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Friday, September 25th, 2009
5:10 pm


I'm a high school senior who's been working on some social science research with the Intel Science Program for the past few months. I need to survey as many people as possible to take my survey, and would appreciate it if any of you did.

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Sunday, August 23rd, 2009
7:42 pm


I'm a rising sophomore, I am an Asian from Canada and I just have a few questions.

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So my questions are as follows:
1. I live in a very small community. Therefore I have extremely limited resources and opportunities for volunteer work, competition, and such. Any ideas on how I can make the most of my situation? I'm also very concerned that for the same reason, I will not be able to get into any decent colleges in the states. Will top colleges consider me if I have taken advantage of all the very little opportunities I have, or will they just disregard my application altogether?

2. What else can I do to improve my resume?

3. As of right now, I hope to study international relations and/or history; and ideally get into law school. Which SAT 2 tests would be the most beneficial for me to take?

4. If you have any recommendations for schools that wouldn't be too far out of reach for me, it would be greatly appreciated!

Anyway, thanks for your time to look through all of this! Any advice would be helpful to me at this point.

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Friday, March 27th, 2009
12:22 am - College Campuses Admit Week


College Campuses - Admit Week

THE END OF MARCH and early April mark the most nerve-wracking and exciting time of the year for high school seniors: spring is in the air, senioritis is in full bloom, "prom" is a word issued in every other conversation, and of course, college admissions are sent out. Although we all feel like we will have completed our lives' purpose by April 1, life continues, just like the emails from That One College in Texarkana keep coming even after you marked them as spam.

That's why the Mods at College Campuses have decided to hold a 'Meet 'n' Greet' of sorts on April 5th to serve the 156 members of the community (or anyone else who stumbles upon it on an evening stroll through the internet).Collapse )
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B r o w s e - R u l e s - J o i n

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Friday, August 22nd, 2008
7:56 pm - Community Update


College Campuses

Some of you may remember the post about a new community called collegecampuses I made about a while back.

Well, we're not so new anymore.

With over 100 members, 50 posts, and 800 photos posted in the last three weeks, collegecampuses is on the roll! If you're interested in finding the campus that fits you, please, stop by, join, and see what we have to offer.


B r o w s e - R u l e s - J o i n

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Sunday, July 27th, 2008
12:03 am - New Community


Introducing collegecampuses
collegecampuses is a new, photo-based livejournal community created to give prospective students the opportunity to view the campuses of colleges and universities they may not be able to visit.

At collegecampuses, we're attempting to compile user-taken images into a easy-to-use tag-based library for the student of the class of 2013 and beyond.
Please join, post, comment, and add to the community! The more you use collegecampuses, the more you help others find their fit.

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Monday, June 30th, 2008
4:29 pm


The Gender Public Advocacy Coalition is pleased to announce the release of its 2008 GENIUS Survey in partnership with Ernst & Young.  GenderPAC works to ensure that classrooms, communities and workplaces are safe for everyone to learn, grow and succeed.


The Gender Equality National Index for Universities & Schools (GENIUS), GenderPAC’s most recent effort to end discrimination and promote awareness, encourages colleges and universities to recognize the benefits of a GenderSAFEtm campus - supportive equitable and protective for all students. Choosing to participate in GENUIS sends a strong public statement that bullying or discriminating based on the race, sex or gender of a student, faculty, or staff member is not tolerated at your institution


Fill out the survey at:  www.gpac.org/GENIUS2008survey, and make sure that we have data for as many schools as possible. Your voice will help us continue to work towards a safe and welcoming environment for every student.


While we greatly appreciate the interest taken in GENIUS by students, staff and faculty at academic institutions outside of the United States, at this time GENIUS is only able to track schools based in the United States.

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Tuesday, January 8th, 2008
4:59 pm - suggestions
gibesh I am currently a high school junior in a middle-sized school in Florida. I was just wondering if I could get some suggestions and advice on what else to do to help better my chances to get into the schools I would like to eventually go to.

Weighted GPA: 4.5
Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT Math- 600
SAT Verbal-600
SAT Writing- 610
10 on the essay. I have only taken the SATs once.
I am ranked 16 out of around 600.
All of the classes I have taken so far: AP Human geography, AP world history, AP english language, AP calculus, AP us history, AP Biology, Honors Algebra 2, Honors Precalc, Honors English 1, Honors English 2, Marketing 1 (advanced to states), Honors Chemistry, Honors Integrated Science, Health, P.E., Food Prep (its required =\), Computers (also required), Honors Marine Science, French 1, 2, and 3 Honors. Next year I plan on taking AP Statistics, AP English Literature, AP Psychology, AP Comparative Government, AP Government/Econ., Anatomy Honors, and Marketing 3 Honors. I have made A's, B+'s, and B's on all of my semester grades.

