US College Applications

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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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At the end of every college interview, the interviewer will ask, "Do you have any questions for me?" It seems like a simple question, but most students incorrectly answer this question, costing them in the college admissions process.
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Of course there is no "perfect" way to answer all of the possible college interview questions that can be thrown at you. But, there is a general strategy that can be used to stand out in your interviews.
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For both US and international students applying next year here is an important post to read

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2 weeks ago
Some very good points here!
2 weeks ago
Thanks for this!
The college interview can be one of the most stressful aspects about applying. A big cause of this is that you don’t know what to expect. So to get you focused only on answering questions, here is how to prepare for your college interviews.
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With many decisions out this and next week I am feeling nervous...
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4 weeks ago
I can relate
Hello everyone! I'd like to find study partner for TOEFL preparation (online).
Where should I seek them.
Thanks!
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1 month ago
We have shared your post perhaps other international students here are interested in partnering to study for TOELF
I wanna get admission in Boston University but I can't understand this GPA system and number of years etc.Ive 95%score in 10 class and 92%in 12.My SAT scores are 1160.Please guide me how to get into the med school of BOSTON University
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1 month ago
The gpa part you dont have to worry about, they will convert it to a ay they can understand. Try taking more sat or acts, your school must be higher.
1 month ago
I'm from an under developed/remote area Won't it give any benefit?
1 month ago
It will be taken into consideration but once again BU isn't ideal for the international students given limited amount of financial aid they offer and while they will not compare you to the applicant from the US your SAT score will be an issue to them. You should re-work you college list to focus on universities where you have a better chance of admission and the ones that offer significant financial aid to international students.
A question that you must know how to answer for college interviews is "tell me about yourself." It can seem intimidating at first, since it's so open ended. But this video will break it down and show you how to give an answer that's sure to impress.
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1 month ago
It's not only for college but virtually for every interview. It's such a frustrating question that tips you off if you don't have structured response in your head. So best strategy is to prepare for it, not by memorizing sentences but having the bulletpoints in your head
1 month ago
Thanks!
Fun fact: this is also the hardest question to answer I've seen my peers in college looking for full-time jobs face! It's not intended to be an easy question. Just think: "what do I want the other person to think of me within 1 minute?"
For those in Europe what extracurriculars are you involved in? I understand there are lots of opportunities for students in the US but am struggling to find new things in England or elsewhere in Europe.
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1 month ago
I have met a few people who are doing very interesting things in Europe and even here on RoundPier there are plenty of examples
1 month ago
If you’re interested you could definitely start a chapter for a nonprofit. It’s a great way to show initiative. Message me if you’d like to talk further!
1 month ago
I'm German, and I'm involved in a few things, especially leaning towards the major that I am interested in. I have been an active member of a German political party for the past 4 years now. There I have assumed leadership positions and organised fundraisers and other events. At school, I founded MUN and Debating clubs, the Debating club being successful on a national level. I have a few more things worth mentioning, message me if you'd like to know more.
hello guys, I am from Asia and I am looking for scholarship programmes. Can you suggest some?
Gpa 5.0(max)
Sat math level 2 - 760
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1 month ago
Since most of the US applications are done now you should start preparing for next year. Suggest you select a list from the schools above (a mix of larger and smaller institutions is usually the best) and we can comment on that list.
1 month ago
If you can you should apply to as many as possible given its numbers game
1 month ago
Stats are important but not everything it really depends on other things you have which can help determine the list of colleges you should apply to
Hello! I’m a sophomore in high school with a question about sports for college. I hope to be accepted into a low acceptance rate college (UCLA, Harvard, Stanford, etc etc). I understand that colleges like that enjoy seeing students participate in school sports. Unfortunately for me, I have an eye condition that has caused severe retinal tension and my ophthalmologist has prohibited me from playing in any sort of contact sport(killed my tennis dreams). I’m no swimmer or runner (I do intend to get into an out of school marksmanship program). If I include this information in my personal statement/application, will they give me some leeway?
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1 month ago
It doesn't matter if you dont play any sports for top colleges
1 month ago
Agree with above. Unless you are a recruited athlete there is no reason to worry about sport participation
1 month ago
Many people have this idea that sports are very important while in fact it appears that quite a few students have never done any sports and still ended up at great colleges
Hey guys, check out some stories of students at US Unis - "A day in the life of.." These give a good insight into the different programms and universities: www.youtub... A/featured
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2 months ago
Cool thanks!
2 months ago
Great stuff!
This video will review Harvard Class Economics 1123: Introduction to Econometrics.
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If anybody needs admissions support for US universities or just wants some general information on the process, check out crimson education: www.crimso... ion.org/de
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2 months ago
Paid service?
2 months ago
yes, paid service. However the initial consultation is still free. Acceptance rates are very high, so well worth it.
Hello guys!
Could you please give me some information about CSS profile.
Thanks.
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2 months ago
What exactly do you want to know?
2 months ago
Pretty self explanatory- you need to fill out if you are applying for financial aid
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Getting at least two teacher recommendation letters is a mandatory part of applying to college. But, it's often easier said than done. So, here is our guide on how to get great teacher recommendation letters!
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Can someone provide some insights into LACs? How do they compare to large universities? How competitive are they?
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2 months ago
There is a range of LACs. Some are very competitive like Williams or Amherst. I understand some of them have great alumni networks and generally help you find a job after college.
2 months ago
Some are really great - there have been a few posts about LACs here
2 months ago
Simply put, it's way more teaching-focused. So seminars and small classes with interactions with professors are not uncommon, compared to large universities that have auditoriums for lectures. The tradeoff is that by definition, a university will have more resources than a college. The top LACs of course have more resources than most universities, but they will have less than the top universities if that makes sense.

Competitiveness obviously depends on each individual college as with non-LACs. See the older posts as I answered a few questions about LACs before.
College Confidential is a controversial website among many students, teachers, and college admissions officers because many students use it the wrong way. This will point out the traps to avoid and how to use this site correctly.
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2 months ago
CC is going to loose any credibility very soon. Most top students have or will stop using it. You just can't rely on the advice there but you can easily waste a lot of time on the site without getting any real value.
2 months ago
I hate college confidential
Any of you are aware of US schools with good merit based scholarships?
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2 months ago
We are about to publish a list of schools that are most generous with merit scholarships to international students. Stay tuned
2 months ago
Mention me when you post those scholarships please
The video will review Government1108: The Politics of Economic Inequality, a government class at Harvard College.

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