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Best free summer programs in political science and english

I'm a sophomore in high school and I'm looking into programs to apply to for this summer that will look good on my college applications. Do you know of any free and well thought of summer programs available to incoming juniors in either political science or english (two majors that I'm considering)?
11 Jan '17, 10:04 Bbrady23231
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How can I make my interest in business and entrepreneurship my college application 'spike'?

So I have just finished and have been really enlightened by this article http://blog.prepscholar.com/how-to-get-into-harvard-and-the-ivy-league-by-a-harvard-alum I still have a couple of years to develop my spike further, so far I have been involved in math and science olympiads and competitions, bu...
20 Dec '16, 08:18 apeters11
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Are summer programs really worth it?

I was recently nominated for the National Youth Leadership Forum for Medicine and I am wondering if it is really worth it? The program is very expensive ranging from $3,000 to 4,000 plus living and transportation arrangements. I know almost nothing about the program and I am very much debating wheth...
19 Dec '16, 17:22 Laura_PrepSc...536
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Majors in College?

I still am not 100 % sure of what I want to do with my life. It is between a medical doctor or an accountant. Will colleges have a rough time accepting me with this in mind? Also is it possible to try out majors in the start of college or whatever I pick will be my career choice?
14 Dec '16, 09:48 Laura_PrepSc...536
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How can I get into Harvard? (Medical Field)

I'm interested in the medical field and was wondering what I need to show Ivy League schools like Harvard that I'm unique from my peers!
13 Dec '16, 16:18 Laura_PrepSc...536
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Will colleges consider SAT 1 scores taken after applying?

Hi, I am an international student who is planning to apply to some top schools in the U.S. (Harvard, UPenn, Columbia, Princeton, Yale, Brown, Northwestern, Georgetown). I have a GPA of 3.91 (unweighted) very strong extracurriculars, SAT 2 Physics 780 and Chemistry 800. Unfortunately I have an SAT 1 ...
13 Dec '16, 15:57 Laura_PrepSc...536
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Non-traditional Homeschooled Student and Ivy League Admissions?

I've read the How to Get into Harvard blog post and although it's super helpful, as a very non-traditional student, I still have some questions. I was homeschooled throughout high school and had great grades and test scores, but limited access to extracurricular academic activities. In fact, there w...
13 Dec '16, 14:48 Laura_PrepSc...536
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SAT Transfer Issue

My Sat is scheduled for Dec 3 2016.The last registration deadline is 22nd november 2016.I want to transfer it to January 21 but the problem is there are 4 centre in my city and when I search for it all of them were full.Now what should I do if I cant find the center in my city for january 21.More th...
21 Nov '16, 12:19 Laura_PrepSc...536
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How to fully "take advantage of available opportunities" in my community

Hello, I keep seeing that colleges want you to show that you have taken full advantage of the opportunities available to you...what exactly does this mean (for a highly competitive public school in the Bay Area) and how does one accomplish this?
16 Nov '16, 12:41 Laura_PrepSc...536
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IELTS vs TOEFL

I'm an international student and I'm thinking of applying to top US colleges. I searched everywhere but no one seems to know if I should take the IELTS or TOEFL (besides the SAT). Some of my teachers say US colleges favor TOEFL, others say there's no difference. If the second is true, I prefer takin...
23 Sep '16, 17:46 Laura_PrepSc...536
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Peer recommendation letter - Online Friends okay?

Can an online friend, who knows my character very well, write a peer recommendation? I contacted the MIT office, they said that I can submit a peer letter as a supplemental one, but can online "peers" count as valid recommenders?
23 Aug '16, 16:03 Laura_PrepSc...536
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What should I do to improve my college application?

Hi. I am international student in usa. I am 19 years old. I finished high school last year and came here. My school was best school in my state. My grades were all good, starting from 6th grade at school i participated computer programming olimpiad every year.. First time i took 3rd place at school ...
16 Aug '16, 14:22 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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SAT superscoring - is it worth it for a very small point increase?

I've taken the SAT twice. My first score was a 1520, and my second score was a 1580. My issue is that I actually scored 10 points higher on one section when I got the 1520, so my superscore comes out to a 1590. Is it worth it to send both of these scores to colleges so I have a higher superscore? Or...
27 Jul '16, 14:18 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Are scores from state-mandated ACTs acceptable on college applications?

