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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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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11 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

www.roundp... post/10641
11 months ago
Ignore the calculators imao
11 months ago
Useless!!!
Hey everyone! My name is Annika Agarwal and I am the founder of The N.A.I.N.A. Foundation. Our mission is to provide underprivileged people around the world access to medical care, something that is oftentimes considered a luxury to them. So far, we have raised nearly 1,000 eyeglasses, as well as other donations such as blood pressure machines. With that, we have partnered with the LIONS Club of Mumbai, and reached over 10,000 people with health clinics that we have set up in the area. Additionally, we have organized health seminars to raise awareness about the lack of medical attention in third world countries. One of the main aspects of our foundation is dance. We dance at events in the New Jersey area to provide those in need with surgeries. So far, we have raised over $15,000 dollars and provided nearly 100 surgeries. However, we believe that there are so many more people out there that can help us out. Therefore, if you would like to start a chapter in your school, please dm me! You do not necessarily need to be a dancer. We have so many other opportunities open for new chapters!
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11 months ago
Great job congratulations!
10 months 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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11 months ago
You should do separate posts for international students
11 months ago
Suggest you focus on some basic things like going through the application, things to include etc etc
11 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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11 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
11 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
11 months ago
Thanks!
How is everyone getting on with college apps?
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11 months ago
I agree!
11 months ago
Or you should it start it 2 weeks before your normal start date and so enjoy your holiday :)
11 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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11 months ago
Of course you should put it on the app
11 months ago
Of course include it
11 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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11 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...)
11 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
10 months 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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11 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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11 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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11 months ago
Didn't want to be tied to ED as international
11 months ago
I will be next year
11 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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11 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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11 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
11 months ago
I agree
Does anyone know what % of deferrals end up getting accepted?
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11 months ago
It depends on the university
11 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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11 months ago
This is great advice! Always good to have one back up option with pretty much guaranteed admissions
11 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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11 months ago
Have a look at this organization on RoundPier www.roundp... 27+society - also keep checking Eduniverse jobs section for new postings
11 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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1 year 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.
1 year ago
6-8 hrs per app is certainly reasonable
1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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.
1 year 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
1 year 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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1 year 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!
1 year 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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1 year 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!
1 year 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!
1 year 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