When should high school students start looking at colleges?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 8 months ago

It’s never too early to start looking at what factors are important to you for your college years. Ask yourself carefully what is important to you: a certain program, geographical region, structured vs. open curriculum, school spirit, fraternity/sorority (Greek) system, and level of pressure. These are just a few aspects that will determine your best-fit college.Although it is very common, we do not recommend looking at colleges solely on the basis of rankings. Rankings are very easily manipulated, and have resulted in real problems in admission, as colleges try to make themselves look as selective as possibly, which gives them....View More

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What is the recommended format an applicant should use for a college application essay?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 8 months ago

Before you begin writing our college application essay, look make sure you look carefully at how you will submit the essay – whether it will be uploaded or pasted into a textbox. This can determine your formatting. You should keep in mind the word count as you write. Your main common application essay should be no more than 650 words, and no fewer than 250. You should aim towards 650 words unless you can make your point in fewer words. Most students begin composing in a Microsoft Word document, and then copy and paste the text into the application, as....View More

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What advice would you give to someone in high school who was thinking of applying to US colleges?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 8 months ago

Try to set yourself apart from your Indian classmates. Top U.S universities will require top grades and test scores and will expect you to take the most difficult courses that you can. The aspect that some Indian students fall short on is in extracurricular activities. To set yourself apart, try to obtain leadership positions in whatever organizations you are in. If you have a Model UN club, try to hold an officer position. If your high school does not have a model UN, consider what it would take to start one. Think outside the box in terms of initiating a....View More

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Do American Universities visit India to talk about their admissions process? Where can I get more information on the schedule and how important is it for me to attend these?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 8 months ago

American Universities do visit India, many times in consortiums. For instance, Columbia, U Penn and Yale usually visit Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi as part of a consortium tour each fall. If you can go to these presentations, by all means do, and be sure to fill out a contact card. If your schedule or location do not allow it, try to send a note to the university you are interested in, to be in touch with their international rep. You can usually find the email of the international rep by going to the Admissions section or try searching for....View More

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What are some common college application mistakes?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 8 months ago

One of the primary mistakes we see with applications of Indian students is in writing the essays. Indian students often focus too much on reiterating their accomplishments, and not enough time developing a personal statement that is truly, well, personal. Make sure that you tell a story that only you can tell. Your accomplishments will be listed in the Activity Grid, where you will have space to elaborate on your activities. Other common mistakes include:Leaving out vital personal detailsIt can be tempting to leave out certain person data when you apply to college, but context is everything in the admissions....View More

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How important are the school rankings? In India, there are certain US schools that are perceived better than others.

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 8 months ago

When applying to college and figuring out what will be the best school for you, you should focus on fit more than prestige or ratings. Ratings can be easily manipulated and are not always the best indicator of the university that will give you the best opportunity to get you where you want to go. For instance, if you go to the hardest school possible, with the highest ranking, there is no assurance that you will be able to maintain a high GPA for getting into graduate school, if that is one of your goals. You may also find yourself....View More

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Do colleges take more than one student from each high school? Will I be competing against everyone or against kids from my high school?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 8 months ago

In most cases, colleges will evaluate students by region, meaning that they will indeed compare you against other students from your school or in your area (MIT is an exception to this. They do not read by region or school). For this reason, it is a good idea to keep your college list to yourself. No reason to give anybody else your great ideas, especially if they are a stronger student than you! This is another good reason to think outside the box of which colleges to apply to. Are all of your friends applying to MIT, Purdue and U....View More

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How do I know whether or not I should submit an arts portfolio?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 8 months ago

If you are not applying for an arts program, then you should only submit an arts portfolio if you have exception talent. Before you submit this arts portfolio, it is a good idea to ask a teacher or instructor who knows your work well whether or not they think you have great talent. If you are merely an ok piano or tabla player, or if you haven’t danced since you were in Grade 6, or if you write poems for fun but have never had them evaluated, then you probably shouldn’t submit an arts portfolio. If however, you have risen....View More

