The CollegeVine Blog

Tag: College Admissions

  • Why Would a College Rescind an Acceptance?

    Ultimately, college acceptances are offered with an agreement of good will that even after acceptance you will continue to achieve at the same levels as you did before. This applies not only academically but also to your contributions as a member of the community and your representation of yourself and the institution. Colleges can rescind acceptance at any time based on any number of subjective criteria. Here are the three most common reasons this might happen.

  • How Is the Admissions Process Different for International Students?

    International applicants to US colleges and universities sometimes perceive a special benefit that comes along with attending college in the United States. However, in order for an international student to attend college in the United States, they must go through the same rigorous application process as the domestic students, and also complete some extra requirements. They are competing for very few available spots at each university for international students, so they may have to go the extra mile in order to set themselves apart. If you’re an international student thinking that you may want to attend college in the United States, you should know how the admissions process for you is going to differ from that of a US applicant. Here’s your basic guide to how the US college admissions process differs for international students.

  • Can I Talk About Politics on My College Applications?

    Despite the myriad benefits of getting involved in politics as a high schooler, it is important to be cautious when mentioning politics on your college applications, especially given modern America’s heightened political polarization. It is all too easy to offend someone or give a biased impression of yourself to an admissions committee just by expressing a political opinion. To help you discuss your passion for politics without making any application missteps, we at CV have compiled a brief guide that will show you how to cautiously navigate the issue of talking about politics on your college application. While it can be beneficial and set you apart from your fellow classmates, talking about politics on your college application needs to be handled with extreme care.

  • Why Colleges Want to See More Than Class President on Your Applications

    Extracurricular activities are an important part of your college applications. While your grades and SAT scores demonstrate your academic achievement, extracurriculars give colleges some insight into who you are, what interests you, and what you might bring to their campuses.

    The term “extracurricular” covers a wide range of activities. Briefly, it means anything you take on outside the classroom that isn’t for pay and holds some kind of meaning for you. It encompasses clubs, community service, independent activities, sports, and many other areas.

    To learn more about what qualifies as an extracurricular activity, check out CollegeVine’s What Counts as an Extracurricular?

    When you complete the Common App and other college or scholarship applications, you will enter the details about your activities, as well as any leadership roles and awards you held or received related to each one you list.

    As we discuss in Your Resume Revamped: Securing Leadership Positions and Perfecting Your Extracurricular Profile, leadership positions and awards demonstrate dedication, commitment, hard work, special talents, and other qualities colleges value. They can also help show an area of specialization, something colleges also want to see in their prospective students.

  • How do I decide which of my extracurriculars is the most important?

    When you’re finally finished with a long and stressful school day, it can be great to go to one of your extracurriculars and spend time with students whose interests are similar to yours. Whether you’re on the yearbook committee, on a sports team, or even editor of the Lit Mag, extracurriculars are a meaningful way to spend your time — not to mention, demonstrating a commitment to your ECs and taking on leadership roles within them can help you differentiate yourself to colleges.

    As you go through the college application process, you may find that you’ll need to select one or two activities you’re involved in that stand out as especially meaningful to you. For active, engaged students, narrowing down their involvement in this way can be tricky. For more guidance on how to determine which of your extracurricular activities is most important, read on!

  • What Are the Average High School GPAs of Admitted Students at Ivy League Schools?

    There are a number of factors that influence a college admissions decision. Admissions committees will consider your grades, test scores, extracurricular activities, and recommendations. Your strength as a candidate will depend on how these and other factors combine to form a complete profile of you as an applicant.

    The college admissions process is sometimes as mysterious as it is complex. Few colleges outline exactly how they make admissions decisions, and many decisions ultimately rely on other subjective factors like your essay or an interview. What little information we know for certain about admissions at particular colleges and universities is almost always pieced together from their released admissions statistics.

  • Meet the Ivy League Class of 2021

    Over the past decade, acceptance rates have continued to drop at elite colleges across the country. Nowhere has this decline been as pronounced as at the Ivy League schools. In fact, just ten years ago, only four of the Ivies had acceptance rates below 10%. Now, all but one do. And as admissions become more and more selective, admissions teams are faced with harder and harder decisions.

    Dean of Undergraduate Admissions at Yale University, Jeremiah Quinlan, noted that the university routinely reviews many more applications from qualified students than they are able to admit. “Virtually all of the students we denied will be successful students at other great colleges and universities,” he noted after this year’s application season.

    The term Ivy League originally referred to the athletic conference composed of sports teams from eight private colleges and universities in the northeastern United States. Now, the term is more commonly used to refer to these same eight schools in the context of their collective academic excellence and extreme selectivity in admissions. Indeed, admissions to the Ivy League schools are notoriously competitive.    

    Ivy Day is a big day for high school students waiting to hear back about their Ivy League college applications. It is the day that Ivy League schools release their admissions decisions online, simultaneously, at 5 PM ET. This year it fell on March 30.

    In many ways, this year was no different than years past; as usual, hundreds of thousands of Ivy League hopefuls waited anxiously for their fate to be revealed. If this year was different in any way, it was only so because it marked the most competitive Ivy League admissions season ever. Record numbers of students applied to nearly every Ivy League institution, and acceptance rates reached all-time lows at the majority of schools.

    By all measures, the Ivy League Class of 2021 is poised for success. Please join us in congratulating the many successful students who received good news from Ivy League schools last week.

    Here, we introduce you to the Ivy League Class of 2021.

  • What Does It Take to Get Into Harvard?

    Harvard University holds a special place in the academic and popular culture of the United States. The university’s instant name recognition and venerable reputation give it a unique cachet even among other elite colleges, and its prestige is reflected in its incredibly competitive undergraduate application process.

    Getting into Harvard may seem like a near-impossible dream, and truthfully, it is very difficult. There are quite a few applicants competing for a limited number of spots, and the applicant pool is remarkably strong. However, it can be done: every year, over 2,000 students receive that coveted acceptance letter.

    How do they do it — and how can you improve your own chances of being accepted to Harvard? Read on for some expert advice from CollegeVine.

  • Five Resources To Simplify Your College Planning Process

    If you are considering applying to college, whether you’re a freshman just entering your high school years or a senior staring down an uncertain summer post-graduation, the process may seem daunting. But you don’t have to do it alone.

    Don’t worry, we here at CollegeVine have compiled a list of our five favorite resources to help you organize, plan, and approach the college application process. Keep reading to learn the five college planning resources we recommend most!

  • Why did I get put on the Waitlist?

    Unfortunately, most waitlist notification letters don’t offer much explanation as to why an application was not accepted, or what he or she could have done better. If you find yourself on the waitlist at a university and wondering why you were put there, we at CollegeVine are here to add some clarity. Here’s a general breakdown of why some students are put on a college waitlist