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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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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Hey everyone, I'm an international junior in HS interested in Bioengineering/Biomedical Engineering.

So basically in my country you only get to choose classes in your senior year. I have two choices (in addition to taking basic classes like math, english etc):

(1) take biology, chemistry and physics

(2) take chemistry, physics, psychology and advanced math (in addition to regular math)

The problem is that advanced math has more "credits" so it can possibly raise our GPAs more (we're not so sure about this for the moment), but if I choose advanced math I can't take biology. I'd also have to take psychology (which I really don't want to take next year).

What do you think I should do, taking college applications into consideration?
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2 weeks ago
Take biology. If you want to go into the biomedical/bioengineering field, then taking classes relevant to that is more important because it expresses your interest in that field. Taking the other classes doesn't express interest, so any statements made about pursuing a career in the field of biology will have no ground.
2 weeks ago
biology and physics usually very important for BM majors
2 weeks ago
Try taking SAT Subject tests which are the key for top schools especially math and biology in for your major
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 ?
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4 weeks ago
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.
4 weeks ago
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.
3 weeks ago
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?
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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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Any international students here can share their experiences?
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1 month ago
I have been somewhat successful with acceptances at a few smaller schools (some top LACs) but the cost is really something that makes me thing I should stay in Europe. Overall, you can do well if you start applications early and have a story to tell...just my personal experience.
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 months ago
Some very good points here!
2 months 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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2 months 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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3 months 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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3 months 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.
3 months ago
I'm from an under developed/remote area Won't it give any benefit?
3 months 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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3 months 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
3 months ago
Thanks!
3 months ago
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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3 months 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
3 months 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!
3 months 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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3 months 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.
3 months ago
If you can you should apply to as many as possible given its numbers game
3 months 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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3 months ago
It doesn't matter if you dont play any sports for top colleges
3 months ago
Agree with above. Unless you are a recruited athlete there is no reason to worry about sport participation
3 months 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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4 months ago
Cool thanks!
4 months ago
Great stuff!
This video will review Harvard Class Economics 1123: Introduction to Econometrics.
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