Tips for Filling Out Your College Applications

Filling out college applications can be one of the most challenging elements of the application process. One has to be very detail-oriented and organized in answering the glut of questions required. Here are some tips to be sure that this process goes as smoothly as possible: 

Start early—open up a Common Application, Universal Application and/or Individual University Application accounts early and familiarize yourself with the questions (there will be a lot!). If there are no surprises, it will be significantly easier for you to fill out the applications and required supplements. Have all of your information at the ready. This will make filling out the application go a lot faster than having to constantly look up new information that you may have forgotten. If you don’t know the answer to a specific question, ask! Ask a parent or a guidance counselor. It is important that you do everything in your power to not misrepresent yourself on your application as this can result in a college rescinding an offer.

Most schools you apply to will use either the Common Application or Universal Application. Be sure that, for these applications, you don’t indicate interest in a particular school since all schools you apply to with the Common or Universal Application will receive this. You address a particular school in the school’s supplementary applications. Always write about the correct college for each respective supplement. (Fewer things will guarantee a rejection faster than sending a “Why I want to attend Bentley” to Brandeis!). It is important to stay organized. 

Check your work. Spellcheck, make certain that all of your facts check out. Have a parent or counselor check your work. Then, check it again. Time consuming, yes, but you only have one opportunity to submit your applications!

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