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Do Uncommon Major Choices Aid Admission to Top Colleges?

Question: Is it easier to get into some of the most selective colleges if you are genuinely interested and talented in one of the less popular majors (e.g., English or French at Johns Hopkins where sciences are emphasized)?

You ask a good question. The first thing you need to realize (and you probably do) is that it is never easy to get into a very selective college. Even if your academic interests and abilities are different from the majority of other applicants, the most competitive institutions receive huge numbers of applications from extremely able students, so you are sure to be up against others who share your atypical strengths and passions.

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