Filling out stacks upon stacks of forms can be daunting, especially when you’re trying to make a good impression upon the admission committees and get everything done on a deadline. This list should help you get the job done well – and on time!

The DOs

  • DO read applications and directions carefully.
  • DO make sure that everything that is supposed to be included is enclosed.
  • DO fill out your own applications. Type the information yourself to avoid crucial mistakes.
  • DO start with the simple applications and then progress to the more complex ones.
  • DO make copies of applications, and practice filling one out before you complete the original.
  • DO type or neatly print your answers, and then proofread the applications and essays several times for accuracy. Also ask someone else to proofread them for you.
  • DO describe how you can make a contribution to the schools to which you apply (if you’re asked).
  • DO be truthful, and do not exaggerate your accomplishments.
  • DO keep a copy of all the forms you submit to colleges.
  • DO be thorough and turn things in on time.

The DON’Ts

  • DON’T use correction fluid. If you type your application, use a correctable typewriter or liftoff strips to correct mistakes. Better yet, fill out your application online.
  • DON’T write in script. If you don’t have access to a computer or typewriter, print neatly.
  • DON’T leave blank spaces. Missing information may cause your application to be sent back or delayed while admission officers wait for complete information.
  • DON’T be unclear. If the question calls for a specific answer, don’t try to dodge it by being vague.

DON’T put it off!

Source: Peterson’s StudentEdge

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