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3 College Application Tips

3 College Application Tips


Getting ready to send in your college applications? How about a few quick tips to get you started?!

 1. Modify your college application essays


Many colleges have similar essay prompts. You can reuse essays for applications to different colleges, and save lots of trouble by writing fewer essays. At the same time, though, make sure to personalize the essay to the specific college you are applying to. So first, write the essay. Then modify the essay, adding specific information about the college. A college application essay is like a love letter you are writing to a college. Like any good love letter, it will have lots of personal information about your beloved!

 2. Check for perfection


When you finish each piece of your college application, whether it's a transcriptcourse descriptionscomprehensive records, or essay, make sure you check it for perfection. Spell check first, to get the easy spelling and spacing problems. Then shrink it to 50% to see if you have any formatting problems. Shrinking the view down can help pick up a change in margins, or in font size. Then enlarge the document to 150% and read it again. That can help you pick up spelling or grammar problems that are not found by a standard spell check. Remember that you can have spelling errors that aren't picked up by spell check. Just because it's a word, doesn't mean it was the word you intended!

 3. Be prompt


Colleges love applicants with big financial hugs we call scholarships. You want to get a financial hug, too! The way you do that is by following their rules for admissions, and by being early. Make sure every part of your college application is submitted WELL before the due dates posted. The sooner you get your application in, the more scholarships you can apply for and win! Try to beat the deadline by a month, if possible.

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Guest - Colleen on Thursday, 30 October 2014 17:16

We've had everything ready to go for awhile, but have had to wait for his college calculus professor to turn in his letter of recommendation!! Oct 30 is the last day for early decision at my son's dream college, Case Western. My son has been in to see the professor several times during his office hours, he's written him emails, still, nothing as of tonight, so, we will wait until lunch tomorrow and will need to send in the common app without his LOR. So disappointing, my son is going for Computer Science, a letter from a college calculus class would have helped sooooo much!

We've had everything ready to go for awhile, but have had to wait for his college calculus professor to turn in his letter of recommendation!! Oct 30 is the last day for early decision at my son's dream college, Case Western. My son has been in to see the professor several times during his office hours, he's written him emails, still, nothing as of tonight, so, we will wait until lunch tomorrow and will need to send in the common app without his LOR. So disappointing, my son is going for Computer Science, a letter from a college calculus class would have helped sooooo much!
Guest - Assistant to The HomeScholar on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 09:10

That's so frustrating, Colleen!
Robin
Assistant to The HomeScholar

That's so frustrating, Colleen! Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Guest - TIM (website) on Thursday, 30 October 2014 09:07

I just published my own list of college application "hacks."

Recognizing the common areas of information that schools require is the single best tip for college applications, but is often ignored, so I'm glad you emphasized that on the essay part.

I think recognizing those areas of commonalities doesn't happen often because students often start applications without first gathering all application materials to make an accurate assessment of what information can be transferred between applications. It's working harder, not smarter.

I just published my own list of college application "hacks." Recognizing the common areas of information that schools require is the single best tip for college applications, but is often ignored, so I'm glad you emphasized that on the essay part. I think recognizing those areas of commonalities doesn't happen often because students often start applications without first gathering all application materials to make an accurate assessment of what information can be transferred between applications. It's working harder, not smarter.
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