Extra Curricular: French Club, DECA, Varsity Volleyball, Key Club, National Honors Society, Mu Alpha Theta (math honors society), and I play club/travel volleyball. I am the Social Action Vice President and the Fundraising Vice President of my youth group. I attended a summer-long program in California specifically for volunteering and performing community service at local organizations. I also have taken a major role in Camp Jenny, which is a camp for underprivileged children in inner-city Atlanta. We basically give them the "camp experience" over Memorial Day weekend which they otherwise would not have. I have over 267 service hours, and taken part in Meals on Wheels, and volunteered at MANY other places.

I am also traveling abroad for the spring semester of my junior year. I plan on taking the SATs and ACTs when I get back in June, hopefully bringing my score up to at least a 1350. By the end of my high school career I am going to have over the required amount of credits, and I am going to have taken (hopefully) 11 APs. Personal information: I am a Latin Jew, my father went to the University of Miami and my mother went to the University of Alabama. I am interested in going to either GWU, WashU, or Emory. I am also looking into Rice, UMiami, Duke, and all of the major Florida universities, including UF, FSU, and UCF.

Please please please, let me know if you think I am shooting too high. I am trying to plan out my summer now, and I'm deciding between volunteering/an internship or doing precollege at GWU. If you have any recommendations on schools that are more in range with my grades/ec/scores, please let me know. That would be a HUGE help!

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Tuesday, December 12th, 2006
8:41 pm - WHO got in to Priceton??
ms_phd I checked http://whogotin.info but there is nobody, please report if you are the one

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Sunday, December 3rd, 2006
5:57 pm - chances at colleges & suggestions

Hey, everyone, I'm asking for chances because I'm kinda interested in knowing what kind of colleges would be good matches for me:

I'm a southeast-asian female in the top highschool in her state (probably top 10% of class). My weighted GPA is ~4.8, and I don't know my unweighted GPA but it should be around ~3.6 to 3.8 range. I'm taking a very difficult courseload (5 AP classes, 2 Honors courses). The regular classes in my schedule were P.E., by the way! In my freshman year, I took all honors courses except 1 class (with straight A's), in my sophomore year (2 APs, 4 Honors, 1 Regular), and straight A's. This year I'm taking 5 AP classes, 2 Honors, and getting 4 B's and 3 A's. My PSAT score was 196, and I haven't taken the SAT or ACT yet.

I took the PSAT & PLAN last year. I have also taken it this year but have not received my scores yet. My PSAT from last year predicts I will score between a 28-32 on the ACT and approx. ~2150 on my SAT. I haven't taken SAT IIs yet, but plan to take 3 by the end of junior year.

I had already taken Algebra, Geometry, Environmental Science, Biology, CIT, and Spanish I before I entered highschool, so here's what I took:

Freshman: American Lit, Trigonometry, Comp Sci., Physics, Spanish II, World Studies
Sophomore: British Lit, Precalc, AP Comp Sci, Chemistry, Spanish III, APUSH
Junior: AP Language & Comp, AP BC Calc, Art 1, AP Biology, Spanish IV, AP Gov't & Politics, AP Statistics

My extracurriculars so far include an after school peer-writing service, an acadec team, poetry team, a national political-group chapter, NHS, and a program teaching kids in local neighborhoods. I'm a junior with 7 extra HS credits (because I started taking highschool classes in 7th grade). I will be graduating with 35 credits (28 is the minimum) and will have taken hopefully 13 AP classes by the time I graduate.

Some personal information.. I'm a first-generation student and I have a sister in college. My father went to college in his home country but my mother never finished highschool.

The thing is, I kind of want to go to the following schools but they are kind of super-reaches: MIT & Princeton. I'm also interested in U of C, Northwestern, and Yale. I know it sounds like I am reaching super-high, but if you can suggest some alternative schools or provide me with some insight in the choices that I've already provided, that would be super.

Thank you!

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Friday, October 6th, 2006
6:29 pm - College Admission and Financial Aid Consultant

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I provide many of the same services that a college guidance counselor would provide, but with much more individual attention. I can help with the entire application process, as well as financial aid paperwork.

Please contact me to set up a consultation and discuss payment options. I am based out of the Boston area but I have done telephone conferences in the past. Access to email, however, is essential for each distance client.

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Saturday, July 29th, 2006
9:30 pm - ?