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University of California schools require two full semesters of the same performing or visual art, but my school does not offer this. What should I do?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 8 months ago

For students applying as freshman, UC does not maintain approved “a-g” course lists for secondary schools outside of California. UC expects students to follow a challenging college-preparatory curriculum that would allow the student to enroll in a competitive university in their home country. For the arts requirement, they will accept a full-year course or two sequential semesters of the same type of visual or performing art course. The categories are Dance, Music, theater, Interdisciplinary and Visual arts (e.g., painting, web/graphic design, film/video, inter/multimedia arts). The UC’s are very strict when it comes to their a-g subject requirements. If your school....View More

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What are the steps for applying for colleges?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 8 months ago

Choose Your College List First of all, you must decide what factors are important to you in a college. What do you want to study? What areas of the country? How much pressure do you want? Is financial aid a must? Do you want a school with big school spirit and sports teams? What about a Greek system? Once you determine what you are looking for and have your list, you should first get on the college’s mailing list. This will demonstrate your interest, and you will then receive any news about their admissions policies and you will be notified....View More

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What should I put in the “Additional Information” section of the common app?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 8 months ago

Additional Information is where you can explain anything you were not able to fully discuss in the rest of your application. For instance, did your grades dip one year because you were sick? Tell about it here. Were you not able to list all of your extracurricular activities in the 10 slots given? List the rest of them here. Do you need to explain your grading system, or why you were suspended, or why you had to switch schools so many times? Tell about it here.Remember also that you do not need this space to be all about one issue.....View More

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What are some good safety schools?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 8 months ago

One person’s safety school is another person’s reach or dream school, so this is difficult to answer. To give you a rough idea however of some great schools that are not as selective, we recently helped a student with their list for engineering schools, and the safety schools were: Oregon State, Montana State, Washington state, SUNY Albany, Indiana University, Purdue, SF State, UC Santa Cruz, Tulane and University of Wisconsin-Madison. It all depends of course on your grades, test scores, extracurricular activities, work experience and essays. We would love to know more about your profile and then can let you....View More

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Tell me about the MIT selection process, and the application process to any Ivy school.

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 8 months ago

The best way to tell you about the MIT admissions process is to ask MIT themselves. They do an excellent job on their admissions blog of letting you know what they value, and how the selection process works. Here’s from a recent entry: After you click the submit button, it's easy to feel as though your application has entered a black hole. So what really happens between when you apply and when you receive your decision? We understand that not knowing the details can add a lot of stress to the waiting period, so we're happy to shed some light into that black hole. Once your application is complete,....View More

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Is there an advantage to filing my Certificate of Finances (COF) with my application, instead of waiting until they ask for it?

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Judith Winters Answered 7 months ago

Students should always submit their Certificate of Finances with the application if the university requires this. Following directions for each college is advantageous. 

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I want to apply to the USA. Is there anything I need to know regarding the applications if I am new to all this? What advice would you give me regarding the process?

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Kriti Chawla Answered 8 months ago

Well, you should take the SAT or ACT by beginning of 12th class. Also, during 12th class summer, make sure the list of universities you want to apply to is ready. Then start doing the research and find out what all the specific universities require in particular (for eg., short essays, short Q&A, personal statements, AP scores, English proficiency scores (Toefl, IELTS etc), certificates etc.) Start working on building your profile and working on your extracurriculars and volunteer work by end of 12th summer. You also want to make sure you hold a leadership post in your school/ have a....View More

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I want to study in the United States, but my English proficiency isn’t good enough yet. What can I do?

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    Anupama Singh
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Anupama Singh Answered 7 months ago

English is a second language for many students. Depending on your current grade level, make a specific plan for improving your English proficiency. The plan can range from seeking professional help, independent and self-directed learning with essay writing, speaking and listening drills. There are numerous resources and practice materials available. The plan really depends on what best suits your needs. 

