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Musical Talent and College Admissions

Question: I am an 8th grade student who is wondering if musical involvement, such as orchestra and concert band, will help me get into a good college.

Having musical talent is certainly a plus in the admission process, but when you’re talking about the most selective colleges (e.g., the Ivy League, Stanford, MIT, Swarthmore, Amherst, and other equivalents) there are so many applicants with musical accomplishments on their applications that yours will have to be truly outstanding to make a real difference in your admission decisions. For instance, admission committees at the top schools are accustomed to candidates who have been selected for regional and state orchestras, and some have even won national competitions.

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