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TIPS FOR A POLISHED APPLICATION
Students often spend a lot of time worrying about college – how to make the choice, where to go, tests to take, GPA to pull up – or – keep up, recommendations, interviews, how to pay for, etc. But when the time comes to filling out the actual application they do with an eye to the deadline and don't pay attention to the details. Here are a few reminders to help make you application the very best it can be:
*Read the application instructions – follow the directions to the letter
*Make working duplicates of the applications – complete original only when satisfied with the copy
*Consider using the common application – schools pay to be a part of this service
*Consider applying electronically – more and more schools are welcoming this
*Fill out applications completely, accurately and neatly – the application represents you
*Make a copy of everything before you mail it – things do get lost in the mail
*Be mindful of the deadlines – some schools accept the postmark date; others want applications by the deadline date – you CAN send it in ahead of time!
*If a school has rolling admission, send in the application as early as possible – these schools act on applications in the order received
*Remember to send in check or fee waiver with the application – it will not be processed without
(re: 101 Tips for College Bound Students)