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When do you declare a major?

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Saugat Pandey Answered 7 months ago

I am currently a freshman student at a Liberal Arts college in Wisconsin and have not declared my major yet. Usually, students here declare their majors by the end of their sophomore year.  Until then, they explore different areas and subjects and some of them even change their mind and end up taking completely different major. If you are someone who has already planned what to pursue before starting college, you can declare your major in the first semester. Otherwise, you get plenty of time to declare a major. 

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I completed all my schooling from one school, but that school used A1-E2 grading in IX/X grades and 1-100(India) in XI/XII as any other school in India. I am not able to register the same school name twice (once for 9th and 10th) to report A1-E2 grades and another (for 11th and 12th) to report 0-100 scale. How should I report them?

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Harsehaj Singh Answered 7 months ago

Try using only the 0-100 scale, but reporting your letter grades as number cut-offs (A1=90-100) in a foot note, or in the additional information page. Usually this can also be done in the “school profile” page.

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Currently I am in +2 doing Commerce with Maths in India. After +2, I would like to study in the USA. What SAT score do I need for a top business school in USA? What are the best schools and the admissions process? What type of financial aid is available? Will I get a job in USA after an MBA?

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    Tom O'Keefe
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Tom O'Keefe Answered 7 months ago

I may let others speak to some of the particulars here, but wanted to clarify a few key points: In the US, there is a marked distinction between undergraduate business programs and MBA programs. While SAT (or ACT) scores will likely be necessary in applying for an undergraduate business program, you would likely need to take either the GRE, or perhaps better, the GMAT, and have completed a four-year undergraduate degree before applying for an MBA program. Although the norms are somewhat fluid, it remains quite standard that applicants for MBA programs at top North American universities would have a....View More

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Is spending extra time and effort preparing for admissions abroad while preparing for JEE worth it? Or should I focus on a singular thing. I have decent scores and good ECs.

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Kim Dixit Answered 6 months ago

I always recommend that students focus on either the JEE or the US application process. Trying to do both at the same time will do justice to neither. If you want to prepare for JEE, then give it your all. If you do not achieve what you expect, you can always take a gap year and focus on your US applications along with a few projects and ECA's to enhance your application. If attending college in the US is your first choice then I recommend you do not prepare for JEE. Instead spend your extra time working on ECA's and projects....View More

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Is there any harm to take admission in Spring Sessions?

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Anupama Singh Answered 6 months ago

While autumn (Aug/Sept) is the traditional start of the academic year in the USA, there's nothing wrong with starting in the spring.  Sometimes colleges and universities will offer spring admission to students as they have space available at that time.  The only considerations are that the orientation and welcoming will not be as robust as the traditional start, but there should still be some kind of orientation program for you to attend.  Social groups can be formed so it may require you to push yourself a bit more to make friends. Housing on-campus may be an issue depending on the....View More

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Can I accept offer of admission from two different universities on OUAC ? Since I'm not sure if I would be able to meet the conditions of one of them, will this affect my status in the two colleges in any way ?

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Geetha Swamy Answered 6 months ago

No! it is not considered appropriate to accept more than one offer of admission as it means you are blocking the admission of another student. What you could do, though, is write to the more selective one and express your apprehensions and also, let them know you have an offer from another university (without naming which one). Ask them what they think you should do. Admissions officer are usually understanding and will give you a response. Take it from there and my advise would be to do this asap.

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Would you suggest applying as Undecided for competitive institutes like the Ivies, HYPMS and NSU for an Economics and PolItical Science double major?

