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Does certifications improve my chances of getting into my top school?

Does certification improve my chances of getting into my top school?

I have 10 non-credit certifications from accredited universities like Stanford University, Harvard and USC universities, but I'm quite confused if they're really significant on college applications.

Thank you comment icon Okay...I just answered another question you posted...as a dad, and someone who took WAY too long to get a Bachelor's Degree...before getting two Masters Degrees...please do not take offense...but what you are asking...I think you might get better answers if you specify your major/program of interest. I say this only because you brought up certifications. Hopefully you are not offended. Gabriel Hennsssey

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Karina’s Answer

Hi Erica!

Usually non-credit certificates do not increase your chances of getting into your chosen universities on their own, but they do help to show your interest in a course you are applying for because you can incorporate the knowledge you gained into your personal statement/supplements.

Hope that helps!
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Mihika’s Answer

Hello Erica,

Your college application is a way to demonstrate your skills and interest for the degree you are applying for. Certifications are a great way to supplement your skills and/or demonstrate your career interests for skills that you haven't been able to learn formally through school or work.

Having said that, the best use of these certifications is to implement the knowledge in a job / self-driven project / volunteering opportunity and showcase the results (eg. increasing revenue, decreasing cost / effort ) you have achieved.




Hope this helps !
Thank you comment icon Thank you for sharing your perspective. Erica
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Stuart’s Answer

Certifications are a great way to show an interest in something on your application. Unlike AP / Dual-enroll classes, they usually do not count towards college credits, but knowledge learned will help when you take the approved class once in college
Thank you comment icon Thanks for the advice. Erica
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Kruti’s Answer

Absolutely include it on your application!! Certifications when you are a student show that you have an interest and a skillset that is above the average highschooler. A competitive certificate is even better, that is a very noteworthy achievement.
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Pallavi’s Answer

Hi Erica,

It's great that you have done certifications, even if they don't count towards, college credits. Certifications are a great way to learn about different topics that you find interesting and help you understand what you would love to learn more! If you're applying to similar programs in college that you have certifications for, that could show them your interest in the program and your drive to learn!
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