you start applying to schools, find out the application
deadline and fees for each school you are considering.
application process at each school is unique. You'll find
different requirements, prerequisites , and levels of selectivity.
Some things remain consistent though, and we have advice
to help you through the application process.
It takes time to get ACT scores tabulated and sent, and
it takes time for guidance counselors and others providing
references to gather information.
Follow the instructions and proofread. The application form
is often an admission committee's first contact with a prospective
student. Make a good impression with a neat application
free of spelling and grammatical errors.
with your high school to send transcripts & test scores.
Go to your school guidance office for help getting all necessary
transcripts, records, test scores, and applications sent
to prospective schools.
10 College Application Mistakes
year is hectic, but don't let it affect the quality of your
college applications. Take your time, pay attention to detail
and plan ahead so you can meet the deadlines.
are some of the top responses from counselors and admissions
staff who shared the most common mistakes on college applications.
and grammatical errors - This is a big pet peeve of
admissions people. If you misspell on something as important
as the application, it shows that either you don't care
or you aren't good at spelling. Some students even misspell
their intended major. But don't stop with a spell check.
Proofread for grammatical errors, too.
online, but the application isn't submitted - If you
apply online, you should receive confirmation that the
college or university received it. Confirmation could
be an email message, a Web page response or a credit
card receipt. Follow through and make sure that your
application has been submitted.
signatures - Make sure you sign and date the form. Often
students overlook that part of the form if it's on the
back. Check that all spaces are completed.
reading carefully - For example, if the form asks what
County you live in, don't misread it as Country and
write United States.
extracurricular activities that aren't - Those that
make the list include sports, the arts, formal organizations
and volunteer work. Talking on the phone and hanging
out with friends don't make the cut. Make sure your
activity information is accurate. Colleges may check
with your high school.
telling your guidance counselor where you've applied
- Let your guidance counselor know which colleges you're
applying to, and ask him or her to review your high
school transcript before sending it to colleges. Sometimes
transcripts have errors.
illegibly - First impressions count, so take your time
and use your best handwriting. It will make a better
an email address that friends might laugh about, but
colleges won't - Select a professional email address.
Keep your fun address for friends, but select an address
using your name for college admissions.
checking your email regularly - If you've given an email
address, the college will use it. You don't want to
miss out on anything because you didn't read your email.
Mom or Dad help you fill out your application - Admissions
people know if your parents help, whether you have two
different styles of handwriting or your admissions essay
sounds more like a 45-year-old than a 17-year-old. It's
fine to get advice, but do the work yourself
for notice of college acceptance can be agonizing. Admissions
materials and financial aid applications list the date by
which decisions will be made. Don't expect to be notified
much sooner. Many schools mail notifications to applicants
by April 1, and most require acceptance by May 1.
admissions notices are received, the decision-making begins.
Make your decision carefully and thoughtfully, and accept
an offer that feels right. If that dream college doesn't
extend an offer, remind yourself that it isn't the end of
the world. A college education, regardless of the school
where you earn it, is a valuable investment in your future.
sure you keep the lines of communication open with all of
the schools extending offers. Once you make a final decision,
let all who have extended offers know of the decision.
registration process should not be taken lightly as it is
the time that you will be signing up for your first classes.
Usually, the course taken in your first semester will be
prerequisites and may not provide much opportunity for signing
up for electives. Many colleges provide students with student
advisors to assist with this process. In some cases, your
student advisors signature, as well as the program director's
signature will be required so as to allow enrollment into
the semester courses being offered. Usually as students
register for courses and the appropriate fees are paid,
the enrollment process is almost completed. It is important
to remember that your course choices can be influential
to the career you are considering pursuing.
In many cases international students may register after
other students if they do not arrive in the country of their
choice early. In these cases, it is essential to remember
that in the event that the required courses are full, some
universities allow their courses to be overbooked if it
is filled with students for whom it is not a required course
and subsequently an international student for whom it is
a required course arrives.
We hope that the information provided has been helpful to
you and look forward to your further comments and suggestions.
We believe that these articles provide a framework that
should assist any student seeking to further their study
internationally. These articles cannot prepare you for everything
that you will face but hopefully they will help in allowing
you to understand this process. Bon Voyage!!!