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Geetha Swamy Answered 6 months ago

If you are so sure that you want to pursue these subjects, I am not sure why you would want to apply undecided. On the other hand, if you are still not sure this is the path you want to pursue, you know that you can still change your major AFTER you are in the university. The advantage of declaring your major is that it gives you the opportunity to talk about your love for the subject, how you developed your interest, what have you done so far to foster your interest, what you plan to do with the course....View More

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I'm a US citizen currently studying in India. Would the US citizenship help my chances of getting admitted into a top US university in any way or would I fall under the same category as other Indian applicants? Moreover, is there any way I could qualify for in-state tuition?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 6 months ago

Hi there,As a US citizen, you will be considered a domestic and not an international student for admissions purposes. The fact that you have studied in India will put you in an interesting category, as you have an interesting perspective and background. Make sure that you think deeply about this and include it in some way in your application. If your parents maintain a residence in the U.S., you may be considered in-state for tuition purposes. But if your family previously lived in the U.S. and is now overseas, you will not be considered an in-state student for tuition purposes.....View More

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I have a blog that, in my opinion, reflects my understanding of the subjects I want to study for undergrad really well. Yet, I'm not sure as to how I'm supposed to highlight this in my application/CV as I doubt they'd go through articles/posts. Do you have any suggestions?

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    Anupama Singh
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Anupama Singh Answered 6 months ago

You're right in assuming that admissions officers aren't going to have the time to read your articles and posts on your blog. You can list this as one of your activities and write a brief synopsis there. You can include the link to it as well in case the reader of your application may want to visit it, but simply including it in your activities should be sufficient.

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If one of my external recommenders outlines my internship with them and the type of work I did, do I still need to talk about the internship experience/what I learned during my time at the internship in my college specific essay? Or is it recommended to save space and use the words to talk about another significant experience?

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Anupama Singh Answered 6 months ago

Not all schools require letters of recommendation and some even ask that you don't send them.  In these cases, you will need to write about it if you want it to be considered as part of your application.  If the school does require recommendations and your recommender does write about it, I recommend that if it was a significant learning experience for you that you still write about it, but from your perspective of how you grew from that experience.  You should be able to talk about both experiences if they were both significant.

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Is there any way to inform NUS before the decisions that you've applied for re-evaluation in a subject?

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Anupama Singh Answered 6 months ago

I recommend you write them an email with an explanation of what is happening and why you've applied for re-evaluation, and when you expect the result to come out.  You should also ask them to confirm they've received your email.  I'm not too familiar with NUS, but if you aren't offered admission and your result is better, it appears they do have an appeal process..  

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Considering the subjectivity of the holistic US admission process, how many universities should a student ideally apply to, and is there any criteria that could help assess how well a student fits into a particular college (i.e. is likelier to be liked by admissions officers and get admitted)?

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Anupama Singh Answered 6 months ago

It's generally recommended that students apply to about 8-12 schools: 2-3 reach where you are unlikely to get admitted as the average gpa, test scores, etc. are above yours; 4-6 target schools where your stats fall in the range of admitted students; 2-3 safety schools where your stats are above or well above the admitted student profile.  It's important to research the admitted student profile to see what an admitted student looks like.

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For Ivy leagues, GeorgiaTech, Caltech kind of universities, instead of CS, if I choose 'Undeclared' in my application , would it increase my chance of admission?

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Geetha Swamy Answered 6 months ago

I have no idea why so many students think that applying undecided increases your chances of getting into  a school. You have to remember that computer science is one of the more sought after programs at university and if you don't show your interest in the field, how do you expect to be accepted into the program later? What if your grades at that point are not good enough to get into the course? Would you study history or literature instead? Are you interested in these courses? Apply "undecided" only when you really are not sure of what you want....View More

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Is it okay if I only get my essays reviewed and not take additional help from a counsellor for other application materials? The course I want to do requires me to make a portfolio, which is already being handled. So I have to prepare all the documents required for admission, except a portfolio.

