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THE SAVVY APPLICANT

THE SAVVY APPLICANT

Find some tips and tricks to help you succeed when applying to your college or trying to get recruited by the school of your dreams.

How to Stand Out When Applying to STEM Programs

 

If it feels as though everyone around you is looking to be a STEM student, your feelings may not be entirely inaccurate. The demand for STEM degrees has risen, and students have responded accordingly. While not literally everyone is vying to get into the STEM field, numbers in recent years have soared. Since the Great Recession, the number of STEM students in bachelor’s degrees and above has grown from 388,000 graduates in 2009-2010, to 550,000 in 2015-2016. That’s a 43% growth, and it’s projected to rise from there.

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What Do Top Colleges Look For In Extracurricular Activities

So, you’re the president of three clubs, captain of the swim team, did a semester abroad, intern at a tech startup and volunteer every other weekend.

Sorry to break it to you, but top colleges don’t care. 

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Foreign Language Requirements: Don’t Just Check The Box

Where foreign language requirements are concerned, students often ask how many years they need to take for college admissions. There isn’t really a clear-cut answer or an overall minimum cut off. In short, it varies from college to college, with some requiring two years and others recommending four. But the truth is, regardless of what those requirements look like, foreign language classes are not living up to their promises.

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College Waitlist: Why you’re on it and what to do next

You craved to hear the resounding “Yes!” from your dream school but instead got an uncertain “maybe…”. You’ve been waitlisted. It’s not a great feeling, but being waitlisted doesn’t mean you should wait. In fact, do the opposite. It’s important to understand why you might be on the waitlist, and understand what steps you can take to improve your chances of full acceptance. Don’t wait!

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4 Keys to Ivy League Letters of Recommendation

While many students believe their favorite teachers will write them an amazing letter of recommendation, the truth is great letters of recommendation don’t just happen. Achievement in a course and being well liked may be the foundation, but without providing your teacher with significant guidance, your letter may not good enough to help you stand out from the crowd and increase your chances of getting into college.

 

Most students are not aware that there are actually 16 (yes 16!) different aspects of you as a person that colleges ask recommenders to evaluate. Moreover, students do not realize just how much power they have to effect the quality of their letters. The most effective tool for hacking your letters of rec is what is commonly referred to as a “Brag Sheet”.

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How To Get Great Letters of Recommendation

Colleges often ask for two or three recommendation letters from people who know you well. These letters should be written by someone who can describe your skills, accomplishments, and personality.

From the beginning of freshman year, and as you move on to the next school year, teachers always remind you to keep in touch because you will be returning to ask for college recommendation letters. These letters are to be written by someone who can define your skills, qualifications, and character. Colleges value these recommendations as they reveal personality traits about you, underline who is willing to speak on your behalf, and showcase you in the best possible way.

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Why Your Freshman Should Practice Essay Writing

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How Social Media Affects Your College Application

While walking between class periods, you may overhear cautious seniors warning each other to change their names on social media to avoid being found by college committees. Although it is well documented that social media behavior may cause significant damage to an applicant, it can also boost your chances of getting into college as a transparent representation of who you are.

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College Admissions: The Costco Essay Deconstructed

Students searching for exemplary examples of college admissions essays to increase your chances of getting into college, may already be familiar with what has come to be known as The Costco Essay, but it is worth digging a little deeper to understand how this essay that “got a high school senior in to 5 Ivy League colleges” actually works.

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Don’t Make These Common Mistakes on Your College Essays

Applying to college is an extremely stressful time in students’ lives and typically nothing causes more anxiety than writing the required college essays. After working so hard to do well in multiple AP courses, ace standardized tests, and compile an impressive resume of extra-curricular activities, application essays are an important opportunity to stand out from the crowd and increase your chances of getting into college. For many of our students aspiring to highly selective colleges, this often means a staggering 25-35 essays to complete. While these essays are a huge opportunity, the sheer amount of work can be overwhelming!

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