Updated: July 2, 2013 6:55AM
Dear Mr. Bradshaw, Can you recommend an extracurricular activity that will help me stand out when I apply to college? I am a junior in high school and English and history are my favorite subjects.
High School Student
If you like to write and love history I can think of no better extracurricular actively than to submit a paper for publication in The Concord Review (www.tcr.org).
The Review was founded in 1987 to recognize and publish exemplary history essays written exclusively by high school students. As of 2013, 1,066 research papers have been published which were written by students from 46 states and 38 foreign countries.
Once submitted, the papers are evaluated within eight weeks against an independent academic expository writing standard developed by The Concord Review. If selected for publication a three- or four-page report is sent to the author, who may then determine which college admissions officers should receive the notice of publication to add to the application information with which they will evaluate an applicant.
The Concord Review reports that the assessment service has been endorsed by the following 39 colleges: Amherst, Boston University, Bowdoin, Carnegie Mellon, Claremont McKenna, Colgate, Connecticut College, Cooper Union, Dartmouth, Duke, Eckerd, Emory, George Mason, Georgetown, Hamilton, Harvard, Haverford, Illinois Wesleyan, Lafayette, Lehigh, University of Michigan, Middlebury, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Pitzer, Princeton, Reed, Richmond, Sarah Lawrence, Shimer, Smith, Spelman, Stanford, Trinity (Connecticut), Tufts, the University of Virginia, Washington and Lee, Williams and Yale.
Many authors have sent reprints of their papers with their college application materials, and they have been admitted to Brown (25), the University of Chicago (20), Columbia (21), Cornell (15), Dartmouth (20), Harvard (116), Oxford (13), Pennsylvania (23), Princeton (60), Stanford (38), Yale (97) and a number of other institutions, including Amherst, Berkeley, Bryn Mawr, Caltech, Cambridge, Chicago, McGill, Middlebury, MIT, Reed, Smith, Trinity, Tufts, Virginia, Wellesley, Wesleyan, and Williams.
Students have seen their papers sent to the publication’s subscribers (students, teachers and librarians) in 42 states and 38 countries.
Many high school teachers use the essays in The Concord Review as examples of good historical writing. One girls school in Monterey, Calif. lists 70 subscriptions for its history students, Singapore American School now has 125 subscriptions, and Bangkok Patana School in Thailand has a class set for their students of history.
Harvard College Dean of Admissions William Fitzsimmons has written, “The Concord Review remains the only journal in the world for the academic papers of secondary students, and we in the Admissions Office here are always glad to see reprints of papers which students have had published in the Review and which they send to us as part of their application materials. Over the years, more than 10 percent (107) of these authors have come to college at Harvard.”
There is also a women’s issue that can be purchased on Amazon called “The Concord Review Readers Series, Special Women’s Issue [Kindle Edition].” See www.amazon.com/dp/B006ZOVWVG.
Even if your paper is not selected for publication, the experience of writing a research paper will pay off handsomely once you get to college.