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    Lisa Buchwalter
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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 6 months ago

Speaking as a college counselor, I like to think there is value to having a counselor or someone with an understanding of the admissions process review all parts of an application! But if this is not possible, yes, of course, you can do a good job yourself. In fact, most students do not get outside help. If you only get help on your essays, please make sure that you do a complete job of your Activity Grid, showing the depth of your involvement and your leadership in all activities.  Make sure also that you pay as much attention to your....View More

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How do universities check for GPA when they compare international students?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 6 months ago

Hi there! Colleges have trained international specialists who are familiar with different types of grading systems. They don't really recalculate your score into a GPA as much as compare you with your peers in a similar grading system. If the international specialists are not used to a particular grading system, they will ask for clarification from your school.If you are self-reporting grades, you will be accepted provisionally and asked to submit a final transcript to verify what you have reported. I hope this answers your question. If not, feel free to elaborate.

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I'm a US citizen studying (to be enrolled in 11th grade) in India in a Cambridge International AS/A level program. It offers 2 tracks (Science & Commerce) and neither of them have foreign language in the curriculum. Unfortunately I did not take any foreign language courses during my 9th & 10th grades either. Many of the US universities seem to require atleast 2 years of foreign language. Is this requirement a must-have or can this be substituted with a SAT Subject test in German/French for example?

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Anupama Singh Answered 6 months ago

Many universities understand that the Indian curriculum doesn't allow for foreign language in your +2, and this is OK.  Since you're saying you also did not take a foreign language in your 9th and 10th, I recommend writing something in your application about why you weren't able to take it.  If you speak another language at home you can also talk about that in your application.  To show some level of proficiency in a foreign language, you can take a test as well like an AP or SAT subject.  However, some universities may be able to admit you even if....View More

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I'm an Indian studying in a CBSE school! I took Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Psychology without Mathematics in my classes 11 and 12. However, I studied Math till Grade 10, have enrolled in an online edX certified Calculus BC course for my senior year and gave the Math 2 SAT subject test in June. I'm targeting HYP and other ivies for an undergraduate course in Biology (PreMed track). Will this affect my chances considering good ECs in STEM and research in cardiovascular medicine that involves a lot of Maths in it? How else can I prove my competency in mathematics?

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    Geetha Swamy
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Geetha Swamy Answered 5 months ago

What are your grades in classes 9, 10, 11 and 12? Why are you targeting only the Ivies? Have you even considered other top schools for Biology?  What score did you receive in SAT Math 2 test? There are so many other questions you need to consider before you dash into planning for admission to HYP. It seems that your competency in Math is uppermost in your mind. Please consider the other factors I have listed above. They are very important. I am glad that you have some good extra curricular activities. They will certainly work in your favour. Math....View More

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I’m of Indian descent but have a passport from a different country. I don’t have an Indian passport. Will I be considered as an Indian or as a national of the country I have the passport of for college application purposes?

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Tom O'Keefe Answered 5 months ago

Some schools may consider your heritage as part of a holistic review process (which is to say, basically, that some admissions processes consider various demographic factors in weighing admissions decisions), but the country/ies of which you are a citizen will be operative in any situation (for example, related to visas) that involves your nationality.If you feel it is important to clarify these details, you should consider exploring the relevant issues/dynamics in your college essay or in secondary essays.

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    Shehab Khan
    IB: HL Math, HL Physics, HL Economics, SL Chemistry, SL French, SL English Lang and Lit

