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Help with summer program applications

CollegiateDreamsCollegiateDreams Registered User Posts: 980 Member
edited January 2013 in Summer Programs
I am interested in applying to these programs, but I think I have too many on my list. I'm not sure I would have time write all of the essays and I don't know if I would be able to get all of the letters of recommendation.

- CMU SAMS & AP/EA
- COSMOS
- BU RISE
- Stanford EPGY
- CATALYST Academy (Cornell)
- SES (Santa Clara)

Can anyone comment on the quality of these programs? BU RISE and Stanford's EPGY are both very expensive, so I'm think I should only apply to one. Which one do you think is better/more worth the price? Am I applying to a wide enough range of reach/match/safety programs?

Also: For CMU SAMS & AP/EA, is the recommendation a letter or just a form the teacher has to fill out? For EPGY and COSMOS, does anybody know how difficult/in-depth the recommendation form is for the teacher? I want to make sure I don't overwhelm my teachers. SES, CATALYST, and RISE all have pretty simple rec forms, but I wasn't sure about the others. Would it be too much to ask a teach to fill out 2 recommendations? I feel bad burdening them.

I am trying to get the info to the teachers who I'm asking for the COSMOS recs ASAP (tomorrow, hopefully) because the teacher recommendations are due Feb 22nd!

Thank you so much. I am pretty unsure about what to do here. Just looking for some overall guidance.
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