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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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