While the application form is usually one of several required documents, it is the most important document you will complete. If you are accepted to the college, your information you enter becomes a permanent part of your record. You have to make sure you fill out the main application form completely and accurately. In this lesson, Preppy gives you tips to help make sure your application is on point.
- Go with Electronic Application vs Paper Applications
A college may have a paper and an electronic version of applications. Choose the electronic version found on the school’s website. It is easier to fill out and you don’t have to worry about it getting lost in the mail.
2. Make sure everything is correct.
Double check to make sure everything is typed correctly and accurately. We’ve witnessed misspelled names, missing digits in phone numbers and wrong email addresses. If you have the option, complete the application form on a laptop or computer, instead of on a phone or tablet. This can save you a lot of mistakes.
3. Pay attention to the permanent and mailing address fields.
The permanent address determines your tuition rate and mailing address determines where important letters (acceptance letters, scholarship applications, orientation information, financial aid documents) from the university are mailed. For most students both addresses are the same, but sometimes it isn’t. Make sure your addresses are complete, accurate and updated. If an address is wrong mail intended for you will be returned back to the school. If you have to move frequently, be sure to continually update admissions with your new address.
4. Enter a working and accessible email address.
Colleges email as a major form of communication to save money on paper and stamps. Put a personal email address that you always check. If you don’t have an email, you should create one, keep your password handy and check it often. You could use your high school email address but remember you may lose access to it after you graduate. The communication from colleges in the summer after graduation.
5. Pay attention to the types of phone numbers requested.
Applications may ask you for permanent, emergency, home, and/or mobile phone numbers. It is important for you to put the right numbers in the right place. For instance, putting a non-mobile number or landline number in the mobile spot, will prevent you from receiving important text messages from the university. If your home number is your mobile number, enter it in both blanks. Colleges may call you periodically to give you information, answer any questions or welcome you to the institution. For permanent and emergency numbers choose numbers that have a low risk of changing and belong to family members that you trust. These numbers will be used for important situations where schools have to contact you or your family.
6. Be truthful about demographic information.
Colleges may ask you about your parents and their education, and their incomes. Don’t be ashamed of your family history. Be truthful. This information can help and not hurt you. The answers to the questions could provide additional aid and access to support programs.
7. Remember your ID and Password.
Once you submit your application you will receive an ID number/user name and you will choose a password to use through the admissions process and beyond. Write this ID number and password do for reference. It will make your life a lot simpler!
8. Choose the correct admissions type and admissions date.
If you have never attended college before, you should choose the 1st-time, new undergraduate student option. Choose this option even if you’ve taken college courses in high school. Also make sure you select the right admissions date. You can choose if you want to enroll in the Fall, Spring, Summer.
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