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EPGY vs CTY

lsyangelalsyangela 6 replies4 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 10 New Member
Hi, my daughter is 9th grader.

She went to CTY summer camp twice, which she loved it.

I also heard about the EPGY camp at the Standford.

Since it time to consider extracurricular activities for the college application, which one is more prestigious

and well- structured ? Thank you.
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  • intparentintparent 36273 replies644 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 36,917 Senior Member
    IMHO, neither is a huge boost to admissions. What matters is what your kid gets out of the experience. A student who doesn't attend a summer program but finds something interesting and unique to accomplish in their summers has at least as good a chance (or better) than students who attend these programs.
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  • mathmommathmom 31932 replies155 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 32,087 Senior Member
    I agree with intparent. If CTY or Stanford offer something your kid wants to do - great! But there are a lot of equally worthwhile things a kid can do. My oldest did CTY the summer after 9th grade, my younger son did music camp that year. The other summers they had paying jobs.
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  • thumper1thumper1 73033 replies3180 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 76,213 Senior Member
    Agreed. Neither of these programs in and of themselves matter much on college applications.
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  • wis75wis75 13853 replies62 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 13,915 Senior Member
    edited November 2014
    Do not choose the summer camp based on future college applications. Choose the ones that make sense for interest, costs and location your D wants to be. My son did WCATY, the Wisconsin GT camp and enjoyed the time with other gifted kids. This is the main value, not getting AP classes or the other academic offerings.

    Colleges realize that not all applicants can afford the costs of summer activities or "missionary" type trips so these do not count for extra in the admissions game. Summer activities do not count as extracurriculars- those are done during the school year. Choose things that enrich your child.
    edited November 2014
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  • MassmommMassmomm 3821 replies78 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3,899 Senior Member
    Neither matters, as the others have said. In the meantime, let her do the things that interest her and do them well.
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