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What's New at CollegeVine

Hey everyone, can you believe July is almost over already?! Whether you're taking time to build out your application profile or just relaxing and enjoying your time off, I hope everyone's summer has b …

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What Does the Average BS/MD Applicant Look Like? - Part 4

In today’s BS/MD admissions advice post I would like to discuss the profile of the average admissions applicant applying to the selective to highly selective programs. These would include schools with …

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What if my school doesn't do grades? Will it lower my chances of getting in?

I am in a very peculiar situation, I go to a public school that does not do grades. I'm currently a senior at a small school. It is not a charter school and not private, we have a regents waiver. Inst …

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Feelings about College

How is everyone feeling about college? Personally, I'm a little nervous about being with people who I don't know but I'm goning to try to go into it with an open mindset to get the maximum amount of o …

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Picking the Correct Major

Hi! I am struggling with picking the perfect fit for me.

I am a very independent person and enjoy working with kids. I love graphic design and taking leadership. I also love social media marketing.

If …

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16 hours ago
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Supplemental Essay

I am applying to a school with a supplemental essay with a word count restriction of no more than 500 words. My essay is currently 240 words. Is it okay to submit that essay (once edited) despite bein …

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9 hours ago
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Test-Optional

Do I need to explain why I'm applying test optional in the additional information section of my application.

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Transferring Mid-Year

I'm a freshman in college and am really unhappy with the institution that I am at. I have applied to a different university as a transfer applicant. Unfortunately, I won't get an admissions decision …

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10 hours ago
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Should I apply test-optional?

Applying to a moderately selective (60% accepted), medium-sized public university in my state. I currently attend a good public high school.

My weighted GPA is between the 50-75th percentile of last ye …

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18 hours ago
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Research Paper

I wrote a research paper in economics but it has not been published. I'm an international student. does that make it a good extra curricular activity to add to common app?

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12 hours ago
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MPA or MBA

I would like to pursue a career as a city manager or similiar in local government. I would like to get A BA from a good school and pursue an MBA or MPA. I have been set on MBA for so long but with my …

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do colleges value cumulative or individual GPAs more?

I am currently a senior, and my cumulative GPA is 3.8 UW, and 4.6 W. My course rigor is strong based on what my school offers. Below are my individual GPAs from 9-11th grade.

9th: 3.76

10th: 3.76

11th: 3 …

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How are my ECs?

Hello, I am a sophomore and I would like some input on my Extracurriculars. (I am trying to get into the best universities)

Academics:

Attend one of California’s most prestigious private schools, have a …

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What level is this activity at?

I've been a member of an open-source language corpus project called Tatoeba for over a year. And based on what I've done so far, I want to know which level I should rate this as.

My profile: https://ta

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Sending SAT Scores

Hey! This might sound like a dumb question, but do I have to OFFICIALLY send colleges my SAT score? For example, I am applying early action for Binghamton and I am planning to send them my 1350 (which …

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Texas A&M Engineering

I applied to engineering at Texas A&M with early action, and I was accepted to the university mid-September. I know they say on their website engineering acceptances will come out by mid-December, but …

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2 days ago
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Would I make it past the first admission round at Stanford University?

My unweighted gpa is 3.68 and my current SAT is a 1380.

By the time I apply, I plan for my SAT to be in the 1520-1550 range. With those scores and my GPA... would I make it past the first admission ro …

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How can I build my extracurricular and tackle the college admissions process?

Hi! I am From Nigeria and I recently graduated from secondary school. Due to the type of school I attended, I wasn't exposed to study abroad programs early and now that I am looking them up, it seems …

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2 days ago
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Are my extracurricular activities good enough?

Hi, I'm an 8th grader currently residing in Korea. I planned a few extracurricular activities to present to my dream univ. starting from 9th grade, and I'm pretty sure to carry on most of the activiti …

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Common App language section

Hi! The common app asks about what languages I know. It gives the option for a first language, speak, read, write, and spoken at home. What do I do if I am fluent in 2 languages and English is not my …

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CommonApp Essay Idea - Webtoons

Hi, so I'm a senior living in Thailand.

My first application deadline for an IVY League School is November 1st. Most of my classmates are done writing their CommonApp essay, but I am having trouble wi …

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Common App activity description

Hi! How should I describe my activities in the common app? Specifically sports. I understand recognition but, for example, if I do cross country do I just say I run?

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