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!
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.
About Sara Harberson
Sara Harberson is the founder of Application Nation, which provides personalized advice to college applicants and their families, and Admissions Revolution, a free, on demand video membership that demystifies college admissions. She is the former associate dean of admissions at the University of Pennsylvania and the former dean of admissions and financial aid at Franklin & Marshall College. Sara’s philosophy is that every kid applying to college deserves the best advi