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Scientific Paper Author - How Will It Help on College Apps?

I’ve written a scientific paper in high school (currently in pre-print) & also have designed an experiment. I have acted as a trainer for the Asian Physics Olympiad 2016 team & was a team member in both previous year’s APhO & IPhO but failed to get an award :/ I am curious if any of thes...
22 May '16, 16:49 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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What do top colleges think of merit-based awards?

I'm an international student from an European country, Bulgaria. I've won a few national literature awards. In Bulgaria they are equivalent to "4th place awards", "merit-based awards" or "consolation prize". I had a couple of short stories published, I've written 7 high fantasy novels, I had my debu...
19 May '16, 10:06 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Extracurricular activities for Earth Sciences/Geology major?

Hello, I was wondering which extracurricular activities I should undertake before applying for an undergraduate degree in Earth Sciences or Geology. What extracurricular activities do universities like to see? Kind regards, Jessica
19 May '16, 09:50 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Do I need a work resume for American Universities?

I’m working on applying to a few American Universities as a Freshman, and I was asked to write a job resume as a requirement for Salem State University. How do I do this considering the fact that I've never been employed or worked for anyone? Is this common for American Universities?
11 May '16, 11:46 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Can an international writer get into top US colleges?

I have some questions... they are quite a bit but I really need to know the right answer as I'm not from the US and everyone - including my teachers - seems to be VERY misinformed. The only advice they give me is to be well-rounded, and you said that's a bad thing... I think it's bad too :D. Also, i...
04 May '16, 10:03 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Tough Community College Course vs AP Course

Hello, I have the option to take Calculus 2 at my local community college. The community college is actually a pretty good community college and Calculus 2 is definetly an impressive course to have on a high school transcript but I know that top colleges can't rely on community colleges and usually ...
01 May '16, 20:51 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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When are September ACT scores available?

October 15 is the application deadline for three of the colleges that I'm applying to in the fall. My question is, when can I send in score reports?? I have already taken the SAT and ACT, and have gotten pretty much the same score on them (31 and 2070), but I am pretty confident that I will improve ...
22 Apr '16, 10:28 Laura_PrepSc...536
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Can schools see deleted ACT scores?

I just took the ACT and I don’t feel like I did well on the writing and math sections. I was told that I can delete scores after I’ve seen them, but I’m unsure of what that means for schools like Stanford that require all ACT scores. If I don’t want certain schools to see this score, will deleting ...
16 Apr '16, 10:43 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Will joining lots of clubs help my college application?

I know its quality over quantity, but wouldn't BOTH quantity and quality be even better? Or would it not make a difference? I want to do as much as possible to maximize my chances of getting in a top college. My main extracurricular activity is the track team, but would it look better if I had that ...
13 Apr '16, 09:56 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Do teachers only write a certain number of recommendation letters?

I'm on really good terms with one of my teachers this year (junior), but I know she's a popular choice for recommendation letters. Do teachers place a limit on the number of letters they'll write? When is a normal time to ask for one to ensure that I don't get turned away?
12 Apr '16, 19:31 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Can Colleges See Your ACT Scores Before You?

I took the September ACT and had my scores sent to the University of Tennessee (which I'd already applied to). When I was checking my application a few weeks after the ACT, though, I noticed that scores were posted for the September test, even though I hadn't gotten the scores yet. Is this an error?...
08 Apr '16, 13:50 Laura_PrepSc...536
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Minimum SAT score for Princeton?

I'm thinking of applying to Princeton, but I'm concerned about my SAT scores. I didn't do too well on the PSAT. What's the minimum score goal that I should shoot for if I want to have a good shot at being accepted?
05 Apr '16, 12:37 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Will submitting an application earlier improve my chances?

I'm planning to apply Early Action to a couple of colleges. Will submitting my application before the actual deadline (November 1st) give me an advantage over other students?
04 Apr '16, 09:56 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Apply to Stanford EA without Subject Tests or RD with Subject Tests?

I want to apply Early Action to Stanford due to the greater likelihood of acceptance, but it's too late for me to take the recommended two SAT Subject Tests before the application deadline. Should I risk applying Early Action without Subject Test scores, or should I wait and apply Regular Decision s...
01 Apr '16, 18:08 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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MIT with 33 ACT Score But 27 on Reading?

I'm hoping to apply to some very selective engineering colleges, including MIT and Caltech. I'm a little worried about my ACT scores because I only got a 27 on the Reading section. This is six points below any of my other section scores. Will it hurt me in the admissions process?
31 Mar '16, 11:14 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Low Math, high CR on the SAT?

