Will summer academic programs help me get into the Ivy League?

Will summer academic programs help me get into the Ivy League?


So, I’m here today on the campus of Brown
University, one of the eight Ivy League campuses, and it’s beautiful summer day.
Today is check in for the Brown summer program, or Summer at Brown, and this is a program that’s for high school students, It lasts several weeks, and there are just
scads of students that are checking in to spend most of their summer on a
college campus. A lot of my clients ask me whether or not these programs are
really a good thing to do during the summer and on the one hand they can be a
good thing because it is a good way to transition or to think about living on a
college campus. Students generally take a course or two, a morning course,
an afternoon course, and they get a taste of campus life. But one of the things that I
warn against is thinking that taking the Brown summer program is actually
going to be a way to help increase your chances of getting into Brown. It really
isn’t. These are completely separate programs that are run, not by the
admissions office, but by a separate entity within the University. They’re
there to make money, there to provide opportunity for students, but they really
have no relationship with the admissions office. So an alternative might be to
think more about what it is you want to accomplish during the summer. Are there
certain things you really want to study? If there are, like maybe it’s computer
science or gaming, maybe it’s music, maybe it’s something like economics. Look for the courses, look for the programs that offer those academic subjects that you
really have an interest in exploring and find a college campus program that
will allow you to do that, or a camp experience, or find ways that you can
deepen that interest on your own. You don’t necessarily have to come to a
college campus to do that, it can be very expensive. Again it can be a good
experience, there’s nothing wrong with doing these kinds of summer experiences
on campuses around the country, but first of all, make sure
you’re doing one that you really think will meet your needs and your interests
and second of all, don’t think that it’s going to be an easy way into that
particular college, it’s probably not going to be.

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