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May 2022 Chancing Updates

Hey everyone!

I’m Matt -- I do data science here at CollegeVine and have been around in the past talking about some of the methodology behind our chancing model (In addition to name dropping Carleton C …

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Did you know you can work with an advisor on CollegeVine?

Hi all!

Wanted to share an exciting new feature on CollegeVine where you can find a college advisor that's right for you:

Check out the Find an Advisor tool here: https://www.collegevine.com/experts

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Will writing about how a family member's illness affected me and my goals make a bad Common App essay?

I am currently drafting my Common App essay and I picked the prompt about gratitude. Is it too unoriginal to write about how a family member's illness affected me and my goals? I also want to connect …

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3 hours ago
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Im Confused about AP Test Prep Books

So are AP test prep books all-in-one (notwithstanding practice college board questions), which afterwards you spend a couple of months on them and you get a good grade? Or are they just supplemental t …

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20 hours ago
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about commonapp essays

I can't believe that Indian who copied my Harvard Unusual Circumstances essay is still reviewing that essay. Last night, I found it... AGAIN... This is twice. Now it's even worsened. Heh, other than t …

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23 hours ago
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Is it too late to start the extracurricular game as a junior?

I'm rising junior and I want to start getting involved a lot more in the extracurricular game. For the past 2 years of high school I wasn't that involved (freshman year was COVID/virtual, and sophomor …

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23 hours ago
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College Admissions

I am currently a sophomore and I plan on going to West Point. My SAT is a 1480, which I will make higher (probably 1580), so that's fine. However, my GPA is extremely low as a result of my school's gr …

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20 hours ago
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Should I transfer to a public school for senior year of high school.

I am having a very tough time on making a decision on whether I want to transfer schools or not. I currently attend an independent study public school and I want to switch to my home high school. I re …

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21 hours ago
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Extracurriculars as a Sophomore

I come from a lower-middle-class household so I wasn't involved in any extracurriculars for most of my life. I was busy at home taking care of my grandparents and little brother while my parents were …

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What is my best strategy for improving a PSAT score?

First off I know this isn't necessarily the most topical question to ask in this community, but I couldn't find another community that fit the job better. So here I go.

I don't know why, but I've alway …

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a day ago
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Advice on ecs

Hello. I'm from Pakistan. I'm a student of grade 11 and am ambitious to pursue further education in a renowned US university. I'm having trouble deciding how to utilise my summer break and what type …

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Advice on ecs

Hello. I'm from Pakistan. I'm a student of grade 11 and am ambitious to pursue further education in a renowned US university. I'm having trouble deciding how to utilise my summer break and what type …

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2 days ago
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Would you go to a college in a state where abortions are not legal?

Men/Boys PLEASE DO NOT DO THE POLL!!!! Thanks

Whether you agree with overturning Roe V. Wade or not, I'd like to share that up to 26 American states out of 50 have either made it illegal or in the pro …

 
 
 
 
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2 days ago
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Good Target Schools for Black Female?

I’m not sure what colleges I should I apply for that aren’t TOO TOO easy for me to get into and give decent amount of merit aid for students out-of-state?

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- black female, upper-middle class, not f …

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2 days ago
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What can I do to make myself stand out to higher ranked schools?

My dream school is Yale. However, it is a big reach for me. I take academically rigorous courses and have a high weighted GPA, and a 4.0 unweighted GPA. Additionally, I take part in many extracurricu …

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2 days ago
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Does anyone know about the RISE(Residential Intensive Summer Education) Program at Cal Poly Pomona?

I got an email that basically said I was given an invitation for the program. I looked into the website that gives an overview of the program. But I'm still wondering if I should give it a chance and …

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2 days ago
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Got a 3.3 UW GPA freshman year. Are my chances at a top 20 school now significantly stunted?

I got a 3.3 GPA (including PE + another free A). Mathematically speaking, my maximum GPA is a 3.8 and even then it'd be near damn impossible to achieve. Am I ruined and what can I do to remedy awful 9 …

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Will colleges see AP Stats as less academically rigorous for a social science major?

For senior year, instead of taking AP Calc, I decided to take AP Stats because it aligned a bit more with the majors I want to go in to (Sociology and Political Science both use a lot of statistics). …

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2 days ago
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What are some online courses I can take to help me in my junior year or for collage?

I am going into 11th grade and I am trying to get a head start before my year gets crazy. What summer courses can I take to either help me in my next 2 years of high school or will just look good for …

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2 days ago
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How can I do better on the math section on the SAT? How do I superscore?

So i took the SAT a couple months ago but got a low school compared to my PSAT. My score was a 1010: 630 in Reading and a 380 in Math.

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When should I check up with my teacher for the letter of rec?

I asked my AP History teacher if she could help write a letter of rec for me and she agreed later that day (May 27). Since it is during the summer, I was wondering if I should check up on her in a few …

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3 days ago
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Should I take the SAT again?

I have taken the SAT twice. My first score was 1340 and my second was 1370. I am debating about taking it a third time to potentially achieve a higher score, increase my chances to get a scholarship f …

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