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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Anyone applied ED here? Any success stories?
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3 days ago
Didn't want to be tied to ED as international
1 day ago
I will be next year
Hi! There’s an app called RaiseMe that can help get you guys some micro scholarship money for several colleges. It kinda lead me here lol
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3 days ago
Hi Katie - did you find RoundPier through raiseme? The only downside of raiseme that it doesn't apply to international students. Also, many colleges offer significant scholarships and financial aid outside of raisme so look at each school individually when you apply and see by how much you can actually reduce your tuition.

RP Team
2 days ago
raisme is helpful but not for all colleges and i feel like college use this to get you interested in their programs but the reality is you dont need to go to raiseme as many of them offer scholarships and finaid anyway
2 days ago
I agree
Does anyone know what % of deferrals end up getting accepted?
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5 days ago
It depends on the university
5 days ago
That's correct. It really depends on the school. However, we understand for top schools around 10-15% get accepted in RD. Here is some data from Georgetown uadmission... rly-action
Here's a tip: If a school offers onsite, go for it. For example, Stony Brook offers onsite admissions and all you have to do is, meet with them, discuss your major interest, and they will have a quick look at your gpa and test scores. Most of the time if your of decent standing, its a guarantee admission. This is so good because it's a great morale boost and if you really wanna go to stony, then your already set.
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1 week ago
This is great advice! Always good to have one back up option with pretty much guaranteed admissions
1 week ago
Not really an option for international students going to the US
Hi everyone
Is there any internships with scholars for international students in the US in techology area. especially programming.
Thanks guys.
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1 week ago
Have a look at this organization on RoundPier www.roundp... 27+society - also keep checking Eduniverse jobs section for new postings
5 days ago
Start your own project - most of the internships are hard to find especially in tech
Hi guys

for those who are applying now or already in college, how much time have you spent on college apps and essays? Thanks
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2 weeks ago
In all, I probably spent around 30 hours on my apps to MIT, UF, and Babson. I am planning to spend more if I need to apply to other schools before January 1st (after hearing from MIT). The essays took around 25 of those 30 hours.
The process takes a lot of revision and brain-storming. Don’t put it off, and don’t submit your first version!
Good luck.
2 weeks ago
6-8 hrs per app is certainly reasonable
2 weeks ago
I feel like spending one or two days (10 hours max) per college app is enough - writing supplements is hard imao
Yall should check out the website 1600.io/
What is it? Its hours worth of free sat instruction from a 1600 scorer, who breaks down the test!
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2 weeks ago
This is very helpful website!
Tomorrow is my SAT.I expect to get 1300 and have 95%in 10 level while 92%in 11 .I wanna get admission in a US uni through financial aid.Im from Kashmir and know English as well
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2 weeks ago
Major, location, any other preferences? There are plenty of options...but depending on the amount of financial aid you need your college list will change.
2 weeks ago
Start with this list of schools that are most generous for international students - see their common set data on average SAT - any questions let us know