I just finished my freshman year and I don't think I did that good (and im hating my self now for slacking), but I really want to get into Princeton.

So I need help on what I should do.

these were my grades
Chem-Really bad(D if you really want to know) , but I'm taking it again sophomore year
History-C sucks I know
(im in gifted honors by the way so weighted its different of course)

Now I want to take an AP. sophomore year but I don't know if I should take AP. world history , AP. Art history or AP. Bio.

I will be Joining tennis sophomore year and im 100% Hispanic. And I want to work on the school newspaper Junior year.

Also I want to start reading and working on some sat material and I need some recommendations.

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Wednesday, June 28th, 2006
7:16 pm
starze Hi!

This is my first post here. I've been going to high school overseas, but I'll be moving to New Jersey very soon to start Junior year of high school. I just got my results back from the June SAT, and I was hoping for some advice. My dream college is Princeton, and I know colleges consider many things besides the SAT when accepting/rejecting applicants, but as I don't have a GPA and have never taken any AP courses as of yet (they aren't offered in the country I'm in at the moment), I was wondering whether I should retake the SAT in October. My scores were: Critical Reading 800, Math 800, Writing 730 (for a total of 2330). The only thing I'm worried about is the writing score - I know Princeton is extremely selective and I'm not sure if the 730 might be considered a bit low.

I'd appreciate any feedback.

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Friday, June 16th, 2006
5:21 am

I'm a rising senior at a rural Florida high school. By the time I'll graduate, I'll have taken four AP classes (AP Lang, AP Lit, AP USH, and AP US Govt.) I'm taking Govt. online in order to have more APs, as my school only offers the first three.
Other than that, I've taken the most challenging courses in language and history that I could, including almost all honors and academic electives. My science classes have been all honors, but they're nothing special. Math is my weakest point.

My SAT scores are: 730 verbal, 690 writing, 630 math.
I feel like if I retook them I could do slightly better.

I have a 3.8 unweighted GPA, 4.22 weighted. I am in the top tenth of my class and Mexican-American. My mother holds an AA degree in nursing, and my father did not attend college. One of my older sisters goes to Florida Gulf Coast, and the other to University of South Florida.

I was in marching band as a freshman and sophomore. As a junior, I worked on the literary magazine in its first year. As a senior I will be an editor. I am also in NHS (all four years) and FBLA (junior/senior) and varsity Academic Team (junior/senior.)

I'm pretty confident that I could get into any Florida public university. My question is: do you think it's possible for me to get into a more prestigious school, such as Duke or Columbia?
Also, in your opinion, do you think the benefits of going to a more prestigious school outweigh the costs? This is especially important to me, because, while my family is well within the realm of comfortable living, I have two sisters who will be in college at the same time I will, and a younger sister in elementary school. Florida offers a scholarship called Florida Bright Futures, and I will be eligible to receive 75-100% tuition paid, but only if I stay in Florida. What do you think?

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Tuesday, June 13th, 2006
8:34 pm - SAT II's
big_city_kid sorry if this is a stupid question.
its my first time posting.

anyway. it's about sat II's
first of all, i feel behind because i didn't think of taking them after my sophomore year in june.
is this a really bad mistake? or a sort of bad one?

i was also wondering... when would it be a good time to take the sat II in literature. after an ap lit course? or does it not really matter?

thanks in advance for the help!

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Sunday, June 4th, 2006
9:38 pm - Concerns of a small school's valedictorian

I'm a rising senior at a tiny Catholic school. It is so tiny because it opened only three years ago, and I'll be in the first graduating class. But because of the limited number of students (18 when I was a freshman, about 80 or 90 next year), there have been and continue to be a limited number of courses available, meaning I haven't had the opportunity to take any APs and will only have a few available next year (Calculus, Biology, English, and Latin, which I am not sure I'll take yet.) I've taken the most rigorous courses I can at my school, which are as follows:

Freshman: English I, Latin I, Geometry, Physical Science, Religion I, PE/Computer.
Sophomore: English II, Latin II (H), Algebra II (H), Biology, Religion II, Art, Health, World History.
Junior: American Literuatre (H), Latin III (H), Precalculus (H), Chemistry, Religion III, American History, PE.
Senior: AP Lit, AP Calculus, AP Biology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Econ/Gov't, Religion IV, Physics.

So I have two questions:

1) Will it hurt me that I have only taken three AP courses?

2) Would it behoove me to take the AP Vergil course instead of Physics? It sounds childish, but my past three years of Latin have been miserable because of the teacher, whereas I really like the Physics teacher. And I am considering maybe studying Latin on the side just to make it an even four years, but maybe not.

