How does a summer program affect the college search?

Rhiannon Schade
Director of College Counseling
Collegewise of Millburn

When college admission officers are evaluating your application, one of the characteristics they look for in you is initiative and another is love of learning. Summer programs can be one way in which you demonstrate curiosity, intellectual depth, and a willingness to seek out new learning opportunities.

Furthermore, summer programs do not need to be expensive or take place at a selective college to make a positive impact on your chance of admission to the college. In fact, they don’t necessarily have to be formal programs at all. What if you spent the summer focusing on teaching yourself German? Or you attended a genealogy conference simply because you are so fascinated by the subject and your school doesn’t offer a class in it? What if you have a good old-fashioned job at the town pool or a local restaurant? What if you take time to read three books you wanted to read during the school year, but didn’t have the time? All of these things have merit, developing skills and interests that will serve you well, regardless of where you go to college.

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