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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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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8 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
8 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!
8 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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8 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.
8 months ago
If you can you should apply to as many as possible given its numbers game
8 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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8 months ago
It doesn't matter if you dont play any sports for top colleges
8 months ago
Agree with above. Unless you are a recruited athlete there is no reason to worry about sport participation
8 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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8 months ago
Cool thanks!
8 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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9 months ago
Paid service?
9 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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9 months ago
What exactly do you want to know?
9 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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9 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.
9 months ago
Some are really great - there have been a few posts about LACs here
9 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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9 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.
9 months ago
I hate college confidential
Any of you are aware of US schools with good merit based scholarships?
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9 months ago
We are about to publish a list of schools that are most generous with merit scholarships to international students. Stay tuned
9 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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The video will review Spanish 30, a language class at Harvard College.
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Hello everyone! I am from Asia
Which universities(tech area) do you recommend me to study as an international student. What kind of certificates should I have(SAT, TOEFL,IELTS,ACT). Doea they provide financial aid?
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9 months ago
SAT is accepted by 6000 unis so it'll be good for you
9 months ago
If financial aid is important here is a list of over 60 colleges that most generous for international students. Most of them have computer science or engineering programs.

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SAT, TOEFL, ACT are all important for international students as well as SAT subject tests as it allows admission officers get a better understanding of your academics. This is a great post to read if you are starting to prepare for college admissions in the US.

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9 months ago
Most colleges have some kind of technical majors
The common app personal statement is arguably one of the most important pieces of your college application and arguably one of the most important pieces of writing you will write in your life. Hence, here's our guide to writing your best common app essay.

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How important are interviews? Is it really a big deal? I also understand not everyone is offered an interview
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9 months ago
Important for some schools
9 months ago
It is unlikely to get you into the school (unless it goes very well and interviewer plays an important role at this college) but it can negatively impact your application if the feedback the interviewer provides isn't great
9 months ago
Some schools don't even offer interviews as part of the process
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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10 months ago
Haha would be great imao
9 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.
9 months ago
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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10 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
10 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
10 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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