3 months ago
Admissions Advice

Will the NSLC help my chances?

So I attended a 9 day summer program called the National Student Leadership Conference at American University. I am now applying to American University and I was wondering if that experience would help my admission chances in any type of meaningful way.


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Accepted Answer
2 months ago

Hi @BBoothe!

Since the program costs money to attend and isn't very selective, it'll only really count to show that you did something during the summer. It can help you fill out your extracurricular list, but most other activities would rank higher.

For more information on extracurricular tiers, check out our blog here: https://blog.collegevine.com/breaking-down-the-4-tiers-of-extracurricular-activities/

Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.

3 months ago

Any pay-to-play program that costs $3000 a week or $6000 for two weeks is primarily interested in making money off your parents and not getting you into the college of your choice. These programs have good content to share but admissions officers do not give you an admissions bump. Some colleges that are specifically targeting wealthier families who can pay full tuition may be buying lists from NLSC which organizes these.

It is exponentially more impressive to pursue your own interests with internships and research projects or take college courses for credit that are not affiliated with pay-to-play programs.

I would seriously downplay putting this on your Common App or eliminating mentioning it at all.


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