College Summer Programs

There was an article in “Bloomberg” recently by Mary Camille Izlar entitled “Harvard Summer Program Recommendations Come at Hefty Cost” that discusses the price parents will pay to send their children to expensive college summer programs. They do this of course to improve their child’s odds of getting into the … 

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Summer Activities and College Admission

Summer activities matter for highly selective college admission. There are many folks — and we’d even argue a majority of folks — who believe that there are certain things that high school students should do over the summer months to improve their odds of getting into highly selective colleges. The … 

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Community Service and Admissions

Many folks believe that performing community service is essential in order to gain admission to highly selective colleges. These folks are just plain wrong. Don’t get us wrong — it’s nice to perform community service. By serving soup in soup kitchens, by building houses for the homeless, by walking charity … 

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Community Service and College Admission

Why is it that parents and students think that community service is a factor in admissions? Why is it that students feel that it’s necessary to add up their community service hours? Colleges are looking to form well-rounded classes of talented students. What they’re most certainly not looking for is … 

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College Swimming Recruiting

In every aspect of the college admissions process (and in life), it is important to be honest. On your activity sheet, don’t cite that you volunteer at your local church for 22 hours a week if you really only volunteer for 8 hours a week. During your college interviews, don’t … 

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College Athletic Recruiting

One of the advantages of being a runner or a swimmer or even a golfer in the college athletic recruiting process is that applicants tend to know where they stand. As a male swimmer who goes a :58 in the 100 yard backstroke, his best event, isn’t going to get … 

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Work and College Admissions

Work and college admissions success (as in employment during high school or over high school summers), contrary to popular belief, are not inversely related. There’s an all-too-common misconception out there that students should attend fancy, expensive summer programs to improve their odds of getting into highly selective colleges. This simply isn’t … 

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