General ACT: 34+ <-- taking October and November SAT II: Math 2 (800) Physics (780+) <-- haven't done these yet but these are my scores from when I practice for them - taking September and October GPA: 5.8/7 <-- Idk my GPA but this will be my guess... IB Subjects: IB Predicted 40/42 - HL Math 7, HL Physics 7, HL Economics 7, SL Chemistry 6, SL French 6, SL English Lang & Lit 7 Extended Essay: Mathematics - Queueing Theory (expecting an A) TOK: Expecting an A/B Total IB Points: I'll say 42-43/45 (I'll find out the one's being sent to uni in October) School type: Small private IB school Applying for financial aid: Yes. I think my family income is <100k Intended major: Computer Science (but I can change that considering CS is a hard major to apply to) Ethnicity: Indian passport but lived all my life in the middle east Activities - Founder and Instructor of TheCodingClub (I taught people how to program in C++, turned out to be one of the largest and most successful clubs in the school) (3 years - plan to do it in G12 as well) - Founder and President of MIT LaunchX Club - first in the country (helping people create companies of their own [I made one app-based company as well]) (2 years) - Co-Founder and Executive of TheEntrepreneurialClub (3 years) - Executive Member of the Student Council (2 years - altho one year was in middle school) - Main Symphonic Band of the school - first chair Clarinetist (6 years) - considered one of the best in the middle east - Working with a local orphanage - Certified Scuba Diver (SSI PADI) - Wankan Shotokan Karate Black Belt (6 years) - Tennis (internationally represented the school) (4 years) Certificates/Awards/Achievements - Sports medals - Duke of Edinburgh's International Award (bronze and silver) - Certificate of Leadership (the principal made this award 'in honor of me' for being a role model to all IB students) - Have done 4 computer science courses in my free time (certified) - Published author of "MatheMazing! The Beauty of Mathematics" (I wrote a book on the beauty on mathematics and many fun and interesting problems [it's like a 100 page book] published on Amazon and in-print copy. I was featured on the newspaper, and I have received many praises from university professors [including some field medalists!] from around the world). Work Experience - Chief Website Developer at The Echo Report (I managed my own team for about a year where we managed anything online to do with this Virginia-based newspaper company) - Trainee at the corporate banking department in Bank Muscat (in my country, internships is very very rare and having a job under 18 is illegal. So not many people do get the opportunity to get any work experience. I was lucky to be at the biggest bank in the country for about a week, shadowing various people in the department). Letters of Recommendation - Math teacher - he's like my father. Been my teacher for 4 years and also my Extended Essay supervisor and a great mentor and person to me. - English teacher - like my mother - she has also been my teacher for 4 years and was also the supervisor for the Student Council. She knows how much I've grown in English and also how determined I am in Student Council. - Additional rec: He's my Physics/TOK teacher, and more importantly my Tennis coach. He was also the head of the International Award expeditions and Scuba diving. - ED-specific rec: He helped me start The Coding Club. Where I'm applying Okay so I'm confused where I should apply ED. Either UPenn (NETS or M&T first choice and SEAS second choice) or Cornell engineering. UPenn has accepted 7 out of 14 people in my schools (and they've accepted all the two ED applicants). Cornell has accepted 2 out of 20 people. I know this may not matter, but just saying... Also, I'm applying to the following Early Action programs: UChicago, Georgia Tech, UNC Chapel Hill, Fordham+Columbia (Specialized 5 year program), Caltech and MIT. If I shouldn't apply to some, then please do tell me Regular Decision: Amherst College, Williams College, Yale, Yale-NUS, UC Berekely, UCLA, Dartmouth, Cornell/Penn (whichever I didn't apply ED).... The list may reduce, but this is it so far. Thank you :)

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Tom O'Keefe Answered 5 months ago

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Will it be easy for Indian students to fit abroad specially in America and Canada when their confidence level is not very high and their English is also not very good?

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    Geetha Swamy
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Geetha Swamy Answered 5 months ago

This one is a strange question. Adjusting to a new environment is never a cakewalk. It requires guts, determination and a desire to succeed. Ability to converse comfortably in English helps but there are a lot of people in these countries who have gone there with very limited English. Students can take Foundation courses to improve their language in these countries. It also helps to build confidence.

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What are the requirements for studying in Canada specifically for people studying the A level?

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Geetha Swamy Answered 5 months ago

First of all, you need good grades. I would advise you to take the IELTS for proof of English Proficiency with a score of 7 or above. Other than that, good grades help.

