Avoid Mistakes On Your Applications

Your application is how you introduce yourself to Admissions. Make a good impression by submitting your best, most accurate and carefully written application. Review your applications before your hit “submit”. Avoid common mistakes which will make you look disorganized and careless.

Things to check before you submit:

Spelling: Don’t rely on spell check and be careful of autocorrect. For example, you’re on the “Honor Roll” not the “Honor Role”. Read and re-read multiple times

Accuracy: Look for typos or easily overlooked mistakes such as incorrect information about your counselor’s contact info or your telephone number and email address should Admissions try to contact you. Be sure your date of birth and social security number match what is on your high school transcript. Have you listed your extracurricular activities on the Common App in the order of importance to you?

Be Specific: Make sure each essay and your short answers are detailed and specific to the school to which you are applying. Mention the school but be sure if you are copy and pasting that you don’t refer to the wrong school. If you’ve indicated a high level of commitment in a club or activity throughout high school, highlight and discuss your involvement on your application in order to demonstrate your interest.

Due Dates: Applications, special programs, scholarships and financial aid all have different deadlines, even within the same school. Don’t miss out on any opportunities because you overlooked at deadline. Look them all up on school websites and keep a calendar or agenda with each due date.

Proofread: Read and re-read your application. Have at least one other person read your application before submitting. You want to make sure you’ve conveyed your message with care as well as to confirm you haven’t overlooked any errors.

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