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Books to Read Before College: A Reading List for High Schoolers

October 9, 2019

While planning for academic summer programs, organizing local service projects, practicing varsity sports, and meticulously scheduling intense extracurricular loads, many high school students overlook the value of being well-read and thoughtfully opinionated. Admissions offices expect their most compelling applicants—in whatever field or major—to be well-informed and widely read, to be able to discuss with passion and nuance all kinds of books and ideas. Alumni interviewers often ask students to talk about the most interesting things they’ve read recently. Supplementary essays in college applications ask applicants to list what they’ve chosen to read in the past year or to explain

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Ten Tips for Writing a Cover Letter Effectively

October 8, 2019

Second in importance only to your resumé, the cover letter is an essential document submitted as part of your job applications. In its simplest form, the cover letter is your chance to introduce yourself to a potential employer and make a strong first impression. However, a good cover letter goes beyond a simple introduction and

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How to Create a Strong Legal Resumé for Law School Applications

October 3, 2019

Since you’re thinking about applying to law school, you probably have a resumé for internships and job applications already. However, when it comes to JD applications, it is important that you format your resumé in a manner that can help you stand out in the admissions process. Many schools will ask for your legal resumé, and it’s important to make sure your document makes a strong impression. Here are some tips as you format your legal resumé

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High School Science Competitions That Stand Out on College Applications

October 1, 2019

If you’re a high school student hoping to venture into a STEM field for your college major and future career, you’ve probably heard that high school science competitions really give students a boost in their overall competitiveness. From Olympiads to ISEF and Google Science Fair to the AIME, each of these competitions carries significant weight in the admissions process. But how do you know which ones are

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Unpacking the Northwestern Supplemental Essay 2019-2020

September 30, 2019

Known for its highly specialized colleges, Northwestern University attracts students from all over the world who wish to study a multitude of disciplines, from communications to engineering. When you apply to this Evanston, Illinois school through the Common Application, you have to select one of the six undergraduate colleges within the university as your primary institution

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A Comprehensive Guide to the Law School Diversity Statement

September 30, 2019

As you finalize your JD school list and look through the requirements, you might notice that many institutions provide you with the opportunity to add an optional diversity statement. The law school diversity statement is an essay that asks you to elaborate on an aspect of your identity, background, or extracurriculars that will bring a unique perspective to your future classroom.

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The Best Music Programs for Strong Students

September 27, 2019

Deciding to audition for music conservatory programs can be really daunting, especially if you’re also a strong student in academics. It’s undoubtedly a big decision. When I was in high school, I was really torn: I absolutely loved performing as a musician and thought I wanted to make it my career, but at the same time, I knew that I wanted to attend an academically rigorous and competitive college. Since strong musicians also tend to be strong students, this dilemma may sound really familiar to you. You want to know

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Writing the Caltech Supplemental Essays 2019-2020

September 25, 2019

If you’re planning to apply to the California Institute of Technology, one of the key ways to distinguish yourself from fellow STEM-oriented applicants is to take full advantage of the Caltech supplemental essays 2019-2020. Use the prompts provided by this competitive Pasadena institution to show how you hope to grow as a young scientist, and to describe the ways you would contribute to the Caltech campus. The supplemental questions are designed to learn more about

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Introducing InGenius Prep’s College Admissions Podcast!

September 24, 2019

At InGenius Prep, we are very excited to announce the release of our new college admissions podcast - Inside the Admissions Office: Advice From Former Admissions Officers! Every year, applicants aim high and hope to beat the admissions odds. And every year, it gets harder to do so. At InGenius Prep,

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How to Get Into the University of Michigan

September 24, 2019

Frequently referred to as “the Harvard of the West,” The University of Michigan - Ann Arbor is known for being one of the most academically competitive schools in the Midwest, with an acceptance rate of 23% for the 2018-2019 cycle. Michigan is ranked as the #1 public research university and the #2 public school in the U.S., so it’s no wonder that over 65,000 students applied this year. When I was admitted into the University of Michigan, I was one of over 50,000 applicants, so I know how it feels to wonder

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