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Submitting research

geekgurlgeekgurl 217 replies122 threads Member
For the optional research part on the application, can I submit a research I did for my IB extended essay? I worked really hard on it and technically it was a part of the IB curriculum but not the normal high school curriculum (my transcript is in percentages, and IB grades are sent separately like SAT scores).
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  • skieuropeskieurope 41941 replies8185 threads Super Moderator
    edited August 2018
    Can you? As in are you physically and technologically able to do so? Yes.

    Let me rephrase the question for you, and perhaps you will reach your own conclusion: Should you submit a high school requirement as a supplement to your college application for a highly selective institution with a 12.8% acceptance rate?
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  • geekgurlgeekgurl 217 replies122 threads Member
    @skieurope Would it hurt? It's the best research I've ever done in terms of content or depth. Or does it not matter if you don't submit any research?
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  • skieuropeskieurope 41941 replies8185 threads Super Moderator
    edited August 2018
    @skieurope Would it hurt?
    Here's my take on supplements to top research universities and LACs: consider the quality of supplements that others will submit. Even for an LAC, music supplements would be of the quality to a top conservatory, art supplements to a top art school, and research supplements are ready (or almost ready) to be published (if they have not been already). Top quality HS work, while something of which to be proud, is reflected in your grade/transcript/IB score..

    As an example, here is what Yale says:
    You should think carefully before submitting supplementary materials with your Yale College application. Most successful applicants submit only the required application materials. Because the Admissions Committee gives greatest weight to the required documents, it is recommended that you focus your energy primarily on those elements of the application.

    When it comes to college applications, more ≠ better. At some point, the old adage applies: the thicker the file, the thicker the kid.
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