
91:10@mimi:In mid-year update to colleges, does it worth mentioning being a candidate in U.S Presidential Scholars Program?
91:18@anonymous:If you are under 18 you should ask your parents to link you as part of their credit card so when you turn 18 you will have their credit score. It will also be easier for you to get a credit card.
93:06@anonymous:What if I don't have very impressive extracurricular activities because of family responsibilities? How do colleges know about this that some students don't have the time for extracurriculars?
93:38@mimi:Do top universities like big public high school students or small public school students?
95:39@mimi:Will submit FAFSA and CSS Profile later than the deadline affect my admission chance to a need blind top school?
96:01@anonymous:I would most like to study performers, second choice composition in theory. I’m not interested in music education but want to attend the best school I can get excepted
101:06@anonymous:I am a junior and my stats are: unweighted GPA is 3.96 and weighted GPA is 4.75, great essay, 1500 SAT, and average extracurriculars. What do you think my chance of getting into an ivy league school?
101:48@anonymous:Maybe below average extracurricular!
103:29@Cmetz:What if your high school will not rank ? How do you address that with college?
105:07@J8II:how was the chance formula built up? Was it built up with the historic statistic data of particular school?
106:12@anonymous:You guys are awesome. Are you going to do another Q&A sometime next week?
107:38@J8II:Thank you!
107:41@anonymous:This was very informative, thank you for amazing Q&A
108:16@anonymous:Thank you very much!
108:32@mimi:You three made a great team. Look forward to your session again.
109:06@anonymous:This is my first time
110:19@J8II:Be healthy!


Open advising hours with Alex

Live profile review with Yesh

My admissions story: Robert from Yale

Most recent recordings