Common College Application Mistakes that Can Put You in the Rejection Pile

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No one wants their college application to end up in the rejection pile, and while having perfect grades and a robust resume of volunteering and extracurricular activities will help you get accepted, it won’t guarantee you a spot on next year’s roster. One way to increase your odds of acceptance is by submitting a pristine application that shows a clear understanding of your identity and goals.

Below are some of the most common mistakes made on college applications:

  1. Not meeting the academic threshold. While most schools look at all aspects of a student’s application, and not just grades and test scores, they do hone in at the types of courses you take. Students who take the bare minimum to graduate have less chance of being accepted compared to someone who took some more challenging classes. Admissions counselors want to know that students have a strong enough foundation to handle challenging courses at their institution.
  2. Leaving areas incomplete. If the application requires certain components like tests scores or letters of recommendation, then you need to send those in. If they are missing it can cause a delay in the review process or result in a rejection.
  3. Applying to schools that aren’t a fit. It’s the student’s job to research the institutions they are applying to and ensure it’s a good fit for them.  If a student indicates they want a large school with a good secondary education department, but they are applying to a small school that focuses on business, then the school is going to look for someone who better matches what they have to offer.
  4. Too many mistakes. We are all human and a typo isn’t a rejection sentence, however, if your application is riddled with mistakes and errors, the admissions counselor won’t take your application seriously. They will think you rushed it, didn’t care enough to double check it, or lack the writing skills to succeed. Triple check your application and then have someone else review it as well.

Colleges want their students to be successful. They want to offer enrollment to students who complement the community they are trying to build. Students who clearly articulate their interests, goals and potential are most likely to be considered for a spot in the freshman class. Don’t wait until the last minute to start your college applications. A great addition to any high school resume is a job – here’s some info on why your teen should have a part-time job.

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Susan Dickinson
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Author: Susan Dickinson

Susan joined Litchfield Bancorp in 2004 as a branch manager in the Lakeville Office. She has spent her career in banking with over 33 years of experience. In 2007, she was promoted to retail banking officer and attended Leadership Northwest, which is a 1-year program of the Northwest Connecticut’s Chamber of Commerce. In 2010 she was promoted to assistant vice president. She is a graduate of the Connecticut School of Finance and Management’s two-year program on banking theory, practices, and procedures. Susan donates countless hours to the local community. She became and is still the president of the Tri-State Chamber in 2009, which has a main goal of connecting commerce with community and doing what we can to help and support the local businesses. She was voted in as a director of the Salisbury Rotary Club in 2008 and in 2009 voted in as a director of the Salisbury Rotary Foundation; she currently holds the positions of treasurer for the Rotary Club and Foundation, “Service above self”. Susan was awarded the “Paul Harris” Fellow award on May14, 2013. Susan and her husband, Edward resides in Falls Village, CT. Susan also received a “leader in banking award” this past year, 2015.