15 – Applying to International Schools from America – How and Why?

We aren’t just limited to schools in the United States. There are great schools internationally. We discuss the application processes for UK and Canadian schools as well as joint programs between American and international schools like Yale-NUS and NYU’s programs. Finally, we reflect on whether applying internationally is actually worth it.

Time Stamps –
UK Schools – 2:06
Canadian Schools – 15:48
Joint Programs – 21:08
Reflection – 28:53

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Show Notes:

British University Application Guide

Applying to UK Schools NYT Article

Cambridge Testing and Application Requirements

British Standardized Testing for International Applicants

Oxford Price and Financial Aid

Cambridge Price and Financial Aid

 

Standardized Testing for Canadian Schools

UToronto Admission Requirements

Canadian University Stats

Canadian University Rankings (don’t use this religiously, but it is a good basic guide)

 

Yale NUS Admissions

Yale NUS Price and Financial Aid

Columbia Sciences Po Admissions and Application Requirements

Columbia Sciences Po Price and Financial Aid

NYU Abu Dhabi Admissions and Application Requirements

NYU Abu Dhabi Price and Financial Aid

NYU Shanghai Admissions and Application Requirements

 

Applying Abroad Article

Additional Applying Abroad Article

 

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14 – Extracurricular Strategy – Picking and Pursuing Activities

Extracurricular activities are the backbone of any college application, especially to top-tier schools. Freshmen need to start early. Upperclassmen need to develop their interests with awards and leadership positions. Seniors need to stay calm and not randomly resume pad. We discuss the activities we wish we had done and the ones we wish we had quit. Finally, Michael becomes an amateur psychologist.


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PrepScholar Spike Article

PrepScholar Value of Extracurricular Activities in Founder’s College Application

 

 

 

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13 – How to Common App – 9 Parts, 3 Hosts, 1 Application

The Common App has many sections – demographic information, test scores, educational history, academic honors, extracurricular activities, the additional information section, the Common App essay, recommendation letters, supplemental essays, and a little bit of common confusion among stressed-out seniors.

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Previous Common App episode with a focus on honors and extracurriculars

Common App

How to Get Common App Fee Waivers

 

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12 – Your TLDR to Junior Year – Productivity, Testing, Networking

School is starting soon. If you are about to be a junior, don’t let senioritis strike early. We have tips about how to use your junior year as a launchpad into your dream school from tips. We talk about staying productive and on track, the incoming storm of standardized testing, focusing on a few key extracurricular activities, and networking with key college admissions players to set yourself apart from the crowd.

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Computer Time Tracking

Cortex- Productivity Podcast

THE HYPER-SCHEDULING EXPERIMENT (If you can do this long term, I applaud you. -Dominic)

SAT/Subject Tests Dates

ACT Dates

Harvard Students’ Admissions Rescinded for “Offensive Facebook Memes”

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8 – The Struggle is Real: A Summer Check-In on Where You Should Be

Newsflash: everyone is struggling right now, especially with colleges changing the goalposts on standardized testing. Nhi and Dominic fret about how they are doing with their essays and overall application. Through it all, you’ll find out where you need to be at this point in the summer.

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Show Notes:

Harvard Lawsuit
Princeton and Stanford Drop SAT/ACT Essay Requirement, Princeton to Require Graded Essay Sample
Cameron Impact Scholarship
College Fly in Programs
Common Application Essay Prompts
SAT/Subject Tests Dates
ACT Dates
Register for the SAT/Subject Tests
Register for the ACT
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7 – The Supplemental Essay – Boosting Your Application to the Max

Just because supplemental essays are short doesn’t mean they are easy. Join us in exploring essays answering why college, why major, extracurricular, speed dating, and your background prompts.

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2017-2018 Princeton Supplement: large supplement that covers a lot of topics other supplements cover

2017-2018 Harvard Supplement: good essay examples

2018-2019 UChicago Supplement Essays: strange essay topics

2017-2018 UPenn Supplement Essays: good essay examples

2017-2018 Brown Supplement Essays: good essay examples with additional advice on prompts

2017-2018 MIT Supplement Essays: good essay examples

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6 – Clashing with Class Rank with Kevin Bai in Plano, Texas

We talk with Kevin Bai about how he helped lead the movement to end class rank in Plano ISD, how class rank hurts students, and why colleges don’t really care about it.

We’d like to extend another big thank you to Kevin Bai for coming onto the podcast and being our first of many guest speakers! Let us know if you would like us to feature more guests in the future. Please leave any questions/comments for Kevin or the rest of us in the comment section below or on our Contact Us form.

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Plano ISD Class Rank Removal News Clip

Local Article on Plano ISD Class Rank Removal

Actual Petition Used in this Movement

 

Plano Star Courier Article on Class Rank Removal

Washington Post Article on Class Rank and Effect on College Admissions

Stats on Schools Valuing Class Rank

Article on Valedictorian Success

 

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5 – The Early Bird Gets the Worm: Early Decision and Early Action

The November early application deadline is coming up quickly: learn about the differences between early action, early decision, early decision 2, and regular decision, whether applying early is advantageous, how you should pick between all your options, and what you should do if you are deferred.

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Helpful Article on Early Action vs Early Decision

List of Early Action Schools

 

Huntsman Program at The University of Pennsylvania

University of Virginia

Princeton University Single-Choice Early Action

University of Chicago Early Decision 1 and 2

List of Schools with Rolling Admissions

Early vs Regular Application for The Ivy League

 

SAT/Subject Tests Dates

ACT Dates

 

Common Application Essay Prompts

 

Lacy Crawford Book Review

4 – Slaying the Beast: The Essay

We talk about best practices for writing college essays, brainstorm ideas for the CommonApp and ApplyTexas prompts, and explain how you can get feedback on your essays.

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Common Application

Apply Texas

University of California Application

 

Colleges Accepting the Common Application

Common Application Prompts

 

Coalition Application

Colleges Accepting the Coalition Application

 

Essay Tips by the Common Application

3 – Senior Summer

We know summer just started, but it’s time to start thinking about the fall and college applications. We talk about what rising seniors need to be doing this summer to get ready from testing to essays and so much more.

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Register for the SAT

Register for the ACT

Register for SAT 2 Subject Tests

AP Tests

SAT/Subject Tests Dates

ACT Dates

All SAT 2 Subject Tests with average scores

Score Choice

Colleges and Required Subject Tests

SAT/ACT Scores by University (for best information visit the university’s website or Princeton Review Page for the university)

Which test to take?

Common Application

Common Application Essay Prompts

Cameron Impact Scholarship

Gates Millennium Scholarship

Making a Summer Plan

Exploring College Options

Exploring Educational Excellence

College Interview Tips