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College Guidance Q & A

As a college admissions advisor, Larry works with students from all over our country as well as the world. He understands the different requirements for students who live or study outside of the U.S. and helps them navigate these complexities. This week he responds to a question from an international applicant seeking admission to U.S. colleges.


Q: If I am an international student who is applying to US colleges and universities and my major is biology, can I add to my application my extracurriculars and honors in chemistry and English?


A: Your application will be evaluated for academic accomplishment and intellectual potential. Your extracurricular activities and your academic achievements in both Chemistry and English positively support those factors. So, yes.


And by the way, most US colleges accept the Common Application. You can open your Common Application account now and you will see that extracurriculars and honors are explicitly sought. While some college-specific portions of the application might be deleted when the Common App “rolls over” every year on August 1, the main sections will remain, including the “Activities” section and the “Honors” subsection within the Education topic.


If your family needs college admissions assistance or you would like to learn more about our services, please contact larry@learningassoc.com.




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