I'm applying to some selective schools including Emory, Davidson, Wash & Lee, and U Chicago, and I'm worried about my uneven SAT scores. My superscore is a 2110: 800 CR, 580 Math, 730 Writing. I've sent three scores, and in my last two sittings, I scored exactly the same in CR and Math (800 and ...
30 Mar '16, 14:36 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Do top colleges require SAT II scores if you send the ACT?

I'm applying to very competitive schools (Ivy League and other top engineering schools), and I'm not sure whether it's important for me to take SAT subject tests. Does the ACT just replace the SAT, or does it replace both the SAT and the SAT II?
29 Mar '16, 15:43 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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When do colleges get ACT scores if you use the free reports?

If you choose send any or all of the four free ACT score reports that come with registration, how long after the test date will it take for colleges to get your scores?
29 Mar '16, 15:31 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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December 2015 ACT results available before January 2016?

If I take the ACT on December 12, 2015, will I get my results back before January 2016?
29 Mar '16, 13:29 Laura_PrepSc...536
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Will coding an app help me in college admissions?

I am planning on coding an app no matter what, but I'm wondering if this will help in college admissions. I don't have any organized extracurriculars in programming, and since I'm indicating it as one of my interests on my app, I think I probably should. This project will take up a lot of my time (6...
28 Mar '16, 11:45 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Is it harder for low income students to get into top colleges?

I'm a Junior interested in going to top-tier schools. I am from a family with low incomes (less than $35,000), and I'm also in the free/reduced lunch program at my school. I have very good academics (top 1% in my class) which I am not worried about. However, I recently read a book on admissions and ...
27 Mar '16, 16:22 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Rejected ED to Penn

I received a 2230 on my sat (770 CR, 720 M, 740 W), and I applied ED to Wharton and was rejected. If I wanted to be possibly accepted to an Ivy RD, which schools should I focus on? I know Harvard, Yale, and Princeton will be a stretch, but am I really in the running for any of them at this point? I ...
25 Mar '16, 21:29 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Can I stretch the truth on my college application?

I was involved in a community-oriented but school run leadership group freshman and sophomore year; however, as a junior I have not really participated in it at all. The catch is, I've been telling my parents that i have been involved all year to get them off my back. This will inevitably lead to me...
11 Mar '16, 09:40 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Can Colleges that Superscore SAT See Lower Section Scores?

If a college superscores the SAT, do they see all parts of the score reports that you send them, or do they only see the highest scores for each section?
09 Mar '16, 14:33 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Can I still get financial aid?

So here's the deal, my fafsa and css profile are done already and being sent to colleges, but I now remember leaving the "applying for financial aid" box unchecked on many colleges in my Common App list. I understand it's mid-February already and this could be really problematic. Do I still have tim...
08 Mar '16, 11:10 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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How do colleges verify extracurriculars?

I know that most students list a lot of extracurriculars on their applications, which include location and school-specific things like club presidencies or community service participation. How can colleges verify that students aren't lying about these activities? Do they even look into it, or do the...
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Looking into college at 25. How can I prove my education?

I've been putting college off for a long time (I'm 25 now). I had always planned on going, but I'm only just now finding my direction and getting my life together. I think I finally see my way through. I've got a lot of questions, and up to now I've had no clue where to ask. I was home schooled K-12...
06 Feb '16, 13:48 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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High GPA but low SAT for UNC?

I have looked into the college I want to go to (UNC Chapel Hill, in-state student), and I have noticed that my GPA is above their average, but my SAT scores are below their average. I'm scoring around a 1650 on the 2400 scale. I also tried taking the ACT, but I scored in the same range. I have prett...
03 Feb '16, 12:15 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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ACT without Writing useless if schools want Writing section?

I am a sophomore and I took the ACT and got a 35. However I took the ACT without writing and I saw that most colleges require the ACT Plus Writing. Does this mean that my ACT score without writing is useless or is there some way for me to take just the writing? I am planning to go to either Michigan...
03 Feb '16, 10:25 Laura_PrepSc...536
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Can you help a Junior pick classes for next year?

I'm currently a Junior at a high school in California, and recently the class applications have come out. I don't know which ones will help my admission chances for colleges next year. I plan to apply to UCB, UCSB, and UCLA for Computer Science or Math/Statistics. So far, I know I'm going to take A...
02 Feb '16, 14:46 Laura_PrepSc...536

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