One of the big questions I get about college applications is about how to make a student stand out amidst a sea of good grades and school clubs.

For students looking to differentiate themselves, I recommend looking into research-based programs and internships.

These programs typically take place in summer, and they provide your child hands-on experience in the science, tech, and engineering fields.

Aside from enriching your child academically, these programs may help your child’s applications stand out, particularly with those larger, research-based universities.

If your child is interested in participating in a research program, the Pathways to Science website is a great place to start your search.


Here, you’ll find listings for programs based on location, with overviews of program offerings and links to their websites.

The PrepScholar blog has also compiled a list of programs for you and your child to consider.


Also, remember to register for these FREE study resources to prepare for the upcoming SAT and ACT exams: ACT Academy – a free, online resource created by the ACT organization.


PrepFactory – easy-to-use online SAT & ACT prep with lessons and games.


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