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Recent Changes to Google Settings for Third-Party Apps like CollegeVine

ACTION REQUIRED: Update CollegeVine App Settings in Google Admin by October 23, 2023

For enhanced student data protection, Google is set to limit access for users under 18 to third-party apps like Coll …

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Chancing Changes Due to Affirmative Action Ruling

Because the Supreme Court struck down race-conscious admissions on June 29th, we recently updated our chancing algorithm so that the impact of your ethnicity is greatly reduced. As a result, your chan …

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3 minutes ago
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Am I competitive enough?

I am an international student, with perfect GPA, taking gap year

Don't have a class rank

Took advanced classes for 4 years: biology, chemistry, math, physics

Predicted SAT 1500-1550

Major - Neuroscience …

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CLEP Resources?

Are there any CLEP books or study guides you can buy like you can for the AP tests? Specifically, College Algebra and Humanities.

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ECs for film & creative writing?

i'm looking to major in film & creative writing, but i'm having trouble finding extracurriculars and programs to get involved in.

I've found a few internships except they're all at least an hour away …

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3 days ago
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Need info for International admissions for under grad

Hi , I have the below questions can someone help me clarify ?

1) Does international student needs SAT score ?

2) Do we need to submit transcripts and if yes which grades do we need for student applying …

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4 days ago
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How early should I start preparing for applications as a future transfer student?

Online, a lot of schools have their transfer admissions and decisions really late, and the opening dates for when transfer admissions open is inconsistent, and I'm not sure how rolling admissions work …

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5 days ago
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Early Admissions Senior year + College Applications

Hi, I’m an upcoming High school senior and I am enrolled at my local college as an early admission student. I am currently trying to figure out the college application process for fall next year. By t …

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5 days ago
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How good is MEDscience@HMS on admissions?

Hey! I'm a rising senior looking to get into a BS/MD program or work on pre-med in undergrads. Now while this isn't the only thing on my app, I did go to a week-long med program for high schoolers at …

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6 days ago
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Can I go into a phd program right after my undergraduate?

I’m currently a senior in high school, and i’m trying to narrow down my what I want to do with my life basically. I’m majoring in psychology and aim to get my doctorate. However, skipping my masters w …

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6 days ago
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When should I start preparing for college?

I am from Argentina, I end highschool in december 2025. In USA I would be class of 2026. I decided to go to college in the US this same year, any advices? Everything is helpful.

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6 days ago
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How Should I Schedule My Courses?

I am going into dual enrollment this fall. One of the majors I am interested in at the University of Washington is Human Centered Design which the prereqs are: 3 quarters of chemistry, 3 math classes, …

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7 days ago
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Add small business to activities list?

Hello! I’ve been selling my clothing and other clothing for resale on a popular site. This takes about 1-3 hrs of my time each week. (I photograph, list, curate, shop, package, and ship). Is this a va …

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7 days ago
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Am I competitive enough?

I have a 3.91 GPA with 22 college credits and an associate's degree in business at 17. I have taken 4 AP classes and will take 3 more in my senior year. My SAT score is low (1390) because I have a se …

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7 days ago
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High SAT, LOW GPA.

Hi, I am an South Asian student in California coming from a semi-high income neighborhood, I moved around a lot before 7th grade and then COVID hit where I fell behind on Science & ELA due to bad teac …

 
Ivy/T10
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T20
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7 days ago
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Which category would Columbia Science Honors Program be considered?

outreach.engineering.columbia.edu/SHP (if you don't want to bother googling)

Just wondering which category it'll be in based on college vine's tiers

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7 days ago
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"Held Back" Effect Admission Chances?

I moved to the States from a country that doesn't speak English. So my parents put me back a grade before I started school here. I am a rising junior but was born in the winter of 2006 (I should be a …

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8 days ago
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Am I doing Enough?

Hello all, I am entering my Junior year and would like to know if I’m doing enough to get into Ivies. Here’s my profile:

Grades/Test Scores/: 3.99 WGPA (~3.8 UWGPA), high 1500 SAT (haven’t yet taken bu …

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8 days ago
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Considering the IB Program, but it’s at a different school. Will all my current extracurriculars not matter?

As a freshman last year, I started to try to put myself out at my school, for instance creating my school’s first Asian Student Union. This year (my Sophomore year) I am considering to apply for the I …

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9 days ago
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Common App Essay Topics?

Hi,

I'm going into my senior year which means writing my common app. One problem: I CAN'T PICK A TOPIC. Thus, I am here asking for opinions, are these too basic? Too boring?

1) Struggles with a chroni …

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9 days ago
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What to do with low GPA and high test scores after being held back for one semester

Due to various health issues, I failed most classes in my freshman year. I also had to do an extra semester as a freshman. My transcript shows 3 semesters for 9th grade and 1 semester for 10th grade. …

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10 days ago
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What kind of schools should I aim for?

Hey! I'm a rising senior in the bay area hoping to get ideas on what schools I have a shot at.

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GPA 3.94UW/4.14W

SAT: 1470 (730 math, 740 verbal), likely will raise to 1500 next time I take it

Rigor

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