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Spotlighting Prestigious Program on College Applications

Question: My daughter was invited to attend a science program at a local university during the summer and is now attending it. Only 30 students in the state are asked to attend. How does she express this on her applications to college? She also received letters from senators congratulating her. Do we submit any of this?

Your question suggests that you've already sniffed out one of the key issues in college applications: that is, how to help exhausted (and often jaded) admission officials distinguish between a truly impressive, selective summer program and one that requires merely a fat checkbook to attend. These days, there is certainly a proliferation of summer study opportunities and other enrichment endeavors that high school students pursue with the hope of not only expanding their horizons but also their admissibility at elite college and universities. So how does one make a stand-out program, well... stand out?

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