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“Being able to see something on the resume that has actually evolved over time and helped the person into a better individual as opposed to having 10 to 15 on their resume, I think that the former is way more valuable than the other.”

— Jerilyn, Harvard admissions interviewer  

“…only keep one set of eyes on your personal statement, whether it’s Northwestern or anyone else.”

— Justin, Northwestern admissions director  

“There are still students now who think that they could get a spot off the waiting list, even though it’s like beyond statistically unlikely.”

— Deborah, Carnegie Mellon admissions director  

“I read her essay and I told her, ‘Your essay is horrible. You have about a paragraph and you’re not saying why you’re interested in University of Michigan.'”

— Bryan, UMich admissions director  

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3 Admissions Officers Share How They Evaluate Extracurriculars

Oh, the dreaded "Activities" section of the college application where our students list their clubs, sports, awards, leadership, and everything they do when not studying, eating, and sleeping. The directions are often vague and unclear. But the truth is that admissions officers are looking for something specific. This week, three admissions officers share how extracurriculars are evaluated. Hint: More extracurriculars is not always merrier, and position titles have less weight than most people believe.

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If your student hates tests and grades, college is still an option. Here’s one.

We often think that college is for those students with high GPAs, who care about report cards and transcripts, and who can somehow never get tricked by multiple choice tests. But does that mean curious young folks who love learning and hate obsessing over grades, tests, and lectures have no place in college? The answer is no. Here's one option for those students.

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