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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Each year, high school students viciously compete with each other to be the valedictorian of their graduating class. This is not only done for bragging rights, but also in hopes of standing out for college admissions. But here is why it's not worth being the valedictorian.
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Why don't colleges just work together and have standard essays? I see so many people forgetting to change college's name in "why ..." essay. They do know we are applying to 10 or more schools so "why ..." essay can't be that unique
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2 months ago
Haha would be great imao
2 months ago
I think "why.." essays show how dedicated a student is towards the school. If you do a lot of research and find activities/programs at that college that align well with your personality and achievements, they'll know you're for real. If you write a generic essay, it's a strong indication that you're not applying because of genuine interest, but applying for the sake of applying.
It's a very easy way to identify "fit" for students that can be an additional plus for colleges that use "demonstrated interest" as part of the numerous criteria they use to evaluate an applicant. As Jan put it nicely above, a generic essay is a clear signal you're applying as a means to an end. That itself won't give you a rejection, but it can't help. Likewise, if you write a very specific essay that makes you a great fit, that can only help!
Anyone has any idea if it realistic to transfer to top 20-30 schools from community college or much lower ranked universities? Assuming decent GPA etc. And what are the top schools are more likely to accept transfer students?
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2 months ago
Yes top UCs for example have some agreement with local community colleges making it easier to for CC students to transfer after 2 years
2 months ago
While transfer rates are much lower it is possible to transfer. If you know exactly what you want to study and why you want to attend this particular school it will be easier for AOs to make the decision
2 months ago
I know someone who did it
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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How accurate are these chance me calculators? I see lots of them including prepscholar but wonder if it makes any sense to rely on these?
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2 months ago
These are some good points. As you can see from some posts below and in Eduniverse we avoid speculating on students' chances of getting into a particular school. And as per Jason's comment it is important to understand college's average SAT/GPA etc (and we are about to publish some relevant data for a list of schools).

The best approach is trying to put together a good list of colleges including some safety schools that fits your profile.

And if you like to look at the numbers here is a good stats problem for you which highlights an importance of having a good mix of schools

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2 months ago
Ignore the calculators imao
2 months ago
Useless!!!
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2 months ago
Great job congratulations!
1 month ago
Nice!
Happy New Year Everyone,
As college applications deadline wrapping up, I want to first congratulate every one of your for your hard work and dedication towards your application.

I want to create a serial of weekly posts regarding the application process in US that might be helpful in making your application. Let me know if you guys think this would be helpful.

Best,
Sohbet
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2 months ago
You should do separate posts for international students
2 months ago
Suggest you focus on some basic things like going through the application, things to include etc etc
2 months ago
Extracurriculars!!!
How many activities should I put on my application? I am planning to include only 4-5 and leave out minor activities. Any advice? Thanks
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2 months ago
It really depends on the stuff you are doing. If you have some great ECs just focus on them and don't include minor stuff as it will distract AOs from your real achievements
2 months ago
I'd say that the most important ones would be fine. Don't try to impress the admission officers with the NUMBER but the QUALITY of your ECs. Remember that they have not more than 10 min to read your whole thing so if you put like 10 of ECs and some of them very trivial and doesn't really add any value to your whole profile, then it's probably better to make it shorter
2 months ago
Thanks!
How is everyone getting on with college apps?
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2 months ago
I agree!
2 months ago
Or you should it start it 2 weeks before your normal start date and so enjoy your holiday :)
2 months ago
Am working to get most of the stuff done over the next couple of days!
Hi everybody,I have just received 2 certifications from freeCodeCamp.I know these certifications are not something really valuable but they took me a lot of time to finish.So I just want to ask : Should I mention these certifications in my application form ?
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2 months ago
Of course you should put it on the app
2 months ago
Of course include it
2 months ago
Thank you very much for all the answers
I would recommend going all out for your classes, especially the ones where you're trying to get a recommendation from. For my case, I tend to go above and beyond for physics and AP Lang. I read the assigned reading and look up more info online, I volunteer for her when ever possible, as well as going out of my way to lead discussions and Socratic seminars. As for physics, I have completed every extra credit assignment, have volunteered too, and I go out of my way to participate. It's pretty important to start off the year strong with teachers, as the year tends to get harder. Good luck!
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3 months ago
@Jason this is a good point and the reason why we encourage members to build RoundPier communities/groups within their schools to make sure younger students can see what upperclassmen are up to thru their profiles and get insights/advice directly from them (and this should go beyond college advice...)
3 months ago
One of the problems I have is no matter how hard I try a couple of teachers just don't care even though I like the subjects
1 month ago
This is great advice thanks!
For the international students applying to US colleges if you are struggling with TOELF you may want to try Duolingo English Test which is accepted by a number of US colleges including many top schools.

See the link the below

englishtes... stitutions
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3 months ago
It is actually easier than TOELF imo
With early decision results coming in we see some interesting trends:

- stats still play a big role in ED/EA but it appears there are plenty of students with below average stats admitted early
- particular focus on why the applicant wants to attend a particular school
- for students with lower SAT scores applying to test optional schools worked really well (University of Chicago is a good example)

For those still applying, good luck!
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3 months ago
Remember - whether you got in, rejected, or wait-listed does not reflect your long-term success. An application is an application. What matters more in the long-run is your ability to work hard, being able to work with others, and developing resiliency.

Congrats who got the results they wanted, and best of luck to others who are applying in the RD round!
Anyone applied ED here? Any success stories?
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3 months ago
Didn't want to be tied to ED as international
3 months ago
I will be next year
3 months ago
Early Action (EA) and Single-Choice Early Action are also viable options who want to get results early!
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 months 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.

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3 months 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
3 months ago
I agree
Does anyone know what % of deferrals end up getting accepted?
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3 months ago
It depends on the university
3 months 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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3 months ago
This is great advice! Always good to have one back up option with pretty much guaranteed admissions
3 months 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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3 months ago
Have a look at this organization on RoundPier www.roundp... 27+society - also keep checking Eduniverse jobs section for new postings
3 months 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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3 months 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.
3 months ago
6-8 hrs per app is certainly reasonable
3 months 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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3 months ago
This is very helpful website!