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What Awards to Include on College Applications

Question: Which of my awards should I mention on college applications?

It’s fine to mention all the awards you’ve earned, althoughâ€"depending on where you’re applyingâ€"some will carry little or no weight. For example, being tapped by Who’s Who Among American High School Students is probably less of an honor than being named bathroom monitor in many places. While it’s okay to leave it on your awards list, admission officials at the more competitive colleges won’t exactly be wowed to see it, so you may want to use your judgment when it comes to that oneâ€"or to similar dime-a-dozen honorsâ€"and perhaps skip it. Feel free to edit out any honors that seemingly half the school--or the state--receives. (These will vary from region to region.)

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