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Should I put Girls State on my college apps even though it was cancelled due to COVID-19, so I was unable to attend?


Rising senior - I know that it is a great/competitive program, but I don't know if I should put it on my apps since I didn't actually get to go and have the experience. Also, where should I put it on my apps (honors, ECs, etc.)?


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I'd recommend putting that you were accepted but it was canceled in the COVID question. Clearly this was out of your control, but you still deserve credit for being admitted.

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So I gave the same advice to someone who got into a NY times program. It is not recommended as you did not do anything it’s like getting a scholarship to study abroad. Congrats on the scholarship but you have not gotten anything out of it.

ECs are about what you get out of it you don’t gain any knowledge about submitting an application and getting accepted.

Would you recommend putting something like that as an honor instead, then?
I haven’t heard of girls state before but if it is super competitive you can put it in additional info or honors. I’d lean towards additional info on the common app.
@DebaterMAX is correct. If the program is not selective, then there's no need to list it on your application. If it is selective, however, you can and *should* list it in your application somewhere. The Additional Information section is fine, as is the Activities List if you have space. Just share what you did to be selected, and explain that it was canceled due to the pandemic. More info in this post:
Thank you all so much for your input/advice!! Your responses are very helpful :)
Your welcome!