All the admissions officers we’ve met are good people who would much rather admit than deny kids. But during the pressures of admissions season, some applicants’ actions can drive the admissions folks crazy. Here are five tips to make sure you don’t inadvertently start out on the wrong foot.
1. Follow directions.
You can avoid most common mistakes in college applications by reading and following the directions. For example, if a college asks you to list your activities in the space provided, and you send them a resume instead, you just showed them that you couldn’t follow a pretty simple direction. So read the directions and do exactly as they instruct you to do. No matter how much you think you might be helping your case by doing things your own way, you’re always better served following directions.
2. Make sure you read the admissions websites carefully.
When is the application deadline? How many letters of recommendation are required? When is the last date you can take the SAT? You can find answers to these and many other common questions from applicants on the admissions websites.