Your college application is extremely important, because it will be your future college’s first ever impression of you. Many first time college students tend to make the same mistakes on college applications. Here is a list of them so that you are aware of them and, more importantly, so that you can avoid making them yourself.
- Failure to follow directions. As obvious as following the directions provided may seem, an impressive amount of college students mess this one up. Perhaps they have done an application for a different college and think knowing how to do one means knowing how to do them all. perhaps they’re in a big hurry, and skimmed over the instructions. Whatever your excuse is, it’s not a good excuse. Read the instructions and try to follow them to the letter to make the best first impression possible.
- Misspellings and bad grammar. It’s not uncommon for first-time college students to misspell things when handwriting, because they don’t have the convenience of a spell checker right there to cover for their inability to spell a particular word. Always proofread your college applications; type up the handwritten parts if necessary just to spell check them. Your level of education now is an important factor in deciding whether to accept you into a college!
- Illegible handwriting. it goes without saying that the colelge can’t consider you if they can’t read your application.
- Turning the application in late. This is perhaps the worst blunder you can make on a college application, short of misspelling the name of the college itself. Neither are acceptable if you want to be admitted — check and double check your application!