Admissions officers look for coherence (and proper grammar)
Today's guest blogger Barbara Maryak, the acting dean of admissions at Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass.
Getting ready to send out a pile of college applications? Here are three tips to help:
Do not try to second guess the admissions office by telling them things you think they want to hear. Just tell them who you are, what you like to do, what you love to read, what kind of student you've been -- honestly -- and why you would like to study at their school.
Be sure your application is coherent
Make sure that there is a logical relationship of the parts of your application. For example, don't indicate that you want to pursue a pre-med program if you have C's in your science courses, your reading lacks anything scientific, medical or health related, your extra curricular activities demonstrate little or no connection to your stated interests, and you do not have one recommendation supporting your choice of study. Along with this, be certain the school has the program you say you want.
Re-read your application before submitting it.
It's a good idea to read it out loud to someone. AND check your grammar and spelling. Do not rely on spell check. Do not use profanities or relate off-color stories. Avoid arrogance and self-righteousness.
| November 4, 2010; 5:20 PM ET
Categories: Admissions | Tags: Hampshire College
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