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Will On-Campus Summer Program Boost Admission Odds?

Question: I am interesting in doing an academic program during the summer before my senior year. Should I enroll in a summer program at the university that I am interested in attending? Will it give me that extra foot in the door if I do so?

Taking a summer course on a college campus may--or may not--give you a leg up at the school where the program is held. It depends a lot on the institution involved. When I worked at Smith College, for instance, we did pay special heed to applicants who had taken part in Smith's summer program in science and engineering. It wasn't as if every summer-program student was automatically admitted, but it was a plus for the borderline candidates.

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