www.roundp... l-students
2 weeks ago
There are plenty of schools where you can apply with 1300
One key thing to note: Don't join or pursue an activity because "it looks valid for colleges!" Number one if you don't like the activity, your going to hate doing it. Also, its obvious to some admission representatives that you simply are doing this just to add it onto your resume.Show dedication! Do something you are passionate about, do something you can write a story about!
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3 weeks ago
This a great post Mohammad! We see the question about “extracurriculars for colleges” very often. The reality is signing up for numerous activities doesn’t add value to your application. Our goal here is to find and bring as many interesting opportunities as possible. And we have been impressed by a number of student led organizations, start ups and projects that some of our members are working on and inviting others to join. These are truly unique activities started by students who have real passion for a particular topic. Now, this doesn’t mean they will get into their dream schools but at least they aren’t wasting time doing something they don’t really care about!
2 weeks ago
Great post!
As I look near college apps, I see more and more kids with these absolutely stellar extracurricular activities. I know that I shouldn’t be comparing myself to other people, but I can’t help myself. I have leadership positions in smaller clubs and have not won many awards at these insanely competitive events and Olympiads. Should I be worried about my chances for colleges if I am not at these standards? I think of myself as competitive, but when I see people who have absolutely dominated competitions and founded organizations that changed their whole town or city, do I really have a chance?
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3 weeks ago
Do you think being the only teen on a temple’s executive board would be considered “standing out?” I’ve had trouble deciding if this is standing out. Thank you for your feedback!
3 weeks ago
Jake- being unique in any way, such as your temple example, is fantastic. You just have to convey your character, achievements, and uniqueness through the essays your college requires or through some other part of the college application. Don’t let these things simply stand as names, you need to explain what they are and why they matter. Good luck!
3 weeks ago
Any experience like this should be on college application. You just don't know what admission officer may find unique or interesting so the more experiences the better imo
I want to add another college to my list but I don't know what to add. Can someone suggest a college based on my profile?
I've been thinking about Washington University in St. Louis. Is their aid good?
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3 weeks ago
As an international? I heard they do provide financial aid but it's not that great
3 weeks ago
There are definitely schools with better fin aid. A number of LACs offer good support to international students. Also, have you checked Notre Dame?
How much do colleges cares about AP classes and scores? I took AP chem, macro, and micro sophomore year and got all 4s. Is that good enough to submit for colleges?
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3 weeks ago
Majority of colleges accept a 4 or a 5, so having a 5 or 4 would not get you accepted or rejected from any college.
2 weeks ago
I disagree - for many colleges having 4s and 5s on AP courses can make a difference. Especially for technical majors AP Physics, CS and other related AP classes are important
2 weeks ago
It helps to have them, but just because someone doesnt have a 4 doesnt mean their an automatic rejection. Aps are about 99 dollars and not everyone has the luxary to pay for them.
How much value do you guys think being captain of two track seasons has?
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3 weeks ago
Hi Mohammad - the reality is unless you are a recruited athlete your sports accomplishments add little value to your application. However, leadership is something many schools care about and sport leadership positions are important as they are usually harder to get into. It is worth adding this to your application but don't expect top colleges to put a lot of weight on this.

RP Team
3 weeks ago
I guess depends on how good your team is...?
3 weeks ago
6 straight championship titles!
Just looking at some of the posts below...I feel like people keep asking questions about apps and "small" projects they worked on and don't realize how great these are. Majority of applicants haven't done anything remotely close to this. "Small" projects that you teachers used aren't small if it is useful for your teacher or school. Apps with 5k downloads is something to be proud of. Now, that doesn't mean they will get you accepted into your dream school but it is definitely worth putting it on your college app!
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Hello everyone , I am a student from Viet Nam and I really want to study abroad ,especially in the US. But there is a few things that I am wondering :
1) I don't have any international/national awards , does this gonna hurt my chance to get accepted cause I am planning to apply for some top schools .
And please let's me know if there are any online or international competitions or stuffs like that cause I would like to participate .
2) Well the second thing is about my activities :
*I made two mobile games and posted it on CH Play ,and both have got about 5k download until now ,not so much ,and I don't know if I should mention this ?
*I have made some small projects about winform and computer apps with my teachers , and some of them have been used by some of my teachers too.
So these are all my activities so far,not so much , and I wonder what I can do next to boost my activities ,since I really love programming but there aren't any clubs or organizations in my country that are related to computers. So guys please help me .
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1 month ago
are you applying this year or next? there isn't much you can do this year for the US applications. generally, i would say these are great achievements!!!
1 month ago
Hi Tuan

1) on your first point we published this post on "myths" international students have about US college admissions www.roundp... ancial-aid

Regarding some of the programs, we have have a number of organizations on RoundPier including Developers Society (www.roundp... 27+society ), IYMC (www.roundp... +challenge ) and some others that could be of interest to you.

2) you have done some great things in technology! Yes you should mention these on your college apps. It is important to explain what exactly you have done and how this is helping your school/teachers. Again see some of the organizations we have on RoundPier where you can continue to pursue your passion for technology.

And yes if you are applying this year not much can be done, just keep doing what you like to do and enjoy high school! If you are applying next year there a number of interesting opportunities and things to do.

