How can students stand out on their application?

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How can students stand out on their application?

Nancy Milne
Owner Milne Collegiate Consulting

How can students stand out on their application?

The best way to make your application stand out is to make your essay memorable. Admissions officers read a LOT of applications and they can all blur together. If you can make them laugh, nod in agreement, relate to what you are saying; chances are that you will be remembered during the final cut and that is a good thing. The essay is your chance to put a face on your admission application. Schools are looking for values, experiences you will continue on campus, something about you that isn't mentioned anywhere else in the application; make it fun to read.

Reecy Aresty
College Admissions/Financial Aid Expert & Author Payless For College, Inc.

How can students stand out on their application?

Having 1,000 or more community service hrs in combination w/a high GPA. Fluency in 3 languages is always a plus as well. SAT/ACT scores from 9th or 10 grade can also be impressive in addition to dual enrollment. These are just a few.

Sarah Contomichalos
Manager Educational Advisory Services, LLC

How can students stand out on their application?

Applications that stand out are well written, cohesive and interesting to read.

Mark Maiewski

How can students stand out on their application?

The essay is important. Your recommendations need to be amazing. Be sure the application is complete. Read, re-read, and proof read; spelling errors will kill your chances (don’t rely on spell check—it doesn’t work on its own). But the most important thing you need to focus on is DEADLINES. It doesn’t matter how great your essay or how perfect your application, missing the deadline will guarantee a rejection. Some schools have rolling admissions which means your “late” application will be put into the next group. But at most selective schools, meeting deadlines is your first college “test”. Don’t fail it. Along with deadlines, be sure you CAREFULLY read the application requirements. Skimming is your worst enemy here. Understanding what is required is the second college “test”.

Angela Conley
College Admission Expert VentureForth

How can students stand out on their application?

Bring your "A" game. Do the usual having someone proof your responses before you upload them. Share a story, and in so doing avoid "I am the kind of person who" statements. The best essays share a story that provides context and hue as to the adjectives which best demonstrate your personality. Excellence in one or more arenas also adds profile to make your file singular. Most of the students with whom I've collaborated share stories about overcoming an issue or experience which reveal resilience or an abilty to laugh at oneself. In sum, don't tell the committee or readers "I am;" show them with cogent, concise examples. If they laugh out loud or pause to re-read, you did well.