Preparing for College

National Student Leadership Conference and Ivy Admission

Question: My son, an aspiring doctor, is a sophomore in high school and has been invited to attend the National Student Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., this summer. Will that stand out when he applies to college? He is hoping to attend an Ivy League institution.

Students who have attended the National Student Leadership Conference generally seem to speak highly of their experience, but whether this would truly be a “plus” on your son’s college applications depends to a great extent on where he will be applying. Frankly, the more competitive colleges see many applicants with this programâ€"and other similar ones designed to attract good studentsâ€"on their records, so it will do little to set him apart. While they will view it as a productive summer activity, it will definitely not move an application from the “out” pile to the “in.”

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