What Are Common Application Mistakes Students Should Avoid?

Students often worry about a mistake on their college application affecting their admission. Here are common things to look out for that our experts suggest.

John ChopkaJohn Chopka
Vice President for Enrollment Management
Messiah University

I realize that today’s student is often over-committed and extra busy. With that, I must caution students to carefully consider what they include in their application materials. Some more common (and easily avoidable mistakes) include:

  • Spelling and grammatical errors in the application or essay
  • Listing the wrong college in the materials or on the envelope
  • Overestimating self-reported grades and test scores
  • Having you parent or guardian fill out the application or write your essay
  • Forgetting to sign the application or pertinent accompanying statements and document

In short, you need to pay attention, be honest, do it yourself, and make sure you have all your materials!

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