How much do these matter?

<p>I've been looking at Cornell, Columbia, and other universities' summer programs, and I have a question. Do these really matter/are they important? When I say important, i mean in the college admissions process. The reason I ask is because I don't really want to attend one, but my mother insists I have to do one last thing before my senior year to solidify my application. However, I'm wondering if colleges care at all. I don't want to spend time and money on what appears to be a glorified summer camp (at least at some of these places). I realize there are a few programs that are selective and great (ROSS, COSMOS, etc.), but since those deadlines have past I'm looking at the typical programs like Cornell Summer college and the Columbia summer program. What do you guys think?</p>

<p>Hey! I’m thinking about the same thing. I think rather than building hopes on these programs to help you get into the desired university/college (I’m not saying that you are, but a lot of people out there apply because they think these programs could boost up their chances of getting into the school) the benefit from these programs is that how much do you actually learn from these classes and the experience you get. </p>

<p>As for me, I am extremely passionate about business. I wanted to apply to the Wharton LBW program, but due to some family issues, I could only let the deadline pass. I know a lot of programs are closed at this point, but I am still looking for some uni/college summer programs to make some betterments for myself and my further experiences.</p>

<p>All in all, I really think you should give it a try and apply for them. Chances are, you will definitly learn something from these programs (unless the applicant goes there without a purpose…) There’s always a chance if you try, right? :)</p>

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<p>NO, those programs really do NOT matter. Seriously. Don’t waste your money on them.
Try to do something unique/productive this summer because summer before senior year is VERY.IMPORTANT. It may impact your decision. Some suggestions: contact local professors for internships, create a social project (tutoring underprivileged kids, culture festival, etc.).</p>

<p>It’s not something that can hurt you at all. It’s just another thing to add to your application, basically icing on the cake. It can help but so could a lot of other things you could do this summer, like a job or community service.</p>

<p>Really, if you dont want to do it, its not worth it. Some of these programs are fun, but they wont get you much further into being accepted into college. They’re really just money makers. Try community service? Colleges love that! Or get a job? Do something that will impress but that wont cost you too much.</p>

<p>What would you consider “unique” or “important”?</p>