Updated: Jul 7, 2020
We work with a lot of students. Every year, the vast majority come to us without a clear reason as to why they actually want to apply to TJ. Unfortunately, this is often the first question that is asked of students during the Round 2 SIS/Essay portion of the admissions exam. So, it is important to have a clear idea of why you are applying, beyond prestige and great opportunities.
A great start to this is to look at the academic offerings that TJ has to offer. There are very specific course structures and course topics that are unique to TJ, such as Integrated Biology, English, and Technology (IBET) or post-AP courses in Artificial Intelligence and Bioinformatics. These are opportunities that generally cannot be found anywhere else in the country. Being able to point to specific courses at TJ, why you want to take them, and how they align with your overall goals will help you craft a strong narrative during Round 2 of the admissions process. Here is a link to explore some of TJ’s course offerings:
We recommend taking no more than an hour to look through this catalog. If there are specific courses that interest you, write those down. Next to the course name, write down why you are interested in the courses. Go one step deeper and ask yourself how that course will prepare you for a future career in that field or bring you closer to achieving a goal of yours in STEM. This lets you differentiate yourself from students who are only applying for prestige.
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Questions? We are happy to chat with you about your application. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org