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    Suryansh Chauhan
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I have scored a composite of 34 on the ACT; but ended up scoring 81.2 % in 12th CBSE Board Exams. I assure you that I got stellar ECs (wont brag but they're far better than most of the Indian applicants) and grades in 9,10,11th are impressive, too. I guess, i do not have a shot at the Ivies with this score in 12th. So, I've decided to take the CBSE Improvement exams next year and I'm expecting somewhere around 92% this time. What should I put in the Common App- pursuing 12th or completed 12th?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 5 months ago

Hi there, congratulations on your terrific ACT score and also on your perseverance in retaking the CBSE exams. I would put "pursuing 12th" and then in the Additional Information section, explain that your situation - that you have completed but are taking the improvement exams.  Also consider extending your reach further than the Ivies, even if you get a 92%. There are dozens of excellent universities out there where you can get an excellent education.

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How good/bad is USIEF for counseling?

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    Anupama Singh
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Anupama Singh Answered 5 months ago

USIEF is an unbiased organization that can be quite good for counseling. The great thing about USIEF is that they're unbiased and don't have any kind of payback scheme with US colleges/universities. They are trusted by US colleges/universities as well. Each USIEF office runs a bit differently so how they work with you can vary depending on which office you're working with; admittedly, some are better than others. I always recommend students work with them as they will give you advice based on what your needs, wants, and abilities are rather than push you to a school that gives a....View More

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Do Early Action (EA) and Early Decision Colleges (ED) Colleges accept November SAT Subject test scores?

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    Judith Winters
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Judith Winters Answered 5 months ago

This all depends on the school you are applying to- I suggest that you look at each schools's website (for the institution you are applying to ED or EA). Furthermore, you can send your November subject test scores to your EA/ED school in the event that they will consider these results.

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My parents got degrees in India but their college was only for 3 years. Am I considered first generation for international college applications?

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Anupama Singh Answered 5 months ago

The answer can depend on the school you apply to, but generally you will not be considered first-gen because your parents were admitted to and attended college.

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I’m a Junior from India who wants to attend a T30 university for my undergrad. I got a 95% (10/10 CGPA) in my 10th Standard CBSE board exams. My main problem is that halfway into my freshmen year, I got dengue and was in the hospital for a month where they found out that I have type 1 diabetes after I went into ketoacidosis. So I missed school for about 2-3 months and I got mostly C’s and D’s that year since I had missed most exams and the school gave me a passing grade. I plan to take the SAT in December. Do colleges take into consideration the health issues I’ve had and excuse the marks I got in my freshmen year or is it going to be a problem?

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Anupama Singh Answered 5 months ago

This information about health issues will be very important to include in your application.  The beauty of the US application process is that they consider your entire history and not just numbers.  Also since you're showing progress and an upward grade trend, that will be an important consideration in the review of your application.

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I’m considering ED’ing either Dartmouth or Northwestern and it’s my only application. They have similar acceptance rates for ED, so would saying it’s the only college I’m applying to be a significant boost? And would it be more effective at Dartmouth or NW?

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Anupama Singh Answered 4 months ago

It won't make any difference in your application saying that it's the only school you're applying to.  What will matter in your application is the overall quality of your academic record (marks, curriculum, etc.), essays, how you describe the outcomes and experiences of your activities, the actual activities you participated in, test scores, and all the other required pieces.

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I changed to a CBSE school from an ICSE school in my 10th grade for my JEE. How do I explain this in my application?

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Judith Winters Answered 3 months ago

Explain in the additional information section of your application that you changed from the ICSE to CBSE after grade 10. The transition is in-line with the competitive exams like the IIT JEE whose syllabus is more in-tune with that of the CBSE syllabus.

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Will applying in some less competitive course such as industrial engineering in a reputed university like Georgia Tech or Purdue increase my chances of getting an admit? Or will I be considered as an overall applicant for engineering?

