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Tips for College Applicants

1. Follow all the directions – For example, if applications are to be sent in .pdf files, donít send a Word document. You give the college or university a reason to reject your application if you fail to follow directions.

2. Complete the application – If there is a question that does not apply to you simply put not applicable. By leaving a question unanswered, you give the college or university reason to believe your application is incomplete.

3. Apply as early as possible – Early applications have less competition. Also if there is a quota or maximum number of openings for the class, an early applicant is not likely to be considered as exceeding the quota or allowable size of the class.

4. Be truthful – It is likely the institution will verify your information. A misstatement can be reason to disqualify an applicant.

5. Perform a spell check – Misspellings provide a poor first impression and reflect on an applicant that is apathetic.

6. Comply with due dates or deadlines.

7. If an essay is required, pick a topic that you like, have experience with, or know about.

8. Proofread, edit, and re-edit the application. Read the application to yourself out loud to make sure it makes sense to you.

9. Ask someone that you admire to read your application and get their feedback.

10. In an essay, use active & descriptive words. Pretend you are talking with a blind person & you want them to "see" and "feel" what you have experienced. If you make a statement, follow it with an explanation to support the statement made.11. Send all of the information requested. If you do not have all the information, send what you have and presonally contact the admissions office with a date or period of time when you will send the remaining information.

12. Always follow up on your application in about ten days to two weeks – This ensures that your application is not lost or overlooked and is a check on whether you have included all necessary items for the process.