RP Team
I think this has been asked before but was wondering what number of colleges do you recommend to apply to?
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1 month ago
For international students it has to be more than 6 imo. But you do need a few back up schools at home or elsewhere.
1 month ago
School application strategies can depend on your goals and what type of school you'd like to attend: finances, the caliber/selectivity of your ideal school(s), and how many options you'd like to have at the end of the application process all play a factor in determining the right amount of schools to apply to. The most important part of your school list is finding a solid group of safeties that you would be 100% okay with attending if they were your only option. Targets/reaches can be easy to add on, but finding safety schools that are genuinely interesting to you will make sure that you have options regardless of what happens!
1 month ago
For an international student you must have other options outside of the US. It seems the admissions process has become very unpredictable
Which college would be best for major in engineering physics, study Medicine and minor in robotics
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1 month ago
Hi Jamila

There are many schools that offer engineering and physics as well as medicine. Robotics is a rare undergraduate major and is typically graduate coursework although some universities undergraduate robotics classes. If you want to pursue medicine and become a doctor then you should look at some pre-med programs. But it seems that based on your interests you may want to check out biomed engineering programs in which case have a look at these posts

www.roundp... reparation

www.roundp... /view/7800

RP Team
1 month ago
Don't worry about robotics at the moment focus on general engineering. And yes biomed engineering sounds a good option.
Which schools do you recommend for an international student who is unlikely to qualify for financial aid? I am interested in top 30 schools in the US and have options elsewhere. I would like to major in something business related. Thanks!
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1 month ago
Any need-aware school will be great.
You may consider UChicago for example
Importance of Extracurricular activities:

As early decision and regular decision application are coming close, I want to write this note about extracurricular activities. As I'm seeing below some people worry that they don't have as "impressive" extracurricular as compared to their peers. 2 things I want to make it clear at first:

- if you're senior and already applying to colleges, THERE IS NO POINT of worrying or stressing about it right now. Honestly, what can you do right now? The only thing you can do is be honest and optimistic, and list down all the extracurricular that you've done. PERIOD.

- if you are junior or below grade, you better start thinking about the type of activities that'd make your application look standout. Now here is the tricky part. Those activities don't necessarily have to be founding a club or going to Mexico to work on international internship. It could be as simple as being a captain team of your soccer club or working in starbucks to support your family financially. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't stretch your limits and try to go beyond what you've done right now. Don't compare yourself to others. DON'T COMPETE WITH OTHERS. "COMPETE WITH YOURSELF". I'm quoting one of my favorite speakers, Simon Sinek here. What he means by this beautiful phrase is that, try to outdo yourself incrementally. In your context, find out the clubs that you really have passion to participate in and put an effort to rise up to leadership positions, if you can. If you're a team member in a club this year, compete with yourself and try to become a organizer or coordinator or even co-chair of that club next year.
Last thing, "which clubs you wanna attend for college" should be phrased as "what do you have passion for". Of course, you might not have passion for every club you attend but make sure that what you put effort comes at least interesting to you. Don't think about college, think about your interests.

Hope that clears things up and good luck in your applications.
Let me know below the comments section, if you have any particular questions.
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1 month ago
@Brian. This is a good question. I don't know about non-US colleges, but most prestigious American colleges do look at your circumstances and assess your accomplishments in your own circumstances. That being said, if you've grown up in a rural part of X country only with a soccer club in your school, then you obviously won't be compared to someone who've grown up in urban Boston with full list of extracurriculars. In fact, I've heard that Harvard has accepted someone from Y country who hasn't even taken SAT because SAT weren't conducted in that country. Look as long as you do compete with yourself and try to achieve more than what you can, that'd be it. Even if you had only one soccer club in your school, and you've started another debate club so that you could address students' needs (as opposed to show off in college application) then you'd be a really impressive, standout applicant even relative to other applicants have done tens of ECs.
1 month ago
Thanks for this!
1 month ago
Thank you!
Hi there ! So I have worked for a hotel as an internship for about 3 months now and also been a volunteer for a orphanage for also 3 months .But a problem is my major is Computer Science and some of my friends told me that these activities are not relevant to computer so I shouldn't mention those .Is it true ? Should I mention these things in my application ?
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1 month ago
You should definitely mention them.
1 month ago
Are you applying this year? If so, it's likely too late to make any major changes to your extracurricular activities, considering that early apps are due in less than a week.

Leadership positions can show a deeper level of commitment in an activity, yes. But any activities that you've spent significant time on are important and should be mentioned on the application.
1 month ago
I am actually taking a gap year ,but I don't know how to get leadership positions right now .I don't actually have any ideas for starting a club or founding an organization.So what should I do to right now ?

P/S: And again , thank you very much for all your answers !