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Anupama Singh Answered 2 months ago

There are no shortcuts. Be honest in your application and apply to what you want. You'll likely be considered first for engineering as an overall applicant. If you then get admitted, you could be admitted to a major you don't want and then be stuck there since you tried to take a shortcut just to get in. Just be honest as it'll be better for you in the end.

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Does it make sense to choose your 2nd Major option as CE if your 1st option is CS? Or is it given that if I don't get CS, I probably won't get CE too?

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Anupama Singh Answered 2 months ago

It depends on the specific school you're applying to, but in general these two fields of study are closely related and are often coupled together.  With that being said, you'd be better off as a general rule applying to something else, but again, it's school specific.

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The CSS Profile has two options: -> Apply for Fall 2019 or Spring 2020 -> Apply for Fall 2018 or Spring 2019 Which one is applicable for me? I'm a normal Class of '23 applicant (i.e. in 12th grade).

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Anupama Singh Answered 2 months ago

If you expect to start at a US university in autumn of 2019 which is Aug/Sept 2019 (the normal intake after this year's 12th std class ends in June), then apply for fall 2019.

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What opportunities does an honors program have over a regular one?

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Judith Winters Answered 2 months ago

Honors Colleges or programs offer the following advantages-Class Size: Many of the classes will be specifically part of the honors program. These classes tend to be smaller, and more intensive. This allows more time with professors and other students that may help you truly master the material being presented. This experience gives you some of the benefits of being in a liberal arts school or private college with the lower tuition costs of a university.Class Structure: In college honors programs, often there is more discussion and debate than lecture. This means that you will read assigned material before class. This....View More

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Since the applications go in around december/Jan, how do the awards achieved after submissions be taken into consideration? ( with reference to general applications, and Scholarship specific applications)

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Judith Winters Answered 2 months ago

Any updates including awards, mid term or final grades can be sent to colleges after the regular decision deadline which generally extends from Jan1- Feb 1st depending on the college specific deadline- Students should email any updates to the admissions representative who reads for the region that the student is applying from- If you have a school counselor or someone in charge of communicating with US colleges, they can also send your improved and updated awards, recognition and grades to colleges.

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Hey, I passed my 12th Grade from CBSE Board in May 2017 with an overall percentage of 82%, so yeah, I'm on a gap year. I guess I do not have a shot at the Ivies with this score, so I'm gonna take the CBSE Improvement Exams in March 2019 and results would be out by May. What shall I put in as the Graduation Date in the Common and Coalition Apps? The date on which I got my current scores or the date I'll be getting the Improvement scores?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 2 months ago

Hi there, I hope you are enjoying your Gap Year! Sounds like Grade 12 was stressful and it's probably good to get time to decompress. Good for you for taking the Improvement Exams. Put in your actual Graduation date in the Common App and Coalition, and for your score date, put the day March 2019. If you unsure, it's always a good idea to call or email the particular admission office. They are surprisingly helpful and friendly, and you may get some other good information.

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As a commerce student, with no tech or cs background (but an interest in it) does it make sense to choose computer science as one of my 2nd/3rd choice majors? Or do I have to have some qualifications?

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Anupama Singh Answered 23 days ago

It depends on the school and whether they admit directly to the major or not. Many universities will allow for students to take the prerequisite classes for CS at their school and determine there if CS is the right major. If you're applying to a school that will allow you to enter CS from being in an undeclared major, you should be fine and will have a chance of CS. However, you should have a backup major as you may not get into CS.

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What is the purpose of ranking the programs in order of preference in OUAC application. Do universities get to know how a student has ranked them in his list?

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Judith Winters Answered 22 days ago

The order in which you rank universities on your OUAC application will not affect your consideration for admission, residence, or scholarships. However, the order in which you indicate your choices is important if you are applying for more than one program at a university. Universities can only issue one offer of admission at a time, and where possible, your highest ranked choice will be considered first. If you qualify for your first choice, you will receive an offer of admission to that program. However, all of your program choices will be considered for eligibility.If you do not qualify for your....View More

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