The staff of Stevenson University in Maryland was moved by a student’s memories of being a Big Brother, even though he repeatedly spelled it “Big Bother.” Barnard College was puzzled by an applicant who kept referring to her enthusiasm for the “Peace Core.”
Each school will ask for different components
Some require extended essays (Brown and Princeton)
Some require short answers (NYU, Columbia, Yale)
Spend an equal amount of time on supplements as on the personal essay
Research the school thoroughly if the question calls for it
Send OFFICIAL (sealed) transcripts to each school
Provide Guidance with enough time – ask for a 2-week processing window
Naviance is your best friend!
Be aware of schools that do not accept electronic doc’s
Counselor must fill out Secondary, Midyear, and Final Report on class ranking, etc.
Forms available at commonapp.org
Two letters of Recommendation from teachers, 1 from Counselor
Choose teachers who know you and can write an excellent letter about your awesome traits
When the Application is Complete…
You are halfway there.
Submit apps before winter break
Create domains on school websites to track your application and documentation received
Call undergraduate offices if necessary; it’s their job to help you
Make copies of all receipts and of your Applications