US College Applications

About group

We have created this group after seeing a number of questions from both US and foreign students about US college application process. Our goal is to help college bound students navigate relatively complex college admission process by directing them to the right resources and having related discussions here on RoundPier. RoundPier community is about sharing ideas and learning from one another - we hope that those who have successfully navigated this process can share their insight and help others. Members of our team have attended leading universities in the US and Europe and would be happy to share their experience.


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Hi guys! I am an international student looking at some US colleges. Can someone provide advice on how many colleges I should apply to? Also, what are my options if I want to continue playing soccer at college. Thanks!
We did some analysis here and generally 12 colleges is the optimal number if you are looking at some competitive colleges.
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Do we have a chance to get into MIT as an international student without participating in any international olympiads?
Yes but really depends on many other things. Not all MIT students are winners of international olympiads. But many international students asking for financial aid typically have some top awards. And there are olympiad winners who get rejected by MIT every year. I wouldn't waste time trying to participate in these competitions purely to attend a particular college. In fact, my advice would be to stop worrying about one college but create a list of schools that you have a decent chance of getting into and attending.
I agree! The issue with top US colleges and international students is that unless you are prepared to pay for it and don't stand out as an applicant your chances are very low. It doesn't mean you shouldn't apply but you better have plenty of other options in your country or elsewhere
Okay... Thank you
People think that if you go to Harvard, or another prestigious school, you are "set for life." But is this really true? We'll discuss this in this video.
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When applying to college, people will commonly advise you to apply early (early decision, early action, etc.), but there is a hidden truth to applying early that they may not tell you. We'll discuss that in this video.

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Has anyone ever told you that to get into a good school you need to be "well rounded?" In this video, we debunk this common myth of the college admissions process and offer a better solution.

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Chance me!

Schools: Babson College, Boston University, UIUC, Ohio State, Miami University, case western

Intended Major: Finance (double major w Business Analytics in a few colleges)

International Student (Indian)
Brown Asian female
First-generation college student

SAT: 1320 (EBRW: 640, Math: 680) and SAT: 1320 (EBRW: 580, Math: 740)
SAT super scored: 1380

Received two academic excellence awards in 9th and 10th grades

Activities: Founder of an art club, active MUNer, an internship at a finance company, volunteer for 3 NGOs, two online courses, Math tutor (paid)

LORS: from Business teacher (Extremely positive) and English teacher (Mostly positive)

Thank you
Alright, thank you. I'm not applying for financial aid for any colleges.
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Off topic- but can you tell me about the NGO’s. I’d love to get involved
Hey guys when do you apply to USA universities if you are hoping to attend in 2021?
Depends on early decision vs regular and colleges have different deadlines
Next year starting August. Like Derek said, depends on early or regular and each college has different deadlines. Some deadlines are in November, some December, etc. good luck.
My advice is to start as early as possible and make sure your essay is ready before you even start application process
I’m an international student applying for bachelors in few universities in USA. For now i have plans to apply to NYU, Bowdoin, UMD, Carnegie Mellon. If i apply to these schools without request for financial aid, will i able to apply for aid later on during my time at the campus?
You can but for the first year you def won't get any finaid as I understand. It will also be hard to justify applying for finaid later but possible. Also bear in mind that these schools provide very little finaid for international students anyway. Your best bet is to see if you can qualify for some kind of scholarship after the first year.
Hey guys! Where are you international students applying to???
Cornell, UMich, UCLA, NYU, USC and few schools outside of the US
Hello World
Guys can anyone please review my essay?
We do it as a part of our premium service if you are interested
Send me a direct message I can have a look but I don't proofread or advise on writing - I can guide on whether the content and structure make sense
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Hi guys! Can anyone recommend college list based on my profile? I am interested in STEM. Probably applying as a physics major. Would be great to hear some ideas here...
Mostly looking at Northeast
Rochester, Vassar, RPI but also would try some top 20 like UPenn and Cornell
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All Harvard students have this in common. I’m not talking about money, connections, or perfect test scores. It’s something most don’t think about at first.
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So I have worked at a convenience store near my house for about 4 months now and my question is :Should I put this on my application form . I have this question because one friend of mine told me that these activities were not impressive and colleges didn't really care much about them . So what do you guys think about having a part-time job ?
Your job isn't to impress admission officer. You need to create a profile of all your activities and commitments to make sure they understand what you are spending your time on. Working in a grocery store is a part of your profile.
Agree with John. If this is something that takes up a lot of your time you have to include it. In fact, many admission officers like to see regular jobs on students resumes. What's really impressive if you have a job like this, do well in school and also participate in a bunch of interesting projects.
Part time jobs are big part of ECs and many AOs do care about it...
A question that you might get asked on your college interview that’s sure to stump a lot of students is, where do you see yourself in the future? It’s a hard question because nobody really knows where you’ll be in the future. Yet, you are expected to give an answer to it, so here is how to answer it well.
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Anyone already starting college apps for next year?
Yes, I am working on my essay
A question that you are guaranteed to get asked on your college interview is why our school? Out of all the possible schools that you could possibly apply to out there, why is our school the best fit for you. Most students freeze when they’re asked this. So this will show you how to answer it well.

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