Before you submit your Early Decision/Early Action application this fall or your Regular Decision application this winter, run through this checklist to make sure you aren’t leaving anything out or making a careless error. Schools don’t enjoy it when you mention another school’s name in a short answer response (yikes!).
1. Proofread for spelling and grammar mistakes – This doesn’t just go for the essays but any short answer responses or additional writing included on your application.
2. Submit your test scores – Forgetting to submit test scores is a surprisingly common oversight, so always double-check on this. For most schools, you can also follow up later by checking on the status of your application.
3. Contact your recommenders – Make sure they know all of the deadlines, and that they’re still able to write something in time.
4. Clean up your online presence – Clean up all of your social media accounts and make them private if needed.
5. “Freeze” your application – Unless you’re right up against the due date, let the application sit for a day or two. When you return to it, you’ll be able to look at your answers with a fresh perspective.
6. Check for omissions or forgotten awards – Look at your application holistically and see if there are any big omissions. Have you forgotten to mention anything about your volunteer work? What about other awards or commendations?
7. Look for other school names – This is one of the easiest mistakes to make, but it can be deadly to an otherwise polished application. There’s nothing worse than realizing you just submitted a short answer to Colby College with a sentence about how Ohio State is a perfect fit for you.
8. Update anything that has changed since you started the application – If you started your application a month ago, make sure that your application doesn’t make it look as though you stopped working and volunteering in May 2015.
9. Proofread again – Yes, we know we already told you to proofread. But it’s so important that we’re mentioning it twice.
10. Review your contact information – Check over your phone number, address, and any other basic information that business schools will use to review your application or contact you.
11. Take a deep breath – Close your eyes and breathe in and out. Then and only then, tap the submit button.
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