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Every single application belongs to a set of applications that are virtually identical. And every single application has to be carefully checked to see whether it is different in some way.

For instance, at the college level, many schools use the common information application, which assigns five essay choices from which you may choose one. But a reasonable number of schools offer one or more additional essays within their application.

Medical, dental, and other health professions generally start with the same essay, along with grades and recommendations. But if the school to which you are applying likes your first round application, it will send you a second round application, which will have a different set of essay questions; or it may have the same essay questions as some other schools, but with different maximum lengths.

Law schools also use a common information application; but within that section marked "Essays," you may find a single short essay or a half-dozen. And within other sections of the application, there may be spaces for 10 to 12 line answers that aren't considered "essays."

Resumes, activities, interviews, all overlap, but none are necessarily the same. This section of the DeLoggio webpage addresses the generalities; but it also points you to individual differences that may be linked under sections for law, medicine, and business.

And some sections will be linked backwards. Since this webpage began its life as a law school learning tool, many of the sections that were originally written for law schools will be cross-linked to generic essays. For instance, the law school diversity and adversity essays are almost precisely what the health professions want as their primary application essay. But business schools want something completely different!

In undertaking the task of talking about schools generally as well as specifically, there will certainly be some overlap, and certainly some room for disagreement. And even if something were absolutely correct when I write it today, some school will change its rules next week!

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Admissions: Invitation to a Party

World Series Model of Admissions

What are the benefits of hiring a private counselor?

"Do US Colleges Take People with Purple Hair?"

Can someone go to a college in the US if they're undocumented?

What is it like trying to get into an Ivy League university?

Getting into a "Top" School

Binding Early Decision?

Presumptive Admit, Presumptive Deny, or Discretionary Admit?

What is Holistic Admissions?

Admissible or Admitted?

"First the Numbers, Then..."

What Isn't in the Numbers

You're not so Odd

"But I Know I'm Good Enough"

The View from the Top

Showing Your Intelligence

The Influential Family Member

"Holistic" File Evaluations

Getting into a "Top" School \

Everyone Needs a Good Verbal SAT Score!

The Overachiever Stereotype

Achievements Aren't Special

One Activity in Depth, or Many Interests?

A Note To High School Students

Do colleges look at weighted GPA, or am I wasting my time taking APs?

In the U.S, what is the difference in the definitions of "middle school" and "high school"?

What's a "Good" GPA?

How do I get into Georgetown University with a low GPA?

Is an A to C average a good thing to have in middle school and high school?

Can I get into an Ivy league University at 25 years as an undergraduate?

"It All Depends...."

What Do "They" Want?

How do non-athletes get into US elite colleges like MIT?

Is it necessary to take AP Exams to be eligible for the admission to the top elite colleges in USA?

What are some untold secrets of the Ivy college admission?

What are some must have things in my application if I want to be [admitted to any top] University?

What are some common mistakes a student can make in their gap year before college?

Will my cousins attendance at Georgetown University Undergrad and Law School in D.C. give me an advantage when applying as an undergrad freshman?

A boy in my school's family donated $3 million to Harvard. Will Harvard accept the boy?

If I got my GED at age 14, waited a year, then went to college, could I go to an Ivy League college?

How do I get into UCLA with a 4.3 GPA?

How hard is it to get into Brown University?


Serendipity! part Two

If UChicago and Harvard accepted me, why wouldn't MIT accept me?

What Did you do Wrong?

College and University Admissions: What are my chances of transferring to MIT/Ivies/Stanford/UC schools?

What are some tips for transferring to a top university in the U.S. being a struggling community college student?

Deferred from my top choice college: when do I send in a letter and to whom?

I was dismissed from a university for failing to maintain my GPA. ... If I go to a community college and raise my GPA, is there a chance that my previous college will still accept me?

Would dropping out hurt me in the long run?

Is it possible to get admitted into a top grad school in the USA (Columbia, Harvard or Georgetown) with an F in the senior year thesis?

When is going into debt for an undergraduate degree worth it?

Can I get into a four-year college with a felony? I currently have a 4.0 GPA and almost have my associates from my CC.

I'd like to go to MIT. I dropped out of (three schools) while dealing with poverty, addiction, and the death of my parents. What strategy do I take for applying?

What advice do you have to students applying to Berkeley this fall?

What percent of Harvard undergrads were recruited for athletics?

How did you get into Northwestern University?

Why is Northeastern University becoming so competitive?

Transfers: Can I drop out of UC Berkeley to attend MIT as a community college transfer student?

Should I take challenging courses in high school, even if it would hurt my GPA?

Which looks better to a college admissions staff: an IB diploma or community college credit?

Many of these (through June 2015) had been posted on my Facebook DeLoggio Achievement page -- Facebook or on the 5th Edition of this page. But they have never been posted on Quora, so only the DeLoggio Copyright applies.

In choosing answers to move from Quora, as well as in adding topics of interest to applicants, this entire webpage will be noticeably light in the STEM subjects. There are two reasons for that:

  1. achievement in the stem subjects is so uniform that it is virtually the opposite of the concept of diversity. SATs, SAT twos, APs, science balls, apps, publications… And where is there room for community service, unless it's tutoring younger people in the list above? As a result, schools are forced to desperately seek diversity of some sort, or to simply take the people with the highest academic awards, and the highest are uniformly very high.
  2. Just as the accomplishments tend to be uniform, so do the weaknesses. Writing style is poor, and interviewing style is often poorer; SAT verbal scores trail math scores by more than 100 points; and writing or essay scores are average at best.

All of the things in which I specialize are at odds with the typical STEM file. To the extent that I can help STEM student succeed, it is by taking them away from the STEM model and away from the sense STEM schools.

Answering Wait List Letters

Thoughts on Finishing Early, By Rick Geiger, former Dean of admissions at Cornell law school.




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