10 Things You Can Really Screw Up When Applying to College

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Applying to college or graduate school can be a very stressful time – not just for the applicant, but also for everyone on his or her team. That includes parents, advisors, teachers, and even siblings and friends. There are a lot of steps to take and a lot of moving pieces to juggle. Some applicants have great difficulty submitting everything that is required to their list of schools in a timely fashion. Others do so poorly, by not completely following directions.

As someone who has spent time reading applications and interviewing applicants, I can say that one glance at a sloppy application can really turn an admissions officer off. Sure, if you have great credentials, you might still be accepted. But why risk your chance of being admitted to your dream school because you didn’t cross your t’s or dot your i’s? It is just not worth it.

Here are some aspects of the application process that many people screw up. Make sure you’re not one of them!

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