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  • How Can I Help My Child Prepare for College Applications?

    The college application process can be overwhelming at times. When asking the typical teenager where they want to go to college or what they want to be when they grow up, we as parents are often met with blank stares, or simple answers like “I don’t know”, or “I haven’t really thought about it.”

    Graduating from high school and beginning the application process for college can be overwhelming at times, so we’d like to offer you some tips that may make it a bit easier. Read on to learn more about what you can do to help your son or daughter through the application process.

  • A Guide to Extracurricular Activities: Grade 12

    By the time you get to 12th grade, you should already have an idea of what your extracurricular interests are. Now that you’re applying to colleges, though, it’s time to look at these extracurricular activities from a new perspective. You need to not only participate in your extracurriculars on a day-to-day basis, but also reflect on your last few years of participation so you can make your experience look spectacular on your college application. We at CV have some guidelines to help you do just that.

  • Will Quitting an Extracurricular Reflect Poorly on my College Applications?

    Have you ever considered quitting an extracurricular activity? If so, you may be wondering how this will impact your college applications. After all, we often hear about how important extracurricular continuity is, and how helpful demonstrating a clear passion in a given activity can be to your overall application.

    So what are the benefits and drawbacks of quitting an extracurricular activity, and what does it mean for your chances of admission? In this blog post, we’ll look at the specifics of how quitting an extracurricular impacts your application in order to help you better understand just what leaving an EC behind means for you as an applicant.

  • What Class Rank Do I Need to Get into a Top School?

    As you are applying to your colleges, you may be wondering if there are certain requirements that you need to meet in order to be accepted. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple, but while there is no student profile that we can definitively say gets accepted to a top school, we can get close to describing what type of profile you should aim for.

    Previously, we’ve discussed what kinds of grades you should aim to have on your transcript to be accepted to a competitive school. Here, we’ll do a similar deep dive into evaluating your high school class rank. Read on for analysis of what your class rank signifies, what you should aim to achieve, and how adcoms will weigh your rank in the process of coming to their admissions decision.

  • The Ultimate Guide to Applying to Boston College

    Nestled in Boston’s suburb Chestnut Hill sits BC—lovingly referred to as “BC” by its students—the oldest institute of higher education that operates out of the Boston area. Founded with Jesuit values, the college offers its students more than just a place to learn and study. On its website, in its literature, and through its faculty and staff, the school encourages its students to pursue what they love, reflecting inward to identify their passions while focusing outward on the ways that their actions impact others.

    A co-educational, liberal arts school, BC enrolls about 14,000 students total, and roughly 2,300 students per undergraduate class. It is comprised of eight separate schools within the college as a whole, trains 31 different NCAA Division I athletics teams, and promises a low teacher to student ratio in order to give its students small classes and optimal attention and mentoring. If you are looking to enter a community that is spirited, based on Jesuit values, and encouraging of exploration—academic and otherwise—you should consider applying to BC. And if you’ve already decided that you will apply, here’s a thorough how-to guide.

  • What is a Good GPA for Top Schools?

    Applying to any one of the nation’s top schools can feel intimidating. With their insanely low acceptance rates and no shortage of stereotypes about their students—that they’re brilliant, or overachievers, or both—the Ivy Leagues and their selective peer institutions must require its student applicants to at least meet a threshold GPA in order to be considered and granted entry. Right?

    Not necessarily. If you’ve ever imagined that the answer to this question is a resounding “Yes,” we’re here to dispel your fears. While top schools certainly hold their applicants to a high standard and expect them to have achieved in high school, the Admissions Committee isn’t docking students based on GPA alone without reading the rest of their application materials as well. Considering applying to a selective school? Read on for an in-depth analysis of how your GPA may look to admissions officers.

  • How to Deal with Disciplinary Problems on your College Application

    So you’ve found yourself in serious trouble at school. If you’re in that situation, you’re probably in the midst of facing some significant and immediate consequences. If you’re also someone who’s in the midst of applying to colleges, you’re likely also trying to figure out how getting into trouble might have longer-term consequences for your future plans and ambitions.

    You may also be worrying about whether any past infraction will have an impact on your college application. You might even be tempted to omit or lie about your disciplinary history in hopes that this will protect you from being judged for your misbehavior. Don’t do that. (We’ll provide more details as to why this isn’t a good idea later in this post.)

    Having a significant disciplinary problem in your history doesn’t mean you’re out of the running as an applicant, but it does mean you’ll have some extra work to do in convincing colleges that you’re a mature and responsible applicant who will be a positive addition to their school. How you account for your disciplinary record on your college applications can go a long way in mitigating the consequences of your past mistakes.

  • The Ultimate Guide to Applying to Wake Forest

    Were you to happen upon Wake Forest’s campus accidentally, you might initially mistake it for a members-only country club. With its manicured lawns, stately buildings, and winding drives, this community is one that beckons at first glance.

    It doesn’t take long to realize that the school’s culture is just as welcoming and warm as its grounds. With its emphasis on “educating the whole person” and dedication to bettering entire societies rather than individual students—its motto is Pro Humanitate, “for Humanity”—Wake Forest is a university that emphasizes the importance of humanitarian pursuits alongside educational ones and accordingly supports its students to achieve all manner of academic and extracurricular successes.

  • The Ultimate Guide to Applying to Dartmouth

    Founded in 1767, Dartmouth College is the smallest school in the Ivy League. This prestigious private research university is tucked away in rural Hanover, New Hampshire and provides its 4,307 undergraduate students a top tier liberal arts education. Dartmouth is home to forty academic departments and offers fifty seven undergraduate majors in many different disciplines. Dartmouth is also known for its especially strong reputation in business and engineering, as well as its strong emphasis on undergraduate teaching and spectacular faculty. Indeed, U.S. News and World Report recently named Dartmouth the #2 best school for undergraduate teaching in the United States. Are you interested in applying to Dartmouth? In this post, we’ll walk you through the application process to Dartmouth College, and give you the tips and tricks you need to make your application stand out.

  • How to Write the Emory University Essays 2016-2017

    At Emory University, deep in the sunny South, many an avid young scholar or pre-health/medical student aspires to undergo his or her undergraduate career. As one of Georgia’s most prominent private research institutions since 1836, Emory is located in Druid Hills, Georgia, and is home to around 7500 undergraduate students.

    Every year, about 25% of about 17,000 applicants are accepted to Emory. What’s more, approximately 87% of every incoming freshmen class is reported to be in the top tenth percentile in terms of GPA at their high school. Certainly, competition for admission at this top 30 private-research university is no walk in the park.

    With faculty members including the Dalai Lama, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, and CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, students have access to some of the best minds in each field — including those found at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which is adjacent to Emory’s campus. Additionally, Emory University boasts a vibrant extracurricular scene, where students will find no shortage of opportunities to get involved. Several famous alumni are associated with Emory, including the CEO of Burger King and the CEO of MetLife.

    In this blog post, CollegeVine is here to help you successfully write Emory’s supplemental essays. The questions are relatively unique, so putting your most creative foot forward will give you the best chance of acceptance. Moreover, Emory admissions essay questions are notable in that some of them definitely have wrong answers, and require applicants to demonstrate some degree of emotional vulnerability to respond successfully.