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Mistakes to Avoid on College Apps

  1. Misspellings and grammatical errors – This is a big pet peeve of college admissions staff. If you misspell on something as important as the application, it shows that either you don’t care or you aren’t good at spelling.
  2. Applying online, but the application isn’t submitted – If you apply online, you should receive confirmation that the college or university received it. Confirmation should be an e-mail message, a Web page response or a credit card receipt. Follow through and make sure that your application has been received.
  3. Forgotten signatures – Make sure you sign and date the application form. Often students overlook that part of the form if it is on the back. Check that all spaces are completed.
  4. Not reading carefully – For example, if the form asks what county you live in, don’t misread it and putUnited States.
  5. Listing extracurricular activities that aren’t – those that do make the list include sports, the arts, formal organizations, and volunteer work. Talking on the phone and hanging out with friends doesn’t count.
  6. Not telling the school counselor where you have applied – Let your counselor know to which colleges you’re applying so that high school transcripts can be sent.
  7. Writing illegibly – First impressions count, so take your time and use the best handwriting. It will make a better impression.
  8. Using an e-mail address that friends may laugh about, but colleges won’t – Select a professional e-mail address.
  9. Not checking your e-mail regularly – The college may use your e-mail address to contact you.
  10. Letting Mom or Dad help fill out your application – Admissions staff know if your parents helped. Do the work yourself. However, they or a friend should proofread your application after you have completed it.