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2020-11-11 00:00:31

8 myths about admission to elite US universities

8 myths about admission to elite US universities

Myth 1. You have to be versatile to enter a US university

Those entering American universities believe that they should prove themselves in all possible areas - mathematics, music, theater, sports. But it is not so. For the admissions committee, it is not the level of training in all areas that is important, but the degree of student involvement. It is even more important to show a desire to become an expert in your chosen field. In general, one bonus (but significant!) To your excellent certificate will be enough: for example, sporting success or active volunteer work. Nobody will ask you to become a superman.

Myth 2. You need the highest test scores

This myth is debunked by statistics: up to 80% of applicants to private universities enter with an average certificate score of 4.0, only 17% have the highest score on SAT testing.

Myth 3. You can only enroll with a high school counselor

Free consultants are not the best help for admission: they have many wards and do not have time to take into account the individual needs of all students. They are physically unable to help in writing essays, collecting documents, and filling out applications. Trust qualified experts to guide you through the entire admission process. These can be found either in a private school / international college , or in specialized educational agencies.

Myth 4. Additional extracurricular disciplines will be your advantage

Non-academic achievement is a big bonus, but pay attention not to the number of classes, but to their quality. TOP universities will carefully analyze the information submitted: how long and how often have you devoted time to the specified activities, what was your progress and success. It would be ideal to indicate 3-5 circles (not 20). It is best to associate extracurricular activities with a future profession: for example, if you are entering a biochemistry department, tell us about participating in a biology club, volunteering in a hospital, developing a mobile fitness app.

Myth 5. The key to success is applying for a broad specialty

Some students believe that the chances of enrollment are better if they apply for a general specialty such as economics or business. Universities are actively introducing new narrow and interdisciplinary programs, which not many people know about yet, and therefore there is less competition for them.

Myth 6. Teachers are obligated to write you recommendations

It takes effort and time to write a recommendation, and teachers write them only of their own free will. If you do not have a good relationship with the teacher, you missed classes or did not show interest in the subject, do not expect him to agree to write recommendations. To avoid getting into an unpleasant situation, build good relationships with teachers while you study, demonstrate your involvement, and ask for help. Working closely with the teacher will help to learn about you, and it will be easier for the teacher to write an effective recommendation.

Myth 7. Serving the community through volunteering

Volunteering is becoming a hackneyed cliche, so now it is difficult to separate a sincere desire to help from work for show. Therefore, members of the admissions committee use the rule: your position in life should run like a red thread through an essay, a list of school subjects, a story about leisure time and volunteer responsibilities. It's good if your set of activities is interconnected - otherwise, the admissions committee will consider that the applicant wants to impress with the help of deception.

Myth 8. Summer school at a university almost guarantees admission

Applicants often go to summer schools, paying big bucks to get a head start. In fact, summer programs are often not directly related to universities; they are conducted by invited companies. Summer schools are good for their level of preparation, but they may not give extra points if you have chosen the wrong provider. Be careful when choosing a summer school or vacation courses, check the information with the university itself or contact your educational agent, so as not to miscalculate!

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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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