A recent Pennsylvania graduate from East Stroudsburg South High School is sharing tips for other teens after getting accepted to 57 colleges and universities.
Sydni Smith, who received her diploma on June 11 and graduated in the top 10% of her class, began applying to schools in Fall last year and received her first acceptance letter in November.
“When it came to applying I wanted to have a lot of options. I’m indecisive and I didn’t want to just apply to one school — my dream school — if I didn’t get in. I wanted something I could fall back on,” Smith, 17, says. ”Also I wanted to be debt free out of college, so I was trying to see what school would give me the best scholarships.”
A member of multiple school clubs – including Red Cross, National Honor Society, debate and DECA – Smith was ultimately awarded $1.8 million in scholarships.
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Smith used the Common Black College Application and the Common App to submit applications to multiple colleges simultaneously.
The Common Black College Application, created in 2000 by Robert Mason, streamlines the application process for those applying to historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). For $20, students are able to fill out an application and apply to 64 HBCUs at once.
Out of the 64 HBCUs, Smith was accepted to 41. The remaining 16 found Smith’s application on the Common App.