3 College Application Blunders

There are plenty of things that students can do to bolster their college applications, but there are also mistakes that some students make that weaken chances of acceptance. Here are three application blunders:

1. Missing deadlines.

Keeping track of the various application deadlines can require its own agenda book. With deadlines for early decision, financial aid, scholarships, test scores, etc., it’s easy to miss a deadline and suffer the consequences of a rejection letter or lost financial aid. Many students benefit from working with an adviser or educational coach who guides them through the application process and holds them accountable to deadlines.

2. Applying Early Decision When It Is Not the Right Choice.

Some students apply to schools through Early Decision because they believe it will improve their chances of admission. However, in doing so, they can severely limit their options. While applying through Early Decision is a great way to demonstrate a high level of interest in a school, this option is binding and should only be exercised when a student is certain that a particular school is her top choice.

3. Not demonstrating enough interest.

Students can weaken their chances of admission by not expressing enough interest in their top choice schools. Schools keep track of which prospective students visit their campuses, elect to participate in optional interviews, memorably express why the school is of great interest in supplemental essays, etc. Admissions representatives want to see that applicants have specific reasons for wanting to attend their school.

Will My Child Go to College? What Can I Do to Help Him Succeed?

Not every student is college bound, but there are two ways we can predict whether a student will attend a two or four year college.  The most accurate indication is actually a standardized test — the PSAT. This “practice” SAT is typically taken in the student’s junior year, but more and more students are taking it in the fall of their freshman and sophomore years, too.  Students with scores of 650 or better on the math or verbal section of the PSAT are highly sought after by college recruiters.  These kids will begin to receive many emails, brochures, and other recruiting material.

The second best indicator of whether a child will go to college is one we’ve known of for quite some time; it’s whether his or her mother or father has a college degree.  These parents have the expectation that their children will also go on to college.

Once off at college, students experience a huge transition.  What can you do as a parent to help? Here at Educational Connections we’ve posted a free webinar for parents entitled The Transition Years: The Big College Move. Educational consultant and former member of the University of Michigan Board of Admissions, Brie Jeweler-Bentz joins us to discuss the transition between high school and college.

Watch the video here! Topics covered include:

  • What parents can do to help with the transition
  • Structural and academic changes students face
  • How to take advantage of a school’s resources
  • Knowing your child and communicating effectively

Leave a comment to let us know what you think, and be sure to visit https://ectutoring.com/services/webinars/ to register for our next free webinar.