Your College Application
Your application is a crucial document
in the admissions process. It demonstrates the quality of your
writing and thinking and tells the college how you have spent
your time. A well-written, thoughtful application can improve
your chances for admission, while a poorly written, careless application
can be detrimental to your chances.
There's no surefire formula that
will guarantee a good application, but you can help yourself by
keeping the following in mind. Read through all the information
received before filling in any information on the application.
Be aware of application deadlines. You will increase your chances
of producing a strong application if you allow yourself plenty
of time. Start writing a rough draft of the application several
weeks before it is due. Then revise and rewrite. Put it on the
shelf for a few days then read what you've written to a friend
or a parent. Make certain that your final copy is neat and clean.
Make sure you have completed all portions to be filled out by
the applicant. It should be typed or neatly printed.
You may apply to as many colleges
as you wish, but usually it is not necessary to submit more than
five or six applications. Your final list of colleges typically
includes two colleges which are `reaches', two which are "possibles"
or where you have a better than even chance, and two which are
`safeties' or where admission is reasonably certain. Make sure
that every college that is on your list is one you would be happy
to attend. Make copies of all material submitted. Occasionally,
applications are lost in the mail;
a copy is your insurance policy against this happening. Remember,
the application is your opportunity to make a statement to an
admissions committee; do not lose this opportunity.
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