My SAT score is 2240, with 700 Math (both times), 750 Critical Reading (both times), and 790 Writing (up from 780 the first time), and I think my GPA is a 3.9something.

Edit: I am not sure where I want to go to college, but I am considering Brown and am visiting this summer, and I'll also check out RISD when I'm up there.

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Sunday, May 14th, 2006
4:21 pm - importance of AP exams junior year

Hi, can anyone tell me how much AP exam grades (junior year) influence admissions to competitive colleges? HOw do they compare to the other parts of the application (SAT, GPA, extracurriculars etc.)

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Sunday, April 30th, 2006
12:01 pm - study abroad in senior year?

Hi, I was wondering if I could get some advice...

I'm currently a junior and am planning on studying abroad in France during the first semester and a little more of my senior year (from the end of August 2006 until the beginning of February 2007). I'll be enrolled in a French school, but it is likely that the class credits I receive will not transfer to my high school transcript.

I live in Florida and I'd like to go to a good out-of-state school, preferably in the northeast or California. I'm planning on finishing my college applications and all high school credits before I leave. Do you think studying abroad will hinder or boost my chances for admission? Also, what other colleges do you think might be good for me? I'm a bit overwhelmed by this whole process. Thanks in advance for any advice!!

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current mood: worried

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Monday, April 24th, 2006
3:48 pm - Retake?

I just got my SAT scores back and I am considering whether or not I should retake them. I got a 770 on verbal, 750 on writing, and a 680 on math, which is a composite of 2200. Obviously I'm fine with my reading and writing scores, my concern is with the math score. My college goal is Princeton and I want to know if anyone thinks that math score will seriously hamper my admissions

Thank You :)

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Wednesday, April 12th, 2006
9:47 pm - Make Your College Admissions Easier- Get this book

A few years back in my college searching days, I found a book that profoundly changed my life. A college admsissions book. If you only read one college admissions book, let it be this one.

All in One College Guide

Why? Because college admissions is filled with such hype and stress, a perfect time for the colleges to load you with propaganda and take advantage of your vulnerabity in this time. You need something to help you navigate the, shall I say, crap. This book come from someone with many years in this field who knows many of the tricks and scams and helps you avoid many pitfalls. He gives such great tips and gives you the big picture so you can always remember not to stress out over little things. He gives you relatively unknown secrets that many high school, college, and adult age people do not know. He also debunks many of the things many of the other books claim you should do. This book is more practical, straightforward, and useful then many of the other books.

Sure in high school they give you pamplets and teachers tell you to 'apply for college', but this book lays the ground out very perfectly. Consider this the starting point for your college admisions job, the book tells you all the other resources you will use along the way (Fiskes, 331 Best Colleges, ect). Choosing a college, how to pay for it, getting in, and what to do while you are there- this covers it all.

I have read many of Marty Nemko's articles (also very helpful) and his other book Cool Careers For Dummies (also a highly recomended read) and I cannot recommend him more highly.

One last note:
Remember that colleges are a BUSINESS withthe main motive of making money. Don't take anything they say at face value. Investigate things for yourself.

(This isn't an ad- this book changed my life. I had to share)

X posted to several other college admissions group

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Sunday, February 26th, 2006
1:28 pm - What do I do?

I'm freshman outside the United States, finishing the last month of the school year. I've only been recently motivated to get into a good college. I have the drive, the motivation, and I'm pretty sure I have the capabalilty [I used to be honours]. The thing is, for the past four years [late 5th grade until freshman year, but we don't have 8th grade], I've been lagging. My averages have been at a steady C all that time, and I even failed a subject once, although my English grades are constant As. I have a few extra-curriculars-- I was part of the Media club last year, Computer club this year [we're only allowed one each in my school.]. I'm part of a band, and we've played a few school events. I've been part of the school newspaper for the last two years, since I was chicken althroughout grade school to apply. I'm an experienced graphics designer, and I was part of our yearbook staff the previous year. I'm also an amateur photographer, and many people say I speak well, if not fast. I get along okay with most of my teachers and I predict to be able to get excellent recommendations from them when the needs arises. I plan on taking up soccer, and possibly arnis, this summer, as well as a few advanced classes.

What I want to know is, what can I do to get into a stellar college? I need higher grades, of course, but how high are we taking about? Should I focus all my energy on studies alone, or should I also devote some time to other activities? Do sports or arts count more? Are activities that aren't school-sanctioned [such as contests, competitions, etc.] considered?

I have so many questions because right now, I am hating myself for being such a loser all these years.

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