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2022 Summer Programs

Last Updated by Jason Robinovitz on January 18, 2022

What a combination! Both enrich your life and enhance your chances for college admission! Selective colleges evaluate your summer experiences, looking for students whose summer opportunities enriched their lives, who explored their potential college major, and who further developed their skills and passion. Such students rise above the rest of the applicant pool. With four summers to fill, in part, with these precollege summer programs, think about what you can accomplish!

Topics: College Admission, Summer School, Extracurricular Activities

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Topics: College Admission, Summer School, Extracurricular Activities

Should I Upload a Resume with my College Application?

Last Updated by Jason Robinovitz on January 28, 2021

 

The Short answer is YES! 

Your activity résumé will be a key element in your college applications (and even applications for some honor societies, scholarships, and summer programs). Of the roughly 900 colleges that accept the Common Application, about ⅓ provide you with the opportunity to upload your résumé. And that’s just colleges that accept the Common App. The total number of colleges that will accept your résumé as part of an application is undoubtedly higher. You’ll be able to create a stronger activity section on your applications with a solid résumé that you’ve worked on over time and kept up to date. Your teachers and guidance counselor will write stronger college recommendations if you share your résumé with them.

Topics: College Admission, Activity Resume, Resume, Extracurricular Activities

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Topics: College Admission, Activity Resume, Resume, Extracurricular Activities

Is a Research Program a Good Extracurricular Activity?

Last Updated by Jason Robinovitz on January 4, 2021

 

Now that COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on SAT and ACT testing, and promises to continue to do so for the foreseeable future, that means that extracurricular activities, ranked fourth in importance for admissions officers early last year (see Do Extracurriculars Matter in the College Admissions Process? and How Important Are Extra-Curricular Activities for College Applications?), are now arguably the second most important factor for admissions officers when they’re evaluating applicants who don’t submit SAT/ACT scores. That’s likely to be increasingly true as the selectivity of the schools’ increase, because selective colleges expect students to come with a track record of personal achievements. The most selective schools don’t want students who dream of changing the world: They want students who are already changing the world.

Topics: College Admission, Extracurricular Activities

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Topics: College Admission, Extracurricular Activities

300 Free Things To Do During Quarantine

Last Updated by Joseph Corace on May 11, 2020

It’s important for you to stay active, focused, and especially resilient during your time at home. The more resilient you are and the more you seek out and take advantage of opportunities to do interesting things, the more you’ll be enhancing your life, adding to your potential for admission to your top-choice colleges. With that in mind, we’ve created a spreadsheet of ideas for you – one that provides a broad spectrum of activities, many of which sound like downright fun 

300 Free Things to do During Quarantine 

Topics: College Admission, College Counseling, Extracurricular Activities

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Topics: College Admission, College Counseling, Extracurricular Activities

Extracurricular Case Study: Dream Dorm Decorators

Last Updated by Jason Robinovitz on March 20, 2020

 

Dream Dorm Decorators

I can recall the day Jonah K. came to my office to develop a community service project.  We considered various possibilities, but none ignited a spark in Jonah − until I said, “What about creating a project to help other kids?” His eyes brightened as we read about the work done by Best Foot Forward, a local organization that supports foster children. Jonah and I visited the founders of BFF, Debby Elman and Donna Biase, who told us that for the first time, they had 10 students who qualified to attend Florida colleges. But the teens didn’t have the clothes or other items students typically bring with them to college. These foster children carried all their worldly possessions in black trash bags. 

Topics: College Admission, Extracurricular Activities, Barbara Leventhal

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Topics: College Admission, Extracurricular Activities, Barbara Leventhal

Extracurricular Case Study: Boca Buckets

Topics: College Admission, Extracurricular Activities, Barbara Leventhal

Extracurricular Activities Can Make a Difference in College Admissions

Last Updated by Jason Robinovitz on April 25, 2019

GPA of 4.5? 1500 on the SAT? Those tell college admissions officers that you’re reasonably bright, perform well in scholastic matters, and can compete for admission with other students who have comparable stats. But that’s all they say about the applicant – they’re data points, devoid, you might say, of personality. In virtually all competitive college admissions situations, those data are simply not enough. And while a high SAT score does matter, having a record of good college extracurricular activities is a must if you want to give your application the boost it needs.

Topics: College Admission, Extracurricular Activities

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Topics: College Admission, Extracurricular Activities