Preparing for College

Which On-Campus Summer Program to Choose?

Question: I plan to attend a summer program on a college campus. Is it better to choose a program at my number-one college that doesn't offer a class in my intended major field or to take a class in that field (architecture) at a so-so college?

Many good high school students sign up for a college summer program with the belief that it will be a ticket to a top-choice college. However, with so many strong applicants opting for this sort of summer experience, admission folks are pretty jaded when they see on-campus programs on an applicant's résumé, especially when the student comes from a privileged (or even fairly privileged) background.

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