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Getting into my Dream College

Is there even a chance for me to get into Colombia university with a major in Computer Science as an 11th grade? Is there any way too boost my chances or make myself stand out besides SAT and GPA? Any advice?

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Thank you comment icon Not sure about this question 11th grade? Usually when a College or University especially IVY league, allows an 11th grader into thier University is because they have completed H.S early. Have you? If so then either your IQ has been recognized near genious level. Either case you would have to provide something to the School which helps make their decision to allow you to apply at the University. Joseph Ford

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Aaron’s Answer

Hi Mahir! There is most definitely a way for you to get into your dream college, and don't doubt yourself. Colleges aren't just looking for the smartest people (although it is good to be smart). They are looking for well rounded students who will leave a positive impact on their university, their community, and the world. Rather than focusing on getting a 4.0 GPA and a 1600 on SAT, or joining a dozen clubs and activities, find 1 specific club or activity that you are passionate in and be great at it! Whether that's a sport, or starting a non-profit, etc. Gain some leadership experience through this opportunity and that will elevate your application drastically. Doing these steps will increase your admission chances and more importantly make a you a better person at the end of the day!
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Erica’s Answer

Hi, Mahir!

Columbia's admissions process is holistic, meaning they will consider all aspects of your application. They want to see that you are more then test scores and grades; they want to see

I am not sure what you mean by "as an 11th grade." Are you asking if you can apply early? Columbia does have an Early Decision option: https://undergrad.admissions.columbia.edu/apply/firstyear/early-decision

You may find it helpful to review the 2021-2022 Columbia-specific application questions. These may not be the questions you need to answer when it's time for you to apply, but they will help you gauge if you are doing the reading and thinking expected from Columbia. https://undergrad.admissions.columbia.edu/apply/process/columbia-questions

There's also a lot of helpful information on Columbia's FAQ page: https://undergrad.admissions.columbia.edu/faq

When you read the Columbia-specific questions, if you realize you do not have thoughtful answers for them, hold off on Early Decision and use the extra time to make sure you have developed the reading, writing, and thinking habits needed for college. Keeping a metacognitive journal would be a great activity for you to start as soon as possible. This site is written for teachers, but you can learn about metacognitive journaling here and there are also questions you can use to begin this practice:
https://www.teachthought.com/learning/metacognitive-prompts/

Best of luck to you!
Erica Letourneau
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Jessica’s Answer

Yes there is! They often look for well rounded students. I highly suggest volunteering, internships, and a strong personal statement. Don’t be shy about sharing your life with them! Those three steps really show how well rounded you are.
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Sanjeev’s Answer

Hi Mahir, besides your GPA and SAT/ACT, other ways to boost your chances of admission would be to add some meaningful extracurriculars. Perhaps you could join a club, internship, volunteer, or add new projects. Good luck!
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