I live in a state where all high school students have to take the ACT. Are my scores from the state-mandated test ok to submit to colleges? Or do I need to take the ACT again independently and submit those scores instead?
27 Jul '16, 12:21 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Is my spike good enough for Stanford?

Can you give me advice about spike? I am 19 years old and i international student in US now.. I am going to apply stanford... I love influence people... I love look for information that they need.. SAT, health, bodybuilding, education...Now i started my official account in LINE, i am posting informa...
21 Jul '16, 11:28 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Will a lack of AP classes hurt my college application?

I'm a rising sophomore and an international student. My school does not offer AP classes, thus I am unwilling to take the exam. Will this hurt my college application?
20 Jul '16, 08:52 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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How rigorous do your high school classes have to be to get into top Universities?

I scrutinized Allen Cheng's successful Harvard Application many times and I read examples of others who got admitted into top universities and I noticed that they all had one thing in common. All of them took rigorous classes in high school pertaining to their subject of study but they weren't in ho...
13 Jul '16, 11:14 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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I know my spike, but I have other major activities that don't relate to it—help!

I am a rising junior who wants to study Psychology and pursue a career in the mental health field. I really want to get into an Ivy League. My current quandary is regarding extracurriculars: I read Allen Cheng's article about getting into Harvard and finding your spike to appeal to collage admission...
27 Jun '16, 11:20 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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How Many AP Classes for Ivy League Schools?

I'm planning on applying to a couple of Ivy League schools. I know that they vary a bit in their expectations, but what's an estimate of how many AP classes should I take in high school if I hope to attend an elite college?
24 Jun '16, 13:46 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Will 4s on AP tests hurt my chances at top schools?

I got three 4s and one 5 on my AP tests. I know most applicants at really competitive schools will have 5s on all of their exams. How much will the 4s hurt me? Should I avoid sending these scores?
24 Jun '16, 13:32 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Do Colleges Ever Reject Overqualified Applicants?

This may be a ridiculous question, but I'm wondering whether colleges ever reject students whose test scores and GPA are well above their average range? For example, if someone with a 2400 applied to a school where the average SAT score of accepted students was a 1700, could they get rejected? My th...
23 Jun '16, 11:34 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Can I sign up for the common app before senior year?

I want to sign up for the Common Application as a junior so I can get a preview of what it involves and start the planning process. Can I do this? Or do I need to wait until next year?
22 Jun '16, 09:49 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Blog posts on how to write a great college essay?

Can Prepscholar write some blog articles about brain-storming ideas for college essays and writing great college essays in general?
19 Jun '16, 16:14 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Will schools see all of my senior grades if I apply SCEA?

If I want to apply to a school SCEA, will my fall term senior grades be factored into my GPA?
15 Jun '16, 12:01 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Will EdX and Coursera certificates improve my college application?

What are the pros of having Edx or Coursera certificates when applying to college?
13 Jun '16, 10:50 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Are my SAT score and GPA good for college?

Hi, I'm a sophomore in high school with about a 3.82 GPA (with honors) and a 1990 practice SAT score based on tests I've taken in prep courses. Assuming I keep up my grades for the next two years and score in this range when I take the real test, how good are these credentials for college?
10 Jun '16, 14:53 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Applying to Cornell engineering without Physics and Calculus?

My school does not have Physics at all, and Calculus conflicts with AP Literature. I really want to take AP Lit but I am going into engineering most likely so if I miss Calculus that would be pretty bad. I found a pre-college class at UPenn that offers Calculus but it is a review class and it is not...
01 Jun '16, 15:54 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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SAT or ACT Scores Needed for College Admissions for Non-Highschoolers?

I have been out of high school for 5 years now, and I am looking into going into college. I did not take the SATs or the ACTs during High School. Will applying to colleges without having those scores be a problem? Will I have to take either of the tests?
01 Jun '16, 11:00 Laura_PrepSc...536
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Do some colleges ignore grades from freshman year?

I heard that certain colleges disregard your academic performance in 9th grade and just look at 10th and 11th grade. Is this true? If so, which colleges do it?
27 May '16, 12:29 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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What is the best way to open a college essay?

I’m experiencing bad writer’s block, and can’t find a way to open my college essay! This is really stressful because I’m hoping to get into a prestigious biomedical program, and I don’t how to make myself immediately stand out. I thought about using humor to showcase my personality along with my med...
24 May '16, 11:47 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k

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