4 Mistakes to Avoid On Your College Application Form

College Application Mistakes

College application form is a vital element of the admission process. It is advised to pay attention to every detail to make your application form error-free and the best representation of your academic record. We have highlighted the 5 mistakes to avoid on your college application form.

Not reading the instructions

The first and foremost mistake students tend to make is not reading the instructions and directly jumping on to the questions.  This may cause you to make errors on your application form. It is advisable to spend some time in reading the instructions and knowing what each question demands. If details about extra-curricular activities are asked, instead of listing everything you have been involved in, give some relevant ones that could add weight to your form. If college ask for one-page resume, do not send two; if college wants two recommendation letters, do not send just one, or for that matter, four. Read the instructions very carefully and fill the application form accordingly.

avoide grammar spell mistakesSubmitting the form on the last minute

This is perhaps the most common mistake, and the most avoidable, as well. Filling an application form takes a large amount of time as there are multiple things to work on from certificates to LOR, resume, etc. And, if you’re doing all this at the last moment you’re bound to make mistakes. Moreover, getting everything done in the last minute is difficult and you may miss the deadline. Your application will not be considered if it reaches the admissions office after the deadline.

Plus, most of the colleges track the application submission date as it reflects a few personality traits of the students like discipline, punctuality and seriousness towards studies. So, it is highly recommended you submit the application before the deadline!

Incomplete application

The majority of applications are rejected on the basis of ‘incomplete form’. Students generally do not send all the necessary documents and moreover, many do not double check everything on the application before sending it in. As aforementioned, read the instructions carefully, collect and submit all the necessary documents such as application, official transcripts, passport copy, financial statements, resume, personal statement and letter of recommendation among others. Failing to do so may lead to rejection of your application.

Some basic mistakes which are easily avoidable!complete application form

• As the application process is online, many students tend to mistake the downloadable PDF form as online form. For applying, you need to create an account and log-in to individual college application website and type in your answers online.

(PRO Tip: Do not forget to save in-process application & Use a compatible browser or OS)

• Forgetting to pay the application fee which needs to be paid online. Take a print of the fee receipt and submit it along with the form.

• Emailing/Courier to the wrong address. Double-check the email address or the physical address and opt for a reliable courier service.

• Not having a valid passport – it is best to check the expiry date of your passport before starting the application process.

• Grammatical and spelling errors in essay and personal statement. Proofread before submitting! No one expects your essay to be pitch-perfect but you can have your grammar, sentence structure and spelling reviewed by an expert – parent, teacher or guidance counsellor.

• Using too generic answers, mainly to the question – “Why this college”. Answers like better student-teacher ratio, classroom size, or the city/country in which the college is located allures you are very vague and too generic. Think something out-of-the-box, yet relevant to your course and the college you’re applying to!

Standardized test scores: Many of the colleges in the US ask for standardized test scores, while some don’t. It’s best to know the requirement of each college before applying. If you’ve a good score, just send them; but if you do not have a decent score, it is best to know whether the college requires it or not. If it doesn’t, do not send those low scores, as they would just weaken your application.

• Submitting a lengthy resume; every college’s requirement is just one-page resume that is succinct.

• Asking the wrong teacher for Letter of Recommendation; LOR is one of the major indicators of your personality, thus act as a key assessment factor. It is highly recommended to choose someone who knows your potential and could differentiate you with the other students. And don’t wait the last minute to approach your teacher for LOR as it takes time to get a perfect one.

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