I spent most of my career working on the college side of the admissions process as an admissions officer and dean of admission. I was trained to find the typos, mistakes, inconsistencies, and other issues in a student's application.
Despite what admissions officers tell you, they aren't always looking for reasons to admit you. Oftentimes, and especially at colleges with very low acceptance rates, they are looking for reasons to deny you. The smallest little thing can be enough. But it wasn't until I started working as a director of college counseling at a high school when I realized how many missteps could be preventable.
1. Request and carefully review your official transcript BEFORE any college materials are sent to colleges.
2. If your major choice has changed over the summer, let your college counselor and teachers writing for you know this!
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3. Review each college's standardized testing policy.
4. Put your application in "preview" mode or print out a hard copy to review carefully for typos or mistakes.
5. Resist the urge to send in extra stuff.
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There are so many aspects of the admissions process that are out of the student's control. Students have to be proactive given the large caseloads of college counselors around the country and the fact that admissions officers have limited time to review an application. Be your own best advocate in this process by ensuring your application is exactly the way you want it to be. When that happens, admissions officers see in you what you see in yourself.