Impressive Candidate vs. Admitted Student | InLikeMe
So, who gets in to the most selective colleges and universities? For the most part, admitted students fall into one or more of these three categories:
(1) students who can bring something “special” that the school desires;
(2) those with exceptional promise; and
(3) academically-qualified legacy applicants.
Focus on quality over quantity. We look for the opportunity to pursue (with gusto) one or two interesting projects, activities, and/or areas of research where the student can showcase some combination of leadership, character, determination, intellectual curiosity, talent, heartfelt interest, creativity, problem-solving and/or communication skills, maturity and ability. The “hook” should be genuine and be a good fit with the student’s interests and abilities. A hook can also be developed to either offset an area of perceived weakness or to create positive differentiation.
As an example, one of my clients was dismayed by the lack of intercultural harmony at her public high school. She endeavored to improve the situation by bringing together students to share her love for gardening. She founded a community garden project and encouraged diverse participation. She described her experiences (positive and negative) in various college application essays and was thrilled to gain admission to a number of the most selective colleges and universities.
Online Aid for Making ‘The Decision,’ From a College Freshman – NYTimes.com
On the site, which is called collegepick.us, students are prompted to enter the names of as many colleges as they like, followed by factors that may be important to them — including “cost,” “food,” “housing,” “size,” “music,” and “future value.” Applicants are then asked to “weigh” those factors — telling the site, for example, whether “scuba is more important than food or location.”
A few steps later, the applicant should have in hand a personalized “ranking” of the schools of his or her choice — as opposed to the generalized handicapping of “some stuffed shirt in an office somewhere telling you how a certain college is ‘better’ than another one at a certain thing,” the Web site says.
Date: Saturday, April 16, 2011, 9 am – 4 pm
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Seniors, if your college search still does not feel complete, consider some of the following schools who are still accepting applications: CSUs: Bakersfield, Dominguez Hills, East Bay, CalMaritime, Humbolt; Colorado State, Oregon State, Washington State, Montana State, University of Nevada, Reno, and Colorado at Boulder. Remember to check each school web site for application deadlines as they do vary.
While the fall 2011 application period has concluded for most CSU campuses, some may continue to accept fall applications. Certain campuses also remain open for applicants for the winter and spring 2011 terms. Individual campus deadlines differ and it is best to review campus postings. For a full list of campuses still accepting applications please visit the CSUMentor Application Filing Status Report. Choose “Undergraduate” for “Select a level” and choose “Fall 2011″ for” enrollment term and then press the Submit button. Then check out the “Status” column to see which CSU campus still listed as “Open“.