Earlier today, I was doing some college research and looking for pre-college opportunities. I came upon a summer program for current high school students called Summer@Brown. Given my credentials, do I have a chance of getting accepted?
I'm a sophomore girl at an recognized Early College High School.
My math courses include: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Trigonometry, and I'm planning on taking Pre-Calculus at our local university in the spring.
I have taken English 9 - English 11, and I'm planning on taking English 12 in the spring.
My science courses include: Physical Science, Pre-Chemistry, Biology, and I'm planning on taking Anatomy in the spring.
So far I have only taken a New Mexico History class, but I'm planning on taking World History in the spring.
My electives include: Computer Literacy, Introduction to Engineering, ACT/SAT prep, Health and Wellness, French I, and if I'm lucky, French II in the spring.
I have yet to take the SAT, and if get a 4.0 for this semester, my GPA will be a 3.85. My favourite subjects are English and French.
This will be my second year working on Yearbook, my second year in Honour Society, I volunteer every other week at our local soup kitchen, and tutor kids at my school every Tuesday. I have been playing the piano for 11 years now. As for my personal qualities, I would say I excel strongest in creative writing. I also really love to read (British literature and fiction, mostly), sew some of my own clothes, scuba dive, and I have some background knowledge in Photoshop Creative Suite.
So given all of the things I posted above, do you think I'm a candidate for the Summer@Brown pre-college program? If not, I would still like to apply, so does anybody have any other information on the application process or tips on how to make my application stand out? Thanks, everybody!
I believe the acceptance rate differs depending on the program. Most accept just about everyone who applies, but the full 7-week program where you take a Brown class may be a little more difficult to get into.
If your parents are willing to pay the full price for the program (financial aid isn't too generous) and you really want to go, go for it. If it'd be a stretch on your family finances, it's probably not worth it.
I would just caution you to not count on being accepted to the University, if that's where you are thinking about going, just because you went to the Summer program. It might not necessarily provide an "in."
Thank you, all of you. Franglish, don't worry, as of now I'm not planning on applying to Brown... however I do think it would 1.) Look good on my applications to any other schools, and 2.) Be a good a experience, so when I do get to college there won't be many surprises (regarding a course load, social life on campus, etc.)
I think the best reason is when the course itself is of interest and relevant to what you want to pursue in college. In general, the impressive programs are those that have a highly competitive selection process, where your qualifications truly matter. There are only a handful of those. But, good luck and enjoy.
reason 1 is not really true
reason 2 is but from my experience doing the shorter summer@brown things, the kids who were there were not representative of Brown students at all and unlike when I was there, there are now curfews and rules and such so it's not really like a true college experience.
I again agree with I_wanna_be_Brown. Honestly, colleges are going to be as (if not more) impressed with your summer internship or job than they would be seeing you went to this program. Summer@Brown really isn't like being a Brown student at all, anyway. The classes (except for the 7-week ones) are pretty nondescript and focused on high schoolers, and there's a lot of supervision from the RAs. If you really want to take a college class over the summer, do it at a local community college to prove you can handle the coursework.
I did Summer@Brown this summer and it was the best experience of my life. I am a sophomore now, and I plan on applying again. I am an international students and some kids from my school got rejected, but I got in. I have a 3.7 GPA and I wrote a wonderful essay about why I am interested in Brown. You'll probably get in. But if you plan on going there, try to choose a course that the lecturer is a professor not an alumni. Best of luck!!
I am an international student who plan to go to Summer@Brown, too. I have an important question to ask. How you get to the campus from the airport? I told my mom that I would just take a taxi, but she said it's too dangerous. Is there any pick up service?
There's nothing dangerous about taking a taxi in Providence. It's about a 20-minute ride and costs $30-40. It'll be the quickest way to get to campus - I don't think there's a van service unless it's specific to S@B.
Actually many girls i know did walk with their cell phones out because they would call their friend and use it as an informal safe walk where their friend would know if something happened (since they would be talking) and could call the police immediately if something happened. That was usually only for people living off campus where there are no blue light phones and I think safewalk won't go.
I don't know if safewalk runs during the summer but its a service where two student volunteers with some walkie talkies and a little training walk with you at night from one place to another.
I would say room theft from an unlocked room is the thing to worry about, not being attacked on the street at night.