It is that time of year again when many High School teens seniors are applying to colleges. Are you running behind? Struggling to get through the application process? Here are some last minute college application tips from Peterson’s Guide.
Applications are highly evolved documents, based on numerous admission deans asking themselves if they’re asking you the right questions. For that reason, how you fill out an application is almost as important as the information you include. In other words, follow directions!
Review the requirements
Applying to college typically involves a fair amount of paperwork. So before you hit the post office or hit send, take a long last look at your application.
- If you’re applying electronically, did you type carefully and check your spelling? If you’re applying on paper, was your application filled out neatly?
- Did you take shortcuts? A partially completed application is a clear signal that you are not an eager applicant.
- Did you send too much information? If a two-page essay is requested, did you send in four? Only do so if you’re not sending fluff!
- Did you send all the information that was asked for — including transcripts, test scores, and recommendations?
- Did you meet or beat deadlines?
Submit as early as possible
With deadlines in sight, keep in mind that admission offices are inundated with applications for a few months each year. When applying to college, consider getting your application in when the staff doesn’t have hundreds and hundreds of them to read.
Stragglers are accepted of course, but why send yours in at the last minute when you could get it there before the rush hits?
Double-check the writing in your college application
Nothing says “I don’t really care about this college” like inadvertently putting another college’s name somewhere in the application. The same goes with spelling the college’s name incorrectly. Either error signals a major lack of seriousness about really wanting to attend that particular school.
Avoid sending gifts
Gimmicks don’t impress application readers, either. No matter how tempting it may be when you really, really want to get into a particular school, sending cookies or balloon bouquets doesn’t make a good impression. It’s better to get noticed for the right things, like academic excellence and leadership qualities.
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