The panic over 'missing' application documents
This scene has been happening in a lot of homes where high school seniors are awaiting college admission decisions:
An envelope from a college is in the mail stack and is immediately ripped open. Inside is a letter that says the application--the one you thought was complete--may be missing some documents. Sometimes the document is specified, and sometimes it isn’t.
You panic and either call the high school counseling office the second it opens or send your child in to resolve the supposed problem.
The counselor sighes, saying that in fact all the documents have been sent and the college is probably behind in filing.
Now, clearly there are times when documents ARE missing. They either haven't been sent by the high school, were lost in the mail or somehow not yet properly filed by the receiving college. Stuff happens. Colleges won't penalize applicants for mistakes that an adult makes in this process.
But it is also true that colleges and universities often send out these letters without actually knowing if the files are in.
This seems to be happening now more than in years past, according to anecdotal reports from high school counselors, some of whom have sent messages to college admissions officers asking them to hold off on sending these notes to applicants unless they are sure the documents really are missing.
So if you get one of these letters--and you should expect to get one--don’t come unglued and start yelling at your child’s high school counselor.
The odds are good that they’ve done what they were supposed to and nothing is actually missing. And if something has gone astray, it can be remedied with no penalty.
*Keep hard copies of every part of the application that your child is responsible for submitting.
*Save postal or electronic proof that the application and material has been sent, such as a confirmation email or an assigned tracking number. Print out a hard copy, too.
*Tell your child to ask those people writing his/her recommendations to keep copies of the letters.
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| February 21, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
Categories: College Admissions | Tags: college admissions
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