Writing Applications to Top Schools Like Harvard

<p>I'd like to hear from anyone close to credible as a source for the admissions process for top schools.</p>

<p>For schools like Harvard, should applicants be selective in submitting their accomplishments? For example, including anything that requires high IQ/grades/test scores (e.g., Mensa, Honor Roll, NMF) seems redundant or unnecessary for an ambitious applicant. Would it be safer to include honors truly worth noting, even if the list is short?</p>

<p>I was told it would be useless, even obnoxious to send Mensa scores.
As for the other Honor awards, send as many as you think will not be redundant.</p>

<p>I'm not including NMF, AP scholars, school awards, or NHS (although NHS is more of an EC). </p>

<p>Those awards are already apparent through my transcript and testing record. However, I don't have room for those awards either. </p>

<p>If you have other international/national honors, use those instead of NMF, etc. Sending Mensa scores, like fishy said, is obnoxious.</p>

<p>Don't send the Mensa score. You should list NMSF or NMF. Although, that will not mae you stand out. For ECs , they want to see long term committment, with leadership, to an endeavor for which you have great passion. Do not send a laundry list of clubs you joined that held monthly meetings.</p>

<p>I put that I loved reading books and jogging as an extracurricular activity on all of my applications. I can assure you it didn't keep me out of schools like Harvard and Princeton (where I was waitlisted) or Columbia/Pomona/Duke/etc where I got in. Don't be afraid...if it's important to you, it's important to them.</p>

<p>lolcats - did you write that directly on your common app? I'm planning to attach a "brag sheet" with one section for unique/interesting hobbies.</p>

<p>not directly, I put it on my brag sheet</p>