Julia  - research team

Application requirements for all colleges with the Common App

Can you please tell me the college application deadlines, SAT test requirements and and essay requirements for the colleges I plan on applying to?

Julia  - research team

The following sheet provides a comprehensive list of the application requirements for all colleges registered with the Common App.
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1eqGMSUyS6mQiEO1tLM8Q45LWnx7E_H4U5aTuimDR9sU

Julia  - research team

College Admission Deadlines

Can you tell me what the early and regular decision deadlines are as well as financial aid and standardized testing deadlines?

Chanel_simpson

List of external high school courses

I am looking for online courses and community college courses. Do you have a sheet that lists several options?

Chanel_simpson

Some students prepare themselves for college by taking extra courses externally, either through a community college, an online fee-paying school or even free not-for-profit educational organisations (for example Khan Academy- ...

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Chanel_simpson

What is the average number of AP courses a student should have completed to increase their chance of being admitted to challenge/reach schools?

What is the average number of AP courses a student should have completed to increase their chance of being admitted to challenge/reach schools?

Chanel_simpson

There is no magic number of AP classes a student should take but it’s important to bear in mind that if you intend on applying to the more selective universities, you should take the most challenging courses available to you, which include AP ...

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Chanel_simpson

Calculating UC GPA

I understand the Universities of California calculates GPA using their own methodology. Can you clarify their method?

Chanel_simpson

UC has a specific way to calculate the grade point average (GPA) it requires for admission. Below outlines how to calculate your UC GPA:

1. Convert your grades to grade points.
Convert the grades earned in all “a-g” courses completed ...

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Chanel_simpson

Where in the the Common Application should a lower GPA be explained?

Where in the the Common Application should a lower GPA be explained?

Chanel_simpson

If explaining the GPA is preferred (it doesn’t always seem to be the best approach) an applicant could include it in a personal statement, in the additional information field on the Common Application or a supplementary essay section.

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Julia  - research team

External scholarships

Can you provide with a list of merit-based scholarships that are not associated with a particular college?

Julia  - research team

Here's a comprehensive list of merit-based scholarships. In the tab marked "Merit scholarships" there are several scholarships available: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1n2PbyPVO0vHKhy7P_zodm3OJ1DC_frJidGVgylpS524/edit?usp=sharing

Julia  - research team

Colleges with generous scholarships

I am looking for reputable private colleges that are generous with merit-based scholarships. Could you please include some colleges on the west coast?

Julia  - research team

The US news website (see link) lists colleges that advertise the most generous merit-based scholarships. http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/rankings/most-merit-aid
Of these the following colleges are listed ...

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Julia  - research team

Scholarship websites

Do you know of any resources or websites where my student can search for scholarships including scholarships that focus on women in STEM?

Chanel_simpson

Admission Statistics

Where can I find a comprehensive table with admission statistics including admission rate, GPA, SAT and ACT scores?

Chanel_simpson

This sheet provides a list of admission statistics from 2018 of each major college in the US.
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1NUeb2Ht-GfRH8GeSxVUz-FWBYBDUkcaE1_n-18pRmQo

The data is taken from the Common Data Set which is sourced ...

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Julia  - research team

Admission rates of waitlisted applicants

What are the admission rates of applicants that have been waitlisted/deferred?

Julia  - research team

In this sheet - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1dlM2Qj_Ao9moIIbiYpz2st6FDMow0uFC0dRQokJFYZs/edit?usp=sharing - you will find the number of applicants that were waitlisted; the number who accepted a place on the waitlist; and number and ...

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Recommendation letters

Do I need to submit high school recommendation letters?

Julia  - research team

In many cases, colleges require that applicants submit one or more high school recommendation letters written by a teacher. For a list of college requirements in relation to recommendation letters, refer to this list - ...

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Julia  - research team

Too many letters pose problems?

Do colleges view multiple recommendation letters from former teachers/mentors unfavourably?

Julia  - research team

I've found no evidence that points to this view.

College generally prefer at least two academic teacher references. A reference from a teacher/mentor leading extracurricular activities like art, music, volunteering, or athletics can often serve ...

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Julia  - research team

Application deadlines

Can you tell me what the application deadlines are?

Julia  - research team

This comprehensive list of deadlines provides an overview of college application deadlines - early decision, early action and regular decision as well as a brief explanation of the three options.
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Julia  - research team

Colleges that require admission interviews

Can you tell me which colleges require an admission interview?


Julia  - research team

Many colleges offer applicants the opportunity to interview with college alumni or a college admission officer.

This sheet - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1K0-8yd-vwlur1r4tem6ZD4xVCjFdBCPbah0uQ6VedqE/edit?usp=sharing - provides the ...

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Julia  - research team

Alumni interviews - are they important?

How helpful are interviews? Is the interviewer’s report meaningful or just a checked box to an admissions officer?


Julia  - research team

An interview is an opportunity for an applicant to express an interest in attending the school although they certainly do not make or break a decision. They are also a chance for an applicant to learn about the college. Interviews are also more an ...

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Julia  - research team

The alumni interviews at highly selective colleges tend to reconfirm everything in the student’s application. Honestly, though, almost every interview report is positive so it tends to not have the same influence as the other pieces of the ...

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Julia  - research team

Admission rate for Stern Business School

What was the admission rate of Stern Business School compared to the broader admission rate of New York University?

Julia  - research team

The admission rate for Stern is 9.2% which is much lower than the general admission rate of 35 % for NYU. The mean SAT score for Stern is 1468 and the average SAT score for NYU is 1345.

synocate

Ideal applicant

What school(s) are looking for a student like me based on my academic profile. In other words, what school(s) I would be the ideal applicant for?

synocate

Your question is a difficult one to answer. Colleges aren't looking for one ideal candidate rather they are looking for students with varying backgrounds and interests. However there are some commonalities - they look for students who have the ...

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UC A-G requirement

If one takes the AP Music Theory course without taking the AP exam, will it still satisfy the visual and performing arts A-G requirement for UC school admissions?

synocate

Yes, as long as the AP Music Theory course is a one-year long course or offered over two semesters. You do not need to take the AP exam as well.

Alternativelty you can take an AP exam only and score the following:
Score of 3, 4 or 5 on the AP ...

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Julia  - research team

Which colleges require SAT subject tests?

Julia  - research team

Several colleges require that students submit Subject Tests scores from typically two content areas. These tests are in addition to the SAT I or ACT.

Most of the colleges that require (or recommend) these tests are highly selective ones (like ...

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